Centre for Deep Sea Research
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Training the next generation of geoscientists for the green energy transition

The European Research Executive Agency has awarded one of its prestigious Doctoral Network grants to a major collaboration of 7 European institutions, which includes the Department of Earth Science and the Centre for Deep Sea Research!


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In the project “Fluxes at Divergent Plate Boundary Environments Analyzed in Time and Space” (FluxBEATS), a total of 10 doctoral candidates will integrate geological observations, geochemical and biogeochemical analyses, data and modeling from modern volcanic systems along mid-ocean ridges and back-arcs to Precambrian oceanic crust. In addition, they will receive training on essential skills such as writing, science communication and data management in a range of workshops, summer schools and internships with the various academic and non-academic partners in the project.

The 4-years, 30 million NOK project is led by prof. Christoph Beier at the University of Helsinki (Finland) and is part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, the European Union’s flagship funding program for doctoral education and postdoctoral training of researchers. From our department, Dr. Desiree Roerdink will act as the deputy-PI and leader of the scientific work package on Fluxes to the seafloor and the water column, as well as the work package on Dissemination and exploitation. She and Dr. Steffen Leth Jørgensen will also be the main supervisors of one doctoral candidate each.

Other key partners in the project include the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research and the University of Münster in Germany, Politecnico di Torino in Italy, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in France, and the Geological Survey of Finland. In addition, associated partners include the University of Bremen (Germany), Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris, Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris and the University of Brest (France), as well as non-academic partners Thermo Scientific, TOFwerk, GRIDArendal, Lightigo and Adepth.