4 Feb 2015
Laurent Joron joined SCI in 2012. He was elected as an ordinary member of the Separation Science & Technology Group (SS&TG) Committee in 2012. Laurent Joron is the Technical Service and Development Manager at Dow Water and Process Solutions with a PhD (DEA) in Enzymatic engineering from University of Technology, Compiègne, France.
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When and why did you become a member of SCI?
I joined SCI in 2012, for two reasons, firstly in order to attend IEX2012 and secondly to give a technical contribution in the Chromatography field, where I have worked for over 20 years.
Why did you decide to get involved in an SCI Committee?
Based on my experience in chromatographic media (ion exchange resin, adsorbent, etc...) I thought SCI and the Separation Science and Technology would be a good fit for me and I could share my ideas and experience.
How do your SCI activities reflect your personal/professional interests?
SCI activities reflect my professional interests in separation sciences for building new relations in this area.
What has driven your continued involvement?
My main aim is to try and move the Group forward with an industrial knowledge input.
How has being involved in SCI activities impacted on your career?
There has been no direct impact on my career although I have benefitted from meeting and networking with like-minded people and increasing my contacts.
How do you think that your contribution has helped to shape your Group or SCI as a whole?
As I have only been an SCI member for two years, I have not yet had the opportunity to make an influential contribution. However, with the newly invigorated committee I hope that we can increase the Group visibility, by having industrial representation on board and with my background in industry I hope to be able to play a key part in bringing this about.
By being involved on a committee, what opportunities have been presented to you which you would not have otherwise had?
As I am relatively new to SCI and the committee, I have not yet experienced any opportunities, which I might not have otherwise had but I suspect there will be more to be gained as we move forward with the Group in a new direction.
How do you balance your SCI commitments with your job and workload?
The time investment is not at all onerous and is compatible with a job in the industry.
What is the most important lesson you have learnt by being an SCI committee member?
I am surprised and pleased by the size of the Separation Science and Technology Group as I did not think there would be such a level of interest in this scientific area.
What advice would you offer to anyone thinking about becoming involved in an SCI Group or Standing Committee?
I would encourage people to join and become more active as it will add another dimension to your personal and professional life and hopefully bring you enjoyment as well!