||IRTC is an international “Round Table” project on approaches towards assessing materials criticality, taking place in the form of workshops at international conferences. The results are consecutively published in the form of joint scientific papers and a Roadmap on Criticality for authorities. The project shall advance the research in criticality assessment, foster international exchange and education in the topic, identify common ground and differences, and raise awareness towards materials criticality, especially in industry. It shall also lay the cornerstone for a long-lasting international network of internationally leading experts. Awareness towards materials criticality, and its crucial role for a circular economy, shall be raised by creating visibility at established conference with a diverse audience and high impact in research and industry.
Two Round Table events have taken place in 2018: the first one in Vancouver, Canada, at the Resources for Future Generations Conference, on “How methodology determines what is critical”, and a second one in Tokyo at the EcoBalance conference on “Criticality and circular economy”.
The third Round Table will take place on March 14, 2019, at the TMS Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019 in San Antiono, Texas, on the topic of “How industry manages criticality”. The event aims at making the link to representatives from industry and integrate their views in the work of the Consortium. Invited talks in the morning will set the scene on the role of criticality for different industrial sectors. At the Round Table discussion in the afternoon – with Consortium partners and selected industrial stakeholders – these aspects will be carved out in more detail. In parallel, a survey will be conducted by the project that evaluates industry awareness towards criticality. The outcomes of the session, the Round Table discussion as well as the survey will inform the upcoming work within the project and set the cornerstone for a scientific publication on the topic that will be published in series with the Consortium’s previous publications.