Unique symposium on water and climate
This symposium concludes the 2016 Thinkers Program on Water & Climate from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB). Margaret Catley-Carlson (Patron Global Water Partnership Canada) and Glen T. Daigger (former chairman of the International Water Association) examined how the region of Flanders is dealing with the coming climate change in general and particularly with respect to all issues of water, and reflected on technologies and policies to bring forward collective adaptive measures for Flanders and beyond. They consulted over 200 stakeholders. On June 17th they present their findings. National and international experts respond and nurture the debate about climate and future water management.
More information and registration: visit the website.
Science and art: the floating robot
Brazilian artist Ivan Henriques cooperated with CMET researchers (Korneel Rabaey's team) to create a floating mobile robot harvesting energy from microbial fuell cells (MFCs). The MFCs purify the wastewater and produce energy to move the robot. The robot is also equipped with plants for further purification.
Waterschap Brabantse Delta joins R2T
We welcome our new R2T partner Waterschap Brabantse Delta, the regional authority responsible for water management of part of the province of Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.. Click here for a more detailed description.
Covestro joins R2T
We welcome our new R2T partner Covestro, a global supplier of high-tech polymer materials. Covestro has different large production sites and the headquarters is located in Leverkusen, Germany. Click here for a more detailed description.
Nijhuis Industries joins R2T
We welcome our new R2T partner Nijhuis Industries, offering solutions for sustainable water use and resource recovery. Click here for a more detailed description.
PhD defense Joeri Coppens
Title: Quantification, recovery and valorization of nitrogen and phosphorus from waste streams: Strategies towards circular nutrient management
Registration for the reception is closed.
The annual showcase of R²T will take place on February 3rd.
On the agenda:
- Testmonials of industrial collaborations with R²T research partners
- Testimonials of 2 master thesis students
- Results of previous meetings and brainstorms + Introduction of the new operational procedures from 2016 onwards
- Status update Capture project
- Interactive Feedback moment
Wim Audenaert is the new R²T manager
From February 2016 onwards, dr. Wim Audenaert will be the new R²T manager. Wim finished his PhD on process modelling of advanced oxidation processes in 2012 and has been working as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Industrial Biological Sciences of Ghent University, Campus Kortrijk.
Wim is replacing dr. Steven De Meester, who is becoming professor at Ghent University, Campus Kortrijk. Dr. Simon De Corte will keep on supporting the R²T consortium, but Wim will act as the first point of contact for the members.
A happy one!
The R²T consortium wishes its industrial partners a fruitful, innovative and healthy 2016 ! We hope the new year will bring new opportunities for collaboration and new projects. Let's interact closely in 2016 !
Call for internships
Partners are welcome to offer internship positions for master students in bioscience engineering. These internships take 4 or 8 weeks and typically take place during summer, although other possibilities also exist. Although the timeframe for these internships is rather limited, experiences of both students and companies in the past have been very positive. In 2015, first internships have taken place at Lanxess, Avecom, Paques and Pidpa. We hope to offer some more internships in 2016 to our students. Professors can actively advertise these interships to students during their courses. If interested, please describe the internship in 1/2 page and do not hesitate to contact us!