ESRs attend periodically network-wide events: workshops, a summer school in 2018 and a final conference in 2020. They take an increasing role in coordinating these events, as they are gaining generic professional skills.

The ENIGMA network-wide workshops


The workshops seek to deliver theoretical and practical training of the core subjects related to the research programme. They are organized as a progression from field data acquisition at highly instrumented sites (workshops 1 and 2) to data inversion and predictive modelling (workshops 3 and 4). This ensures that the trainees acquire complementary skills from the application of hydrogeophysical methods in the field to data processing and assimilation into predictive models. Workshop 5  provided transferable lifetime skills and develop systematically generic and transferrable skills training. To enhance knowledge transfer to practitioners, field demonstrations by lecturers and trainees are organized for stake holders and end users during the two field workshops (1, 2) and during the final conference.

workshop 1: Advanced subsurface characterization methods: theory and field practice (Liège, 8-13 October 2017)

workshop 2: Multi-scale in situ investigation of fractured media: theory and field practice (Ploemeur, 15-20 October 2017)

workshop 3: Predictive modelling and upscaling of flow and reactive transport in heterogeneous aquifers (Lausanne, 5-8 February 2018)

workshop 4: Advanced inverse modelling and stochastic représentations of heteregenous porous and fractured media (Lausanne, 12-15 February 2018)

workshop 5: Lifetime Skills (Barcelona, 4-7 February 2019)

The ENIGMA summer school – Cargèse 2018

Broadening the scope of interactions with the international scientific community, the summer school was open both to international experts in specific topics and to PhD students and researchers external to the consortium. The ENIGMA summer school aimed at transmitting to the ESRs a wider state-of-the-art knowledge of the essential aspects of the research programme. It gathered highly qualified international experts to provide a broad view of key scientific questions as well as current societal issues and emerging applications in subsurface hydrology.

Numerous presentations are available online on the YouTube channel of the summer school.

summer school: Flow and transport in porous and fractured media (25th June – 7th July, Cargèse, Corsica) 

The ENIGMA conference – Copenhagen 2020

The ENIGMA conference will be organized as the first joint event of the H+ network, TERENO network, HOBE observatory and CRITEX project. It will take place in Copenhagen during April 2020. 

As well as during the 2018 summer school, the conference will be open to the international scientific Community. It will provide the ESR with

  1. a broad view on the most recent advances in subsurfaces imaging methods
  2. exchange with international external experts on ENIGMA research topics
  3. fruitful contacts for their future careers.  

Up-to-date information on the ENIGMA conference can be found here. The working title is “Innovative methods for Imaging dynamic processes in heterogeneous aquifers: bridging the worlds of subsurface hydraulics, geophysics, geochemistry and microbiology”.