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The SOCRATES Pathway towards Sustainability

As a prelude to the series of the World Sustainable Built Environment conferences, a gathering of international doctoral students was organized under the Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building (YRSB19) in Prague last July 1, 2019. I submitted an article discussing the use of industrial by-products, having sources comparable to those of the SOCRATES residues, as non-conventional supplementary cementitious ...

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About membranes, phase separation and perspective

Phase separation is involved in many processes, and although we don’t realize that, some of them are in front of us every moment. For instance our body can function thanks to phase separation and in some specific case develops diseases because of that. A positive example of phase separation which can be found in every living being are membranes, which have ...

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Time to think beyond of your technical research by BREAKit Project

While I was working in my research, I got a chance to be a part of the BREAKit project (https://breakitproject.eu/)  which helped me to explore the potential of my beyond technical skills. The project BREAKit “Bringing Research Knowledge to Exploitation: A T‐Shape Itinerary Approach” offers an itinerary for creating and training T-shaped innovation champions through practical training to develop such ...

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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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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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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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Doctoral School on Cement Chemistry in Lausanne, Switzerland

Representing Kerneos Research and Technology Centre (Imerys Aluminates) and the SOCRATES project, I participated in April 2018 to the 4th ‘LC3 Doctoral School‘ hosted by the Laboratory of Construction Materials of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). LC3 stands for Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LCCC, so LC3). The 4-day event was well-attended by PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and professionals from over ...

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