From October 24 to 26 at TU Delft

Inspiring three days in Delft! Watch the video here:

The school offered the participants to

  • learn and discuss with experts about:
    • Policy & Regulation including economic aspects and certification potentials
    • Circular Economy Strategies including resource efficiency and closing loops on product level
    • Tools & Analytics including an overview of available software solutions and good use of data
  • gain competences
  • learn about business opportunities
  • enlarge their professional network

What is SusCritMat?

About the School

Internationally leading experts in topics related to Critical Raw Materials build the Consortium of SusCritMat. At the Autumn School for Professionals, amongst others, Armin Reller from ESM Foundation and University of Augsburg spoke about the importance of CRM for emerging technologies, David Peck from TU Delft will show past approaches to reduce materials criticality by shedding light on the History of Raw Materials Strategies, and Dominique Guyonnet from BRGM will provide insights into the definition of materials “Criticality“. Amanda Loevik from Empa will introduce into the Characterization of the urban mine, and Ester van der Voet, University of Leiden, will amongst others provide an insight into Supply risk factors surrounding Critical Raw Materials. All speakers will be available during the school for follow-up questions, discussions, exchange and networking.

Chose your track

To meet the different needs of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, the SusCritMat School for professionals consists of plenary parts and common networking activities as well as of three individual tracks where knowledge with a specific focus can be gained and deepened.


 Policy & Regulation

Jan-Henk Welink is a researcher in mechanical, maritime and materials engineering at TU Delft. At the SusCritMat Autumn School for Professionals, he made a contribution to the Policy & Regulation track with his presentation about Policy, Governance and economic aspects related to the sustainable management of critical raw materials. Dieuwertje Schrijvers from University of Bordeaux talked about Certification potentials.


Circular Economy Strategies

Guido Sonnemann, who teaches sustainable chemistry and material management at the University of Bordeaux, introduced into the Circular Economy track with his contribution about Resource Efficiency. Ruud Balkenende, Professor for Circular Product Design at TU Delft, showed approaches towards Closing Loops on Product Level.

 Tools & Analytics

Antti Roine, Technology Director at the Outotec Research Center in Pori, Finland,  presented the different applications of Outotec’s HSC Chemistry software. Besides explaining data tools for handling Critical Raw Materials, James Goddin from Granta Design also introduced the participants into Good use of Data. Case study applications of the introduced data and software made the Tools & Analytics track a hands-on experience.

 Guest speakers

Guest speakers from industry, policy and technical fields added their expertise to the school and contribute with talks and in discussions. SusCritMat is happy to welcome amongst others Christian Hagelüken from Umicore, Constantin Ciupagea from the European Commission, and Anthony Hartwell from University of Birmingham.



A focus of the Autumn School was also entrepreneurship, covered in contributions from experts such as Cornis van der Lugt, Stellenbosch University Business School, or Willem Bulthuis, WBX Ventures. On Friday, there was also the opportunity for individual consultancy with the Valorization Center of TU Delft to discuss funding opportunities for own ideas.