The overall objective of KEYBIOEFFECTS is to provide new generations of scientists with the skills needed to assess the effects of pollution on European Rivers' biodiversity.
The scientific objective of this project is to provide a better understanding of t he causes of ecological quality loss and the cause-effect relationships of pollution and to derive from this knowledge practical tools for water quality assessment.
The development of complementary tools is crucial to achieving this objective: the identification of key toxicants, the quantification of the influence of environmental conditions on toxicant bioavailability, the assessment of these effects at the organism, on populations, on communities and ecosystems, and testing in micro- and mesocosms will result in the description of cause-effect relationships and allow the modelling of toxicant effects on the biota. This RTN will achieve the training and scientific objectives as well as the Transfer of Knowledge to end-users by providing training in the required competences and abilities to early-stage researchers (ESR) and by the participation of water agencies and SME in research, training and the elaboration of "case-oriented guidelines for assessing pollution effects in European Rivers".
The trainees will achieve the required competences by training through research in different institutions, in courses covering the basis of fundamental and applied research issues and by a practicum in a water agency or an enterprise involved in water pollution assessment. For each ESR, a senior researcher will assume the role of a tutor responsible for a clear definition of the working plan, for the supervision of training through research activities and the coordination of the ESR mobility plan. Twelve  PhD projects and five  post-doc projects covering the specific objectives and corresponding tasks of research, training and transfer of knowledge of KEYBIOEFFECTS are proposed.
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