DIM ESEE 2: IMPLEMENTING INNOVATIONS Innovation in Exploration

October 20th – 22nd, 2021

DIM ESEE-2: Implementing innovations is a lifelong learning project focused on rising innovativeness among raw materials professionals in the ESEE region, and is based on positive results and success of previous DIM ESEE school (2016-2020).

The project has been funded by European Institute of Innovation and Technology – EIT, through the program KIC Raw Materials.

During the preparation phase for the project, DIM ESEE-2 consortium developed extensive questionnaire for raw materials professionals conducted during January-February 2020, as well as in-deep analysis of current ESEE higher education system (HEI). Results are pointing to continuous lack of lifelong learning courses for raw materials professionals in the Eatern and Southeastern Europe (ESEE region), with the exception of obligatory, law-regulated educations for professionals related to safety, working in explosive environment etc. At the same time classical higher education system with outdated curriculum has very little ability to follow development trends and absorb new innovative and advanced tools and methodologies. This unfortunate situation reflects in lower innovativeness rate of HEI graduates and alumni, followed by negative path to ESEE raw materials industry. Our aim is to change recognised negative trends in the region by implementing:

  1. innovative workshops for RM professionals at IUC Dubrovnik, and
  2. spin-off workshops for ESEE RM master and doctoral students at ESEE universities.

Preliminary technical workshops are developed based on questionnaires campaign conducted by DIM ESEE consortium from January – February 2020, including 100+ raw materials companies from ESEE region.

Ad. 2. ESEE universities will prepare the joint spin-off workshops for their PhD and MSc students from raw materials sector, using prepared materials of the primary innovative workshops. Spin-off programmes will last continuously for four years after the implementation, targeting raw materials students – future alumni of the ESEE universities. During that period, we estimate that additional 80 MSc and PhD raw materials students will benefit from innovative workshops, increasing level of innovation and entrepreneurial skills among the MSc and PhD student population in the region for 8%.