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Coordination Action for Research Activities on Life in Extreme Environments

Objective

Life in Extreme Environments (LEXEN) is an emerging area of research in which Europe has considerable expertise but a relatively fragmented research infrastructure. The science of such environments has enormous relevance for our knowledge of the diversity and environmental limits of microbial, plant and animal life and the novel strategies employed for survival and growth. Such studies are essential in understanding how life established on the early Earth and in assessing the possibilities for life on other planetary bodies. These environments are also a rich source of novel exploitable compounds. The Work Programme identifies a need for better coordination of LEXEN research and CAREX aims to address this need by developing a clearly identifiable, dynamic and durable community. Establishing this community will encourage greater inter-disciplinarity and increasing knowledge of extreme environments. It will provide a target for young career scientists and allow a more focussed dialogue with other science areas, with funding agencies, with industrial groups and with international organisations outside Europe. CAREX deliverables will include a strategic roadmap for European LEXEN research (including enabling technologies), diverse opportunities for knowledge transfer, standardisation of methodologies, encouragement and support for early career scientists and a network of links to relevant organisations. These deliverables together with improved community networking, supported by newsletters, promotional leaflets, a series science publications and an interactive web portal, will help consolidate the community and its identity. Outcomes will be facilitated through science/technology workshops, diverse forums, field/laboratory protocol intercomparisons, a summer school and individual grants to facilitate knowledge transfer. CAREX has evolved with the key players from the highly successful ESF “Investigating Life in Extreme Environments” initiative .

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 53 975,73
Administrative Contact
Cynan Ellis-Evans (Dr.)

Participants (8)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 48 359
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fabienne Saynaeve (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 142 010,37
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza (Prof.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 115 331,02
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christof Hahndorf (Mr.)
FONDATION EUROPEENNE DE LA SCIENCE
France
EU contribution
€ 694 266,02
Address
Quai Lezay Marnesia 1
67080 Strasbourg Cedex
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
David Weber (Mr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 62 436,60
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Philippe Moal (Mr.)
BOTANICKY USTAV AV CR, V.V.I.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 9 448,10
Address
Zamek 1
25243 Pruhonice
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaroslav Novotny (Mr.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA AEROESPACIAL ESTEBAN TERRADAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 32 454,15
Address
Cr Torrejon Ajalvir Km 4 2
28850 Torrejon De Ardoz Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María Paz Blanco Temprano (Ms.)
MATIS OHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 41 243,15
Address
Vinlandsleid 12
113 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Oddur Gunnarsson (Mr.)