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Geogenic chemicals in groundwaters and soils: a research training network

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.

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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Address

Oxford Road
Manchester

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

David POLYA (Dr)

Participants (14)

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BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)

France

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY.

United Kingdom

EAWAG - EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

KOZEP EUROPAI EGYETEM ALAPITVANY

Hungary

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE

Greece

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA

Spain

UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI

Romania

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1

France

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 35420

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    31 December 2010

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 618 044

  • EU contribution

    € 3 150 000

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom