A new success for the University of Rennes 1 and OSUR: an innovative doctoral training network coordination Marie Sklodowska-Curie

The S2S-Future project: winner Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN (Innovative Training Network)

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The S2S-Future project, “Signal propagation in source-to-Sink for the future of Earth resources and energies”, coordinated by François Guillocheau and Cécile Robin of the University of Rennes 1 (UMR geosciences – OSUR), was selected for funding under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN (Innovative Training Network) 2019 call. This is the only French coordination of such a network in the “environment” panel this year. This success is all the more admirable since it has a score of 99/100 and these calls are extremely competitive: only 12 projects for the environment panel were selected for EU-wide funding with a success rate of 7.41%.

The purpose of this ITN S2S-Future is to describe and model the response of the Earth’s surface to tectonic and climatic signals over geological time, from upstream erosion zones (“source”) to downstream sedimentation zones (“Sink”). The Earth’s surface is indeed the domain of complex interactions between humans and their physical, chemical and biological environment, including sediments. These sediments have been produced, transported and deposited on the Earth’s surface for at least 4 billion years. But these sediments represent geological resources (water resources, energy, aggregates, metals...) or can be used to store different wastes of anthropogenic origin (CO2, nuclear, chemical) which are of vital importance for the development of humanity.

The objective of this ITN "S2S-Future" is therefore to train future researchers, who will be able to better predict the location, structures (i.e. heterogeneities) of sediments and their mineralogical/physical properties (particle size distribution, porosity, permeability, etc.). This will be achieved through the full integration of the sedimentary system into space and time, from the upstream sediment source to the downstream sediment sink, known as Source–to-Sink (S2S). This ambition is fundamental in order to meet the growing needs of the planet, in a context of significant and rapid changes in societies, with their consequences on the global climate.

The S2S-Future consortium, bringing together 21 participants (10 academics and 11 companies) from 7 European countries (France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and a non-European partner, India), will train 15 PhD students through an original training plan, fully co-invented by the academic and business partners of the project.

Of note is the decisive support of the Platform for European Projects (2PE) Brittany, which since 2013, supports and promotes the participation of the Breton academic community in the European framework programmes dedicated to research and innovation, particularly in the context of Horizon 2020. Since June 2018, Claire Bajou, project engineer in charge of the Life and Earth Sciences sector on the Rennes site, is present every Tuesday in OSUR’s rooms.In view of this exceptional result from the first year, we can only rejoice in this close collaboration!On the subject of Marie Curie networks, the 2PE organises an annual information meeting on the ITN and RISE calls at regional level. It will be held on June 20, 2019, on the Beaulieu campus for the Rennes site. Do not hesitate to participate.