We are happy to announce that Sofia Iriarte has joined our team as the new Science Communicator for the  ReSoURCE project. She will be leading our communication initiatives moving forward. With a solid background in advertising, public relations, and communication science, she brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for topics surrounding sustainability and science communication. Sofia began her career in public relations in Spain and has previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Vienna. She holds strong interest in sustainability topics.

“What I find the most interesting about this project is its commitment in implementing the green and digital transformation of the refractory recycling value chain. In my new role, I am eager to raise awareness about the major environmental benefits and also on the groundbreaking technological developments. Through coordinated communication activities, my aim is to amplify the impact of the project, educate, and provide valuable insights among our stakeholders.”

We are pleased to announce that our project coordinator Saranya Azhaarudeen will be taking her maternity leave from December 15, 2023. She is expected to rejoin our team in January 2025.

During the period of her absence, Ramona Georgiana Oros will be taking over the responsibilities on her behalf temporarily. Ramona started her career at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in 2012 as a researcher and project assistant. She is well familiar with various EU-funded project schemes, especially since she worked as a project acquisition manager at the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance and operations lead at EIT Digital.

We are thrilled for Saranya and excited to work with Ramona.

Today, we share a bittersweet farewell: our esteemed science communicator Carmen Loew has decided to take on new challenges and opportunities outside of our project. While we are sad to see Carmen go, we are grateful for the contributions she made during her time in our project.

Carmen has been a cornerstone of our team, has set up our communication structure and guided us safely through the challenges of science communication. Her passion for science blogs has left a mark on us and we promise to continue sharing what we do with all of you through this tool.

Please join us in expressing our heartfelt gratitude and wishing Carmen the very best in her upcoming endeavors.

We are currently conducting a survey regarding spent refractory streams in waste management systems. You can find out more about why we are doing a survey in Florian’s latest Blogpost. The results help us to get a more precise picture of spent refractories streams since literature lacks that information. Furthermore, we will create a material flow analysis, following refractories from the point where new bricks are sold, over the time they are broken out to the point where they meet their final fate (e.g., landfill, recycle, reuse).

If you are interested in participating follow this link to our survey.

From June 12 to June 14, 2023, the consortium members of the project ReSoURCE – Refractory Sorting Using Revolutionizing Classification Equipment – met in Porsgrunn, Norway. Team members from all project partners were able to follow the invite of  SINTEF  and NEO. Just like our M6 meeting in Aaachen, this meeting, too, was set up as a hybrid, for those who couldn’t join in person.

The meeting took place at the Adminiet, an an old representational residence just outside the city centre. In this beautiful and intimate location, we were able to give each other an overview of the current state of the work packages and also held a media coaching to prepare our scientists for potential interviews and collaboration with journalists.

On day two, the team from SINTEF took the consortium members for a tour of their facilities. After that, Demonstrator B had its kick-off and the consortium held a general assembly.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Aachen, Germany, in February 2024.

According to plan, we handed in our next deliverable on March 31. The deliverable contains our initial plan for dissemination, communication, and exploitation. In it, we presented our plans for communication and outreach material. Also, certain events we plan or are already scheduled to join are listed. As this deliverable too is restricted, we cannot upload it here in our Knowledge Vault, but will share some of its content in our weblog.

The next project meeting for the ReSoURCE project that is scheduled from month 12 of the project will take place in Porsgrunn, Norway. Porsgrunn is a city in the region Telemark, around 150km southwest from Oslo.

The meeting will take place from June 12 to June 14 and will be hosted by the two Norwegian project partners SINTEF and NEO.

From December 12 to December 14, 2022, the consortium members of the project ReSoURCE – Refractory Sorting Using Revolutionizing Classification Equipment – met in Aachen Germany. Seventeen team members from all project partners were able to follow the invite of LSA and Fraunhofer ILT. The meeting was set up as a hybrid, to make sure that two others, who were not able to join in person, could follow as well.

The meeting started at the Fraunhofer ILT facilities. Here, Saranya Azhaarudeen gave a general overview of the project status. The team had update discussions about several work packages, before work package 7 “Handling and sorting of fine fractions” had its kick-off. The team from Fraunhofer ILT took the consortium members for a tour of the facilities and the participants had an opportunity to see a demonstration of the current status of the project with a demo plant. The consortium members clarified various questions about the setup, and also had a chance to see how a similar kind of setup has been used for testing electronic waste in another European funded project at ILT. After the lab tour, the meeting continued with brief presentations of the rest of the work packages.

In the evening, the research consortium enjoyed a social gathering in Aachen, starting with a visit of the famous Aachener Dom – the crown church of Carolingus Magnus. After that, the team went to a traditional German Christmas market.

The following day was hosted by LSA where the consortium met for a general assembly. Various points have been discussed and some decisions were made to ease the workflow. The participants visited the LSA facilities and brainstormed together in a moderated discussion format called “World Café”. For the world café, the team was divided in three groups, which discussed various questions about how to improve the overall communication and outreach activities of the project ReSoURCE. Results of this discussions will be published in the science blog of the project. The meeting ended with a tour of the LSA facilities.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Oslo, Norway, in June.

ReSoURCE Team Meeting Aachen 2022_2

The RHI Magnesita lead project ReSoURCE (Reducing environmental footprint, improving circularity in extractive and processing value chains (IA), Grant Agreement No 101058310) delivered the first report in time. The report was due by the end of July and describes in detail about Website portal and social media creation under the work page Dissemination and Exploitation. Aside from a website that includes our science weblog, the Horizon Europe project uses several social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn where you can follow the researcher’s progress up close.

We’re delighted to announce that the newly created ReSoURCE website is now live, along with the accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube! The content will be managed by the RHI Magnesita team located in its Vienna HQ. These new accounts will serve as a platform to highlight our activities and report to the stakeholders, as well as become a resource for all the green industry supporters to gain new knowledge and create partnerships. We hope you will enjoy our content and would greatly appreciate any feedback!
Please follow and engage with us here:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/2022ReSoURCE
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/project-resource/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUP7_n9N4JHpq09uHu3e97Q
(blaues Bild mit Twitter, RG und Youtube)