Host beneficiary for DC03, DC04, DC06
Host for secondment for DC10, DC11

The University of Twente is a public university in the Netherlands with primary focus on engineering and with considerable experience in training through research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology at UT is the link between science, research, technology and social sciences, and participated in various FP6, FP7 and Horizon2020 projects. Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design form a unique combination for both research and training, with approximately 2.200 bachelor’s and master’s students, 440 employees and 150 PhD candidates.

The Multi-Scale Mechanics (MSM) research group, part of the Thermal and Fluids Engineering department, focuses on mechanical processes where distinct scales are interacting, e.g., granular systems, non-Newtonian fluids, porous media, and non-linear, micro-structured modern materials.

The Chair of Soil Micro Mechanics (SMM), part of the Civil Engineering department combines the fundamental study of soil mechanics and the application to (earth) construction materials. Research focus is on the development of novel, smart technologies to improve/optimize earth construction works and the soil-structures interaction. The chair aims to establish a new field of research: microscale features can be exploited to modify soil as desired and tune hydro-mechanical properties, toward the concept of Smart Soils, with the final goal to design construction materials by need.

Host beneficiary for DC07, DC08, DC09
Host for secondment for DC03, DC04, DC12, DC13

NGI is an independent international centre for research and consultancy in engineering-related geosciences, integrating geotechnical, geological and geophysical expertise. NGI was formally established as a research institute in 1953 under the auspices of the Royal Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (NTNF); in 1985, NGI was turned into an independent commercial foundation. NGI’s core tasks are to contribute to the social development through research and consulting, with public authorities, business and private industry resorting to their geo-expertise about building on safe ground. Importantly, NGI is an international leader in offshore geotechnics and a renowned advisor for the offshore industry in relation to field development and operations. NGI develops foundation solutions for offshore wind power plants, and is very active in the development of offshore wind energy worldwide. NGI has led a number of international research programs for the offshore industry and collaborates with research institutions worldwide.

Host beneficiary for DC05, DC10
Host for secondment for DC02

The University of Bremen has 25 years of experience in marine research. Within the Research Center / Cluster of Excellence MARUM world-class research is carried out in the fields of sediment dynamics, ocean and climate and geosphere-biosphere-interactions. The MARUM (Uni-Bremen) lead and coordinated SLATE, which gave extensive experience with national and international graduate programs and EU funded projects.

Host beneficiary for DC02
Host for secondment for DC05

Kiel University (also referred to as the CAU) uses research, teaching and the transfer of science to address the great challenges of our time in health, environmental and cultural change, nutrition and energy. In doing so, it ensures peace and preserves livelihoods for future generations. The CAU uses responsible actions to make sure that scientific discoveries are transferred into all sectors of our society by interdisciplinary thought – regardless of short-lived trends – where they are incorporated into political, economic and social decisions aimed at securing peace and prosperity.
Kiel University is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, it has ~27.000 students. Kiel University is dedicated to research-based teaching and learning. Therefore, the development of new teaching approaches is evolving constantly at the interfaces between research from the different scientific disciplines. Students from all over the world benefit from this: research results are quickly integrated into programme curricula and the academic staff is trained in-state-of-the-art teaching methods. Kiel Marine Science (KMS) is one of the four priority research areas of Kiel University. Kiel University is a member of “The European University of the Seas – SEA-EU” alliance, which is one of the 17 European Universities alliances co-funded in 2019 by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Host beneficiary for DC01

IFREMER is one of the very first institutes in marine science and technology, and Ifremer is part of a dual perspective of sustainable development and open science. Its 1500 employees conduct research, produce expertise and create innovations to protect and restore the ocean, use its resources responsibly, share marine data and offer new services to all stakeholders. Present on all the maritime facades of France and overseas, its laboratories are located on about twenty sites in the three major oceans: the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic and the Pacific. On behalf of the State, it operates the French Oceanographic Fleet for the benefit of the national scientific community. It designs its own state-of-the-art craft and equipment to explore and observe the ocean, from the coast to the open sea and from the abyss to the interface with the atmosphere.


Host beneficiary for DC12, DC13
Host for secondment for DC08, DC09

The University of Warwick (UOW) is the youngest university within UK Russell group universities. Warwick has an acknowledged reputation for world-class research at home and abroad. In the most recent UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in universities, 37% of the university’s research was rated as world-leading and a further 50% rated internationally excellent. The university also has a huge impact on the West Midlands region where it is based. In the 2021 UK Research Assessment Exercise, 92% of the School’s research was rated as ‘world-leading or ‘internationally excellent’. According to this classification, the Department is 3rd in the whole UK among General Engineering Department after Cambridge and Oxford; Computer Science is ranked the 2nd; Culture, Media and Communication ranked the 3rd in Research Quality across the UK. UOW is one of five partners that have funded the Alan Turing Institute for data science.

Host beneficiary for DC11
Host for secondment for DC02, DC04, DC06, DC07

The University of Liverpool (UOL) is a founding member of the Russell Group, a collaboration of world-class, research-intensitive universities in the UK, and is also one of the six UK’s ‘red brick’ civic universities. According to REF2021, the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, 91% of the university’s research is world leading or internationally excellent and 9 of the units are ranked in the top ten for outstanding research impact. Engineering of UOL is ranked 6th in
the UK universities for outstanding impact. The UOL also hosts one of the sites of the UK’s National Oceanography Centre and a unique national centre of excellence in risk and uncertainty research (Risk Institute). The research proposed in this project also falls within one of the core research themes, ‘subsea geo-hazards’, of these centres.

Host for secondment for DC01, DC10

The Cathie is now the largest consultancy, with over 90GW of offshore wind experience, 400 oil and gas projects and 1700 km subsea power cable projects around the world. Cathie is the trusted partner of the world’s largest energy organisations and their Tier-1 contractors, offering the full integrated range of ‘seabed and below’ solutions, delivered by industry experts. From a ubiquitous presence in Europe, Cathie now works on several projects in key developing markets around the world. There are specialist teams permanently based in key locations around the world in Cathie, delivering the expertise of the entire team at a local level. Completed projects spread all over Asia, Africa, South America, Australasia and the Middle East, as well as extensively in Europe and North America.

Host for secondment for DC11, DC12

Optum CE is a Danish software company, developing fast, user-friendly software for design of Geotech and Concrete structures. The software is developed with focus on providing advanced FE analysis packages, but at the same time making the tools accessible for engineering practitioners including structural engineers, contractors and building companies. OptumCE has established users in more than 50 countries, and more than 400 Universities use the software today in their teaching and research activities

Host for secondment for DC03, DC06

The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (UNIBZ) is the leading provider of higher education in Italy. Its trilingual teaching and research, its high level of internationalization as well as the ideal study environment guaranteed by its excellent facilities make it regularly reaches top positions in national and international rankings. In 2022 unibz for the third time entered the QS World University Rankings 2023 at rank position 701-750 among 5000 universities surveyed. In the 2021 Education Around ranking, unibz was ranked as 3rd best university in Italy. The faculty of science and technology ranked among the top 250 in the 2021 Times Higher Education Engineering and Technology subject ranking.

Host for secondment for DC08, DC09

DNV is an independent expert in assurance and risk management. Driven by our purpose, to safeguard life, property and the environment, we empower our customers and their stakeholders with facts and reliable insights so that critical decisions can be made with confidence. As a trusted voice for many of the world’s most successful organizations, we use our knowledge to advance safety and performance, set industry benchmarks, and inspire and invent solutions to tackle global transformations. We are the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We deliver world-renowned testing, certification and technical advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables, oil and gas, and energy management. We are one of the world’s leading certification bodies, helping businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains. We are also a world-leading provider of digital solutions for managing risk and improving safety and asset performance for ships, pipelines, processing plants, offshore structures, electric grids, smart cities and more. Our open industry assurance platform Veracity, cyber security and software solutions support business-critical activities across many industries, including maritime, energy and health care.

The UKRI-BGS is a world-leading geological survey and global geoscience organisation, focused on public-good science for government and research to understand earth and environmental processes. BGS aims to provide impartial and independent geoscience advice and data. BGS observes, monitors and characterises geological environments, both nationally and internationally, by using the proven abilities in earth systems science. Collecting, analysing, interpreting and presenting data and knowledge are core activities. BGS also builds strategic partnerships with academic institutions, governments, industry and the public to develop the and share expertise.

The doctoral school trains high-level specialists in the sciences of the universe, life sciences, human sciences and engineering sciences. The Doctoral School of Marine and Littoral Sciences is multidisciplinary and relies on research laboratories of excellence. It aims to train specialists in their discipline who are able to evolve in a multidisciplinary scientific context. UBO works closely with IFREMER in the field of POSEIDON project.

OsloMet aspires to be an international provider of research-based knowledge that contributes to a robust, sustainable welfare state.

NTNU’s main profile is science and technology. We have 5,000 academic employees in strong professional environments, of which more than 42% are women and 35% are international.

State Of The Art Engineering BV

Host for secondment for DC04

The State of The Art Engineering BV is a engineering company based in the Netherlands.

This project has received funding from the European Union under Grant Agreement No. 101120236
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