RAMSES: Advanced School on Critical Raw Materials Substitution for Energetics and Photonics

Program code

Program Duration
6 Days

5-10 September 2016


220 €
Covering school attendance, abstract book, meals and coffee breaks, social excursion and social dinner

RAMSES: Advanced School on Critical Raw Materials Substitution for Energetics and Photonics


Raw materials


The "Advanced School on Critical Raw Materials Substitution for Energetics and Photonics" (RAMSES) is an initiative supported by EIT Raw Materials. It aims at promoting the diffusion of knowledge on novel material strategies for the substitution or reuse of critical materials in the fields of energy and photonics. The idea of this school originates from the need to provide an ample training opportunity in which technological innovations are presented by experts in view of their environmental, economical, and societal impact. Lectures by materials scientists, engineers, and geologists will be coupled with lessons offered by experts in technological solutions and sustainability as well as from environmental, economical, sociology, and anthropology areas. The summer school will be hosted in the campus of the University of Milano-Bicocca. It will be open to PhD students and young researchers from EIT Raw Materials partners and from non-EIT Raw Materials institutions. The duration of the program is one week (six full days from Monday to Saturday included). The program combines approx. 30 hours of lectures, along with visits to University laboratories, visits to selected industries in Milan, presentation of student activities through poster sessions and two round tables involving the faculty and students. The program also entails interesting social activities. The school will be followed by the satellite event ASCIMAT – School on Advanced Scintillator Materials, a two days course devoted to the latest scientific and technical progresses on scintillation materials (September 12 and 13, 2016). More information on this event and registration can be performed from the dedicated page in this website.

Contents covered

  • New concepts and materials for energy: inorganic thin films and nanostructured solar cells, concentrated solar power systems, transparent conductive materials, piezoelectric nanowires, fuel cells, metal-free electrocatalysts.
  • Solving critical material issues in Photonics: critical metal-free OLEDs, material selection in integrated optics, glasses and glass-ceramics, optical applications and substitution of rare-earths, UV and Near IR absorbers, recycling of Aluminum Nitride, waste material management.
  • Economical and Social Aspects: business models, circular economies, resource management, social sustainability, public perception and risk communication, environmental conflicts and resources, ecological and social impact of material extraction.

Scientific committee

  • Etienne Bouyer (CEA - France)
  • Thierry Cardinal (Univ. of Bordeaux, France)
  • David Horwat (Univ. De Lorraine, France)
  • Anne Kaminski (Grenoble Institute of Technology INP – FMNT, France)
  • Eden Mamut (Ovidius Univ. of Constanta, Romania)
  • Carla Minarini (ENEA, Italy)
  • Laurențiu Oancea (S.C. ET Innovative Solutions SRL, Romania)
  • Arnaud Royon (Argolight, France)
  • Anna Vedda (Univ. Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

Program Coordinator

Prof. Anna Vedda


University of Milano-Bicocca

Application Deadline

July 31, 2016



Requested documents

(to be uploaded in the application form): CV, ID card/ passport.

Target Audience:

PhD students and young researchers

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