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PhD Journey

Application period:
01.06 - 14.07.2024
Language of Instruction: English
ECTS: 3*

*ECTS will be awarded upon successful completion of both the online and offline components. The ECTS accreditation process is the responsibility of your home institution.

*ECTS will be awarded upon successful completion of both the online and offline components. The ECTS accreditation process is the responsibility of your home institution.

Join us this November for an exciting opportunity with EURECA-PRO in our upcoming PhD Journey! Experience a week of mobility at EURECA-PRO partner universities, along with an enriching online training programme.

Selected applicants will have the unique opportunity to enhance their skills and broaden their research networks through collaboration with researchers from Hasselt University and Montanuniversität Leoben. The on-site programme will take place simultaneously at Hasselt University and Montanuniversität Leoben, bringing together PhD students from different partner universities for a dynamic and research-oriented week of activities. Don’t miss this chance to enrich your academic journey and connect with peers from around the world.


  • Application period: 01.06.2024 – 14.07.2024
  • Applicant notification: 09.09.2024
  • Online programme: starts on the 5th of November
  • On-site programme: 25.11.2024 – 29.11.2024

Apply now for an unforgettable experience!

During the PhD Journey you will:
  • Develop a deeper understanding of responsible consumption and production alongside European cultural studies.
  • Hone your skills and gain experience in presenting within an academic environment.
  • Acquire topic-specific research skills and experience, networking opportunities and access to labs, data, software, samples, and more.
  • Enhance your intercultural communication skills while fostering valuable networking opportunities.

Explore the different themes below:

Themes at
Montanuniversität Leoben
Themes at
Hasselt University

Timeline and programme

Online component: 5th to 18th November
  • November 5: Online course on Sustainable Management for Industries;
  • November 8: Online poster creation and presenting course (with introduction to other participating doctoral students);
  • November 18: Online course on responsible consumption and production.
On-site component: 25th to 29th November
  • Lecture(s) and workshop(s) on RCP
  • Transversal skill workshop
  • Crash course in local language and culture
  • Subject-specific research interaction organised by the host university including:
    • Laboratory visits
    • Field trips
    • Meetings with potential, external supervisors
    • Research group meetings
    • Accessing local research resources
    • Research skills training


Requirements for participation in the PhD Journey

Please review this checklist before applying for the PhD Journey:
  • I am enrolled as a doctoral student at one of the partner institutions of EURECA-PRO.
  • My doctoral research has a link with sustainability or responsible consumption and production.
  • I can confidently present my research in English and interact proficiently in English with other researchers.
  • I have the approval of my supervisor(s) to participate in the EURECA-PRO PhD Journey.


To apply for the PhD Journey, please complete the application form below, providing the following information:

  • Personal details: name, contact information, etc.
  • Details of your doctoral studies: PhD title, summary of PhD, supervisors, etc.
  • Your motivation for joining the PhD Journey at EURECA-PRO: which PhD Journey (university + topic) and why, link between theme and PhD topic, etc.
  • Approval from your supervisor(s) to participate in the PhD Journey: Click here to download the approval template.


Applications will be reviewed by selection committees from both your home and host universities. Successful applicants will be contacted by the host universities. PhD students who have not previously participated in the EURECA-PRO PhD Journey will be given priority. 

Please note that the topic you choose will be the primary focus of your application. Your input will assist the selection committee in their decision-making process and ensure that your chosen PhD Journey aligns with your current research needs. 


Participation in the PhD Journey (online & on-site programme) is free for EURECA-PRO PhD students – there are no registration fees. However, travel and accommodation costs are not included. For questions about funding for travel and accommodation, please contact your local university’s International Office. 

We look forward to welcoming you soon to Hasselt University, Montanuniversität Leoben and EURECA-PRO!
An informative Q&A session about the PhD Journey will be held at the beginning of October. More information about this Q&A session will be provided closer to the event.

