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 Meetings and seminars
Concentrating solar power: commercial outlook and research opportunities
Dr. John Pye, visiting professor at Politecnico di Torino from Australian National University, will give a seminar on October 22, 2019, at 3pm in Room Capetti (DENERG) entitled Concentrating solar power: commercial outlook and research opportunities.

ABSTRACT There is a very rapid transformation of the global energy system underway currently, with renewables rapidly becoming competitive with conventional generation in many regions. The next challenges can be identified to include energy storage, to facilitate the matching of electricity supply to demand, and addressing non-electricity energy requirements in transport, industry and water supply. Concentrating solar power is a highly prospective technology because of its ready integration with low-cost thermal energy storage, and recently declining system costs, but the environment is now highly competitive. In this presentation, an overview of CSP technology and status will be presented, alongside some perspectives on currently relevant research topics, and highlights of current work at the Australian National University (ANU). Areas for future collaborations and student projects will be mentioned. 

SHORT BIO  John Pye is a senior lecturer at the ANU, with a BE/BSc in mechanical engineering and mathematics from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in mechanical engineering in concentrating solar-thermal energy from the University of New South Wales, in Sydney. Since 2006 he has worked at ANU on developing technology for high-temperature solar-thermal systems and components, including the design, fabrication and testing of a 97%-efficient 550°C solar boiler, design of systems for solar gasification of biomass for fuel production, and the development of systems for large-scale thermal energy storage. He has been a core contributor in the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI) and leads the System Modelling activity in that program. Recently, as part of the ANU 'Grand Challenge' program he has been working on the development of processes for carbon-neutral iron and steel production, and he has developed and taught an ANU masters course "Industrial Energy Efficiency and Decarbonisation" at ANU. In 2019, he has held a three-month Visiting Scholar position at the Politecnico di Torino and has taught the CSP portion of the Polito course "Technology for Renewable Energy Sources". 

For any additional information, please contact roberto.zanino@polito.it.

 Awards
ENI Award 2020
Il premio ENI Award è  rivolto a dottorandi e dottori di ricerca, nati nel 1987 o negli anni seguenti, che abbiano conseguito o debbano conseguire nel corso del 2018 o del 2019 il loro titolo di studio. 
Le candidature presentate devono riguardare temi relativi ai settori energetico e ambientale. 
La scadenza per la registrazione dell’account necessario alla presentazione della candidatura è fissata per venerdì 8 novembre 2019, entro e non oltre le ore 17. La procedura di candidatura potrà invece essere conclusa anche successivamente, non oltre venerdì 22 novembre 2019 alle ore 17. Tutti i documenti sono scaricabili a questo link.

Award Altero Matteoli per la Libertà ed il Bene Comune
The Altero Matteoli per la Libertà e il Bene Comune Association will grant a scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate students in topics such as Environment, Transport and Infrastructure (including logistics). The shortlisted candidate will be awarded a grant in cash and the possibility of doing an internship in an association, organization or institution in Italy or in Europe that is in line with the theme of his thesis. The call with the admissibility requirements and rules for participation is available on the Association's website.

Award "Domodry Academy" - Edition 2019-20
Download the Regulation and the Call for the award "Domodry Academy" - Edition 2019-20.

 Information
Enrolment procedure 35th Cycle
All the admitted applicants of the spring session (except the recipients of Pre-PhD scholarships), of the summer session and of the third session must proceed with enrollment in the PhD programme through the Apply procedure by 31st October 2019.

Package of Mobility and Cultural iniziatives 
The main novelty concerns the fact that this year the students in possession of the requirements can also request the reimbursement of the subscription to a bike-sharing service. 
The application procedure will be active from 1st September to 20th December 2019 in the online secretariat.

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Psychological support
We inform that there is a space for listening, consulting and supporting students. 
ADDRESSED TO: ALL POLITO STUDENTS that experience psychological distress in dealing with certain situations related to one's own university experience, in the organization of one's own time, of study, difficulty of concentration, anxiety, demotivation as well relational discomfort. 
WHERE: in Corso Castelfidardo 49, at the Palazzina Custodi on the 2nd floor or in Via Verdi 10, at the Department of Psychology WHEN: By appointment by calling 373.8622267 in the days of Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday at h. 11 -13 and h. 14-16. 
WITH WHOM: the interviews are held by psychologists, qualified psychotherapy specialists in Health Psychology and Postgraduate students from the same school in complete confidentiality. Service free of charge.   

PhD thesis consultation
The CLA language experts are available to help PhD candidates to identify their areas of difficulty when writing their thesis in English. The aim is to help authors improve their academic writing skills. It is not a proofreading service.  The service is available by appointment, for a 30-minute session.
To book a consultation, write to esperti.inglese@polito.it, stating your availability. Please come to the appointment with a clear idea of which section of your thesis you would like to work on and bring a printed copy of this area, leaving enough space for notes.

GRE General Test
An additional opportunity for those wishing to continue their studies in the best universities of the world. The GRE TEST is an internationally-recognized exam that evaluates candidates’ logical-mathematical skills and provides common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants, regardless of different educational and cultural backgrounds.  
For the first time, students interested in taking the GRE TEST do it in Torino, at Politecnico, which becomes an official Test Center. 
Available date to take the test at Politecnico di Torino:
-  2nd October 2019 at LAIB 3
- 12nd November 2019 at LAIB 3
- 19th  December 2019 at LAIB 3
To enroll: www.ets.org

Unemployment benefits 
From 1st July 2017, the tax rate on your scholarship has increased by 0.51% (1/3 to be covered by the bursary and 2/3 by the Politecnico) because PhD candidates and research fellows (i.e. assegnisti di ricerca) can now apply for the unemployment benefits (DIS-COLL), provided that they have benefited of a PhD scholarship and do not have any VAT registration number, as per art. 7 of law no. 81/2017
The Social Security Service (INPS) has recently published two memorandums (no.115, 19 July 2017 and no.122, 28 July 2017 ) to clarify the minimum requirements to apply for the unemployment benefits: 
  • unemployment status when applying; 
  • involuntary unemployment; 
  • not have any VAT registration number; 
  • at least 3 months of INPS welfare contributions from the 1st January of the previous year until the date of the working relationship termination.  
The unemployment benefits DIS-COLL has a variable duration until a maximum of 6 month, depending on the welfare contributions paid. For any further information on this subject you are invited to contact directly the nearest INPS office; the procedure for the DIS-COLL shall be activated autonomously by the person concerned applying at the Social Security Service.