JETSET is a four-year Marie Curie Research Training Network (RTN) designed to build a vibrant interdisciplinary European research and training community centred on rigorous and novel approaches to plasma jet studies, with a focus on flows produced during star formation. The theme of the network is at the confluence of astrophysical observations, theoretical and computational modelling, laboratory experiments, and Grid technology. The core strategy of the network will be to create, for the first time, a powerful interdisciplinary synergy between these domains of expertise within Europe, and use it to break new ground in several key areas related to plasma jets, both in space and in the laboratory. Our main scientific goals will focus on understanding the driving mechanisms of jets around young stars (including their possible crucial link with planet-forming disks); the cooling/heating processes, instabilities and shock structures in stellar and lab jets; and the impact of jets on energy balance and star formation in the galactic medium. The network will overcome regional fragmentation and increase European competitiveness and visibility in these areas by coordinating between nodes the use of resources, and by implementing the joint development of state-of-the-art analysis tools. Lasting world-class results will include: unique sets of theoretical models for jet production with synthetic predictions; coordinated databases of multi-wavelength jet observations; complete sets of laser and pulsed power device experimental benchmarks; cross-validated simulation codes; and the setting up of a European Grid computing facilities. The network training program will provide a core of top-ranking early stage and experienced researchers with in-depth, multidisciplinary expertise in high demand strategic European research fields, such as plasma fusion and numerical fluid-dynamics simulations in climatology, engineering (aircrafts, spacecrafts, automobiles), and medical imaging.
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