The training and professional development of young scientists is a key objective of CO2-REACT. The motivation behind CO2-REACT is the recognition that quantifying the fate and consequences of CO2 injection in the subsurface requires application of a diverse set of scale spanning techniques and close academic-industrial collaboration. Academic-industrial collaboration is paramount for making substantial progress in carbon capture and storage. This natural collaboration stems from the fact that academic institutions possess the experimental and analytical expertise to quantify the rates and consequences of CO2-rich fluid-solid interaction but the ability to apply this work to CO2 injection in the subsurface is only available through industry. Although the focus of the CO2-REACT research program is aimed at improving the fundamental basis for injecting CO2 into the subsurface, CO2- REACT training will span field of fluid-solid reactivity emphasizing the connections between laboratory experiments and practical applications, both in natural and industrial processes.

Training is facilitated by the high quality of the CO2-REACT partners, who have long and successful research and teaching experience. The 11 team leaders are senior scientists and faculty, with a proven record of training in postgraduate and postdoctoral research. Most of the team leaders have been directly involved in hosting Marie Curie Fellows during the 5th and 6th Framework programmes. The leaders are also highly productive, with publications totalling over 350 articles in top international journals over the past 10 years. The team leaders include the editors or past editors of such journals as: Chemical Geology, Reviews in Mineralogy, and Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, American Mineralogist, Mineralogical Magazine and European Journal of Mineralogy.

Individual training programs will be designed in conjunction with each of the CO2-REACT fellow taking into account their background and scientific objectives/training needs. Although each trainee will be primarily based at one of the 11 teams, each will benefit from individualized training within a European-wide program. S(he) will have a personal supervisor at the host partner and, upon recruitment, a Career Development Plan (CDP) will be established with their own supervisor and input from the other CO2-REACT lead scientists. This personal program will be regularly updated as the project develops. The trainees will play an active role in shaping his/her own career development plan and each will make regular presentations on their progress during network managements meetings.

All 13 ESR will be enrolled in PhD programs. Those based at University centres will be enrolled at their host institutions, those based at private sector partners will be enrolled at one of the CO2-REACT academic partner’s Universities. The one ER shall be recruited by CO2-REACT to handle a research project that requires advanced knowledge in chemistry and geology. This ER will have additional training in project management by participating with the CO2-REACT coordinator in organization of network meetings, preparation of reports, and CO2-REACT budget. He/she will also be directly involved in website updates, providing training in inter-term communication and coordination.

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