An introduction to the Finnish experience during SOCRATES’ second network-wide event (04-07 September 2017)

Group picture of the participants of the NWE of ETN SOCRATES.

Group picture of the participants of the NWE of ETN SOCRATES.

ESR9 presenting his progress.

ESR9 presenting his progress.

On September 4, the consortium of ETN SOCRATES gathered in Pori, Finland, for the second network-wide event. On the first day of the event, all recruited ESRs presented the progress they made during the last half year. All of them gave high quality presentations, reviewing the state of the art of their research, training, secondments and communication & dissemination activities. All ESRs demonstrated that they are on track and answered any questions raised by the supervisors and partners. In the evening, all participants enjoyed the convivial atmosphere during a delicious dinner, offered by the host Outotec.

A delicious dinner was offered by the host, Outotec.

On the second day, the ESRs followed several trainings on a.o. hydrometallurgy, mineral processing and industrial water treatment. Meanwhile, the Technical Steering Committee reviewed the state of the art per work package, and discussed the general overview of the project workflow. Next, during the Supervisory Board the consortium evaluated also the progress of the project in respect to the various deliverables and milestones. Finally, the various communication and dissemination activities the project organized so far were presented.

After the meetings, the participants were offered a tour of the various laboratories of Outotec’s Research Center. Due to IP issues, there are no photos of this tour. Instead, many photos were taken during the evening city tour offered by the two ESRs based in Pori.

ESR6 Ivan Korolev as a city guide in Pori.

ESR6 Ivan Korolev as a city guide in Pori.

On the third day of the NWE, the ESR trainings continued and insights were share about the challenges and opportunities of recovering metals from iron-rich residues from zinc production; Business development in metallurgical industry; The role of process modelling in process development; Managing Industrial Delivery Project; and the Development of hydrometallurgical process equipments: scaling up from lab scale to industrial scale.

Finally, on the last day, the ESRs visited the Outotec Pilot Factory and Boliden’s Copper Electrorefinery. To conclude the intense week, a relaxing Finnish sauna experience was offered – quite an original team-building activity! (but also no pictures here 😉 )

ESRs 4, 3, 2 and 1 during a convivial coffee break in Turku.

ESRs 4, 3, 2 and 1 during a convivial coffee break in Turku.

Before returning home, some of the ESRs took advantage to explore some more of the Finnish west coast and visited the historical town of Turku.

Goodbyes were exchanged and followed by “See you soon in Bonn for our third Network-wide Event!”. There, we hope to welcome the last two ESRs who’s recruitment is near to completion. Looking forward!

 

Group picture of the ESRs and the PM visiting the historical city of Turku.

Group picture of the ESRs and the PM visiting the historical city of Turku.

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