Our vision is to push forward our understanding of calcium production in the marine environment. At the same time we will develop a cohort of young scientists trained in tackling complex biological problems using multidisciplinary approaches, to become future leaders and innovators at the interface between pure research and commercial exploitation. Academic training will be allied to strong complementary development and placements with primary production sectors in aquaculture and researchers will also benefit from Dr. Gauthier Chapelle’s expertise, who works on eco-innovative strategies and solutions to sustainability using biomimicry tools. The training is based around a major science question: How four commercially important molluscs produce their shells and regulate shell production under different environmental conditions. This will provide insight into how these species will fare in our changing climate, provide resilient stocks for future aquaculture and potential biotechnology applications.

CACHE is a €3.6M Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) funded by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework programme FP7/2007-2013/ under REA grant agreement n° [605051]13. It brings together 10 partners from 6 different European countries and includes three SMEs and a shellfish consultancy. It started on November 1st 2013 and will run for 4 years. We will train 10 young researchers to PhD level and enhance the training and careers of 4 early-stage post-doctoral researchers.

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