Jillian Helser is a PhD student at KU Leuven, originally from Austin, Texas, in the USA. As ESR 14, her research is focused on the environmental and health impacts of hazardous metals from tailing to product. Jillian has a BSc. degree in Environmental Science and Policy from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. During her bachelor’s degree, Jillian studied abroad in Sydney, Australia for a semester and interned at RecycleSmart, a start-up recycling incentives company based in Sydney. Following her studies, she gained experience in life cycle assessment, green building and design at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas. Then, in 2017, she received an Erasmus Mundus International MSc. Degree in Environmental Technology and Engineering (IMETE), a program which took place at 3 different universities in Europe: UNESCO- IHE (The Netherlands), University of Chemistry and Technology (VSCHT) (Czech Republic), and Ghent University (Belgium). During her master’s program she also interned at the International Water Association (The Hague, Netherlands), working on a water quality impacts report on diffuse pollution in relation to land use. Concluding her degree, she completed a master’s thesis on monitoring, data analysis and modelling of gas-liquid mass transfer in wastewater treatment. Just following her master’s studies, in 2018, she interned at the United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland), aiding in the Commission on Science and Technology for Development. Following her different academic and professional experiences, Jillian has decided to pursue a PhD to continue following her interest in scientific research, gaining knowledge and making new discoveries.
Poster: Environmental and health impacts of hazardous metals from tailings to productsSULTAN_poster_ESR14_JillianHelser
SULTAN project poster
In Seattle, Washington (the city of the original Starbucks, the iconic Space Needle, Pike’s Place Market, and grunge music, among many other things), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting took place, 13 to 16 February 2020 with Bill Gates as one of the plenary speakers.
The 3rd Network Wide Event (NWE3) of SULTAN project not only allows early researchers and partners to exchange scientific ideas but also offer magnificent hands-on experiences at the same time: A brief travel into the past and gain useful knowledge for future sustainable mining
On the first day, the SULTAN colleagues reunited in Freiberg, almost 7 months after the kick-off meeting in Leuven, and were happy to greet each other again before the official meeting started.
Goldschmidt is an annual international conference on geochemistry and this year it took place from August 18-23. During this week I presented my research, attended numerous insightful talks and workshops, and met new and interesting people working on similar (as well as completely different) topics.
Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) is the outflow of acidic water from mine waste usually containing toxic heavy metals and metalloids. This occurs through the process of sulfidic ores being exposed to the atmosphere or water, causing the sulfides to oxidize into sulfuric acid.