The student(s) should be registered for a BSc, MSci or MSc, MGeol, or PhD degree in the subject area of mineralogy at large, in a university of a country represented in the EMU (see the list of EMU Member Societies).
The European Mineralogical Union (EMU) invites you to an online lecture of the 2022 EMU Research Excellence Medal recipient, Dr. Jakub Kierczak from the University of Wrocław, Poland, titled
“Ultramafic geosystems as a source of metallic elements to the environment“.
The lecture was held on 5th December 2023
at 12:00 CET on-line via Zoom.
Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special double issue of Philosophical Transactions A: Exploring the length scales, timescales and chemistry of challenging materials (Part I & II) compiled and edited by C Richard A Catlow, Chris Howard, Andrea Sella, Ana Jorge Sobrido, and Martin Wilding.
This special double issue of Philosophical Transactions A honours the scientific contributions of our dear friend and colleague Prof. Paul F. McMillan (University College London), who sadly passed away in 2022.
Paul was a major contributor to solid-state science, materials chemistry and high-pressure physics. He also deeply influenced and contributed to the field of mineralogy under extreme conditions of temperature and pressure. He developed a unique framework for understanding the microscopic and vibrational properties underpinning the macroscopic characteristics of melts and minerals.
During the Goldschmidt Conference on geochemistry, held from 9th to 14th July 2023 in Lyon, two young researchers, Hannah Pollak (University of Edinburgh) and Ruth Esther Delina (GFZ Helmholtz Centre Potsdam), were granted the opportunity to explore the forefront of geochemical research and immerse themselves in the geochemical scientific community, thanks to the support of EMU Student Travel Grants.
Their wonderful experiences were beautifully captured in the photos shared below.
Hannah Pollak : Understanding interactions between amino acids and nontronite clays: What is the effect of ions?
Ruth Esther Delina : Distribution and speciation of chromium in active and legacy nickel laterite tailings
We wish Hannah and Ruth all the best in their future endeavours and eagerly await the next generation of advanced research results they will bring to the scientific community!
EMU is pleased to announce the EMU Research Excellence Medal 2023 competition, which is presented every year to early career scientists who have made significant contributions to research and who are active in strengthening European scientific links.
Detailed information about the requirements for the application is given here.
Nomination deadline is extended until 3rd July 2023
Dr. Kierczak is an accomplished researcher who has made substantial contributions to the scientific research on the mobility and distribution of metals in natural and anthropogenic soils. His main research topic has focused on reconstructing migration paths of metallic elements from ultramafic rocks and metallurgical slags, combining methods of geochemistry, geology, mineralogy, soil science, and biology in studying rocks, soils, and plants.
In addition to his impressive research activity, Dr. Kierczak has played an active role in integrating the mineralogical community in Poland as a member of the Society’s Board and, since December 2020, as the President of the Mineralogical Society of Poland.
Dr. Jakub Kierczak’s interdisciplinary approach, combined with his dedication to advancing scientific knowledge, makes him a deserving recipient of the 2022 Research Excellence Medal.
Congratulations, Dr. Kierczak, on this well-deserved recognition of your outstanding scientific achievements!
The unprovoked attack against Ukraine, a democratic and independent country, is a violation of international law. It is an assault on the fundamental principles of freedom, democracy and self-determination, which provide the basis for academic freedom and opportunities for scientific exchange and cooperation. The EMU calls on the Russian leadership to immediately cease all military action against Ukraine and put an end to this war.
We believe that science should be free and unimpeded by borders and politics. Mutual respect is essential to make our world a more civilised and peaceful place. As the situation in Ukraine continues to worsen, we add our voices to those throughout the international scientific community – including many Russians who have spoken out against this war – in hoping for a peaceful and swift resolution.
They are both excellent scientists, who have developed new methodologies for their fields of study and have come up with new ideas which can be used by the scientific community.
Both of them are mentors and role models to a generation of young scientists, carry out highly innovative and inspiring research and have developed an impressive network of worldwide connections and projects. They were both scored with very high ratings (32 vs. 30) by the committee during the evaluation of their nominations. For these reasons, the 2021 EMU Medal Committee has agreed that they both deserve to be recipients of the 2021 Research Excellence Award of the European Mineralogical Union.
The medal is presented to an early career scientist who has made significant contributions to research in mineralogy and whose professional and societal activities contribute to strengthening scientific links in Europe.
“Olivine interface distributions in static and dynamic equilibrium; effects of diffusion vs effects of dislocation motion.”
Anyone who is interested in having a visit to their institution should contact the Secretary of EMU, Dr Juraj Majzlan with a proposal of when and where Dr Marquardt would give her lecture. Dr Majzlan will decide on the most suitable requests, to fit in also with Dr Marquardt’s schedule.