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Training Engineers and Researchers to Rethink geotechnical Engineering for a low carbon future

Objective

TERRE aims to develop novel geo-technologies to address the competitiveness challenge of the European construction industry in a low carbon agenda. It will be delivered through an inter-sectoral and intra-European coordinated PhD programme focused on carbon-efficient design of geotechnical infrastructure. Industry and Research in the construction sector have been investing significantly in recent years to produce innovative low-carbon technologies. However, little innovation has been created in the geo-infrastructure industry, which is lagging behind other construction industry sectors. TERRE aims to close this gap through a network-wide training programme carried out by a close collaboration of eleven Universities and Research Centres and three SMEs. It is structured to provide a balanced combination of fundamental and applied research and will eventually develop operational tools such as software for low-carbon geotechnical design and a Decision Support System for infrastructure project appraisal. The research fellows will be involved in inter-sectoral and intra-European projects via enrolment in 8 ‘Joint-Awards’ and 7 ‘Industrial’ PhDs. The research fellows will be trained in low-carbon design by developing novel design concepts including eco-reinforced geomaterials, ‘engineered’ vegetation, engineered soil-atmosphere interfaces, biofilms, shallow geothermal energy and soil carbon sequestration. Distinctive features of TERRE are the supervision by an inter-sectoral team and the orientation of the research towards technological applications. Training at the Network level includes the development of entrepreneurial skills via a special programme on ‘Pathways to Research Enterprise’ to support the research fellows in establishing and leading spin-out companies after the end of the project.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/geothermal energy
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/geological engineering
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 637 671,72

Participants (13)

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Avenue De L'universite
64000 Pau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CASSINO E DEL LAZIO MERIDIONALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Viale Dell Universita - Campus Folcara
03043 Cassino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
France
EU contribution
€ 175 250,40
Address
Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE METODES NUMERICS EN ENGINYERIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 413 121,60
Address
C Gran Capitan, Edifici C1, Campus Nord Upc Sn
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
LIMITSTATE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
The Innovation Centre 217 Portobello
S1 4DP Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NOBATEK INEF 4
France
EU contribution
€ 219 063
Address
Rue De Mirambeau 67
64600 Anglet
Activity type
Research Organisations
KEMPFERT GEOTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 83 072,16
Address
Hasenhohe 128
22587 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 309 431,22
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (7)

Donaldson Associates Ltd
United Kingdom
Address

Uttoxeter
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNITAL SPA
Italy
Address
Via Cassano D Adda 27/1
20149 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AMRA-Analysis and monitoring of env
Italy
Address

Naples
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
University of Aberdeen
United Kingdom
Address

Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Koninklijke Houthandel G. Wijma & Zo
Netherlands
Address

Kampen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Acceptables Avenirs
France
Address

Ramonville-saint-agne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)