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Minerals in Circular Economy Seminar - from theory to practice

8.11.2016 12:30 - 8.11.2016 17:45 Kiltasali, Lapinrinne 1, Helsinki

Minerals in Circular Economy from theory to practice

VTT’s spearhead programme Mineral Economy targets to a profitable circular economy by introducing technology based solutions. The aim is to enable the generation of innovations leading to economic growth, jobs and societal well-being in Finland and in Europe. The programme has actively developed multi-technological competences to enable new innovations and sustainable access to resources, e.g in hydrometallurgy and powder metallurgy.

The topics include sustainable design, innovative use of waste and low grade minerals as a resource, substitution of critical raw materials, 3D manufacturing for narrowing the loop, remanufacturing, reuse for slowing the loop and recycling for closing the loop. Digitalization and utilizing digital platforms are enablers for responsible use of raw materials.


​12.30​Registration and refreshments
​13:00-13:15Resource sufficiency as enabler for mineral economy, Executive Vice President Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, VTT
​13:15-13:30Mineral chain ecosystem, Executive Vice President Erja Turunen, VTT
​13:30-14:15 ​Key note - Critical raw materials and circular material design,
Senior Research Fellow David Peck, Delft University of Technology

Metal recovery from low grade ores and side streams, Research Team Leader Päivi Kinnunen, VTT

Recycling end-of-life waste streams, Research Scientist John Bacher, VTT


Solutions for sustainable mining water management (sustainability, sulphate removal challenge), Business Development Manager Mona Arnold, VTT

Materials for extreme conditions: design and piloting, Vice President Tarja Laitinen, VTT

Secondary based materials for valuable products, Senior Scientist, Programme Manager Päivi Kivikytö-Reponen, VTT


​Panel discussion - Macroeconomy

  • Ilkka Kojo, Director, Outotec
  •  Raimo Lahtinen, Research Professor, GTK
  • Olli Salmi, General Manager, EIT RawMaterials CLC Baltic Sea
  • Erja Turunen, Executive Vice President, VTT
  • Maria Wetterstrand


Please register here by 4th November.



Dr. Päivi Kivikytö-Reponen, Programme Manager
and Mineral Economy programme team