Hydrometallurgy in raw materials utilization

Hydrometallurgy in raw materials utilization

– an educational and communication programme

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HydroMetEC is a lifelong learning program organized within EIT Raw Materials academy, coordinated by NTNU. It will educate engineers from industry, scientist at RTOs, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students about hydrometallurgy. Employees from mining, metallurgical, recycling and chemical industry are welcome to attend the project events about primary and secondary raw materials and their treatments in hydrometallurgical processes. Hydrometallurgical processes have become more important in recent years to extract and recycle various metals from different sources and in establishing circular economy to address the environmental challenges in different sectors.

HydroMetEC will provide innovative professional training courses by applying digital approaches and tools, organizing international seminars, as well as building a European network in the field. These will consolidate the EIT portfolio in EIT-labelled activities. An online course will be given each year and a physical international seminar will be organised in 2024 and 2026.

  • An introductory course providing fundamental knowledge about hydrometallurgical processes and typical process units for metal extraction, and case examples focusing on units used in Europe.
  • International seminars focusing on hydrometallurgical processing of primary raw materials, critical material extraction, metal recovery from secondary resources, sustainability as well as the value chain of metal production and supply (resources, market, societal impact - energy consumption and environmental footprint).

Previous locations for the HydroMetEC international seminars

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2020 in Sweden: Advances toward clean hydrometallurgical processes; primary and secondary raw materials treatment, fundamentals, thermodynamic software use, and digitalisation

2021 in Finland: Design of hydrometallurgical processes for raw materials treatment; simulation, upscaling, economy, Material flow and circular economy

2022 in Greece: Multiple Metals and Minerals Recovery from industrial residues; technological solutions in EC and EIT RM projects, combinedpyro-, hydro-, and iono-metallurgical processes

Life Long Learning Course: HydroMetEC

Hydrometallurgy in raw materials utilization

- an educational and communication programme

Part I: Introduction to Hydrometallurgy

September 2023, Online

A 3-day comprehensive course in Hydrometallurgy given by recognized academia and industrial experts.


  • Fundamentals of Hydrometallugy I and II
  • Hydrometallugical process applications


Deadline for registering

Date: September 7, 2023

Registration fee 80 Euro. 

Register on the following link: https://ntnu.eventsair.com/hydrometec/2023


Who should attend?

From industry and academia; engineers, scientists, researchers, technologists, postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in hydrometallurgy or related fields. Young or experienced individuals looking to broaden their knowledge outside their current field.

Participants will be awarded a certificate on completion of the course.

This course will be given once a year online.


Yongxiang Yang
Professor, TU-Delft

Life Long Learning Course: HydroMetEC

Hydrometallurgy in raw materials utilization

- an educational and communication programme

Part II: International Seminar in Hydrometallurgy

Next time: 2024


Agenda: More information will be shared early 2024.

Seminar Schedule 2022_Final.docx

Location: TBD





Registration fee xx Euro. 

Register on the following link: 

Abstract book 2020

Abstract book 2021

Abstract book 2022.pdf


Michalis Vafeias


Jafar Safarian
Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Part I: Introductory course in hydrometallurgy

12, 19 and 26 of September 2023, Online

Part II: International seminar


Introductory course in Hydrometallurgy

Introductory course in Hydrometallurgy

September 12, 19 and 26, 2023: Online