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Sunday, 29 September 2013 19:11

ERECON initiative

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ERECON initiative


Rare earth elements (REE) are critical resources for many hi-tech civil applications including “green energy” technologies, such as wind power, efficient lighting, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and other purposes. Rare earth elements (REE) supply has been a focal point of the European Commission’s Raw Materials Initiative. The Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry aims to enhance and accelerate improvements of rare earth supply and security, through focusing the attempts of various European actors in a European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON). The importance of the ERECON initiative is significant. This undertaking to establish a high level professional network will go a long way towards determining Europe's ability to pursue its agenda of becoming a sustainable and competitive economy. ERECON will be divided into three Working Groups with the following mandates:


Working Group I: Opportunities and road blocks for primary supply of rare earths in Europe

Working Group II: Closing the loop: European rare earth resource efficiency and recycling

Working Group III: European end-user industries and rare earth supply trends and challenges.


Working Group I will have its first meeting on October 23.


More information can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/raw-materials/erecon/expertise/working-group-1_en.htm.

Monday, 09 September 2013 13:29

FET-ICT survey has been launched

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A short survey has been launched, designed to survey the FET ICT community about future industrial applications of present day exploratory research. The Year is 2050. The place is several kilometres beneath our feet, in the ultra-deep mines of the future, where critical minerals for our society are being mined by intelligent machines. Join us in our effort to identify present day FET ICT research topics for Horizon 2020 that could evolve into revolutionary industrial applications by 2050.


Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a personal access code to the survey that only takes 5 minutes to complete. By providing your perspective on exploratory research needs of the present, you can directly influence the Call Topics of the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. The survey ends on 16 September 2013.


The Final Foresight Workshop for the EXTRACT-IT project will be held on 10-11 October, in Puntagorda, Spain. The presence of visionary ICT experts is kindly requested. The Agenda of the Workshop will be posted here soon.