Research, development of new solutions, and innovation are always based on collaboration, the more people and working groups the better. To conduct internationally competitive research and develop breakthrough innovations, we must go beyond the capabilities and limits of a single organization. The Rotate team, a project funded by the European Commission and led by ANEFA, is very clear about this. That is why César Luaces, director and secretary general of ANEFA, has participated on behalf of the Rotate team in a workshop on innovation in mining at the EIT Raw Materials Summit held in Brussels.

The objective of the event was: Accelerate the adoption of circular strategies in the steel and raw materials industries, for which it brought together leading experts in the field including, in addition to the aforementioned César Luaces, Susana Xará, (member of the European Health and Digital Executive Agency – HaDEA) who acted as moderator; Peter Tom Jones, director of the KU Leuven Institute for Sustainable Metals and Minerals; Thomas Abo Atia, expert in sustainable chemistry for metals and molecules at KU Leuven University and representative of the Hephaestus HEproject; Simone Neuhold, recycling expert at RHI Magnesita representing the ReSoURCE project and Marco Esteves Lopes, representing theRawMina project and project coordinator at Crowdhelix.

The EIT Raw Materials Summit is one of the world’s most important events in raw materials. It aims to become a call-to-action platform for industry leaders, educators, and innovative new talents to share their vision for a sustainable raw materials future. It aims to raise awareness of the critical role of raw materials, exchange knowledge, and break down barriers that hold back sustainable value chains.