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Start date: Jan 1, 2014, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

At the doorstep of Europe, the NW African plate boundary system is paradoxically the least understood segment of the Earth global plate system. This largely reflects the intrinsic complexity of the present-day plate boundary, characterized by a diffuse geometry and several lithospheric domains accommodating the relative motion between Eurasia and Africa. Despite long stand collaborations, research in the area is highly fragmented due to the lack of a sustainable multilateral transfer of knowledge between EU & Maghreb researchers. Further advances in our understanding of the structure and dynamics of this key area, along with advances the societal issues related to geohazards and georesources, entails the combined analysis of surface evolution with knowledge on deep structures and mantle dynamics. This scientific challenge requires to greatly improving the transfer of knowledge and networking of research staff from EU and the key MPC Maghreb partners involved in multidisciplinary studies in the fields of Geodynamics, Geohazards and Applied Geology. MEDYNA is aimed at filling this gap fostering the transfer of knowledge through a 4 year programme of research staff exchange as an essential step forward to lay the foundations for a sustainable collaboration network on Integrated Earth Science studies between EU-Maghreb researchers working in NW Africa. MEDYNA it is an ambitious exchange scheme on Integrated Earth Sciences that will involve the exchange of over 100 ESR/ERS (489 months) between 4 Mediterranean EU institutions from Spain, France and Portugal, and 17 MPC institutions from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. MEDYNA will reinforce networks for long-term, joint research projects and high-level training of researchers between EU and Maghreb staff and will sparks synergies to become a sustainable and key initiative for widening ERA towards MPCs in the field of Integrated Earth Sciences.
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