Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main theme of the RACE?

Our main theme will be focused on the Green Transition in Europe. Through the RACE, participants can explore how Europe is gearing up and innovating to move towards the green transition. Through working together on challenges participants will investigate how Raw Materials can push forward the Green Transition in Europe through entrepreneurship and innovation.

When is the event happening?

The RACE 2023 will take place in person starting on the 22nd July and ending on the 5th August 2023. Once you register and your application is approved, we will send you all the details needed for the next stage. You will have access to all event activities and networking opportunities.

Can I arrive and/or depart earlier and/or later than the event start and/or end?

The 22nd July and 5th August are travel days so you must arrive and depart on these days. You cannot arrive any later or leave any earlier, as you will risk disrupting the programme. Accommodation is only covered from 22 July – 5 August.

Where is the event happening?

The RACE 2023 will be taking place across Portugal and Spain. We will start in Lisbon and end in Barcelona.

I want to apply as a Racer – what should I know?

Join the RACE 2023 as a Racer if you want to learn & innovate!

Get access to:

  • Expert lectures
  • Workshops
  • Site visits
  • HR sessions
  • Entrepreneurship training

Join this track if you are:

  • A student currently enrolled in a relevant MSc programme at university

You need to be proficient in written and spoken English and have a background and/or expertise in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, Material Science, Materials Recycling, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Management and Policy, Mining, Metallurgy, Business, Economics or similar.

I want to apply as a Team Manager – what should I know?

Join the RACE 2023 as a Team Manager if you want to help navigate participants through the process!

  • Facilitate groupwork
  • Assist participants
  • Get access to the entire RACE programme and further boost your network!

Join this track if you are a student currently enrolled in a PhD programme or a young professional based in Europe or you have recently graduated from an MSc programme.

You need to be proficient in written and spoken English and have a background and/or expertise in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, Material Science, Materials Recycling, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Management and Policy, Mining, Metallurgy, Business, Economics or similar.

How will the challenges and groupwork be organised?

Participants in the Racer track will get the chance to develop solutions to real industry ‘Green Transition’ challenges during the RACE. Racers will develop innovative ideas tackling the raw materials challenges for the Green Transition by working together with the other international participants from backgrounds across the whole raw materials value chain.

Can I work on an idea by myself?

You will be allocated into diverse groups with varying backgrounds, expertise and skills, where you will be working together to find a solution to your challenge.

What does the groupwork methodology look like for RACE 2023?

Racers will develop innovative ideas tackling raw materials challenges by working together with the other international participants from backgrounds across the whole raw materials value chain. Through working together on challenges with help from the Team Managers, participants will investigate the importance of Raw Materials for the Green Transition in Europe through entrepreneurship and innovation.

What are the benefits of joining the RACE 2023?

The RACE 2023 gives unique opportunity for learning and innovation. During the two week-long journey, you can network with leading industrial experts and present your ideas. The best three innovations will receive unique awards at the end of journey.

What is the application timeline?

Applications will be opening on the 20th March 2023 at an early bird discount until the 10th April. Standard applications will be accepted from then until the 30th April 2023.

How much does it cost to participate in the RACE 2023?

To join as a Racer:

Participant Type Standard Contribution
EIT RawMaterials Labelled Master’s Students €250
EIT RawMaterials Partner University Students €500
External University Students €700
Prices include applicable VAT fees and will include all accommodation, internal travel and meals throughout the whole programme (except social drinks).
You will need to make your way to the start location on the 22 July and back from the end location on the 5 August at your own costs.

To join as a Team Manager:

  • Registration is free and we will cover arrival and departure costs. You will not receive remuneration for this role.

What are the next steps after application?

Your applications will be reviewed and upon acceptance you will be directed to the payment page (where applicable), as well as receiving all the relevant information for the next steps. The final participants list will be communicated in early May. If you face any issues before/during event, then please contact us at joinrace@eitrawmaterials.eu

What language will be used during the RACE 2023 event?

English will be primary language used during the RACE 2023 event.

If I am familiar / not interested in certain topics, can I skip those sessions?

RACE is a journey comprising of various events to learn and innovate. It is against the code of conduct to skip any part. We designed the RACE to help you understand the different challenges across the whole value chain of raw material for a sustainable future. We strongly believe every component is crucial to help you create innovative ideas during the RACE. One of the requirements for you to come with us on this journey is to participate and contribute to the programme we built for you.

Will there be any possibility for an online event?

We do not see any need to turn the event online this year.

Will there be any training material provided during the event?

There will be entrepreneurial training for all groups that will help you prepare for the final pitching ceremony.

I paid for the RACE event and later I decided not to attend the event. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we are not offering refunds under any circumstance other than if we cancel the event. If you wish to resign from participation please email us at joinrace@eitrawmaterials.eu 

What is the COVID-19 Policy?

You will be asked to show proof of vaccination upon arrival to the RACE 2023, if you do not have this, you will not be able to join the programme.

You must have or purchase valid health and travel insurance that covers COVID-19 isolation and repatriation. We recommend you look into this AXA cover or find something similar. You will have to send your policy documents to us in advance.

Our COVID-19 policy, as well as other useful documents, will be sent to you after registration.

I am unable to process my RACE application. Who should I contact?

If you are unable to process your RACE application then please email us at joinrace@eitrawmaterials.eu 

What will the RACE 2023 winners receive as awards?

There will be several prizes for RACE 2023 pitching competition.

1st place: will be offered an online course of their choice, a 2 hour coaching session with an EIT RawMaterials Business Developer AND support in their application for a Lab2Market spot.

2nd place: will be offered an online course of their choice and a 2 hour coaching session with an EIT RawMaterials Business Developer.

3rd place: will be offered an online course of their choice.

We will also have an audience award, which will be chosen by the participants.

What do teams need to do to win prizes?

To win the prizes:

1. Teams will be invited to pitch in front of an Expert Jury at the Final Pitching Ceremony on the 4th of August 2023.

2. The Jury will then decide which are the top teams against criteria that will have been communicated to the teams.

Contact us

Have you got any more questions? Do not hesitate to reach out to us at:

joinrace@eitrawmaterials.eu