SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #7
[MARCH 2017]

Hilde Vautmans (Member European Parliament) launches ambitious ELFM EU Action Plan
On February 7, 2017 the KU Leuven coordinated EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project kicked off in Houthalen, Belgium. The kick-off was organised in conjunction with the 5th General Assembly of the European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium (EURELCO). The event was attended by 80 participants from 13 EU Member States. Guest speaker was Belgian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Hilde Vautmans who launched her ambitious ELFM EU Action Plan. This consists of a new EU Parliamentary Working Group on Landfill Mining, a second ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament, and the ambition to set up “ELACON” (European Landfill Mining Competency Network), which is to be a multi-level stakeholder platform with the support of the European Commission (based on the successful ERECON concept). The General Assembly also included a unique event in which the NEW-MINE researchers went in dialogue with the “locals” living in the vicinity of the Remo landfill site in Houthalen.


Download ELFM EU Action Plan
Download Report “NEW-MINERS meet LOCALS”

Zero waste valorisation of metal-containing urban/industrial waste is our mission
SIM² KU Leuven is a leading, interdisciplinary research cluster at KU Leuven uniting the research groups working on Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management. SIM² KU Leuven’s mission is to perform cutting-edge fundamental, strategic and applied research contributing to cost-effective, zero-waste valorisation of End-of-Life waste, mining waste and industrial process residues, covering the full value recycling/recovery chain. 
New process to concentrate Sc in red mud leachates. B. Onghena, C.R. Borra, T. Van Gerven, K. Binnemans, Separation and Purification Technology, 176, 208–219 (2017), Download here.
New non-aqueous solvent extraction system for rare-earth separation. N.K. Batchu, T. Vander Hoogerstraete, D. Banerjee, K. Binnemans, Separation and Purification Technology, 174, 544–553 (2017). Download here.
KU Leuven Metaforum working group on Circular Economy (CE), December 2016. Download here

Full list of papers here
SIM² KU Leuven's guide to Open Access
Since the launch of Horizon 2020 the EC has been highlighting the importance of Open Access publishing. Open Access publishing implies that all peer-reviewed scientific publications resulting from a Horizon 2020 project should be deposited in open-access repositories. SIM² KU Leuven developed a step-by-step Open Access flow diagram that can be used by all partners who are involved in Horizon 2020 projects.
New Flemish Policy Research Centre on Circular Economy
The Flemish Government recently approved the setup of a new Policy Research Centre “Sustainable Materials Management in a Circular Economy (CE)”. The centre will perform policy research in order to monitor the progress of the Flemish region to a Circular Economy, to frame Flanders’ CE actions in international policy and to study the effects on economy and environment of different policy measures to stimulate CE. The centre is a collaboration between KU Leuven, UGent, UA and VITO, and is led by prof. Karel Van Acker (SIM² KU Leuven).
Marie-Curie programme EC salutes DEMETER video as dissemination Bast Practice
During the yearly Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 ITN coordinators information day organised by the European Commission in Brussels (12-12-2016), the ETN DEMETER video was presented as the example of successful outreach. The DEMETER video, featuring Early Stage Researcher Gwen Bailey (KU Leuven), was made in collaboration with Storyrunner. The video was viewed more than 10,000 times in the first week after being launched.
Inaugural lecture Prof. Yiannis Pontikes
SIM² KU Leuven is pleased to invite you to attend the Inaugural Lectures of the Materials Engineering Department, including the one of Prof. Yiannis Pontikes. The lectures will take place on Thursday, 9 March 2017 from 4:30 pm till 6:00 pm in the auditorium 00.39, Departement Materiaalkunde, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, 3001 Heverlee. You are also kindly invited to join the reception afterwards.
  • 5th International Slag Valorisation Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 3/04/2017 - 5/04/2017. Visit website here
  • 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources (ERES 2017), Santorini, Greece, 28/05/2017 - 31/05/2017. Visit website here
  • EUROMAT 2017 (Area H: Raw Materials), Thessaloniki, Greece, 17/09/2017 - 22/09/2017. Visit website here.
  • 4th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining, Mechelen, Belgium, 5/02/2018 - 6/02/2018.
  • 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 7-02-2018.
  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece - 7/05/2018 - 9/05/2018. Visit website here.
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