Małgorzata Szlachta is a senior scientist at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). She is also affiliated with the Wrocław University of Science and Technology in Poland (WUST), where she holds the position of Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Engineering. She got her postdoctoral experience from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. During her career, she conducted research at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France and University of Malaya and Sunway University in Malaysia. She got her master's and doctorate diplomas from WUST. Her expertise is in the physico-chemical and electrochemical treatment of water and industrial wastewater and the recovery of nutrients and valuable elements from side streams. She has more than 15 years of experience in experimental research, process design, upscaling, and pilot demonstrations. She was a principal investigator, co-investigator, and project manager of several international and national projects. Currently, in GTK, she is a project manager of the EIT Raw Materials funded project aiming at the utilisation of geothermal brines as the source of critical raw materials and energy supply and the EIT Raw Materials Academy funded project dedicated to the development of an MSc level program in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Integration in Mining.