This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 858092

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The IMPROVE project starts on September 1, 2021
The fifteen 3-year positions for Early Stage Researchers start in March 2022

Etna - Photo by P. Scarlato - INGV

Based on previous and current international projects and initiatives, IMPROVE aims to train the new generation of volcano scientists who manage inter-disciplinary understanding and knowledge, pursue innovation, and cooperate in an inter-sectorial, Open Science environment. IMPROVE ESRs are trained to grow as independent scientists with broad overviews and top level expertise, able to convert their knowledge, ideas and skills into scientific advances as well as economic and social benefits. The consortium involves nine academic Beneficiaries, and three Partners constituted by one Energy State Company and two technology-developing SMEs. The underlying research aims at the definition of the underground structure and dynamics of volcanic and geothermal systems, with innovative objectives expected to impact significantly volcano science as well as science-industry relationships; and involves exploration and monitoring methods, disciplines such as like geology, geophysics, geochemistry, engineering, informatics, and theoretical and experimental approaches. The program includes two multi-disciplinary Field Experiments, four Network Schools, five Specialized Short Courses, three ESRs’ Workshops, one Network Workshop on science-business relationships, nine Digital Training Modules, and a Final Conference. Multidisciplinary data will be managed through a Data Management Plan, and organized in a database fully available to the consortium and, after project closure, accessible by the broadest scientific community. ESRs’ training-through-research develops under multi-disciplinary team work and multiple tutorships, and includes as major training elements a variety of transferable and soft skills aimed at growing a generation of young scientists who are highly attractive for science as well as for the industry.