ECS is pleased to return to Europe for its first biannual meeting there in over 10 years! Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, has held the #1 ranking on the Global Destination Sustainability Index since 2016. This commitment to compassionate science and a sustainable future helps make Gothenburg a very attractive destination for all attendees. As the meeting takes place at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers Hotel, participants are well positioned to enjoy the city’s many delights!

The 244th ECS Meeting brings together the most active researchers in academia, government, and industry—professionals and students—to engage, discuss, and innovate in the areas of electrochemistry and solid state science and related technologies. This is the premier destination for industry professionals to experience five days of learning, technical presentations, business development, and networking opportunities.

The event will take place between 8 and 12 October 2023.

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Meet and LiCORNE project at ECS 2023 and discover the GDEx process

On 9 October, in an additional session titled “Transforming Metal-Containing Secondary Resources into Functional Materials for Electrochemical Energy Applications”, you will have the occasion to delve deeper into GDEx with its inventor, Dr. Xochitl Dominguez Benetton, senior scientist at VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V. (VITO). Dr. Dominguez Benetton will provide a comprehensive overview of the electrochemical reduction of gases, and present various advantages of this novel process that addresses pressing issues, such as waste management and resource preservation.

Learn more about GDEx on the reference website and in our previously published article.

The event for circular economy innovation, bringing together all visionaries to accelerate circular transformation in our economy, will take place between 15 and 18 November 2023, in Munich, Germany.

The CIRCULAR REPUBLIC FESTIVAL brings together the tech ecosystem with politics and corporates in an attempt to ignite collaboration and innovation.

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The 2023 edition of the Raw Materials Week takes place in Brussels, 13-17 November 2023. It will centre around the European Critical Raw Materials Act and include the 10th annual High-Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on raw materials, co-organised with Eumicon, on 15 November.

Registrations will open in September 2023.

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Previous Raw Materials Weeks

The International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR 2023) takes place this year between 6 and 8 September, in Valencia (ESP).

ICBR is the international platform for reviewing the challenges faced by the Battery Recycling Industry on a global basis. For 28 consecutive years, ICBR has brought together the international community of experts and decision makers of the entire Battery Recycling value chain, including battery recyclers and manufacturers, collection organizations, OEM’s, policymakers, materials and services providers and many more.

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Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organised by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society. This year, the conference will take place in Lyon, between 9 and 14 July. The LiCORNE project will be represented at this event by VITO.

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Programme online

Browse the program by theme, or check out the week overview to see the sessions per day and per room.

Join numerous EU-funded mineral raw materials projects for a one-and-a-half-day clustering event to discuss and exchange ideas on current technological challenges and topics within the raw materials sector.

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About the event

Currently the EU is highly dependent on a small number of countries for raw materials, especially the critical raw materials that it needs for strategic value chains such as e-mobility, batteries, and renewable energy. Europe’s opportunity to become self-sufficient, resilient, sustainable and responsible in critical minerals supply from its own resources is a reachable goal due to its geological setting and significant mineral endowment.

However, many of the critical raw materials do not form their own mineral deposits, but rather are produced as by-products, associated with other primary commodity mines. This switch to a multi-element way of mining will demand new ways to conduct exploration activities in general, as exploration must nowadays shift to the more integrated point of view of mineral systems. There is also a need to develop innovative exploration concepts and data analysis tools to enhance the probability of finding new sources of critical raw materials for the EU’s economy.

Thirteen EU-funded raw materials projects EISAGEMERA, CIRAN, EXCEED, GOLDENEYE, GREENPEG, M4MINING, MaDiTraCe, MinExTarget, MultiMiner, S34I, SEEMS DEEP and SEMACRET, as well as the University of Queensland (Australia) are partnering up to organize a one-and-a-half-day clustering event “European Union SuperCluster Lapland Geoconference”, which will take place on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st October 2023 in Rovaniemi, Finland. With this event, the organisers hope to bring together a wide range of stakeholders, such as the European Commission, EU projects and other initiatives related to the raw materials sector; regional authorities; industrial representatives; exploration companies as well as other interested stakeholders, to discuss and exchange ideas on current technological challenges and topics within the sector.

The SuperCluster event will be organized just before the official start of the 14th Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining (FEM) 2023 conference (Levi, Kittilä, Finland. Home – FEM ( Planning for transport from Rovaniemi to FEM Conference in Levi is underway. This is for those participants who would like to attend both events (see map here: Rovaniemi – Levi Summit – Google Maps).  The FEM conference is one of the most significant and largest mining industry events in Europe.

The latest live conference FEM 2019 brought together 1215 participants from 32 different countries and more than 400 organizations to Lapland.

The expected number of SuperCluster participants is about 100 persons, and we hope to attract people and companies who usually do not attend the FEM conference. The main target audience are European Commission, EU projects and other initiatives related to the raw materials sector; regional authorities; industrial representatives; exploration companies as well as other interested stakeholders.

This meeting will comprise 20-minute oral sessions, poster space and discussion time to maximise the benefits to all participants. No keynote talks are planned – the focus will be on EU-funded projects exclusively.

The conference is free-of-charge! Also, lunches and conference dinner is free for the registered participants.

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The 43rd Meeting of the Specialised Electrochemistry Group of Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) will take place in Ciudad Real (ESP) between 3 and 5 July 2023.

The LiCORNE project will be featured in the presentation “Transforming strategic metals from secondary resources into functional materials for electrochemical energy technologies”, delivered by the VITO’s GDEx team.

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Mining and Minerals Hall (MMH) is the great European mining event that will take place from 15 to 17 October 2024 at Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES). This fourth edition of MMH brings together professionals and companies from the mining industry from all over the world and has become well established, edition after edition, as the only event of its kind in Europe.

In this fourth edition we will be able to see first-hand the technological innovations implemented, in all processes of exploration, extraction, production and treatment of ore materials, as well as the active mining developments, an inspiration to the world as they are leaders in technology and respectful of the environment.

MMH is organised by AMINER (Association of Mining-Metallurgical and Auxiliary and Service Research, Extraction, Transformer Companies) together with FIBES and promoted by the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Government), with the collaboration of Cominroc (Spanish Confederation of Extractive Industries of Rocks and Industrial Minerals).

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The 36th International Exhibition for Fine and Speciality Chemicals will take place from 24 – 25 May 2023, at Messe Basel, Switzerland.

The exhibition features the full spectrum of fine and speciality chemicals for various applications and industries. A first-rate conference programme accompanies the event and offers plenty of additional networking opportunities to exchange industry know-how and form international relations with peers and business partners.

Chemspec Europe exhibitors are manufacturers, distributors, regulators, equipment suppliers, raw materials suppliers, traders, agents, and consultants offering a diversified range of products, services and equipment.

Visitors attending Chemspec Europe are corporate managers, production / process managers, R&D managers, product designers, procurement managers, technical managers, chemists, and consultants from a wide range of industries, including, among others: electronics, green chemistry, R&D etc.

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Battery Recycling Conference & Expo 2023 will take place between 28 and 29 June 2023 in Frankfurt Messe.

Battery Recycling Conference & Expo 2023 is the must-attend event for battery producers, recycling companies, critical raw material suppliers, and the entire battery supply chain to come together to discover the latest innovations and solutions to create a circular economy for used batteries and help create sustainable supply chains for the future. This year’s cycle will showcase over 80 exhibitors in the free-to-attend exhibition, 100+ expert speakers at the conference and over 1,500 participants. 

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