About RaMES

An Innovative Master’s Programme

Since October 2019, the University of Bologna is delivering a new, EU-funded MSc course named Raw Materials Exploration and Sustainability (RaMES), which brings together cutting-edge expertise on raw materials and circular economy principles.

The objective of RaMES is to educate a new generation of entrepreneurially oriented geologists and engineers who have in depth expertise on the physical-chemical properties of raw materials, their geological exploration, and are particularly sensitive to best practices in sustainable exploitation. RaMES will leverage competences and know-how from three departments of the University of Bologna, two departments of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim), the Technical University of Madrid and a number of Italian and foreign institutions and companies that are active in distinct aspects of the raw material value chain.

Funded by the EU

RaMES has been approved and funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body having the goal of strengthening cooperation between businesses, education institutions, and research organizations. The EIT supports the creation of long-term partnerships involving universities, research organizations, and leader companies across Europe. These partnerships are called Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) and have the ambition to generate innovative products and services, train a new generation of entrepreneurs, and foster the start of new companies. One of such KICs is the KIC Raw Materials, which was setup in 2014 with the aim of promoting sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution of raw materials. Within this KIC, RaMES has been funded and operates.


RAMES is acknowledged by the University of Bologna and by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) of Trondheim. It is taught at the University of Bologna and at NTNU-Trondheim. RAMES benefits also from the collaboration with a number of Italian and foreign partners that are active in distinct aspects of the raw material value chain.

Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna

The origins of the University of Bologna go way back, and it is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature, it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture. The presence throughout the territory, the international outlook, the research, the programme catalogue, the information services: in these and many other areas, today the Alma Mater paves the way for innovation.

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Norwegian University of Science and Technology

NTNU is a university with an international focus, with headquarters in Trondheim and campuses in Ålesund and Gjøvik. NTNU has a main profile in science and technology, a variety of programmes of professional study, and great academic breadth that also includes the humanities, social sciences, economics, medicine, health sciences, educational science, architecture, entrepreneurship, art disciplines and artistic activities.

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Task and Industrail Partners:
The RaMES Business Network

Unicalce Group

Leader Italian producer of calcium and dolomitic lime and derivatives, with 11 plants all over Italy and a production capacity of 2 million tonnes/a. Unicalce Group manufactures and develops products that are necessary for most of the national productive infrastructures, including energy and construction

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Mining company from the People’s Republic of China with current exploration and mining activities running in China and Australia. Geoteck is also a service company providing solutions that lead to new mine technologies in China as well as sustainable mine and social growth. It is also active in the “Belt and Road Forum for Young Scientists and Technologists”.

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Italian company operating in the field of precious metal refining and managing the entire metal recovery cycle from the incineration of scrap to the treatment of industrial runoff. TCA SpA is a LBMA-certified refinery of gold and silver bars, and holds several national and international certifications. One of these is the Accredia certification, which states high level of reliability in terms of quality and safety of verified goods and services, and recognition in the international market place.

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SpacEarth Technology

Spin-off Company of the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, i.e. one of the largest research bodies in Italy. SpacEarth Technology is a team of engineers, physicists, and geologists with a long involvement in research and business management. This company is supported by the EIT-RM and developed an innovative geophysical method (4D Local Earthquake Tomography) to aid geophysical exploration of mining areas.

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Regione Emilia Romagna

The regional administrative institution of Regione Emilia Romagna, through its Servizio Geologico Sismico e dei Suoli – Geological seismic and Land Survey, supports regional policies related to the environment, geological and seismic monitoring.

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UPM Technical University of Madrid

The Technical University of Madrid has, among its objectives, the creation, development, transmission and criticism of science, technology, and culture. To this end, it also works from its Institutes and Research Centres, assimilating the changes taking place in and out of society and maintaining its vocation for excellence, which is why it has both national and international recognition. The Technical University of Madrid holds double recognition as a Campus of International Excellence.

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