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URGENT - MSCA-ITN-2018: Innovative Training Networks – Industry or government partners sought with expertise in geoinformatics (GIS), remote sensing, hydrological modelling and land cover changes

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Reference Number: RDUK20181121001
Publication Date: 21 November 2018

Summary

A UK university is seeking companies or government organisations to join their Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network bid to explore strategies for understanding intermittent rivers under multiple stressors. The partner would contribute in expertise, and this being geoinformatics (GIS), remote sensing, hydrological modelling and land cover changes. Ideally a partner that uses GIS extensively and works in environmental monitoring. Collaboration under research cooperation agreement.

Description

Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at a UK University is seeking industry or government partners (companies) to join their Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network bid to explore strategies for understanding intermittent rivers under multiple stressors. The project is dealing with rivers in Europe and how they respond to pollutants and focuses on solving present and future challenges related to science and management of intermittent rivers and streams (IRIS) and multiple stressors impact on water bodies. Challenges like: system understanding of receptors in IRIS under multiple stressors and assessing the impact on aquatic environment will be achieved through integrative interdisciplinary approach. 

One of the challenges is the study of the processes in intermittent rivers’ watersheds and the development of their management strategies. It specifically deals with changes in land use/cover change and climate and their effect on hydrological characteristics of intermittent rivers. The research would include - spatial analysis of sources of pollution, and eventual changes of land use/cover changes in areas close to the river bed.

Therefore, the main objective of the project is to develop a model of hydrological changes under different land use/cover and climate change scenarios in intermittent river watershed. The model will be based on the integration of remote sensing, hydrological and climate data through a multi-agent system.
They seek companies or government organisations outside of the UK with expertise in spatial analyses, geographic modelling and/or hydrology / remote sensing. Ideally this would be a company that uses GIS extensively and works in environmental monitoring. Partner linked to rivers (hydrology) would be particularly aligned to the project however all partners will be considered, therefore this is not a must.

The project has a specific requirement where a researcher on the project goes and works for the organisation for approximately 1.5 years to learn new skills and to add an applied segment to their postgraduate doctoral degree (PhD). The organisation does not pay the researcher but is free to involve them in any activity/job that would be beneficial for the PhD (but hopefully for both). The partner is expected to contribute their expertise to the project via a research collaboration agreement.

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 TOPIC: Innovative Training Networks “Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks"

Call deadline: 15 January 2019

The deadline for expressions of interest: 31 December 2018.

Advantages and Innovations

At researcher level:

• Increased set of skills, both research-related and transferable ones, leading to improved employability and career prospects both in and outside academia (leading in the longer-term to more successful careers)
• Increase in higher impact R&I output and more knowledge and ideas converted into products and services
• Greater contribution to the knowledge-based economy and society

At organisation level:

• Enhanced cooperation and better transfer of knowledge between sectors and disciplines
• Improvement in the quality of training programmes and supervision arrangements
• Creation of new networks and enhanced quality of existing ones
• Boosting R&I capacity among participating organisations
• Increased internationalisation of participating organisations

At system level:

• Increase in international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility of researchers in Europe
• More structured and innovative doctoral training, enhanced implementation of the European Charter and Code and the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training
• Stronger links between the European Research Area (ERA) and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), notably through supporting the knowledge triangle between research, innovation and education
• Improvement in the working and employment conditions for doctoral candidates in Europe
• Increased societal and economic relevance of European higher education
• Strengthening Europe's human capital base in R&I with a new generation of more entrepreneurial and highly-skilled early career researchers
• Increase in Europe's attractiveness as a leading research destination, accompanied by a rise in the numbers of talented researchers attracted and retained from abroad
• Better quality research and innovation contributing to Europe's competitiveness and growth

Stage Of Development

Proposal under development

Requested partner

Partners must be from a Horizon2020 eligible country (excluding UK) and can either be from industry i.e. company of any size e.g. SME, medium, large or R&D institute, or alternatively be a government organisation.

Partners should be able to contribute mostly in expertise, this being geoinformatics (GIS), remote sensing, hydrological modelling and land cover changes and this would be done under a research cooperation agreement.

Ideally this would be a company or government organisation that uses GIS extensively and works in some sort of environmental monitoring. An ideal partner would be inked to rivers (hydrology) however this is not a must.

Cooperation offer is closed for requests