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Hyporheic Zone Processes – A training network for enhancing the understanding of complex physical, chemical and biological process interactions

Objective

Hyporheic zones (HZs) are key compartments for the functioning of aquatic ecosystems. As dynamic and complex transition regions between rivers and aquifers, they are characterized by the simultaneous occurrence of multiple physical, biological and chemical processes. Turnover and degradation of nutrients and pollutants figure among the prominent ecological services the HZ provides. We are facing a significant knowledge gap in the understanding of how hyporheic processes are linked and how they impact on each other. This can be attributed to a lack of truly supra-disciplinary research and harmonized and innovative investigation methods.

The concept of HypoTRAIN has been tailored to fill this gap. Collaborative research with state-of-the art technologies from multiple disciplines (hydrology, ecology, microbiology, engineering, environmental physics, contaminant science, modelling) will generate new mechanistic insights into the functioning of HZs. A group of ESRs will be educated using the multi-faceted nature of HZs as the central theme of the training programme. The supra-disciplinary expertise within the network and the high-level training program will generate scientific knowledge that will set the ground for a more holistic design of river management plans and restoration measures. Research excellence as well as scientific and technological innovation is ensured as all partners have world-leading reputations and work at the forefront of their respective discipline areas.

Participating in HypoTRAIN will make ESRs highly attractive for employers and open up doors for their successful careers in research, regulation, consulting, and industry. They will be experts for the better assessment of the ecological and chemical status of surface waters and for providing successful river restoration and management strategies. The strong involvement of the non-academic sector will provide the ESRs with a holistic perspective on career opportunities.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology/limnology

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks
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Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 733 804,08

Participants (8)

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 527 318,64
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT BAYREUTH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Universitatsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IWW RHEINISCH-WESTFALISCHES INSTITUT FUR WASSER BERATUNGS-UND ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Moritzstrasse 26
45476 Mulheim An Der Ruhr
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ROEHAMPTON UNIVERSITY LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Roehampton Lane
SW15 5PJ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATURALEA CONSERVACIO, SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Can Carner Terra Alta - Pol.ind. 51
08211 Castellar Del Valles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (6)

EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
Address
Uberlandstrasse 133
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Other
The Flinders University of South Australia
Australia
Address
Sturt Road, Bedford Park
5042 Adelaide
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
Address
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84105 Beer Sheva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SILIXA LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Centennial Avenue 230 Centennial
WD6 3SN Elstree Hertfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STIFTELSEN THE STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Box 24218
104 51 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments