PENN STATE - Marcellus Centre for Outreach and Research

The Marcellus Centre for Outreach and Research (MCOR) is Penn State's education and research initiative on unconventional gas plays.  The overarching goal of our Center, or MCOR, is to provide a common entry point at Penn State University for Marcellus-related projects and to advance research-based outreach on gas shale development and issues associated with it in the Commonwealth. MCOR’s mission is to pursue science-based research and understanding for the many issues surrounding the development of shale energy in PA and around the world.  The team at PENN State is led by Dr Thomas Murphy the Co-Director of Penn State’s Marcellus Centre of Outreach and Research.

Spanish National Research Council (Spain)

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain.  Its mission is to foster, coordinate, develop and promote scientific and technological research, of a multidisciplinary nature, in order to contribute to advancing knowledge.  The team at CSIC is led by Prof. Jesus Carerra of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research.

Bundesanstalt fur Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (Germany)

BGR is the central advisory board for the German Government and Ministries in all geo-relevant topics including the management of the geo-resources soil and groundwater as well as activities linked to the search for final repository sites of spent nuclear fuel, carbon capture and storage and the use of geothermal energy.  The team at BGR is led by Prof Thomas Himmelsbach, head of the BGR Sub-Division “Groundwater Resources – Quality & Dynamics” at BGR.

Jung Geotherm (Germany)

On the base of 35 years of professional experience in geothermal Energy research JUNG-GEOTHERM UG offers services and consultancy in all fields of geothermal energy use, Hydraulic well testing and Hydro-geothermal modelling. The team at Jung Geotherm is led by Dr Reinhard Jung.

Environmental & Water Resource Engineering (Israel)

EWRE (Environmental & Water Resources Engineering) is a SME based in Haifa, Israel and specialises in Water Resources Management, risk assessment to water resources and water facilities and implementation of environmental remediation for soil and groundwater.  The team at EWRE is led by Dr Jacob Bensabat.

University of Stuttgart (Germany)

The University of Stuttgart was founded in 1829 and over the years this technical institution has developed to the research intensive university that it is today. The main emphasis is on engineering and the natural sciences.  The team at Stuttgart is led by Prof. Holger Class, deputy head of the Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems at the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems.

University of Vienna (Austria)

The University of Vienna was founded in 1365, and it is the oldest university in the German-speaking part of the world. The university has an exceptionally broad range of subjects, ranging from natural sciences to humanities.  The team at Vienna is led by Prof. Goetz Bokelmann, head of the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics.

Heriot-Watt University (UK)

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Heriot-Watt University is a leading institution in science, technology and business and excels as Scotland's most international university. The team at Heriot-Watt University is led by Prof. Gary Couples at The Institute of Petroleum Engineering.

Uppsala University (Sweden)

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Uppsala University is the oldest university in the Nordic countries and has been placed among the 100 best universities in the world in the three largest international rankings.  The team at Uppsala is led by Prof. Auli Neimi, head of the geohydrology research group at the Department of Earth Sciences.


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CNRS is the French National Research Centre where Nineteen CNRS researchers have been selected for Nobel prizes.  The team at CNRS is led by Dr Philippe Gouze at Géosciences Montpellier, a Research Unit managed by the CNRS and the University of Montpellier.

The University of Gottingen

Applied Geology at the Geosciences Centre in Göttingen was established in 2002 with a special focus on the hydrogeology of fractured aquifers and is now recognized to be a renowned institution in this field. The team at The University of Göttingen is led by Prof. Dr. Martin Sauter at the Geosciences Centre.

The University of Edinburgh

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The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest and most successful universities in the UK with an international reputation as a centre of academic excellence. The team at Edinburgh University is led by Dr habil. Christopher I. McDermott M.Sc. B.Sc at the School of Geosciences.

Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Polimi is ranked as one of the most outstanding European universities in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design. The team at Politecnico di Milano is led by Prof. Alberto Guadagnini of the Groundwater group in The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.