Danilo Bertagna (ESR6)     Wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) have been playing a crucial role in keeping the environmental equilibrium and reducing pollution impact in waterbodies nearby highly populated centres. Nevertheless, these systems are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The most immediate effects would be changes in...

Sabrina de Boer (ESR9)     When you first arrive, Belgrade can be quite a confusing city: Narrow, picturesque alleys lead you somewhere, but certainly not where you expected. Eventually, you get carried along with the crowds on broad, somehow intimidating boulevards. Antiquated trolleybuses which offer better WiFi...

Ana Paulina López (ESR2) To follow a PhD means to follow a path that generally takes several years. For some persons, it may take three years, and for others, five. In either case, you usually reside where the host University or company lies, and you may...

Silvana Quiton (ESR1)     For most of us in the Nowelties team, the secondments have started, and we are experiencing living in a different country, being in a different lab and interacting with different people. This is an exciting time in our PhD journey and, for me...

Nikoletta Tsiarta (ESR14)     “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”, this is the phrase it comes to my mind when thinking of how my PhD life looks like until now. As all my other ESR colleagues, I am now finishing the second year of the ITN project...

Nebojša Ilić (ESR13)     After seeing the recent call for new astronauts by the European Space Agency (ESA), I started thinking about water reuse and how different this concept is for us down on planet earth compared to those in the international space station (ISS). In a man-made...

Michele Ponzelli (ESR12)     The life of a young researcher is often peppered with travel. From short stays of a few days for conferences to periods of exchange and collaboration. It happens that researchers stay abroad for months, if not years. You leave to discover, to learn, and...

Francis dela Rosa (ESR10)     Hi readers! It’s my blog contribution time again! I am very happy to share with you my marvelous experience during and after the 17th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology (CEST 2021) in Athens, Greece. Finally, a hybrid (physical and virtual) conference...