PhD Defence Emilie Courtens 25/9

Post date: Tuesday, 15 September, 2015 - 14:41

Title: Exploring the boundaries of biological nitrogen removal: Development strategies for thermophilic nitrification and denitrification. Promotor: prof. N. Boon and prof. S. Vlaeminck

Event location: Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Ghent
Event date: Friday, 25 September, 2015 - 17:00

Interesting R²T PhD defences coming up the coming weeks

Post date: Friday, 11 September, 2015 - 10:29

In the coming weeks, some researchers related to the R²T research groups will defend their PhD thesis. These defences are public events, so we welcome our industrial partners very much!

An overview:

- Monday 14/9, 16h (Coupure Links 653, Ghent, room A0.030): Oransu Mahlangu (promotor: prof. A. Verliefde): Fouling of nanofiltration membranes: mechanisms and implications for trace organic rejection. 

- Friday 25/9, 17h (Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Ghent): Emilie Courtens (promotor: prof. N.Boon, prof. S. Vlaeminck): Exploring the boundaries of biological nitrogen removal: Development strategies for thermophilic nitrification and denitrification.

- Monday 28/9, 17h (Coupure Links 653, Ghent, room A0.030): Elena Torfs (promotor: prof. I. Nopens): Differente settling regimes in secondary settling tanks: experimental process analysis, model development and calibration

- Monday 5/10, 17h (Coupure Links 653, Ghent, room A0.030): Youri Amerlinck (promotor: prof. I. Nopens): Model refinements in view of wastewater treatment plant optimization: improving the balance in sub model detail

- Thursday 22/10, 18h (Campus Schoonmeersen, V. Vaerewyckweg 1, Ghent, room GSCH.C.1063): Pieter Verhagen (promotor: prof. N. Boon): Bioaugmentation strategies for the treatment of pesticide waste streams

Please let us know if you would attend any of these defences!

Successful IWA Resource Recovery Conference and advisory board meeting

Post date: Tuesday, 8 September, 2015 - 16:34

The IWA Resource Recovery Conference, taking place from August 31st till September 2nd in Ghent was a big success. Over 200 participants, with a significant industrial participation, enjoyed 3 days of top level keynote speakers and research presentation, focussing on resource recovery from waste. The R²T consortium was very prominently present during the conference. The conference ended with the R²T advisory board meeting in which the status and running projects of the consortium were discussed. The day ended with a fruitful brainstorm on potential collaboration and with some nice interactions between researchers and partner companies.

Call for thesis topics

Post date: Tuesday, 25 August, 2015 - 09:30

Partner companies interested in proposing a master thesis topic for 2016-2017 can already draft a short summary of the topic, which can then be distributed among the students. Typically, students start informing about their future thesis already from october onwards. In order to maximize chances for getting the topic chosen by a student, it is advisable to launch the topic at the beginning of the academic year. Bio-engineering students will then work on the thesis from August 2016 till May 2017. If the topic is not chosen by students, we can offer the topic to the other master programmes at the faculty.

IWA Resource Recovery Conference

Post date: Tuesday, 30 June, 2015 - 10:15

From August 30 till September 2 2015, the Resource Recovery conference of the International Water Association (IWA) is taking place in Ghent, in Het Pand. Please reserve these dates in your agenda! This is a big opportunity for R²T members to learn, speed up with the current international research in the field and meet interesting people, both researchers and companies. This conference will be combined with the next R²T advisory board. More information on the conference website Sponsorships are still possible ...

Event location: Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent
Event date: Sunday, 30 August, 2015 - 09:00 to Wednesday, 2 September, 2015 - 20:00

Invitation to the Francqui chair 2015 by Prof. David Sedlak (University of California, Berkeley)

Post date: Monday, 29 June, 2015 - 13:17

The R²T research teams are pleased to invite you to the lectures of the Francqui chair 2015 by prof. David Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Sedlak is co-director of the Berkeley Water Centre and director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. He is a worldwide renowned expert in water management, decentralized water systems, resource recovery and in the fate of chemical water contaminants. The Francqui chair will consist of a series of lectures taking place from August 17th till August 19th 2015. The program is as follows:

- 17/8, 9h00-12h00: Taking the waste out of wastewater

- 17/8, 13h30-15h30: Putting nature to work

- 18/8, 9h00-12h00: the water energy connection

- 18/8, 17h00-21h00: Looking to the past to create a better future (inaugural lecture, followed by reception)

- 19/8, 9h00-12h00: A path forward for urban water systems

We hope to welcome you at this very unique event! Please do not forget to register.

Event location: Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent
Event date: Monday, 17 August, 2015 - 09:00 to Wednesday, 19 August, 2015 - 12:00

IWT call for Baekeland scholarships open

Post date: Tuesday, 16 June, 2015 - 09:26

A call for Baekeland mandates has been opened by the IWT, the Flemish Institute for Science and Technology, which will close September 7th 2015. Baekeland mandates allow individual candidates to perform a PhD in close collaboration with a company. The company is the main applicant towards IWT. The candidate can be either on the payroll of the company or the university and can work at both places. IWT subsidises the personnel costs and working costs of the candidate for 50 to 80 % depending on the size of the company. All companies performing activities in Flanders can be taken into consideration. This can be an interesting funding scheme for innovation, since success rates are of more than 50%. If any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Marie Curie European joint doctorate on resource recovery approved

Post date: Wednesday, 20 May, 2015 - 16:24

Super-W, a European project proposal for a Marie Curie joint doctoral training programme on resource recovery, coordinated bij Ghent University, was recently approved. This will result in funding for 15 new PhDs for the coming 3 years working on resource recovery. In at least 14 of 15 of these proposals Ghent University is taking a role as (co-)promotor. Other academic partners include TU Delft, RWTH Aachen, Catalunya University and Institute of Chemical Technology Prague. These are complemented with 12 non-academic partners, amongst which R²T partners Paques and Umicore. This project will boost the research on resource recovery at Ghent University.

R²T presented at Cleantech Connected

Post date: Thursday, 7 May, 2015 - 09:01

The R²T consortium was presented at the Cleantech Connected matchmaking event of i-Cleantech Vlaanderen, Flanders' innovation platform for cleantech, taking place on May 5th at ICC Gent. Several positive reactions on the concept and operations of R²T were received from companies, knowledge centers and policy makers. We hope to get more exposure on similar events in the coming months in order to spread our message!

Video-recorded seminars available

Post date: Wednesday, 22 April, 2015 - 10:43

Video-recorded seminars from the seminar series 'The paradigm shift towards resource recovery' have been published in the seminar section. These seminars were given by external speakers from both R²T member and non-member companies, public bodies and research institutes. Find them in our seminars section, click on 'read more' to see the video recorded presentation of the seminar. Enjoy!


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