Next Generation

Several Networking Activities within the GEOLAB project are targeted at educating and training the Next Generation (NG) of researchers and engineers. These candidates will acquire the ability to better assess the added value of physical modelling and use the physical modelling tools in combination with data and numerical modelling for science and engineering.

Early Stage Researcher Inteship

The Early Stage Researchers (ESR) Internships program aims to offer a unique opportunity to researchers to gain a significant range of experiences and valuable new skills by a stay in the GEOLAB facilities during their experiment programs (Transnational Access Projects (TA)). These internships will also provide unique networking opportunities and broaden the number of ESRs who can participate in GEOLAB activities and learn from the experience within the community and will provide a better understanding of the ins and outs of the GEOLAB installations throughout Europe.

According to the European Commission (EC), “Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are considered individuals in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree (Masters or equivalent), entitling him or her to embark on a doctorate either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. Part-time research experience is counted pro-rata”.

The applicants can choose the facility where they are interested to stay during the internship program. GEOLAB will provide information relative to the experiments that are planned to be performed in the different facilities. A calendar with the dates during which the tests are scheduled to take place will also be included on the GEOLAB website.

What Early Stage Researchers Internship offers:

1. Maximum of 15 people will be selected to participate in the ESR Internships program during all the project. Until the end of 2022, a maximum of 8 people will be selected. The rest will be selected in the following years.

2. Maximum duration of the stay is 2 weeks.

3. Funding for Travel and Subsistence (T&S) is paid for by the GEOLAB project (see more details in the selection criteria document provided).

4. Some of the facilities also offer the opportunity to carry out the internship program during the periods between the TA projects.

ESR Intership Program Guidelines
TA Project - Facilities 2022
Free Access to GEOLAB

Gain access to the GEOLAB research facilities

The GEOLAB Research Infrastructure is open for ground-breaking research and innovation by academic and industry users outside the consortium, the so-called transnational access. The access is funded from the EU project budget and includes technical & scientific support and training of the users.

In total 40 experiments are foreseen in the following rounds of calls for proposals:

  1. Experiments that proof innovative solutions to enhance the resilience of the Critical Infrastructure (CI) in Europe (opening 9 June 2021, deadline 10 October 2021).
  2. Experiments to study the pressures on CI, e.g., impact of climate change, aging, increased usage, extreme weather events and geo-hazards (opening expected in June 2022).
  3. Experiments to validate advances in numerical modelling and data science leading to a better engineering design (opening expected in June 2023).

Next Generation (NG) of Researchers: Training Workshops



Developing the skills of these future research leaders ensures that we have an impact on future research and innovation.

To this aim, three basic training workshops will be organised within the duration of the GEOLAB project through open calls for participants. Each training workshop will fund 15 researchers with travel and subsistence costs fully covered. 

In the framework of the NG training workshops, the GEOLAB community is committed to developing and improving the skills and knowledge of these researchers and engineers in the following key areas:

  • Experiments with the GEOLAB installations with focus on scaling issues, experimental design, measurement techniques and interpretation
  • Physical modelling of CI subjected to external processes such as climate change, geo-hazard and aging
  • Use of data collection tools and data processing and analyses techniques, including software protocols
  • Examples of interaction between physical modelling, numerical modelling, and engineering solutions
GEOLAB project’s first event took place on Thursday 2 December 2021 and Friday 3 December 2021.

GEOLAB's First Event

On 2 and 3 December 2021 we had our first “NextGeneration Training Workshop” in the framework of the GEOLAB project.

The workshop was held in CEDEX in Madrid. We had 69 enthusiastic participants, 45 followed us online and 15 participants were funded by the GEOLAB project.

The main goal of this series of workshops is to provide a platform to learn and exchange ideas about the fundamentals and state of the art of sensing and actuation techniques for physical modelling in geotechnics.

We had a number of lectures in 2 days given by professors and researcher from the GEOLAB consortium. 

Find Slides from the event in the Attachments section below:

December 2, 2021 (Thursday)

Interactive lecture that considers model design, scaling laws, data acquisition and interpretation methods in a form that helps participants in planning their own experiments carried out by Prof. Anastasopoulos (ETH Zurich).

Finally, a workshop where the participants learn how to plan experiments in different scales, how to acquire relevant data and how to process them – Prof. Dr. Luc Thorel (Universite Gustave Eiffel) and Prof. Dr. Hauke Zachert (Technical University of Darmstadt)

Followed by an interactive lecture that covers the technique specific concerns associated with sample preparation, camera choice, lighting, interpretation, and potential pitfalls to be avoided by Dr.Sam Stanier (University of Cambridge).

December 3, 2021 (Friday)

Presentation of two case studies using PM to tackle the effects of climate change, geo-hazard and aging on CI conducted by Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen (Deltares) and Dr. José Estaire (CEDEX).

Following that, lectures providing examples of interaction between physical modelling, element testing, and numerical modelling are presented by Dr.Amin Askarinejad (TU Delft), Dr.Stefano Muraro (TU Delft), Prof. Eduardo Alonso (UPC Barcelona).


Find further details in the agenda here:

Workshop slides (Part 1)

Workshop slides (Part 2)