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Our Partners – Academic Institutions

Our UKRI  Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Technology Metals – Met4Tech –  brings together researchers from the Universities of Exeter, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester and the British Geological Survey to maximise opportunities around the provision of technology metals from primary and secondary sources, and to promote materials stewardship and responsible innovation, creating a National Technology Metals Circular Economy Roadmap to accelerate us towards a circular economy.

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Our Partners – Industry

Collaboration and contributions from our many industry and international partners are essential for this new Centre. We can shape the research to match partner interests and welcome enquiries and discussions.

The scheme does not give direct funding to industry or overseas partners, however SME companies (UK-based) will be able to bid to UKRI for separate funds to take part in the Centre activities. Participation could involve funding a PhD studentship or other research project, providing logistic support, study sites and data on stocks/flows, information about wastes and recycling, results from complementary research projects, hosting study visits and/or secondments, facilitation of events (venue), hosting/organising conferences, attending meetings and workshops, and promoting our work.

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Members of Our Independent Advisory Board

Chair: Roderick Eggert

– Deputy Director at Critical Minerals Institute, USA also of Colorado School of Mines

Fiona Charley and Peter Hopkinson

– Co-Directors at Exeter Centre for Circular Economy, CE-Hub (University of Exeter Business School)

James Butterworth

– Senior Policy Officer, Circular Economy Team at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Roz Bullied

– Deputy Policy Director at Green Alliance

Richard Herrington

– Head of Earth Sciences Department, National History Museum London

Nabeel Mancheri

– Secretary General of Rare Earth Industry Association

Judith McCan

– Senior Portfolio Manager, Circular Economy at Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Angela Nahikian

– Board of Directors, Biomimicry Institute

Sarah Newport

– Senior Programme Manager, NERC

Luis Tercero

– Coordinator – Raw Materials Unit, Fraunhofer