SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #12
[JANUARY 16, 2017]

Symposium "Social License to Operate" (Artefact, 21-2-2018, Leuven)
As part of “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth – Stories from Below”, the largest arts festival in Flanders, SIM² KU Leuven has joined forces with a plethora of organisations, incl. EIT RawMaterials and EU METGROW+, to offer a unique, one-day symposium in Leuven (February 21, 2018) on the Social License to Operate with respect to the primary mining and recycling of critical metals. The Symposium will offer the participants the opportunity to also experience the unique, rare-earth related artwork that will be exhibited. Participation is free of charge. Registration is to be done on-line.
Register here (for free) >


Final programme ELFM IV Symposium released
On 5 and 6 February, 2018, the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium (ELFM IV) is taking place in Mechelen, Belgium. On Janaury 15, 2018, the Final Symposium Programme was released (pdf available here).
ELFM IV offers a total of 50 papers, grouped according to 4 thematic categories: Geophysics, remediation, pre-processing and metal extraction technologies; Thermal valorisation technologies; Upcycling technologies; Multi-criteria assessment. The wide diversity of participants reflects EURELCO’s “quadruple helix” approach, which is essential to obtain and maintain the “Social License to Operate”, in which ELFM is fully integrated in a wider, system-level transition to a low-carbon, circular economy. Registration for this Symposium is still possible (still at the reduced tariff). The organisers, including EIT RawMaterials, hope to welcome you in Mechelen!

Full ELFM IV Symposium Programme >
Register here (at reduced tariff) >


EU H2020 NEMO project secures funding!
In December 2017 the European Commission approved the four-year Horizon 2020 NEMO project. NEMO stands for the “Near-zero-waste recycling of low-grade sulphidic mining waste for critical-metal, mineral and construction raw-material production in a circular economy”. NEMO is coordinated by VTT (Finland) and involves SIM² KU Leuven and VITO as core partners. The project has a total budget of almost 15 million euro and was approved in the call H2020-SC5-14b-2016-2017 (Raw Materials Innovation Actions, Processing of lower-grade and/or complex primary and/or secondary raw materials in the most sustainable ways). Pending the successful completion of the Grant Agreement procedure, the project will start in the spring of 2018. NEMO’s near-zero-waste recycling technology will provide the EU with important new resources, promote investment in the European mining sector and create licensable technologies that will be of great benefit to EU society through the expansion of employment opportunities in the raw-materials sector. Of key importance in this project is the multi-actor approach to obtain and maintain the Social License to Operate for mining/recycling in Europe.

SIM² GA, 10-11-2017
On November 10, 2017, SIM² KU Leuven held its General Assembly in Novotel, Leuven. During this meeting an overview was given of the general status of SIM² KU Leuven (Peter Tom Jones), while Karel Van Acker  provided an update on the EIT RawMaterials KIC. Tom Van Gerven launched the new SIM² Research Line on Process Intensification, while Koen Binnemans discussed the new EC Criticality Figure.

Read more about SIM² KU Leuven's research lines and projects here >
Meet our new SIM² KU Leuven Researchers
Giovanna Sauve is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on the EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project on Enhanced Landfill Mining. Read more about this PhD researcher here >
Thupten Palden is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on the EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES project on zero-waste valorisation of industrial process residues. Read more about this PhD researcher here >
FP7 EURARE project completed
The EU FP7 EURARE project, coordinated by NTUA, began on January 1, 2013, and ran for 5 years. Its main goal was to set the basis for the development of a sustainable EU Rare-Earth (REE) industry, safeguarding the uninterrupted supply of REEs for the EU economy in a sustainable, economically-viable and eco-friendly way. The EURARE team published a concluding project brochure. A must read!
Download final EU FP7 EURARE project brochure here >
ELFM in the Financial Times
Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) was featured in the Financial Times as one of the “50 Ideas to Change the World”. In a Special Report Joshua Jacobs interviews key players and discusses the barriers and opportunities for ELFM. The "Closing the Circle" project of Group Machiels (Remo landfill site) takes centre stage.

Read the full article here >
  • 4th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining, Mechelen, Belgium, 5/02/2018 - 6/02/2018. Visit website here >
  • Lecture Koen Binnemans - Lessen voor de XXI Eeuw - Critical metal for the transition to a low-carbon economy, Leuven, 19/02/2018. Visit the wesbite here >
  • Artefact Symposium on the Social License to operate for the metal extraction industry, Leuven, Belgium, 21/02/2018. Visit the website here >
  • Asia Steel International Conference 2018, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 6/2/2018 – 9/2/2018.
  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece - 7/05/2018 - 9/05/2018. Visit website here >
  • 7th EuCheMS Conference on Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids (EuCheMSIL 2018), Lisbon, Portugal, 7/10/2018 - 12/10/2018. Visit website here >
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