Ilona in Limoges, France

Being an Early Stage Researcher within the ATHOR project involves a lot of mobility… and definitely the most inspiring and beneficial, of the many travels we participate in, are our Secondments!

My first ATHOR Secondment was organised at the University of Limoges, IRCER laboratory in France from the beginning of February to the end of June 2019. Within this period I was not only kindly hosted at the University, but I had also a pleasure to participate in intensive events like ECerS Summer School, ECerS Conference in Torino, Italy and ATHOR Refractory Training Course on Micromechanics in Cavaillon, France.

Within these five months my work was mainly dedicated to Acoustic Emission activity and its temperature induced evolution in case of alumina-spinel refractories. Obtained results and research ideas originating from valuable discussions with my Secondment mentor:  Prof. Marc Huger and my colleagues will definitely constitute vital part of my PhD thesis.

Enormous support, collaborative atmosphere and positive thinking… this is what I experienced and what I will take with me. It is great to feel so welcomed when you are away from your home university.

Looking forward to my next Secondment in RHI Magnesita, Leoben!

This project has received funding
from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant
agreement no.764987