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RESEARCH TRAINING FOR GOOD EUROPEAN GROUND WATER RESOURCES

Objective

On 1st January 2007 the Ground Water sub-directive (COM/2003/550) complementing the European Water Framework Directive (COM/2000/60/EC) came into force. These two directives enforce the protection, maintenance and sustainable use of groundwater resources in the European Union. However, today around 750 000 sites are contaminated with substances including hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and diffuse organic contaminants throughout Europe. Microbial processes can play an important role in the remediation and protection of groundwater resources and there is an urgent need for a better integration of microbial process understanding in current management schemes. Groundwater management must take into account different characteristics and degradation capacities for pollutants and sites, and requires a comprehensive understanding of contaminant fate, degradation pathways, and remediation potentials. Today, in Europe there is a shortage of scientists and environmental engineers with the interdisciplinary understanding of groundwater contaminant behaviour required when embarking on the tasks of protecting and sustainably managing groundwater resources, remediating existing contaminations, and performing risk assessment. The aim of the GOODWATER ITN is to educate a new generation of groundwater professionals with targeted multidisciplinary expertise and process understanding, including microbiological, hydrogeological, chemical, and stable isotope aspects. For this purpose, some of Europe’s most esteemed groundwater experts from the different fields join forces to guarantee a cutting-edge scientific research training platform. The network will offer individual expert training by research, and network-wide training by workshops, summer schools, and laboratory exchange. Moreover, stakeholders from industry and authorities will be involved as associated partners to steer the project towards socio-economic relevance and tutor relevant complementary skills.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH
Address
Ingolstadter Landstrasse 1
85764 Neuherberg
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 442 642,50
Administrative Contact
Juergen Ertel (Dr.)

Participants (6)

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 718 466,40
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Birte Kastrup Rasmussen (Ms.)
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 480 677,60
Address
Oster Voldgade 10
1350 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sebastian R. Sørensen (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 199 136,30
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Spiros Agathos (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 196 900
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 190 300
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bert Gysen (Dr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 388 700
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Vereeken (Ms.)