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Coordination Action for Research Activities on Life in Extreme Environments

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211700

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2008

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 378 881,52

  • EU contribution

    € 1 199 524,14

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

Objective

Life in Extreme Environments (LEXEN) is an emerging area of research in which Europe has considerable expertise but a relatively fragmented research infrastructure. The science of such environments has enormous relevance for our knowledge of the diversity and environmental limits of microbial, plant and animal life and the novel strategies employed for survival and growth. Such studies are essential in understanding how life established on the early Earth and in assessing the possibilities for life on other planetary bodies. These environments are also a rich source of novel exploitable compounds. The Work Programme identifies a need for better coordination of LEXEN research and CAREX aims to address this need by developing a clearly identifiable, dynamic and durable community. Establishing this community will encourage greater inter-disciplinarity and increasing knowledge of extreme environments. It will provide a target for young career scientists and allow a more focussed dialogue with other science areas, with funding agencies, with industrial groups and with international organisations outside Europe. CAREX deliverables will include a strategic roadmap for European LEXEN research (including enabling technologies), diverse opportunities for knowledge transfer, standardisation of methodologies, encouragement and support for early career scientists and a network of links to relevant organisations. These deliverables together with improved community networking, supported by newsletters, promotional leaflets, a series science publications and an interactive web portal, will help consolidate the community and its identity. Outcomes will be facilitated through science/technology workshops, diverse forums, field/laboratory protocol intercomparisons, a summer school and individual grants to facilitate knowledge transfer. CAREX has evolved with the key players from the highly successful ESF “Investigating Life in Extreme Environments” initiative .
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Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

Address

Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Sn2 1eu Swindon Wiltshire

United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 53 975,73

Administrative Contact

Cynan Ellis-Evans (Dr.)

Participants (8)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 48 359

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 142 010,37

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 115 331,02

FONDATION EUROPEENNE DE LA SCIENCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 694 266,02

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 62 436,60

BOTANICKY USTAV AV CR, V.V.I.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 9 448,10

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA AEROESPACIAL ESTEBAN TERRADAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 32 454,15

MATIS OHF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 41 243,15

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211700

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2008

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 378 881,52

  • EU contribution

    € 1 199 524,14

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom