10 and 14 February 2023: workshops National Research Agenda MaterialsNL Strategic Autonomy

Friday 10 February 2023, 09.00-17.00 hrs and Tuesday 14 February 2023, 09.00-17.00 hrs.

TNO Utrecht, Princetonplein 6, 3584 CB Utrecht

The previously seemingly unlimited supply of materials is no longer a given. The energy transition is devouring huge amounts of critical raw materials such as lithium, cobalt and rare earth metals. The current scarcity of raw materials is only at the beginning, but the geopolitical implications are already being felt and moral dilemmas are becoming visible. For example, how do we relate to the environment in relation to fairness and inclusive growth?

The European Commission has announced the Critical Raw Materials Act for spring 2023, partly to reduce dependence on countries such as China and Russia. The Netherlands published its Raw Materials Strategy with the same aim last autumn. It is time to take up the programmatic approach to the raw material transition.

Taking initiative
At the initiative of Jacqueline Vaessen (Chair of ChemistryNL) and the MaterialsNL Platform, we invite you to join us on Friday February 10 or Tuesday February 14, 2023 on the research agenda MaterialsNL Strategic Autonomy. In this way we give direction to the priority setting for the raw material transition and we may lay the foundation for a future National Program MaterialsNL Strategic Autonomy (fourth round NGF 2023/2024). A first version of the agenda should be available in June 2023 and we want to have the first outline of a national program ready by early 2024. Naturally, such a program requires a strong commitment from all stakeholders. During the workshops we also want to start mapping out the existing commitment.

On 10 and 14 February we will start determining the dimensions of the agenda. These are two comparable one-day workshops, where we work with a diverse group of up to 95 people each day on issues related to social justice and inclusive growth, transition, innovation, knowledge building and value creation. The group is mixed and consists of representatives from various sectors and branches such as the manufacturing and creative industry, financial sector, healthcare, governments, urban future, food supply, science, education, logistics or waste processing. Ethics, philosophy and the arts are also represented, both with the wisdom of older generations and the sturm-und-drang of Generation Next.

We use different working methods to connect with each other’s knowledge, expertise, thinking frameworks and convictions. We recognize the raw material transition as a wicked problem, a systemic issue that requires us to face the unknown in interdependence. We appeal to our imagination, challenge each other to step off the beaten path and together take steps in the directions that serve the raw material transition.

In the morning we examine the issue together from different perspectives. In the afternoon we work in mixed groups on naming the dimensions and themes for the research agenda.

At the end of the day, we look at which of the participants wants and can play an active role in further writing the agenda in the period February to June. In this process, we will continue to inform all participants about the progress of this and we will gradually expand our group with new expertise and knowledge, depending on the development of the content of the agenda.

Do you feel drawn to this initiative and do you think you can contribute to the national raw material transition? Register now 

Core team research agenda MaterialsNL Strategic Autonomy
Jacqueline Vaessen, ChemistryNL
Luc Kikkert, TNO
Esther van der Wel, NWO
René Klein, University Leiden
Aart Bouwmeester, Yolk
Marieke Rietbergen, Design Innovation Group
Ardi Dortmans, TNO