Governance Scheme SIM² KU Leuven

 

The SIM² KU Leuven governance structure (formally agreed in Geetbets, September 2018) consists of the following organs:

Steering
Committee

The Steercom is the highest decision-making body of SIM² KU Leuven. The roles of the Steering Committee* are:

  • Strategic planning of SIM² (project strategy, publication/IP strategy, business plan etc.);
  • Alignment of research strategies RLs and flagship initiatives (SOLVOMET, CR³, HiTemp Centre, EIT RawMaterials, SIM Mares);
  • Organisation of General Assembly meetings, Industrial Sounding Board meetings and thematic researcher meetings;
  • Organisation of dissemination events, conferences and symposia;
  • Strategic management of the SIM² KU Leuven hub website and the associated social media channels;
  • Decision on admission of new members to the General Assembly and on the modification of the Steercom composition and Research Lines;
  • Organisation of new, future-oriented education activities/opportunities (cf. EIT Master Programmes, ETNs, Summer Schools, Bootcamps).

General
Assembly

The GA consists of the following members, involved in SIM² KU Leuven: ZAP, IOF Managers, Research Experts/Managers and Senior postdocs. Its core tasks are:

  • Interactive information exchange stimulating new collaborations, transcending the borders of the SIM² KU Leuven Research Lines;
  • Discussion on new project and equipment ideas;
  • Providing input for long term vision/strategy;
  • Providing input for communication and dissemination agenda;
  • Making suggestions as regards admission of new members to the General Assembly and with respect to the modification of the Steercom composition and Research Lines
Photo SIM² KU Leuven GA

SIM² KU Leuven, General Assembly Meeting, November 2017, Leuven

Six Research Line Teams

Every RL Team brings together all KU Leuven professors, researchers, research managers active in the field. Academic partners (ZAP, IOF, senior postdocs) in SIM² KU Leuven can be part of different research lines. The Six Research Lines are:

  • RL1: Geological exploration and advanced resource characterisation
  • RL2: Pyro- and electrometallurgical processes
  • RL3: Hydro- and solvometallurgical processes
  • RL4: Upcycling processes for primary and secondary resources
  • RL5: Sustainability assessment and policy research
  • RL6: Process intensification and digitalisation

Industrial Sounding Board

The ISB (Industrial Sounding Board) consists of external parties (companies and also governmental and civil society actors). Once per year these parties are invited to the open SIM² annual meeting where research results are shown and research roadmaps are discussed. Currently, the ISB is also used as a virtual entity, which is targeted with tailored communication and dissemination products. Apart from “open” ISB meetings, SIM² KU Leuven also foresees more specific activities, such as “SIM² KU Leuven dinners” (on specific topics) and “SIM² KU Leuven vision meetings” (on-invitation only, VP level).

*The SIM² KU Leuven Steering Committee currently consists of Dr. Peter Tom Jones (Department of Materials Engineering, Senior IOF Manager, General Coordinator SIM² KU Leuven), Prof. Bart Blanpain (Department of Materials Engineering), Prof. Yiannis Pontikes (Department of Materials Engineering), Prof. Karel Van Acker (Department of Materials Engineering and Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability), Prof. Koen Binnemans (Department of Chemistry), Dr. Lieven Machiels (Department of Chemistry, Research Manager), Prof. Tom Van Gerven (Department of Chemical Engineering), Prof. Philippe Muchez (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences), Prof. Valérie Cappuyns (Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability, acts as link to KU Leuven campuses outside Leuven and to University Colleges). The Steercom composition is open for changes depending on key evolutions and opportunities.