Middlesex University's Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC) is being funded by the European Commission to train research students in flood management, as part of a major collaborative project involving 18 universities.
As a key partner in the project, the FHRC has been awarded €546,576 from a total budget of €3.8m –the second-highest allocation among the partner institutions.
Entitled 'A Large-Scale Systems Approach to Flood Risk Assessment and Management', the project aims to develop novel and innovative tools for flood risk assessment and management to mitigate the costs of flood disasters.
Fifteen new research students will be recruited by the project, with the FHRC hosting and supervising two of the students. The Centre will also be responsible for specific training and supervision of students from partner institutions.
Sue Tapsell, Head of the FHRC, said: "We have seen the risk of flooding increase in recent years, posing ever more important challenges for governments and flood risk managers.
"Training young researchers to deal with these risks in the future is therefore essential, so we are delighted to have secured this Horizon 2020 funding."
The Europe-wide project is funded by the EC's new Horizon 2020 call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 and represents one of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCAs) for Innovative Training Networks (ITNs).
It is being coordinated by Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungs Zentrum in Germany and is led by Professor Bruno Mertz – who has a wealth of experience coordinating EC projects.
MSCAs were created to help train future researchers across all disciplines. They are also designed to support industrial doctorates which combine research studies with professional work to enhance career development.
They are named after the double Nobel Prize-winning Polish-French scientist and support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality.
Photo: A soldier with 36 Royal Engineer Regiment helps a local resident in a boat in the flood hit Surrey town of Egham. Crown Copyright 2013. Photographer: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC