Samtliga fem projekt inkluderar partners från ett flertal länder. Stockholms universitet är koordinator i ett av dem och partner i de återstående fyra.

Det projekt universitetet koordinerar är ”PERFORCE3/Innovative Training Network on PER and polyfluorinated alkyl substances towards the Future Of Research and its Communication in Europe”. Ansvarig forskare är Ian Cousins vid Institutionen för miljövetenskap och analytisk kemi. Projektet beviljas totalt ett anslag om drygt 4 miljoner euro och omfattar 14 partners från 6 länder. Läs mer om projektet nedan (på engelska).

De fyra andra projekten är:
“iMIRACLI/innovative MachIne leaRning to constrain Aerosol-cloud CLimate Impacts”,
där Annica Ekman, Meteorologiska institutionen, och Ilona Riipinen, Institutionen för miljövetenskap och analytisk kemi, är ansvariga forskare vid Stockholms universitet. Projektet koordineras av University of Oxford och omfattar tio partners i fem länder. Projektet beviljas totalt ett anslag om drygt 4 miljoner euro. Läs mer nedan.

“GMOS-Train/Global Mercury Observation and Training network in support to the Minamata Convention”, där Sofi Jonsson, Institutionen för miljövetenskap och analytisk kemi, är ansvarig forskare vid Stockholms universitet. Konsortiet består av elva partners från sju länder, koordineras av Institut Jozef Stefan i Slovenien och får bidrag om totalt knappt fyra miljoner euro. Läs mer nedan.

“SMART-X/Study of carrier transport in MAterials by time-Resolved specTroscopy with ultrashort soft X-ray light” där Markus Kowalewski, Fysikum, är ansvarig forskare vid universitetet. I konsortiet finns tolv partners i sju länder och koordinering sker från Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche i Italien. Totaltsumman är på knappt fyra miljoner euro.

“CO2PERATE/Cooperation towards a sustainable chemical industry” där Belén Martín-Matute, Institutionen för organisk kemi, är ansvarig forskare vid Stockholms universitet. I konsortiet finns tio partners från sex länder. Projektet koordineras av Universitetet i Tromsö och får anslag om totalt 4,1 miljoner euro.

Mer om:

PERFORCE3/Innovative Training Network on PER and polyfluorinated alkyl substances towards the Future Of Research and its Communication in Europe

The Innovative Training Network (ITN) PERFORCE3 is the first Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions ITN to be coordinated at Stockholm University. The coordinator is Professor Ian Cousins (ACES). PERFORCE3 is a multi-partner joint doctoral research training network with the overall aims of educating 15 PhD students and improving the understanding of, and eliminating the risks associated with, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). PFASs comprise more than 4700 substances and are of high global concern due to poorly defined risks to the environment and human health. PERFORCE3 brings together world leaders in a wide range of disciplines from universities, governmental research laboratories, regulatory authorities, non-governmental organizations and private companies from nine different countries. The results will greatly improve the understanding of a globally ubiquitous contaminant class, leading to improved environmental and human health risk assessments.

iMIRACLI/innovative MachIne leaRning to constrain Aerosol-cloud CLimate Impacts

The project innovative MachIne leaRning to constrain Aerosol-cloud CLimate Impacts (iMIRACLI) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network involving ten academic participants and five industrial partners, with a total budget of 4.2 million Euro. The central aim of iMIRACLI is to constrain the role of aerosols and clouds for global warming with Artificial Intelligence (AI), by training a new generation of graduate students to use machine learning for in-depth exploration of climate science data. While there is now general acceptance that Climate Change is being influenced by human activity, with historic agreements such as the Paris agreement aiming to keep global mean temperature rise below 2oC of pre-industrial levels, the understanding of climate change at a quantitative level is still subject to large uncertainties. This is to a large extent because of the uncertain role of clouds in the climate system. Machine Learning, underpinned by Artificial Intelligence, has undergone rapid advances in recent years and offers new tools to study, analyze and learn from the mass of data being collected by Earth Observations.

GMOS-Train/Global Mercury Observation and Training network in support to the Minamata Convention

With the signing of the UNEP Minamata Convention in 2013 and its ratification in 2017, the world’s governments have accepted that mercury (Hg) is toxic and of global relevance; scientific needs will therefore shift towards best implementation practices of the Convention. The overall objectives of the GMOS-Train network are (1) to provide urgently needed training in Hg science within the context of the UNEP Minamata Convention, and (2) to fill key knowledge gaps in biogeochemical Hg cycling linking anthropogenic emissions and Hg in marine food webs. The project is led by Professor Milena Horvat from the International Postgraduate School Jožef Stefan in Slovenia and includes 9 academic and 2 non-academic institutions across Europe as well as 16 partner organizations (e.g. UNEP). Of the 15 ESRs included in the project, two will be positioned in Assistant Professor Sofi Jonsson’s group at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES). Assist. Prof Jonsson will lead the WP focusing on the role of mercury from terrestrial systems and the two SU affiliated PhD projects will aim to understand i) the reactivity of mercury during transport from land to sea and ii) the potential release of mercury from thawing permafrost systems.

SMART-X/Study of carrier transport in MAterials by time-Resolved specTroscopy with ultrashort soft X-ray light

The SMART-X network aims at the study of key processes that regulate electron and charge transfer in complex systems by the development of a new approach based on ultrafast soft X-ray spectroscopy to unravel ultrafast dynamics in materials. These processes are important to further the understanding of solar energy conversion. The groups of Markus Kowalewski and Michael Odelius from Fysikum will participate in this network by developing new simulation strategies for dynamics and ultrafast X-Ray spectra of charge transfer processes in solvated systems.

CO2PERATE/Cooperation towards a sustainable chemical industry

Our society depends on thousands of indispensable molecules such as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, dyes, and coatings. Such products are synthesized from starting materials that originate from fossil resources, mainly oil. As oil is depleting, alternative starting materials are needed. CO2 is a benign and sustainable carbon source, which in analogy to natural photosynthetic processes can be used to form chemical building blocks. However, despite the potential ascribed to CO2, the scope of chemicals available from CO2 remains narrow. The CO2PERATE consortium is a cooperation between 3 industrial and 7 academic nodes, with a simple but essential vision: Training of European researchers in the synthesis of indispensable molecules from sustainable carbon sources and with sustainable catalysts. The main focus is on using CO2 as a synthon in C-C bond formation leading to industrially relevant compounds. The development of CO2-based synthetic pathways is highly beneficial not only for the chemical industry but also for pharmaceutical applications.