The young researchers in Initial Training Network are trained according to an individually supervised, comprehensive and complementary program composed of Individual Research Projects, methodological courses offered at each partner site, face-to-face network-wide training events, online activities, close interaction with scientists and transferable skill courses. Transnational research secondments are also an essential part of Marie Curie ITNs.

The ABYSS training programme is organized around Individual Research Projects (WP3 & WP4) and two training-based work packages; the first focusses on scientific training (WP5) and the second organizes personal and carreer development, synergistic activities and the acquisition of transferrable skills (WP6).

The ABYSS trainees will benefit from five thematic short-courses, postgraduate-level specialized courses, workshops and training on transferable skills. Each trainee will also carry out secondments and short visits to other partner institutions.


No further ABYSS short-course


Short-course 5 – The coupling between chemical reactions and mechanical processes – Oslo – 7-9 September 2016

Supervisor: Bjorn Jamtveit (University of Oslo)

This short-course focused on mechanical processes coupled to reactive transport in porous rocks. It included a field trip to Roros, a locality of serpentinised ultramafic rocks
where examples of reaction driven fracturing during serpentinization were studied. The basics of reaction-path modelling was introduced  with  practicals using the most commonly used codes (e.g. Phreeqc). Then the thermodynamic basis for mechanical-chemical coupling was reviewed, and simple discrete-element models (DEM) were constructed to study the effects of volume changing reactions in elastic media. The fellows were also allowed to study how the fracture patterns emerging during reactive transport may depend on far-field stresses as well as on time-dependent processes, such as diffusion rates, the kinetics of chemical reactions and fluid flow rates.

Short-course 4b – Experimentation in Geology – Milano – 4-6 April 2016

Supervisor: Patrizia Fumagalli (University of Milano)

This short-course, organized for the ABYSS trainees only, is the second part of the short-course held in Hannover in May 2015. It focused on experimentation in geology by combining lectures and practices (preparation of piston cylinder experiments and analysis of COH within experimental capsules via piercing technique and QMS). It also included a one-day visit to Petroceramics.

Short-course 3 – Advances in imaging and analytical techniques for (bio)petrology – Paris – 4-8 October 2015

Supervisor: Bénédicte Ménez (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris)

This short-course will focus on the cutting-edge techniques used in petrology and geobiology, two disciplines fundamental for the integrated study of the processes associated with the dynamics of the oceanic lithosphere. It will benefit from the IPGP analytical infrastructure for the practical sessions along with support and access to the the French national Synchrotron facility SOLEIL.

Short-course 2 – The oceanic lithosphere: State of the art of research and marine exploration techniques – Bremen – 31 August – 11 September 2015

Supervisor: Wolfgang Bach (University of Bremen)

This short-course will be organized jointly with the 2015 ECORD Summer School on “Ocean crust processes: magma, faults, fluxes and life”. This 2-weeks short-course is to be held at the MARUM research center, which also hosts the IODP core depository and opened to 30 young scientists (15 ABYSS fellows and 15 other young scientists). State-of-the-art ship-based and deep-towed geophysical and geochemical techniques used in modern deep-sea research will be introduced in lectures and practical. This short-course will provide comprehensive training in planning, preparing and conducting seagoing research.

Short-course 4a – Experimentation in Geology – Hannover – 25, 26 and 30 May 2015

Supervisor: Jürgen Koepke (Liebnitz Universität Hannover)

The first topic of this short-course will be cold seal pressure vessel (CSPV). It will combine lectures and practical training. The ABYSS trainees will, in particular, perform experiments using internally heated pressure vessel (IHPV). This short-course is organized for the ABYSS trainees only.

Short-course 1 – Formation and evolution of the Ocean Crust : Field trip to the Troodos ophiolites, Cyprus –April 27 – May 3, 2015

Supervisors: Damon Teagle & Tim Henstock (University of Southampton), Marguerite Godard & Benoit Ildefonse (Géosciences Montpellier)

This 6-days field course in the Troodos ophiolites, an ancient slide of ocean crust formed about 90 million years ago, will enable the ABYSS young researchers to develop an intuitive understanding of the mid-ocean ridge environment by structured field exercises, calculations and lectures. This short course is organized for the ABYSS trainees only. All information concerning travel and organization will be send directly to fellows by Damon Teagle and Tim Henstock.