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INSPIRATION (managing soil and groundwater impacts from agriculture for sustainable intensification) is a multidisciplinary consortium of 26 partners across 8 European countries, which aims to develop low-technology management practices, monitoring approaches, modelling and decision-making tools, and innovative technology applications in the field of sustainable agriculture by a combination of fundamental and applied science (www.inspirationitn.eu). The network will provide high-quality research training to young scientists, through fully-funded Early-Stage Researcher (PhD level) fellowships. The academic partners include leading research groups in this field. The non-academic partners include all stakeholder interests (regulators, advisory bodies, water utilities, consulting firms, commercial R&D, technology vendors, SMEs and multinationals). The team of 15 fellows employed by INSPIRATION will research scientific topics which cover important scientific, technical and management problems within the training themes below. The project has an international advisory group and will undertake a comprehensive programme of knowledge transfer activities with other scientific networks and professional bodies in this field. The fellowships in INSPIRATION will start in October 2016.

Research training themes

INSPIRATION will provide applied research training in the following areas:

  • Innovative methodologies for measuring contaminant fluxes in the subsurface
  • Predicting catchment-scale nutrient and contaminant fluxes between compartments
  • Restoring marginal land for agriculture using low cost amendments and bioremediation
  • Mitigation of soil and groundwater impacts from agriculture using mixed waste media
  • Sustainability of agricultural management strategies at the catchment-scale

The network is recruiting researchers now. Click the link

to download a flyer explaining more, with details of the research opportunities available.

External training events

As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, INSPIRATION will offer regular workshops and summer schools on various topics within the theme of the project as training events. These events are open to external participants for specific training and professional development. They will be advertised on the project website (www.inspirationitn.eu) and through CL:AIRE.