Science and education – the 10th Mid-European Clay Conference
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.
The main objective of the project is to increase and improve the knowledge of university students, PhD students, young scientists and fresh graduates just starting their careers in the industry about the modern clay raw-materials and advanced clay technologies currently utilized in many industrial branches for production of:
- pharmaceuticals (e.g. Smecta),
- additives improving the quality of fodder
- catalysts applied to removal of toxic compounds: nitrogen oxides or volatile chloro-derivatives of organic compounds,
- modern nanomaterials and composites.
The present level of knowledge of university graduates does not meet the expectations of modern industry, which hinders their job opportunities and mobility within both the V4 countries, and in the EU due to differences in educational curricula concerning the clay raw-materials. The educational aspect of the project concerning the modern clay raw-materials has always been an important issue in all 9 MECC projects completed up to now. However, is has become even more crucial recently, due to rapid growth of new, advanced technologies based upon the clay raw-materials.
Scientific session “Teaching Clay Science”
Session will provide information on clay science teaching methodologies currently employed in V4 countries. Presentations will be followed by round table discussion focused on proposing a common educational program based on the state of the art in clay sciences combined with modern didactic approach. The inventory on training needs will give impetus to educators to provide the courses and qualifications needed to attract young scientists.
Workshop “Layer Charge of Clay Minerals”
Workshop activities will offer the participants the opportunity of getting acquainted with the newest techniques enabling determination of magnitude and distribution of layer charge in clay minerals. This complex aspect of clay minerals chemistry is essential for understanding both their nature and the properties important for practical applications.
Mineralogical Society of Poland