RIS-RESTORE Summer School was successfully implemented




Photo: RIS-RESTORE Summer school promotion.


The RIS-RESTORE Summer School 2021 edition entitled: “The appearance of circular economy concept and industrial symbiosis in the utilization of red mud” was successfully implemented in the period from 30.8. until 3.9. The online version hosted 23 students, which listened to 17 lectures, had a pitching workshop, participated at video lab tours and performed interactive group work. Students were divided into 4 groups, each of them received appointed challenge and on the last day, student group leaders pitched the solutions to the appointed challenges. The RIS-RESTORE Summer School was despite the online mode, offering interaction, networking and discussion.




Photo: Participants at the RIS-RESTORE Summer school 2021.


Have a look to a bit more detailed reports of each day, if you would like to learn more about the RIS-RESTORE Summer school 2021 and go through the published book of abstracts.

The complete programme is available here.

The first day was titled as “Red-Mud 101”, starting with the presentation of the RIS-RESTORE objectives and project activities, followed by lectures giving insight to the production of red mud residue, its mineralogy and chemical analyses. Afternoon session brought the interactive group work, where students had the ability to present themselves and were put together in four groups with assigned challenges.

The second day brought knowledge on the Red-Mud deposits in the ESEE region, with presentations of Podgorica red mud pond (Montenegro), Dobro Selo – Mostar (BIH), proposals for the remediation and SWOT analyses on the selected sites and presentation of the online host of the summer school – University of Montenegro. The day concluded with the video lab tours – see attached the video from Alumina d.o.o.


Third day, entitled “Extraction of REE from red mud” brought lectures on the presence of REE elements in bauxites and red mud and techniques for their extraction. The day concluded with the pitching workshop held by the Ljubljana University Incubator.

The fourth day went a bit more into the practice of “Implementing industrial symbiosis – red mud recycling options”, with outlining the basics of industrial symbiosis principles and some practical examples of red mud residue utilization. Afternoon session was dedicated to the focused group work, seeking a solution with support RIS-RESTORE partners who given the challenges.

The last day was dedicated to “Implementing industrial symbiosis – red mud recycling options in construction sector” with lectures on utilization of red mud in construction sector – examples in practice. The day completed with the pitching session, where all 4 groups of students pitched their solutions to proposed challenges and were given some additional time for discussion and evaluation. All groups were evaluated positively and earned the certificate with 1 ECTS point. With that, the RIS-RESTORE Summer School edition 2021 was successfully completed. All participants received lectures handouts and were able to gain new connections with colleagues from ESEE region, which could support their further professional development.

The main message and outcome of the school was the importance of education and gaining knowledge in this field for the future implementation of innovative practices in the ESEE region.


Congratulations to all RIS-RESTORE partners for their efforts, great lectures and all students for their enthusiasm, great pitches and all their input through the days.

Hope to see you in the next edition of RIS- RESTORE Summer School 2022! Stay tuned for more information, will be available soon on this webpage.


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