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Tracking the employment satisfaction of a Doctorate holder


How satisfying is the career of a doctorate holder? The following survey, by European Science Foundation (ESF) in 2016, supported by nine participating organisations, offers a wealth of data on the employment situation, and transition to the labour market, of the doctorate holders under study. The employment levels are found to be high and the vast majority deploy their skills ...

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Working All Together

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How to live without a microwave? How to make popcorn? How to reheat food? It wasn’t that long ago that no one had microwaves, but nowadays this machine has become a daily tool used in every home. Sure, ultrasound is not the most scientific of determinations, but for women living in a world before it there was no way to ...

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Cosmicologists – Part 4


Today we’d like to introduce two new members of our increasingly international team – Claire Delacour and Gerardo de Leon! We’ll let them share a few words on their background and thoughts about the project they are now part of. Claire Delacour: I am a young engineer in Fine Chemistry and Bioprocesses. During my third year in engineering school, I had the ...

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“No scientist is an island”


– Roberta Manno, University of Zaragoza As my co-worker Mohammed explained in the last blog, the first birthday of the COSMIC team was celebrated during the meeting in March. Results, challenges, observations and problems were expounded to all the members. As PhD students, we are usually focused only on experiments, publications, patents and so on; but to be a good scientist that ...

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COSMIC completes 1 light year at the Network Wide Event 3 held in Gottingen, Germany


– Mohammed Noorul Hussain, COSMICologist Using light year as a metaphor I want to express a verbal celebration for all that was achieved by the third NWE of the COSMIC project, which also completes one year since its kick-off meeting. Scientific productivity in the past one year, appropriately catalyzed by discussions and collaboration, has been quite high. Movement of ESRs ...

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Microinnova – Continuous Manufacturing / Process Intensification


– Gerardo de Leon, Microinnova I recently joined Microinnova, one of the leading companies in continuous chemical processing and process intensification with 15 years of experience in this field. Microinnova offers process development and plant engineering by applying flow technology.  The company provides services regarding the conversion of processes from batch to continuous manufacturing, does feasibility studies on continuous lab plants, ...

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Time to Celebrate Women in Science!


11 February! Today we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, declared by the United Nations (resolution A/RES/70/212), as a way to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in science. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said “We need to encourage and support girls and women achieve their full potential as scientific researchers and innovators.” From ...

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A Fluid with a Hole?


– Dwayne Stephens, University of Göttingen Strong sound waves, such as ultrasound, in a liquid produce bubbles by rupturing the liquid, resulting in an effect called acoustic cavitation1. But to understand this phenomenon more clearly we must first understand the physics behind a single cavitation bubble. To do so we look at a problem posed by W. H. Besant in ...

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Why use a Microreactor for Chemical Processes?


– Claire Delacour, KU Leuven The Microfluidic domain has known important development over the last two decades. In 1990, only less than 10 patents were published whereas in 2004 more than 350 patents were published in the USA[1]. This study showed the large range of microfluidic applications, and impacts in Biology and Chemistry. A microchannel reactor is a continuous flow-type ...

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Weber Ultrasonics – Ultrasonic Partner Company


— Ana Luisa Maria, University of Torino, Arkema Ultrasounds is an emerging technology with many applications in different industrial sectors as Ekim Sarac explains meticulously in her blog. Weber Ultrasonics based in Germany, rises from the necessity of innovation in industrial application spectrum of ultrasound technology. The company is focused on the development of potential uses and processes by expanding ...

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