Winter School

SusCritMat Winter School, January 15-19, 2018

The first SusCritMat Winter school on Critical Raw Materials takes place in Les Diablerets, Switzerland

In a novel educational concept, the winter school will offer modules on complex and interdisciplinary topics related to critical raw materials, developed and taught by European experts in the field. The winter school will help participants to understand the role of critical raw materials in the whole value chain across various academic fields, by highlighting the bigger picture and the interconnected nature of global business and society, which is is increasingly necessary for decision-making in industry.
The main case study of this winter school will be Neodymium magnets for electric cars, one of the top issues in today’s discussions on future needs and supply of Critical Raw Materials. Project work in small groups, supported by mentors, will enable students to conduct independent research on the various relevant questions in managing CRMs.

The winter school is open for PhD and Master students, professionals and educators from all countries.

  • Discuss with experts
  • Gain competences
  • Enlarge your professional network
  • Gain ECTS points


Learn more about the contents of the Winter School by viewing our program.

Registration is now closed. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2019!


Knowledge requirements

To understand fundamental material properties and functional principles of high-tech applications a basic knowledge of materials science or related disciplines (physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering…) is mandatory. In general, participants should be eager to extend their knowledge to other disciplines and to work in interdisciplinary teams. Participants who are not familiar with the term “critical raw materials” or have not already been in contact with associated topics during their studies are asked to study some preparatory materials which they will receive with their application acceptance.



The total fee of CHF 252 (EUR 230) in a single room or CHF 197 (180 EUR) in a twin room per person and night includes:

  • Welcome apéritif
  • Breakfast
  • Light lunch
  • 3 course dinner
  • 1 coffee break per day
  • Mineral water during conference
  • Free use of the hotel facilities (swimming pool, sauna, etc.)
  • All taxes and fees

For a limited number of selected students (including PhD students), the fee may be reduced to only 400 Euros for the whole week (five nights, accommodation in twin room).

Furthermore, a limited number of students at Swiss universities have the opportunity to participate for free through sponsoring by SATW – please mention in your motivation letter if you are applying for this option.


How to get there


The winter school will take place at:

Eurotel Victoria Les Diablerets
Chemin du Vernex 3
1865 Les Diablerets


It is located at about 800 metres walking distance from Les Diablerets train station. If you arrive from outside Switzerland, you may get there from Geneva airport in 2 hours.

You can easily plan your journey to Les Diablerets by public transportation via the SBB website.