About the RMs Manager Winter School

Summary

The RMs Manager Winter School is a 3-day online course in creativity & ideation skills for challenged-based innovation. Driven by circular economy and sustainability principles, students will be able to complement their academic profile and professional competences by gaining practical skills highly demanded by the labour market and needed by all innovation professionals in the field of raw materials and natural resources management.
A total of 20 hours of lectures combining interactive case-based presentations, practical exercises and solution-focused team work activities have been devised in the programme curriculum.
The course is free of charge and it is open to Bachelor, Master and PhD students and graduates from the following universities
  • Campus Iberus (Spain): University of Zaragoza, Public University of Navarra, University of Lleida and University of La Rioja
  • AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland)
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)
  • Technical University of Kosice (Slovakia)
  • National Technical University of Athens (Greece)
  • Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics (Ukraine)
The RMs Manager Winter School is part of the pilot activities of the EIT RMsManager Project, funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Raw Materials) and implemented by eight academic and industry organisations from six European countries.

Description

Global consumption of materials such as biomass, fossil fuels, metals and minerals is expected to double in the next forty years, while annual waste generation is projected to increase by 70% by 2050. As a result, sustainable supply and management of resources have become a priority for Europe, which calls for increasing the value given to protecting and restoring natural ecosystems and improving circularity and sustainability of primary and secondary raw materials systems. This priority is reflected in the growing number of jobs linked to the circular economy in the EU, which is expected to generate 700.000 new more jobs by 2030.
To accelerate this green transition phenomenon, future innovation managers are required to have the right skills and competences to responde to the demands of the industry, society and environment, to react proactively to a rapid changing context, to adapt to new forms of working, and to understand the dynamics of value co-creation within the innovation value chain.
The RMs Manager Winter School will enable students to discover a new mindset and think-outside-the-box attitude from a creative and multifocus perspective, to learn how to use effective methodologies and tools applied along the innovation cycle, and to build capacities leading to the ideation of concepts and generation of transforming solutions. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Analyse challenge-based innovation theory and best practices
  • Apply effective ideation and creativity methodologies, techniques and tools for complex idea and concept generation
  • Devise transforming solutions and understand techniques for validation and prototyping
  • Assess ideation and innovation processes for value improvement

Methodology

The RMs Manager Winter School will run for three days with a total of 20 hours of on-line lectures. Course materials and training dynamics include interactive case-based presentations, practical exercises with utilisation of dedicated ICT-based tools, solution-focused team work activities, and self-assessment. Case-based presentations will consider a regional context approach.
A Certificate of Completion labelled by the EIT Raw Materials will be conceded to all students after completing the course. In order to get the certificate of completion, students are required to complete at least 80% of the total number of  lecture hours.

Content & Tentative Programme

Delivery Method & Student Requirements

The RMs Manager Winter School will be taught entirely in English. Students are required to have a good command of English and effective communication skills in this language.
The RMs Manager Winter School will be taught entirely on-line. Students are required to possess a computing device with appropriate technology requirements in order to engage in our digital learning environment (Moodle-based) and streaming tools (Zoom). A stable high-speed internet connection is also required. More information about systems requirements for Zoom here.

Selection Criteria

The course is open to Bachelor, Master and PhD students and graduates, from any discipline of knowledge, from the following universities:
  • Campus Iberus (Spain): University of Zaragoza, Public University of Navarra, University of Lleida and University of La Rioja
  • AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland)
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)
  • Technical University of Kosice (Slovakia)
  • National Technical University of Athens (Greece)
  • Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics (Ukraine)
Students with science and technology profiles are particularly encouraged. 
Interested students shall meet the minimum requirements described at section “Delivery Method & Student Requirements. Due to the limited number of places available, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
Selection of students will fully comply with the H2020 gender equality policy.

