ABYSS brings together research groups and private sector partners with broad and complementary expertise and scientific interests, from mantle magmatism to microbial life.
The ABYSS research and training programme will specifically promote collaborations and exchanges between research groups working on high-temperature magmatic and lower temperature hydrothermal systems, and between academia and private sector.
The 10 Full partners are research institutions and universities which expertise covers the entire range of methods and scales essential to investigate the open mid-ocean ridge system in a dynamic Earth context, and to master/develop relevant scientific tools such as:
- the characterization of deformation and melt-rock vs. fluid-rock chemical exchanges by direct analysis of geological materials and remote geophysical probing of the lithosphere composition, temperatures, and deformation;
- experimental techniques to measure rheological, physical, petrological and chemical parameters in close and open multi-phase systems at pressures and temperatures analogue to deep Earth’s environments;
- thermodynamic and reactive transport modelling to describe the thermo-mechanical and chemical evolution of the lithosphere from the scale of the pore/crystal to that of global chemical exchange fluxes.
The 4 Associated Partners from the private sector complete the network, by broadening the range of disciplines and skills proposed in the ABYSS research and training programme. They will participate via secondments and specialized courses and seminars/visits. ABYSS will also benefit from the collaboration with a high-technology start-up nurtured by CNRS, VOXAYA. Private sector involvement will illustrate entrepreneurship, the possibilities of transfer of knowledge between academia and industry and the organisation/management of SMEs and a large company, while providing access to the complementary technologies and skills required to reach the scientific, training and outreach objectives of the ABYSS project.