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    Newsletter April 2021
01 April 2021
Table of contents
Editorial
SENSE News
New, efficient CO2 capturing methods receives Research Award 2021  ››
Wageningen research on reuse of wastewater awarded six million euros ››
Research calculates: human consumes less than a grain of salt of microplastics per week  ››
Upcoming courses and discussion groups
Working on your PhD research in times of crises - FREE for SENSE PhD candidates, 10, 16 May, 24 June ››
Overview of PhD / postdoc courses April - June ››
Overview of recently announced PhD / postdoc courses ››
Discussion groups ››
Upcoming Events
Overview of upcoming events April - June 2021 ››
Overview of recently announced events ››
Upcoming PhD Graduations
Upcoming PhD graduations ››
Job vacancies
Overview job vacancies ››
Other vacancies in the SENSE field ››
SENSE highlights
Working on your PhD research in times of crises - FREE for SENSE PhD candidates, 10, 16 May, 24 June 
Research calculates: human consumes less than a grain of salt of microplastics per week 
Editorial

Dear SENSE member,

Last week, SENSE board members updated each other on what is pending within the education committee, research committee and PhD council. Also, the finances, the SENSE Evaluation, the SENSE Update 2020 document, website development and the impact of COVID on the SENSE network have been discussed. This way, they try to make SENSE a strong network for its members. 

In turn, SENSE members continuously try to make their research beneficial for society. In the past two months, several symposia, workshops and social media campaigns have been brought up as A2-project. Keep up the good work! Are you curious about what your colleagues are doing? On the SENSE website we are constructing a page on which we can showcase A2-projects in the near future. 

For this e-News we managed to list a rich variety of upcoming courses, events and PhD graduations for you. Pick your flavour, as you might do for Easter eggs this weekend. 

Happy Easter,

SENSE team
SENSE News
New, efficient CO2 capturing methods receives Research Award 2021
The 2021 University Fund Wageningen (UFW) Research Award was granted to Irene Sánchez-Andrea on the 103rd Dies Natalis. Dr Sánchez-Andrea is an assistant professor at the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) Laboratory for Microbiology. She won the prize for her research on a new CO2 capturing pathway in microbes. She published her findings in the leading journal Nature Communications in 2020.
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Wageningen research on reuse of wastewater awarded six million euros
Wageningen researcher and former chair of the SENSE board Huub Rijnaarts’ AquaConnect programme is to receive 4 million euros from the NWO Perspective programme and 2 million euros from companies and societal organisations. AquaConnect focuses on reusing wastewater and brackish water to build up a supply of water for use during periods of drought in the Netherlands. The NWO Perspective programme funds six overarching consortia for a total of 22 million euros.
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Research calculates: human consumes less than a grain of salt of microplastics per week
Microplastics are found in all kinds of products, such as clothing and cosmetics, or are created when plastic breaks or shreds. Because the environment barely breaks down plastic particles, they often last and may end up in our drinking water and food among other things. People are exposed to microplastics throughout their lives.

So far there are only two studies that calculated how much microplastic people have been exposed to. But these studies did not yet give a complete picture of the actual number of particles that the body absorbs. “For example, they looked at part of our diet and didn't calculate how much of the smallest particles the body absorbs,” says PhD candidate and first author Nur Hazimah Mohamed Nor (WUR). “Our new model does all of this. It can look at the entire diet and can intelligently estimate the missing data.”
Read more ››
Upcoming courses and discussion groups
Working on your PhD research in times of crises - FREE for SENSE PhD candidates, 10, 16 May, 24 June
Doing a PhD can be quite a challenge. Besides times that things go well and you feel like you have the best job in the world, one can also be confronted with an array of challenges along the route to become an independent and critical scientist.
In this short, interactive and peer-driven training, we will jointly discuss experiences, identify new or amplified challenges as well as means and methods to tackle these to finally translate this in a (SMART) plan of action to get you (back) on track.
Read more ››

Overview of PhD / postdoc courses April - June 2021
Overview of recently announced PhD / postdoc courses
In case you are interested in either participating or teaching a course that is currently not in the programme, please do not hesitate and contact us with your suggestions.
More upcoming courses ››
 
Discussion Groups
More discussion groups ››
Upcoming Events
Overview of upcoming events April - June 2021
Overview of recently announced events
More upcoming events ››
Upcoming PhD graduations
Overview of PhD graduations upcoming period
  • Vo Quoc Thanh
    Modeling of Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport in the Mekong Delta
    13 April 2021, IHE Delft, Coastal Systems and Engineering and Port Development
     
  • Jasper Foets
    The ecological characterisation of terrestrial diatoms
    Wageningen University, Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management, 13 April 2021
     
  • Aristofanis Tsiringakis
    Understanding physical processes and feedback mechanisms between the urban surfance and the overlying atmosphere
    21 April 2021, Wageningen University, Meteorology and Air Quality
     
  • Mehmet Kandemir
    Selective particle control in suspensions using multi-wavelength resonators: towards acoustophoresis on centimetre scale
    23 April 2021, Wageningen University, Mathematical and Statistical Methods
     
  • Polpat Nilubon
    Opportunistic Adaptation: Using the Urban Renewal Cycle to Adapt to Climate Change
    28 April 2021, IHE Delft
More upcoming graduations ››
Job vacancies
Overview of vacancies at SENSE partners
Other vacancies in the SENSE field
More vacancies
During the month new vacancies are regularly posted on the SENSE vacancy page.

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