How to Apply

Update (as of November 4)
Due to the large number of applications received and the limited number of places available, registration to this course is now CLOSED. If you are still interested, we encourage you to register on the RMs – Manager Winter School waiting list, by November 8 at latest. Shall any vacancies come available before the start of the course, we will open them up to applicants registered on the the waiting list on a first come-first served basis and according to the selection criteria indicated in the section “How to apply” of the course description.
You can apply by completing the form below:
Application timeline:
– Deadline for applications to the WAITING LIST: 08 November 2020 (23:59 CET)
New deadline for applications: 08 November 2020 (23:59 CET)
Deadline for applications: 22 November 2020 (23:59 CET)
– Communication to applicants and further procedures: 16 – 20 November 2020
– Start of the course: 1 December 2020

Download the full programme

Questions

If you have any questions you can contact with Jorge Molina (course coordinator).
E-mail > jmolina@campusiberus.es 
Phone > +34 673 057 804 or +32 2 289 25 64

Data protection disclaimer policy

In compliance with the provisions of current legislation on the protection of personal data GDPR (Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018), we inform you that the personal data you may provide us with for registration and confirmation purposes will be processed by Campus Iberus as responsible entity, in order to manage your application. The data will be shared within the RMs Manager Project consortium and will only be transferred in the cases provided for by law to the EIT Raw Materials for audit purposes.
You can access, rectify, erase, oppose or exercise your right to the restriction of processing of your data and revoke the consent at any time contacting campusiberus@campusiberus.es.
The RMs Manager Winter School receives funding from the European Union. The information and views set out in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person action on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

About the Organiser

Campus Iberus - Campus of International Excelence of the Ebro Valley

Campus Iberus is a strategic partnership which brings together four high-profile research universities from four different regions along the Ebro valley in north-east Spain: University of Zaragoza – UNIZAR (region of Aragón), Public University of Navarra – UPNA (region of Navarra), University of Lleida – UdL (province of Lleida in Catalunya) and University of La Rioja (region of La Rioja).
As the main Higher Education and R&I actor of the Ebro Valley, Campus Iberus focuses on five specialisation areas, which reflect the strongest academic and scientific capacities of its universities, in line with the priorities of the Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3) of the four regions involved in the alliance:
  • Circular Economy and Bioeconomy
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Agro-Food and Nutrition
  • Health Technologies
  • Social and Territorial Development
Addicionally, Campus Iberus has an extensive experience in fostering university-business cooperation, both at the regional and national level, having implemented first-of-its-kind initiatives in the territory over the last 10 years, such as DEMOLA, the Circular University Challenge, the Iberus Labs or Santander Intraemprende, and becoming a successful case-study for the European Commission.
With circa 50.000 students, about 10.000 staff members, nearly 500 research groups, more than 270 educational programs, participation in over 300 R&I framework and EU territorial cooperation projects, and collaborations with about 2.300 organisations from more than 60 countries across the globe, Campus Iberus offers a competitive academic and scientific portfolio built upon excellent researchers, professionals from the regional innovation ecosystems and numerous international collaborators.
Campus Iberus is a Task Partner of the EIT RMsManager Project

The EIT RMsManager Project

The RMs Manager Winter School is part of the pilot activities of the EIT RMsManager Project, funded by European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Raw Materials). The main goal of the EIT RMsManager Project is to create and deliver new and innovative curricula aimed at strengthening the skills and increasing the capacity of students and professionals for a transition towards a circular management of raw materials and natural resources, particularly by:
  • Modernising higher education institutions by aligning and adapting education offer and practices to the needs of the industrial sector and global challenges;
  • Equipping students with up-to-date industry-demand skills required for a circular transformation and sustainable management of raw materials and natural resources;
  • Establishing sustainable collaboration between academia, researchers, industry and professionals of the raw materials sector, with a Regional Innovation Scheme perspective;
  • Ensuring the incorporation of circularity and sustainable development principles in the educational strategies and curricula of the RMsManager Project universities.
The EIT RMsManager Project brings together eight organisations representing academia and industry from six European countries:
  • 6 Higher Education Institutions: AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland) – Coordinator; Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland); Technical University of Kosice (Slovakia); National Technical University of Athens (Greece); Campus Iberus (Spain: University of Zaragoza, Public University of Navarra, University of Lleida and University of La Rioja) – RIS Task Partner; Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics (Ukraine) – RIS Task Partner
  • 1 Research Organisation: Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile – ENEA (Italy)
  • 1 Industrial Partner: KGHM Cuprum (Poland)
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