Author Archives: Piet Wostyn

Being a new entry, the oddball, the new guest

Entering a room full of people who already know each other is not the easiest social encounter; you don’t know anybody and nobody knows you. You can sense all eyes on you and, therefore, feel acutely self-conscious. It is even worse being a newcomer not just to a party, but a workplace. When I first accepted the position at the ...

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ESR in the picture: Ioanna Maria Pateli featured in University of Leicester postgraduate research magazine

On the occasion of highlighting the innovative research of the SOCRATES project, one of our ESRs, Marianna, was put in the spotlight at the University of Leicester. Her research was highlighted in the postgraduate research magazine ‘Frontier’. In a short article, she comments about the essential development of novel extraction methods for critical metals. “Europe faces a serious challenge in ...

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The 8th International Congress on Ionic Liquids is taking place to Beijing (May 14 – 19, 2019)

The 8th International Congress on Ionic Liquids is taking place to Beijing (China) on May 14 – 19 of 2019. The ‘COIL’ symposium is one of the most important and influential conferences on an international level in the field of Ionic Liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs). Ionic Liquids is a new generation of solvents making their way in the scientific ...

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Landfilled sulphur residue set to be Boliden Kokkola’s next resource

The zinc smelter Boliden Kokkola in Finland has found new methods to extract zinc, silver and lead as well as produce sulphuric acid from the residue. It has approximately 820,000 tonnes of landfilled sulphur residue (330,000 dry tonnes), a material containing valuable metals that they previously were unable to recover. Now, through its research, Boliden can take another steps towards a ...

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Training in Science Communication: taking a photograph

During the NWE5 training focused on science communication and dissemination took place at Innovation Hub of University of Leicester. The training given by Prof Andy Abbott with title “How to take a photograph” was about things to remember and to avoid when taking a photograph – not a picture. The main lesson of this training was that the brain is ...

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Why should PhD students bother to attend conferences?

Being part of the SOCRATES network, I have noticed that the prerequisites for obtaining doctoral degree differ significantly between institutions. For instance, in the University of Leicester (UK) PhD candidate required to produce a solid piece of writing (around 150-200 pages long) and then go through an oral examination, “viva voce”, in front of board of professors. In contrast, to ...

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ESR in the picture: Stelios’ work featured in New Walk Museum

In September 2018 we briefly described PhD student Stylianos Spathariotis’ artwork which linked ‘Deep Eutectic Solvents, Fifty Shades of Grey and Brexit‘. We (and Stelios especially) are very proud to announce that his work, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, has been selected for display in the annual open exhibition at New Walk Museum. The piece combines the science of metal recovery ...

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Fifth SOCRATES network-wide event takes place in Leicester (February 2019)

The fifth Network-wide Event of ETN SOCRATES takes place from 19 to 21 February 2019 in Leicester, U.K. The meeting is hosted by Leicester University and the venue is the College Court. During the meeting, the recruited Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and their supervisors, together with representatives of the partner organisations and the project management, will monitor the progress of ...

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SOCRATES successful Midterm Review & 4th Network-Wide Event in Leuven (Belgium, September 2018)

The fourth Network-Wide Event (NWE4) of MSCA ETN SOCRATES took place on September 13 and 14, 2018, in Leuven (Belgium). It was an important event, as the midterm evaluation was scheduled because the project is halfway. The midterm evaluation meeting started with a short welcome and introduction by the project officer, Maria-Emma Campo Cossio Luhaces. She clarified that “The goal ...

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The 4th International Conference on Ionic Liquids in Separation and Purification Technology is organised in Sitges, Spain (08 – 11 September of 2019)

The ILSEPT-  4th “International Conference on Ionic Liquids in Separation and Purification Technology” is taking place in Sitges (Spain) between 08 – 11 September of 2019. The overall aim of this conference is to gather scientists from different fields, researchers, industrialists to discuss and share new cutting edge results on the use of ionic liquids (ILs) and deep eutectic solvents (DESs) ...

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