EURECA-PRO PhD Journey 2024
@ UH and MUL


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Application period: 01.06.2024 – 14.07.2024
Montanuniversität Leoben, Leoben, Austria

Themes at Montanuniversität Leoben:

Carbon and Hydrogen
Topics covered:
  • Environmental sustainability considerations: planetary boundaries
  • Carbon sequestration – capturing and storing atmospheric CO2
  • Methane Pyrolysis
  • Processing and Utilization of Carbon and Hydrogen
Sustainable Raw Materials
Topics covered:
  • Environmental sustainability considerations: planetary boundaries
  • Sustainable Mining
  • Exhaustible mineral raw material
  • Responsible and Sustainable Mining Technology and Best Practices
Hasselt University, Hasselt, Belgium

Themes at Hasselt University:

Diversity, equity, inclusion and sustainability in organisations
  • TOPIC 1: Organising work inclusively and sustainably (Prof. dr. Koen Van Laer, SEIN)
Environmental biology and biodiversity
  • TOPIC 2: Biodiversity of fishes and flatworms (Prof. dr. Nikol Kmentová, Prof. dr. Maarten Vanhove, Biodiversity & Toxicology)
  • TOPIC 3: Sustainable crop production: From linear production and consumption to a circular approach (Prof. dr. Ann Cuypers, Prof. dr. Sophie Hendrix, Environmental Biology)
Impact of climate change on ecosystem functioning
  • TOPIC 4: Experimental research on climate change (Prof. dr. François Rineau, Prof. dr. Nadia Soudzilovskaia, ECOTRON)
Quantitative sustainability assessments of clean technologies
  • TOPIC 5: Quantitative sustainability assessments of clean technologies (Prof. dr. Sebastien Lizin, Prof. dr. Robert Malina, Environmental Economics)
Sustainable cultural and spatial transitions
  • TOPIC 6: An introduction to ARK’s research on sustainable cultural and spatial transitions (Prof. dr. ir. arch. Oswald Devisch, Prof. dr. Liesbeth Huybrechts, Prof. dr. ir. Elke Knapen, Prof. dr. Bie Plevoets, Prof. dr. Koenraad Van Cleempoel, ArcK)
Sustainable materials, processes, and energy sources
  • TOPIC 7: Chemical synthesis of novel materials for use in thin film solar cells (Prof. dr. Wouter Van Gompel, Hybrid Materials Design)
  • TOPIC 8: Deposition and characterization of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond films (Prof. dr. Paulius Pobedinskas, Wide Band Gap Materials)
    • Diamond-based power devices for energy saving;
    • Towards low-temperature diamond deposition for temperature sensitive substrates;
    • Nanocrystalline diamond films as pollution detectors;
    • Diamond coating for durability improvement
  • TOPIC 9: Deposition of ultrathin coatings (5-100nm) using sustainable production technologies (Prof. dr. ir. Wim Deferme, Functional Materials Engineering)
  • TOPIC 10: Development of dosimetry systems for use in the medical field (Prof. dr. Brigitte Reniers, NuTeC)
  • TOPIC 11: Inorganic materials: sustainable synthesis and applications (Prof. dr. An Hardy, Materials Chemistry DESINe)
  • TOPIC 12: Organic semiconductors and electronics (Prof. dr. Wouter Maes, Materials Chemistry – Design & Synthesis of Organic Semiconductors)
  • TOPIC 13: Photovoltaics technology (Prof. dr. ir. Michael Daenen, Prof. dr. Patrizio Manganiello, Prof. dr. Bart Vermang, PVtech)
    • Thin film materials and devices
    • Integrated photovoltaic modules
    • Energy yield modelling
  • TOPIC 14: Plastics circularity via chemical recycling (Prof. dr. Louis Pitet, Advanced Functional Polymers)
  • TOPIC 15: Rethinking microalgae biorefinery processes (Prof. dr. Dries Vandamme, Analytical and Circular Chemistry)
  • TOPIC 16: Sustainable options for the recycling of Natural Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORMs) (Prof. dr. Sonja Schreurs, Prof. dr. Wouter Schroeyers, NuTeC)
Sustainable rehabilitation programmes and prevention
  • TOPIC 17: Sustainable rehabilitation programmes and prevention (Prof. dr. Koen Cuypers, Prof. dr. Peter Feys, Dr. Elke Heremans, Prof. dr. Pieter Meyns, REVAL)
Towards industry 5.0 solutions via applied computer science research
  • TOPIC 18: Adaptive network streaming of multimedia content for Over-The-Top (OTT) content consumption and metaverse-like applications (Prof dr. Maarten Wijnants, EDM)
  • TOPIC 19: Engineering Interactive, Multimodal, and Smart Computing Systems (Prof. dr. Davy Vanacken, EDM)
  • TOPIC 20: Engineering Interactive Systems (Prof. dr. Raf Ramakers, EDM)
  • TOPIC 21: Human-AI interaction (Prof. dr. Kris Luyten, EDM)
  • TOPIC 22: Synthetic data for training AI models for industrial applications (Prof dr. Nick Michiels, EDM)