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Atlantic Copper Chair SUMA Summer School, July 2023, Spain

The SUMA Summer school 2023 is organised by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and Atlantic Copper.

Atlantic Copper is a Spanish Company whose sole shareholder is the US global conglomerate Freeport-McMoran, one of the leading natural resources companies in the United States that produces copper, gold and molybdenum. Their main base of activity is in the Huelva Metallurgy Complex, which produces high-grade refined copper from ore mined in several places around the world. The production plant is formed by the smelter (producing anodes), and the refinery (producing cathodes), and three sulfur acid plants.

We will be hosting the summer school in person, with courses and field visits in Madrid,  Córdoba, and Seville.

Applications will open in January 2023.

Target group

SUMA students and all interested students in Copper Metallurgy.

A good level of English is necessary.

The details

July, 2023
Spain (Madrid, Córdoba, Seville)
Atlantic Copper, Universidad Politecnic de Madrid and EIT Raw Materials SUMA Master programmes
KU Leuven

Entry Requirements

We invite students interested in the field of materials engineering and copper metallurgy to apply for the Summer School.

Potential candidates are requested to fill out the application form and provide any relevant documentation. The documents to be included in the application are:
CV (max. of two A4 pages) 
A short motivation letter (max. of one A4 page) explaining why the participant wishes to be part of the Summer School and why she/he is a suitable candidate

Participants must have valid travel and health insurance that covers COVID-19 isolation and repatriation, as well as a valid visa to be able to travel through Schengen countries across Europe. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide visa invitation letters nor assist in providing support in obtaining visas.

The detailed programme will be provided in January 2023


The Summer School is organised by the EIT RawMaterials project IMAGINE. Should you have any further questions about the summer school, please contact Lucía Leal (catedra.empresa.minasyenergia@upm.es). 

For questions related to the application process, please contact the education manager Mónica Guasca (monica.guasca@kuleuven.be).

Eligible candidates can join the Summer School for free. We will cover your accommodation, internal travel, and most food throughout the whole programme (except for social drinks and free time). You will only need to make your way to Madrid. Flights to and from Madrid are at your own cost.

In the 2022 Summer School, our students participated in keynote lectures, visited a copper and aluminum cable factory, spent a day in the largest open-pit mine in Europe, explored a hydrometallurgy plant and were welcomed at the Atlantic Copper Metallurgical Complex . Of course, there was also time to relax and enjoy the Spanish culture, gastronomy and landscapes!


Please send your application via the application portal

Registrations will open in January 2023

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