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CLOUD Initial Training Network (CLOUD TRAIN)

Objective

The aim of “CLOUD-TRAIN” is to establish a multi-site network of Early Stage Researchers (here predominantly PhD students) and Experienced Researchers at 10 partner institutions across Europe. The role of aerosol nucleation for atmospheric CCN levels, clouds and climate is investigated. The influence of various vapours and ions for aerosol nucleation, growth and cloud processes is studied to significantly improve our understanding of natural and anthropogenic climate forcing as well as feedback mechanisms.
The major focus of the network will be three sets of common experiments on ternary nucleation (ion-induced and neutral) and ion-aerosol-cloud interaction carried out at CERN to which all trainees contribute. These experiments are conducted at the newly established unique aerosol chamber “CLOUD” that is exposed to a CERN ionizing particle beam where the effects of cosmic rays on aerosol and clouds can be efficiently simulated. At the CLOUD chamber nucleation experiments are performed at an unprecedented level of precision and completeness using highly innovative instrumentation.
A comprehensive high quality training programme is set up for the fellows. Additional to the experiments at CERN, they are brought together for network training events such as annual summer schools and workshops for integral data analysis. Courses by world leading experts are taught spanning from general aerosol chemistry and physics to specialized sessions. The summer schools and workshops are specifically tailored to the needs of the trainees and are scheduled in addition to the national PhD programmes of their hosting institutions. Comprehensive transferable skills training is included (e.g. scientific writing, presenting talks, interaction with the media, entrepreneurship, IPR, management). Five network partners are from the private sector (2 full, 3 assoc.). Secondments are planned for each fellow to broaden the experience and to include exposure to another sector.
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Coordinator

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN

Address

Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 672 614,80

Administrative Contact

Kristina Wege (Ms.)

Participants (9)

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EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 688 732,66

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 425 544,91

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 450 729,40

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 296 056,64

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 296 056,64

LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUER TROPOSPHAERENFORSCHUNG e.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 233 068,88

IONICON ANALYTIK GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 251 201,72

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 233 068,88

TOFWERK AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 224 622,86

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 316662

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 771 697,39

  • EU contribution

    € 3 771 697,39

Coordinated by:

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN

Germany