The University of Helsinki to train doctoral students in an EU project on geosciences

The European Research Executive Agency (REA) has awarded one of its prestigious Doctoral Network grants to a major collaboration of six EU Universities led by the University of Helsinki.

The European Research Executive Agency (REA) has awarded a three-year Doctoral Network grant totalling two million euros to a major collaboration of six EU Universities led by the University of Helsinki. The aim of the collaboration is to train 10 doctoral students within international consortia, including academic and non-academic organisations. Three of these students will be enrolled at the University of Helsinki, to be recruited in 2024 and start working in January 2025.

The Doctoral Network project is called Fluxes at divergent plate Boundary Environments Analyzed in Time and Space (FluxBEATS). It integrates geological observations, cutting-edge geochemical and biogeochemical analyses, data, and modelling from modern volcanic systems along mid-ocean ridges with Precambrian and Cretaceous ophiolites, including Proterozoic magmatic suites and associated hydrothermal systems. 

The six EU universities who are beneficiaries of the Doctoral Network grant are the University of Helsinki (Finland), the University of Bergen (Norway), the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany), Universität Münster (Germany), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France) and the Geological Survey of Finland, along with academic and non-academic partners throughout Europe.

The lead Principal Investigator of the network is Professor Christoph Beier (Department of Geosciences and Geography). University Lecturer Ekaterina Ezhova (INAR) will act as the work package leader and the supervisor of the doctoral candidates. Assistant Professor Riikka Kietäväinen and Professor Tapani Rämö (Department of Geosciences and Geography) will also serve as supervisors.

The Doctoral Network programme is a part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme, the European Union’s flagship funding programme for doctoral education and the postdoctoral training of researchers.