European Crucible Podcasts

Quentin CooperThe primary objective of European Crucible is to create and develop a pan-European network of future research leaders who have enhanced knowledge, contacts and capacities to collaborate more effectively with wider impact 

Listen to broadcaster, