NESSIE - Networking on Environmental Safety & Sustainability Initiative for Engineering

The core subject of NESSIE project is dealing with Earth-Friendly Environmental Engineering for Safety and Sustainability by generating and disseminating knowledge between world regions by setting-up a targeted mobility scheme at PhD, post-doc and staff levels. NESSIE commitment is to educate the next generation of professional and scientific leaders able to drive projects trough real cross-discipline approach allying knowledge from both Engineering and Environmental Science domains.

Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to improve the natural environment (air, water and/or land resources), to provide healthy water, air and land for human habitat and for other organisms and to remediate polluted sites. Based on that definition, it becomes clear that, the subject of environmental science and management is vast and interdisciplinary, ranging from highly technical matters such as the design of emission control equipment to socioeconomic matters such as the evaluation of the impacts of pollution.

NESSIE program aims to train high-qualified researchers and engineers by fostering cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating and monitoring the interface between anthropic activities and their impacts on natural resources. Major areas of interest and activity in the program include:

  • Environmental engineering implications on energy and resource consumption
  • Availability of high quality water supplies and food chain
  • Impact of human activities on biodiversity (fauna and flora) and ground and air resources

For this reason NESSIE consortium is designed to be clearly cross-discipline: It emphasises climate change and environmental impact of human activities, while also addressing the scientific background associated with sustainable construction, rational use of energy and renewable and alternative energies. Furthermore, Information-Communication aspects, impact to Biodiversity, Conservation, and Coastal and Water resources are included. To this adds Life Quality, urban and Rural Sustainability aspects as well as Food safety and Security.

To accomplish NESSIE targets, a special care has been paid to the consortium constitution. For this reason, 10 partners from 6 EU countries (France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic and Finland) with 4 Asia-Pacific institutions (1 from Japan, 1 from South Korea, 1 from Australia and 1 from New Zealand) have been allied. All partners have an impressive track record in the domain of Engineering and Environmental Science. In their respective countries, they have large exchanges with national and international major industrial partners.

NESSIE mobility grants are addressed to excellent students from partner institutions engaged to their PhD studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mecatronics, Biology & Biotechnology, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, Ecology, Agricultural sciences. It concerns also Post-docs and staff mobility within the same scientific disciplines.

Who can Apply?
Students (doctorate), post-doctorate fellows and staff (academic or administrative) registered in one of the University members of the partnership (please see the Consortium)

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