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Idea 2 Activation (I2A)
EIT RawMaterials Programme


12 – 14 December 2018
with Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin and Aalto PRO, Helsinki

Who should attend?

Industry and research professionals within the Raw Materials/Mining Industry, who wish to develop the capability to drive innovation, solve global industry problems and identify new business opportunities.

This is a forum for highly skilled professionals to develop the 21st century skills of innovation leadership, creative problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration, whilst developing highly relevant, valuable networks.

What is involved?

Up to 40 mining professionals across Europe will attend this immersive, highly experiential programme focussing on developing innovative solutions to global mining issues. The first two days will introduce participants to the methodologies and frameworks for innovation, discovering tools such as design thinking, growth mind-set, story-telling, creative problem solving and critical thinking.

Thought leaders from academia and industry will also discuss the challenges of the mining industry and opportunities for innovation within the developing circular economy. On the third day, participants will work in teams on an innovation challenge set out by our industry partners, Aughinish Alumina (Ireland) and Outotec (Finland). A networking dinner on the first night is also included.

This three-day programme is designed to create connections, spark new ideas and develop collaborative solutions to industry-specific problems.

Download our 12A - Mining in Challenging Environments brochure


This programme is funded by EIT therefore, all participant fees are covered (normally 2,950 euro). Participants are expected to cover travel/subsistence costs for the duration of the programme.

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Programme Leads & Partners

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin; Ireland, North CLC
Education Partner and Project Lead (

Trinity College Dublin is EIT Raw Materials core partner allocated to the Northern CLC. It was founded in 1592 and offers a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering sciences, human, social and health sciences.

As Ireland’s premier university, the pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education. The university has an outstanding record of publications in high‐impact journals, and a track record in winning research funding which is among the best in the country. Supported by Trinity Research and Innovation Strategy, Trinity's Innovation Academy has proven to be an exciting intellectual space that promotes creativity and innovative thinking among participants. The objective of this particular training programme is to share and learn from best practice in Innovation & Entrepreneurship education and training at postgraduate and professional levels.

This programme fulfils the role of 'ambassadors of knowledge' within their own region ‐ in this case for the ESEE region. Trinity is No.1 in forming entrepreneurs as a result of key innovation initiatives such as Launchbox, a startup accelerator of early‐stage business for Trinity students that provides office space; funding; mentorship; access to alumni, partner and investor networks; and the ideal collaborative environment to launch new start‐up ventures. The Innovation Academy, an exciting intellectual space that promotes creativity and innovative thinking and action‐learning among participants, contributes to triggering out‐of‐the‐box thinking and to producing competent, achieved and entrepreneurial professionals.

Aalto University Professional Development, Helsinki; Finland
Education Partner (

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20,000 students and 4,500 employees, over 400 of whom are professors. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and University of Art and Design Helsinki were merged. The main campus is located in Otaniemi in Espoo, Finland. The other campuses are in Töölö and Arabia in Helsinki. Aalto University has seven key research areas, which particularly relate to promoting and maintaining Finnish competitiveness and welfare through renewal and entrepreneurship.

Aughinish Alumina; Limerick, Ireland
Industry Partner

Aughinish Alumina is the largest alumina refinery in Europe and has been in production since 1983. It is wholly owned by UC Rusal, the world’s largest Aluminium producer, since 2006. 450 people are employed at the Aughinish refinery. As part of UC Rusal it partners in joint development projects with the company’s R&D centre based in St. Petersburg, Russia. This group has been in existence since the 1930’s and has a vast level of knowledge and experience in developing processes associated with the extractive industries.

Aughinish itself is a significant player in R&D within the industry. It has developed close collaborative links with Universities in Ireland, Europe and Australia and has funded major collaborative research projects over the past 10 to 12 years. In 2004 to 2008 Aughinish was coordinator of a €1.7 million FP6 Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge project. This project greatly aided Aughinish in establishing itself as a significant player in the Alumina R&D world.

Outotec; Finland
Industry Partner (

Outotec provides leading technologies and services for the Sustainable use of Earth’s natural resources. As the global leader in minerals and metals processing technology, Outotec has developed many breakthrough technologies over the decades for our customers in the metals and mining industry. Outotec also provides innovative solutions for industrial water treatment, the utilisation of alternative energy sources and the chemical industry. Outotec is a publicly‐listed company with a market capitalisation of more than €1 billion listed on NASDAQ Helsinki.