IRTC Training workshop at ISIE 23

Assessing the criticality of raw materials: understanding the EU list

July 1, 2023, in connection with the ISIE conference in Leiden
Course offered by Luis Tercero, Dieuwertje Schrijvers, Alessandra Hool
In this 5-hours course, participants will be provided with an introduction to criticality and critical raw materials assessment. We will take a deep-dive into the EU assessment methodology and you will learn about its composition, factors, indicators and common data sources. We will also discuss what the recently proposed Critical Raw Materials Act could mean for future critical raw materials management in the EU.
In a hands-on exercise, you will reproduce an EU criticality assessment for selected raw materials, comprehending the influence of factors such as country concentration, political stability, economic sectors, and recycling rates, as well as the indicators determining these factors. You will be provided with frequently used data sources for the indicators, where available, and learn how the choice of these sources and their availability influence the overall result. 
After successful completion of the course, you will have an insight into the considerations behind the EU methodology, be able to reproduce a standard procedure of a EU criticality assessment for a given material, and know some of the key considerations in selecting appropriate data sources.
Time: 10 am – 4.30 pm (until right before the ISIE conference opening)
Welcome coffee at 9.30
At 12.30, we take a walk to the Leiden open market for individual lunch
Location: Leiden University
Fee: 80 EUR; includes course material, coffee, and a course certificate.
Space: 30 participants max to allow for meaningful discussion. First come, first serve basis: after the limit is reached, your registration will be put on the waiting list.
We expect participants to conduct some preparatory studies (videos and readings); material will be provided two weeks in advance.


IRTC is a project funded by the European Union. Workshop fees are used as a small contribution to the organising costs.