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Final Activity Report Summary - GRASP (Greenhouse-gas Removal Apprenticeship and Student Program)

The main objectives of the project was providing a multidisciplinary training platform to build a group of young researchers able to tackle the Greenhouse Gas Geological (GHG) storage issues for the next decades in order to fight the Earth global warming and its consequences. In GRASP, sixteen Academia and Industry partners have joined efforts:
To educate and train a new generation to the disciplines of geophysics, physics, petrophysics, geology, microbiology, chemistry, mineralogy, geochemistry, reservoir engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mathematics and rock-mechanics to address the key domains: reservoir characterization, storage monitoring and wellbore isolation.
To gather recognised scientists from leading European universities, ideally placed to transfer knowledge and industrial partners (ranging from GHG producers to technology providers for GHG mitigation) who have a culture of Research and Training, jointly with Academia, and a recognised capacity at selecting and training researchers in technological innovation.
To conduct research activities in the domain of GHG storage. GRASP included three workpackages and 16 partners from the academic and private domain.

GRASP was coordinated by IPGP (France). At the end of GRASP, the main objectives have been met. 35 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and Experienced Researchers (ER) have been hired to conduct scientific research for a total of more than 602 months and received a total of more than 3000 hour / person of training to disciplines pertinent to GHG storage issues during 21 GRASP events (Summer and Fall Schools, Advanced courses, International Conferences, Seminars, Laboratory and Industrial installation visits, Test site visits, and field trips) in addition to numerous local conferences and seminars set at every partner's institution.

Research activity in the Framework of GRASP lead GRASP ER and ESR to disseminate their findings as 14 papers published in international scientific journals and 55 presentations at scientific congrés (poster and oral). More than 15 publications are in phase of preparation for submission in 2011 and numerous presentations at international scientific congrés will be realised in the near future, ensuring the continuation of the visibility of the GRASP RTN after its legal end. This set of young fellows is ready to apply to jobs in the GHG field. At the legal end of GRASP, September 30th 2010, 10 fellows have already set in positions at academic or industrial institutions. 8 will continue research as Postdocs. 9 will continue at partner's institutions their on-going PhD study launched in the framework of GRASP. PhD thesis defence will be in 2011 or 2012. For the remaining, ie 8, the status in pendent or unknown at the present moment, there are in the phase of waiting the results of job applications. A community of partners is now set and inter-partner research projects have emerged and will continue after GRASP.

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