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Center for Glacial Biome Doctoral Network

Objective

Glaciers and ice sheets were long believed to be sterile environments, but just like other large ecosystems (e.g. tropical forests, tundra), they are now widely recognized as one of the Earth’s biomes, teeming with life. Active algae, fungi, bacteria and viruses dominate the glacial environment and they have the ability to change the physical and chemical characteristics of the ice and snow, with global effects. For instance, increasing ice melt rates are observed due to growth of pigmented algae on glacier surfaces and substantial amounts of methane from subglacial habitats are added to the global greenhouse gas budget. Despite their global influence, many of the microbiological processes within the cryosphere remain poorly quantified. A deeper understanding of such processes are relevant to researchers interested in the possibility of life on icy extraterrestrial bodies, the survival and proliferation of life forms on our early Earth (e.g. during the part of the Proterozoic era known as Snowball Earth), and the positive and negative feedbacks that the cryosphere may have on global warming. The microbial communities living in association with icy environments may also harbor unique metabolic pathways, providing novel opportunities in biotechnology.

ICEBIO is a Doctoral Network that will train the next generation of glacier microbiology and biogeochemistry experts. The training and research programme is made up of seven interlinked Work Packages (WP). WP1 to WP4 are research work packages at the cutting edge of glacial microbiology and biogeochemistry and these will be supported by three overarching WPs (WP5-7) associated with the management, training, and dissemination of results. ICEBIO will deliver a detailed framework and database of the functional diversity and potential of the glacier biome, not only serving to dramatically advance our understanding of a threatened biome, but also laying out potential for use in economic and environmental services.

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AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 905 364,00
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

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Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Participants (6)

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
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€ 270 331,20
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck

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Westösterreich Tirol Innsbruck
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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No data
ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON
France
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€ 282 693,60
Address
Avenue Guy De Collongue 36
69134 Ecully

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Rhône
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
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€ 521 078,40
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam

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Brandenburg Brandenburg Potsdam
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Research Organisations
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UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET
Norway
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€ 297 748,80
Address
Hansine Hansens Veg 14
9019 Tromso

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Norge Nord-Norge Troms og Finnmark
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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HYDREKA SAS
France
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€ 282 693,60
Address
51 Avenue Rosa Parks
69009 Lyon

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Rhône
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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DR. BRILL + PARTNER GMBH INSTITUT FUER HYGIENE UND MIKROBIOLOGIE
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 260 539,20
Address
Stiegstueck 34
22339 Hamburg

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Hamburg Hamburg Hamburg
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CLEARWATER SENSORS LTD
United Kingdom
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No data
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Jupiter Cottage Old Farm Lane
PO10 8RU Westbourne

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
South East (England) Surrey, East and West Sussex West Sussex (South West)
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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KLINIKUM NURNBERG
Germany
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No data
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Prof Ernst Nathan Strasse 1
90419 Nurnberg

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Bayern Mittelfranken Nürnberg, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
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FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
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No data
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Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin

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Berlin Berlin Berlin
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NORSK POLARINSTITUTT
Norway
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No data
Address
Hjalmar Johannesens 14
9296 Tromsoe

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Norge Nord-Norge Troms og Finnmark
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Research Organisations
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ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
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No data
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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