International Round Table on Materials Criticality

The International Round Table on Materials Criticality, IRTC (, is an internationalization project funded by EIT Raw Materials whose first phase ran from April 2018 to March 2020. In this first phase of the project, it aimed at advancing criticality assessment on a global level. In four Round Table workshops and a joint publication, research on differences and commonalities of different approaches on criticality as well as considerations about its implementation in industry and policy-making were fostered and advanced. Awareness towards materials criticality, and its crucial role for a circular economy, were raised by creating visibility at established conferences with a diverse audience and high impact in research and industry. It also laid the cornerstone for a long-lasting international network.

In its second phase, the project is continued as IRTC Business, the goal of which is to work out and suggest measures on the business level to mitigate criticality.

The IRTC project is coordinated by ESM Foundation, Switzerland. The proposal was submitted within the 2017 Call for Internationalization Projects at EIT Raw Materials and accepted for funding in 2018, 2019 and 2020.