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Geogenic chemicals in groundwaters and soils: a research training network

Objective

The AquaTRAIN research training network addresses key research issues underpinning the European Legislative Framework on groundwater and soil protection as highlighted in FP6 sub-priority 1.1.6.3 II 2.2b. The objectives of AquaTRAIN are to provide early stage researchers with
(a) analytical, geochemical, microbiological and environmental management training necessary for the technical implementation of EU policies on groundwater and soil protection;
(b) exposure to innovative developments in our understanding of
(i) the biogeochemical processes controlling the cycling of chemicals in groundwater/soil systems;
(ii) novel protection and remediation technologies;
(iii) the biochemistry of chemical uptake in humans and in the food chain; and
(iv) human health and environmental impacts arising from trace concentrations of chemicals in ground waters.
Geogenic chemicals (i.e. of natural origin) will be the research focus because of the potential for breakthroughs in understanding microbiological controls on their mobility and for developing novel remediation/protection technologies. The objectives will be met by a coherently structured multi-disciplinary team of internationally recognised researchers providing training for early stage researchers through a joint innovative research programme involving individualised training plans, mentoring and network-wide training workshops with international speakers. The RTN will link with existing FP6 research and training projects, notably BRIDGE, AQUATERRA, COST, MOSES and MESPOM.
AquaTRAIN will serve the EU by addressing fragmentation and training future scientists who will have a sound multi-disciplinary grounding in the factors required to implement existing and forthcoming EU policy on groundwater protection, as well as having exposure to state-of-the-art technologies and ideas that may inform future developments in EU policy and regulation aimed at protecting a vital and irreplaceable resource for the EU.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-MOBILITY-1
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Address
Oxford Road
Manchester
United Kingdom

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Participants (14)

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
Address
39-43, Quai Andre Citroen - Tour Mirabeau
Paris

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)
France
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Rue Michel-ange 3
Paris

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
Brussels

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DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY.
United Kingdom
Address
The Gateway
Leicester

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EAWAG - EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
Address
Ueberlandstr.133
Duebendorf

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EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Raemistrasse 101
Zuerich

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KOZEP EUROPAI EGYETEM ALAPITVANY
Hungary
Address
Nador U. 9
Budapest

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TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Greece
Address
Agiou Markou Street
Chania - Crete

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THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
Address
King's College
Aberdeen

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UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA
Spain
Address
Edifici Les Aligues - Placa San Domenec No 3
Girona

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UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI
Romania
Address
M. Kogalniceanu 1
Cluj-napoca

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UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1
France
Address
Avenue Centrale 621, Domaine Universitaire
Grenoble

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Links
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
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Heidelberglaan 8
Utrecht

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VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
Address
Boeretang 200
Mol

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