On February 21, 2018, Leuven will host a unique Symposium on the topic of the Social License to Operate for mining (and recycling) of critical metals for cleantech applications. Rather than focusing on the technical challenges for critical metal extraction/recycling, this Symposium takes a step back, reflects on a number of intriguing questions and discusses these with a plethora of stakeholders, ranging from academia, industry, public authorities and, crucially important, civil society.

The Symposium will include a number of keynote lectures, as well as two panel discussions. See the full programme here.

The Symposium is organised by SIM² KU Leuven, STUK, i-cleantech Vlaanderen and the Province of Flemish Brabant, who have joined forces with a multitude of other local, Belgian and EU organisations (incl. EIT RawMaterials and EU METGROW+). The Symposium is part of the Arts festival Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth – Stories from Below, the largest in its kind in Flanders. The Symposium will also offer the participants to have a speed trip allowing to enjoy the unique, rare-earth related artwork that will be exhibited.

Participation is free of charge. Please register here.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Event Location: 
STUK, Naamsestraat 96,

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 776811 — H2020-SC5-2017.