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"The European Union Raw Materials Initiative" Symposium

14:00 - 19:00 08 November 2013

Location: Wilkins Old Refectory, UCL, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT


The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, in collaboration with the UCL Faculty of Laws and the UCL European Institute will be hosting a high-level symposium entitled ‘The European Union Raw Materials Initiative: responding to key legal and policy challenges’ to be held 8th November 2013 in London. We are fortunate to have secured an impressive group of panellists which should make for a stimulating and thought provoking afternoon's discussion. 

As part of UCL ISR’s wider engagement programme, this event is an important opportunity to bring together key experts from academia, EU institutions, private sector, government departments, and non-governmental organisations to discuss the main developments and challenges in this field.

The symposium will highlight the key legal and policy challenges, such as the inter-linkages between commodity markets, security, and environmental change.  It will also address implementation gaps, Member States’ coordination and competences, and contribute to the design of improved legal and policy responses and of innovative research.


  • Magnus Gislev, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission; 
  • Birgit Schwenk, Head of Division, Ecological Resource Efficiency, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) 
  • Andrew Bloodworth, Head of Science: Minerals and Waste, British Geological Survey; 
  • Jaakko Kooroshy, Research Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resource Governance, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House;
  • David Baldock, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP);
  • Dr Günter Tiess, Senior researcher, Montanuniversität Leoben, Dep. of Mineral Resources and Petroleum Engineering;
  • Professor Mark Maslin, Professor of Climatology, UCL Geography,
  • Evelyn Dietsche, Honorary Lecturer, CEPMPL, University of Dundee; 
  • Professor Catherine Redgwell, Chichele Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford;
  • Dr Peter Maddox, Head of Strategy and Planning, WRAP.

The event will take place at Wilkins Old Refectory in the UCL main campus in central London as an afternoon panel discussion from 2pm to 6pm followed by an evening drinks and canapé reception.

Download the full programme.