Author Archives: Piet Wostyn

Presenting my work at the Netherlands’ Catalysis and Chemistry Conference (March 2019)

I had the opportunity to attend the XXth Netherlands’ Catalysis and Chemistry Conference (NCCC) last March. NCCC attracts about 500 participants, including also scientists from industry. NCCC includes lectures by invited speakers, and selected oral papers and posters. PhD candidates are encouraged to present their research, discuss it with leading scientists and representatives from industry. NCCC offers a unique, international ...

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Socrates policy brief presented at the General Assembly of the International Lead Association (June 2019)

On the 18th of June 2019,  dr. Annelies Malfliet presented SOCRATES project and the key message of the SOCRATES policy brief “Lead Metallurgy is Fundamental to the Circular Economy” as guest speaker at the Lead REACH Consortium General Assembly. The Lead REACH Consortium is an initiative of the International Lead Association (ILA). The ILA supports its 90 members involved in ...

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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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