Author Archives: Piet Wostyn

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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Making amorphous slag

Work Packages 1 and 2 of the SOCRATES project are working on the extraction and recovery of critical and economically important metals that are present in the investigated tailings, sludges, slags and ashes. This leaves behind residual mineral matrices that can be used in our Work Package 3: “Residual matrix valorization”, possibly requiring prior treatment processes. By activating these (treated) residues ...

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To burn or not to burn… Is that a right question?

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the SOCRATES consortium or any of its members. The Consortium will not take any liability for such statements included in the article. At first, I wanted to write about one weekend, June 15-17, that I spent in ...

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Summer School 2018: “To mine or not to mine” (10-12 September 2018)

On September 10-12, 2017, the joint ETN SOCRATES, ETN NEW-MINE & EIT KIC IMAGINE summer school is organised in Leuven, Belgium. The Summer School aims at offering an integral approach for the assessment of landfill mining projects. The interdisciplinary training programme aims at going beyond technical assessment, offering an approach to determine the value of landfill mining from an economic, environmental, ...

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SOCRATES Researcher wins prestigious ADUC-prize!

Dr. Oldamur Hollóczki from the Mulliken Center for Theoretical Chemistry was awarded with the prestigious ADUC-prize. Every year, the Prize of the Association of German University Professors in Chemistry (ADUC in German – Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Universitätsprofessoren und -professorinnen für Chemie) honors up to three junior research group leaders for the establishment of an independent research area. The prize was conferred ...

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