Support for training and career development of researchers


project INTERFACES - Ecohydrological interfaces as critical hotspots for transformations of ecosystem exchange fluxes


Project leader: dr. Valentina Turk

Code: FP7

Duration: 1.11.2013 - 30.9.2017





INTERFACES is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union under the FP7 programme from November 2013 to November 2017. It brings together 12 partners from 7 countries across the EU (universities, research institutes and small and medium enterprises) as well, as 10 associated partners. The project will provide groundbreaking supra-disciplinary training to 11 Early Stage Researchers and 4 Experienced Researchers.


The aim of the project is primarily education of young researchers in various fields: hydrology, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, statistical data analysis and modelling. Thiss will enable a holistic approach to research of ecological processes from micro to macro levels. The project also includes exchanges of young researchers through which they learn new techniques, field andlaboratory work in various modern-equipped laboratories.


Marine Biology Station Piran and Department of Systems Biology and Biotechnology are contributing to the project with research work of their young researcher José Gonçalvesa with a masters degree from University in Aveir in Portugal.His resecrah work is focusing on detecting the presence of viruses in the sea and their influence to biological processes in the sea. One of the main technique he uses is concentration of human pathogenic viruses in brachic and marine environment coupled with detection of viruses with real-time PCR. He is collaborating with Mukundh Balasubramanian, a postdoctoral student at BioSistemika LLC, an industrial partner at INTERFACES.






  • University of Birmingham, UK
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique , France
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ , Germany
  • University of Vienna, Austria
  • Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries , IGB, Germany
  • CRP - Gabriel Lippmann, Luxemburg
  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain


  • Silixa Ltd, UK
  • Naturalea , Spain
  • BioSistemika , Slovenia

Associated partners:

  • River Restoration Centre, UK
  • Environment Agency, UK
  • Arizona State University, USA
  • NIWA - National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
  • Oregon State University, USA
  • University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Utah State University, USA
  • University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland