FlowTrans ITN Workshop 6
Norway, May 2016
From the 2nd to 6th of May, the sixth and final FlowTrans Workshop was held in Longyearbyen, at the arctic archipelago of Svalbard in Norway. The primary focus of the workshop was the legacy of FlowTrans, as well as future career paths.
In addition to networking and discussions, we carried on with our FlowTrans Research, Career, Management and Communications schools.
The special topic of this research school was “Complexity and pattern formation in rocks and porous media”, where 6 PIs presented great in-depth talks on this topic related to their field, all from complex physics to structural geology.
In the communications school, which focused on legacy, FlowTrans fellows and guest students presented their learning material videos and slideshows. These short presentations are meant to address a general audience, and will be posted online on the FlowTrans webpage. This will present the various FlowTrans projects and legacy in a simple way, for anyone.
We also had a nice course in how to make interesting and dynamic videos from plain scientific slides, including an introduction to the software available for this purpose.
The career school focused on career paths, where Francois and Eirik gave nice talks about career choices and careers in academia and industry. In addition, the fellows discussed their career plans with PIs in 1-to-1 meetings.
In management school, we held management and committe meetings, as well as 1-to-1 network review discussions between the fellows and FlowTrans administrators.
On the last day of the workshop, we had network activities to explore the arctic scenery, where we could choose between riding dog sleds, join a tour into a glacier ice cave or go on a snowmobile trip to a nearby mining settlement.
Even though it is sad that this was the final FlowTrans Workshop, it was a great experience!
The EGU General Assembly 2016
Austria, April 2016
A number of Flowtrans members and associates again went to Vienna and presented both talks and posters in the EGU session related to Flowtrans; “Stress, Fracturing, Flow and Transformation in Porous Media”, as well as other sessions.
In total the Flowtrans related session included 12 talks and 27 posters.
The EGU General Assembly 2016 was again a great success with 4,863 oral, 10,320 poster, and 947 PICO presentations. 619 unique scientific sessions together with 321 side events created an interesting programme. At the conference 13,650 scientists from 109 countries participated, of which 25% were students and 53% early career scientists (under the age of 35 years), 15,000 copies of EGU Today distributed, keen media presence and reporting, and thousands of visits to the webstreams as well as to the EGU blog GeoLog.
FlowTrans 2015 International Conference & the fifth FlowTrans ITN Workshop
France, November 2015
Our FlowTrans International Conference was held in Strasbourg on 16-18 November 2015. The event was hosted jointly by the University of Glasgow and Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)/University of Strasbourg.
The aims of the Conference were to:
• showcase the research of the FlowTrans project
• enable engagement and knowledge exchange with internationally renowned scientists, and
• network with a diverse range of researchers, at various stages of their careers, from across the
We welcomed 50 scientists, from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds, at various stages in their careers, to our conference.
Our packed 3 day programme of events centred around the 6 themes of the FlowTrans research:
Session 1: Coupling between solid/fluid reactions and rock deformations
Keynote speakers included
Session 2: Changes of porosity and transport properties due to physico-chemistry of porous media
Session 3: Fracture – mechanics and physics of critical and subcritical processes
Session 4: Fluids and fault physics
Session 5: Fluids in granular media and soils, morphogenesis and instabilities
Session 6: Monitoring fluids in the Earth crust.
Each session was convened by FlowTrans Principal Investigators and guests, with presentations from world-leading Invited Speakers providing the Keynote talks, as well as FlowTrans Fellows and researchers.
The daily poster presentation sessions were crowded, with much enthusiastic discussion taking place!
We have received excellent feedback from participants.
“The United States does not have the equivalent of what the EU is doing with their largemulti-institutional multi-country research projects such as FlowTrans. When a graduate student obtains a doctoral degree from a US university, they know the few other graduate students in their group very well, less well the other graduate students in their department and only a few scientists outside of their university. For the doctoral students graduating from the FlowTrans research group, they will have a close working relation with perhaps 100 scientists across multiple countries and many universities. What a networking advantage! The synergy that the FlowTrans researchers enjoy due to this collaborative network of relations was impressive to witness. Well done.”
Professor Steve Pride, Staff Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Adjunct Professor, University of California at Berkeley
“It was great to make contact with so many people from such a range of disciplines!”
Marcel Moura, University of Oslo
Comments from FlowTrans Fellows include:
“I had the opportunity to explain my work to many people and had some fruitful discussions. The diversity of the presentations gave us flavour from different research areas thus making the conference experience more stimulating, By the end of the conference I had lots of new ideas to explore!”
Semih Turkaya, CNRS
“The scale of the conference made it easy for students to connect and interact with fellow students and with senior researchers in a friendly atmosphere. The broad range of subjects, from hard-core mineralogy, rock mechanics to seismology and physics, were well connected and interesting for everyone, even those without in-depth knowledge. Part of this was due to the excellent choice of invited key-note speakers”
Frans Aben, UJF
“Interesting presentations from students, post-docs, keynote speakers, gave insight into the various methods and fields in earth science, with discussions across disciplines”
Fredrik Eriksen, CNRS
We will be building on this success to ensure that we continue to collaborate, exchange knowledge and disseminate the findings of the FlowTrans ITN research as we enter the final phase of the project.
Full details on the conference, including the abstracts and Keynote Speaker biographies can be found on our special conference website at http://flowtrans2015.sciencesconf.org
The fifth FlowTrans workshop, with a special focus on imagery in geosciences, was held together with the International Conference.
During two extra days, we had our usual FlowTrans training schools and networking sessions.
We went on a field trip visiting spectacular sites all around Alsace, where we saw an outcrop of oil rich sandstone, a fortress carved into a sandstone formation, natural oil wells in the Soults-sous forest, and a guided tour in the silver mines of southern Alsace.
In addition, the FlowTrans partner from CSIRO in Sydney, Manolis Veveakis, gave a talk about his career experience after his Ph.D. He has also been an ITN fellow, and it was nice for the ESRs and ERs to hear from him about career opportunities.
FlowTrans ITN Workshop 4
Turkey, May 2015
The fourth FlowTrans workshop was held in Istanbul and Sapanca, Turkey, from the 16th to 24th of May. Flowtrans fellows and guest students started the workshop in Istanbul with a special career school held by two Valoridoc consultants. They gave an intensive two-day course on how to get the most out of your PhD, in terms of how to successfully find and get a job. It was an excellent opportunity for fellows to build their confidence and skills in writing CVs, job applications and motivation letters, and was concluded with simulated job interviews for relevant positions selected by fellows. After the two days of career school, the PIs and guest professors joined before we left to lake Sapanca, where most of the workshop was based.
After arriving in Sapanca, several distinguished researchers in the fields of seismology, geodesy and tectonics presented recent advances and the most updated knowledge on the deformations of the great North Anatolian fault, one of the most active continental faults in the world. Since our field trips were planned along this fault, this was an excellent introduction to the area.
During our field work the following two days, we visited three different sites each day (see photos). The first day was in the seismic section of the the North Anatolian fault and the second day in the creeping section. The first stop was a gas station with shifted gas pumps, showing evidence of a 5m strike-slip displacement that occurred during the rupture of the 1999 Izmit earthquake. Then, we moved on to a limestone outcrop where we saw tectonic stylolites and mirror like fault surfaces resulting from cataclastic deformation. The first day ended with a visit to a magnificent outcrop of travertine showing how fluids circulate along the fault and precipitate massive carbonates. On the second day, we first stopped at a body of volcanic rock outcrops, containing a wide fault damage zone characterized by several localized gouge. At the following stop we saw an old wall built in the 1950’s, which slowly deforms by creep and now has an offset of 40 cm. Finally, we visited a serpentinites body where these weak rocks outcrop and show numerous evidence of fluid rock interactions and carbonation processes.
In addition, as usual, we carried on with our Flowtrans career, management and training schools. This time, we had poster sessions where all fellows presented a poster and was evaluated on presentation, scientific content and layout of their poster. We also had a focus on how to write grant proposals, where the fellows first wrote a grant proposal and got feedback from the PIs. After that, a presentation was given by PIs, walking through the important steps for writing a successful grant proposal.
On the last day of the workshop we returned to Istanbul where we had a networking session, including sightseeing and dinner.
This workshop, with special focus on field work, was again an excellent opportunity for Flowtrans participants and associates to meet, discuss the recent advances of the Flowtrans project, as well as having a great experience with field work in the beautiful country of Turkey.
The EGU General Assembly 2015
Austria, April 2015
A number of Flowtrans members and associates repeated last year’s success with both oral and poster presentations in the EGU session related to Flowtrans; “Flow in Transforming Porous Media”.
In total the session included 12 talks and 20 posters.
The EGU General Assembly 2015 was again a great success with 4,870 oral, 8,489 poster, and 705 PICO presentations. 577 unique scientific sessions together with 310 side events created an interesting programme. At the conference 11,837 scientists from 108 countries participated, of which 23% were students. There was keen media presence and reporting, resulting in thousands of visits to the webstreams as well as to the EGU blog “GeoLog”.
FlowTrans ITN Workshop 3
Poland, October 2014
The third FlowTrans workshop took place in Poland from the 12th to the 17th of October. The first part of the workshop took place in Zakopane, a town near the Tatra mountains in the south of Poland, a very good location that allowed us to go on field trips and do cool outdoor activities such as caving and hiking. During the stay in Zakopane we also carried on with the FlowTrans training schools in research, communication, management and career development. All fellows presented posters, as well as abstracts for scientific papers, followed by discussions among the PIs and fellows. The special research topic for the workshop was numerical modelling, and we saw several presentations explaining the basics of numerical modelling, different methods and many examples of applications. After 3 days of skills training, networking and field trips in Zakopane, we travelled to Krakow for the second part of the workshop.
On the way from Zakopane to Krakow we visited a salt mine where a guide showed us a lot of different salt and rock formations inside.
In Krakow, we had the EU mid-term review of the FlowTrans project. First, the project coordinator presented the goals and activities of FlowTrans, followed by all fellows presenting their work, achievements and goals. We were happy to conclude that everything was going well according to the plan. The mid-term meeting was also a great way to get an overview and perspective on all the work going on within the network.
The 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Rock Deformation
USA, August 2014
From the 17th to the 22nd of August 2014, a group of Flowtrans people participated at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Rock Deformation that took place in Andover, New Hampshire.
At the 2014 GRC on Rock Deformation, leading experts in experimental rock deformation, structural geology, earthquake seismology, geodesy, geodynamics, mineral physics, material science, petroleum engineering, and planetary geology presented recent progress in, and discussed outstanding questions about characterizing structural evolution across multiple length scales. Central themes for the conference included:
– Fault anatomy, fault strength, transient slip, and fluid pressure evolution during the earthquake cycle;
– Hydration and grain size evolution of ductile shear zones
– Fast developing X-ray imaging technologies
– Potentials and risks associated with shale gas extraction and geological carbon dioxide sequestration
– The relevance of rock deformation research for planetary exploration
The ESR’s also participated in the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Rock Deformation taking place on the 16-17th of August.
The GRS, with the same theme as the GRC, was an excellent introduction for Ph.D and postdoc fellows providing an opportunity to meet and discuss their work prior to the conference.
FlowTrans ITN Workshop 2
Spain, May 2014
The second FlowTrans workshop took place in Spain from the 9th to the 16th of May 2014, on the Canary island of La Palma. Fellows, PIs, supervisors, associates from across the FlowTrans ITN, attended the Workshop, as well as guest students and contributors.
The theme for this Workshop was analysis and experimentation, highlighting the various analytical methods and experiments across the FlowTrans research groups.
We discussed experimental methods from the initial phases of experimental design, through to analysis. There was also a main focus on secondments and networking during the workshop, which resulted in secondment plans for all the FlowTrans fellows.
One of the days we went out on a field trip where we visited the youngest part of the island, a volcano that had a big eruption in 1971 (now inactive). After enjoying the views in the volcanic environment by the sea, we proceeded to an impressive caldera with beautiful mountains and pine trees.
We continued our FlowTrans Training and Development programme with the Research, Management, Career and Communication Training Schools. ERs and ESRs practiced their management and planning skills by evaluating their initial career- and project plans, in addition to making new plans for the coming 6 months. The Research School involved all fellows having a 15 minutes presentation of their work while being evaluated by the PIs. In the Communication Training we had a great program on confidence building and how to captivate an audience. This program, put together by an experienced guest speaker, included training in body language, use of voice, and ended with all fellows presenting their PhD in 3 minutes to a wide audience.
The second FlowTrans workshop very well served its purpose of further networking and training, as well as being a great opportunity for scientific discussions and social events within the network.
The EGU General Assembly 2014
Austria, April/May 2014
Most of the Flowtrans people attended the EGU General Assembly 2014 which took place in Vienna, Austria from the 27th of April to the 2nd of May. At the conference 12437 scientists from 106 countries participated, of which 27% were students.
There was an intense and interesting program, with a total of 14895 presentations, orals, posters and PICOs.
In a session closely related to the FlowTrans thematic, “Flow and Transformation in Porous Media or Brittle Structures: Models, Experiments and Applications” both Flowtrans members and other guests presented 34 posters and 24 talks about their interesting work with flow and transformation in porous media.
After taking part in this really cool session and conference we are all looking forward to go again in 2015!
FlowTrans ITN Workshop 1
Israel, November 2013
The first FlowTrans workshop took place in Israel from the 1st to the 10th of November 2013. Fellows, PIs, supervisors, associates from across the FlowTrans ITN, attended the Workshop, as well as guest students.
The theme for this Workshop was porous media transport and transformation.
There were field trips going to several sites around the Dead Sea and in the Negev Desert.
The landscape formations we observed included sinkholes, soil liquefaction folds, dikes, fingering patterns, stylolites, and a fault mirror.
We had a number of Field Guides, who gave interesting on-site presentations about the phenomena we could see and the science on how these amazing processes occurred. You can see some of our amazing images on the Gallery section.
During a four-night stay at the remote Moa oasis in the Negev, we had a great opportunity to get to know each other. Each partner gave a presentation on the research that they are currently involved in. All FlowTrans fellows, gave a presentation on each of their FlowTrans research projects. Guest students also provided a presentation on their current research.
This was a good way for everyone to understand how each research project contributes to the overall aims and objectives of the FlowTrans ITN programme.
It also gave an excellent insight into the interdisciplinary nature of FlowTrans and all the various fields of science involved including earth sciences, physics, chemistry and mathematics.
In addition, we launched our FlowTrans Training and Development programme with the first in the series of Research,
Management, Career and Communication Training Schools. ERs and ESRs were practiced their management and planning skills by making their initial career- and project plans. The Communication School involved fellows developing and presenting posters on set themes.
All in all, the first FlowTrans workshop was a success! Everyone had a great time seeing, discussing and learning about exciting things.