The Factory

The main philosophy of “The Factory” is to immerse ESRs within a wide international and intersectorial panel of industrial partners and professionals, who will provide them a course-intensive program of technical and soft skills to accelerate their research, write and present their results, consolidate their profiles and develop concrete plans for their future. In addition, the ESRs will visit modern, active, smaller-scale S2S systems in Norway and Switzerland.




The ESRs will visit small-scale active and fossil S2S systems of the Bøyabreen to Flåm: Source-to-sink in a pre-modern proglacial environment (1930AD Moraines) with lakes, lateral inputs, catastrophic events and sedimentary records from moraines to delta-front. Focus on transmission and buffering of high-magnitude events at short spatial and temporal scales. The field excursions will be followed by a 2 days workshop of dedicated seismic and core description and 2 days of workshop on hydrocarbon economy and the green transition in EQUINOR's offices.




The ESRs will travel to Halliburton's offices and Imperial College London to receive training dedicated to the modern business and societal challenges of Earth's resources exploration and exploitation, as well as training on the challenges of Open Science.





Traveling back to Switzerland, the ESRs will first follow a hands-on course on data analysis and statistics with Matlab at University of Geneva. In the second part, they will be exposed to the aggregate industry thanks to visits of several quarries into Plio-pleistocene small-scale proximal proglacial S2S systems, organized by professionals of the cement and aggregate industry, and current issues of geothermal energy and CO2/Nuclear waste storage provided by BRGM Geodenergie. They will also be delivered specific courses on ecological quarry remediation. Lastly, the fellows will be located at the University of Geneva where they will be given a 2-days course on presentation skills and writing by GFZ.


Then, the University of Geneva and the University of Bern members of the Swiss National Science foundation will then provide courses on best practices for funding applications and career development, including data management plans, research integrity and gender dimensions. Finally, the INCUBATE block-course at the University of Geneva will offer training on turning ideas into business spin-offs and state-of-the-art tools for IPR and commercialization / exploitation by innovation specialists UNITEC (incubation service of the University of Geneva).




S2S-FUTURE project gathers an outstanding European research and training network of 15 PhD students, hosted at world-leading academic institutions and industrial companies, whose aim is to develop the S2S paradigm as a powerful vector for understanding sedimentary accumulations as natural resources.

The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860383.