NEW-MINE, the first ever EU landfill mining project, attracts 182 candidates from 55 countries

On 31 July 2016 the application period closed for the EU Horizon 2020 project NEW-MINE. In total 182 candidates submitted an eligible application. On 10 August the NEW-MINE Recruitment Committee preselected 30 candidates.


The 182 applications originate from a total of 52 different countries in the word, with 55 of them being from European Member States. The high amount of applications corroborates the huge, worldwide interest for performing PhD studies on Enhanced Landfill Mining.  The recruitment of the 15 young researchers in the EU H2020 MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project (EU Training Network for Resource Recovery Through Enhanced Landfill Mining) occurs through a two-stage procedure. On 10 August 2016 a group of 30 candidates was preselected (see list here). These 30 candidates have now been invited to join the Recruitment Event in Leuven on 6 September 2016, where the final recruitment of maximum 15 PhD students will be performed. The recruited students will start their work in the period November 2016 – January 2017.


NEW-MINE is a KU Leuven led consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and UK. The main goal is to train 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) in all aspects of landfill mining, in terms of both technological innovation and multi-criteria assessment. The technological innovation follows a value-chain approach, from advanced landfill exploration, mechanical processing, plasma/solar/hybrid thermochemical conversion and upcycling, while the multi-criteria assessment methods allow to compare combined resource-recovery/remediation ELFM methods with the “Do-Nothing”, “Classic remediation” and “Classic landfill mining with (co-)incineration” scenarios. NEW-MINE is the first ever, dedicated landfill mining research project funded through the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. More info here.