3x20 min + 60 min disscusion

This session will cover short talks and discussion related to raw materials, clean and efficient energy from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake.


Csaba Balázsi
Csaba Balázsi
Centre for Energy Research,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary


Fabrice Stassin
Fabrice Stassin
Managing Director
EMIRI Association, Belgium

Fabrice Stassin is Managing Director of the Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative (EMIRI) Association based in Brussels. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry & Materials Science as well as a Master in Management & Entrepreneurship from the University of Liège in Belgium. He worked a few years as Managing Director of a Belgium-based RTO (research & technology organization) active in white biotech and later as Strategy Consultant at Accenture advising clients from chemical, oil, pharma industries in the Netherlands, Belgium and USA in the fields of innovation, sustainability, and value creation through mergers and acquisitions. In 2008, he joined Umicore (an industrial leader in advanced materials and recycling) as innovation manager covering clean technologies.
Since 2012, he has been part of the Brussels-based team of Umicore Government Affairs focusing on energy materials. Fabrice Stassin was instrumental in the development of the EMIRI Association, which he has managed since 2014 (on secondment from Umicore). EMIRI represents more than 60 organizations (industry, research, and associations) active in advanced materials for clean energy & clean mobility technologies. The association contributes to industrial leadership of developers, producers and users of advanced materials for clean energy & clean mobility by shaping an appropriate innovation, manufacturing / industrial and energy policy framework at the European level.

Maria Letizia Ruello
Maria Letizia Ruello
Department of Materials
Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Female, chemistry, Senior Researcher in Material Science and Technology, and Research Manager for the “sustainable valorization of by-products of the Critical Raw Materials recycling”. From 2016 Chair of the COST Action CRM-EXTREME "Solution for Critical Raw Material Under Extreme Conditions".
From 2013 Coordinator of the inter-departmental task force on Critical Raw Materials and contact person for the Università Politecnica delle Marche of the European Innovation Partnership EIP on Raw Material SUBST-EXTREME (Technology Pillar; Priority Area: Substitution of raw materials; Action area n° I.8: Materials under extreme conditions 1) Substitution of CRM in heat resistant super alloys, 2) Substitution of CRM in hard materials.

Sebastian Balos
Sebastian Balos
Associate Professor
Department of Production Engineering
Faculty of Technical Sciences, Serbia

Prof. dr Sebastian Balos is an associate professor on the Faculty of Technical Sciences, in the field of Materials and Joining Technologies. He is the Deputy Head of the Department of Production Engineering, the Head of the Chair of Materials and Joining Technologies, as well the Head of Materials Testing Laboratory and the Laboratory of Joining Technologies. He teaches 12 courses on bachelor, master and doctoral studies.
The scientific field of interest is relatively wide, encompassing a wide array of topics in the field of metallic, ceramic, polymer and composite materials, as well as joining tehnologies. He introduced a number of new technologies on the Faculty of Technical Sciences, some of them being friction stir welding (FSW), friction stir processing (FSP), friction stir tunneling (FST), arc welding and hardfacing with nanoparticles, nano- and mhybrid nano-micro oxide particles fluxes for improving the penetration depth of A-TIG welding, the fabrication of dental polymer particulite nanocomposites, the perforated steel and ADI materials ballistic plates, etc.
Currently, he participates in COST Action CRM-EXTREME "Solution for Critical Raw Material Under Extreme Conditions" project, as MC substitute.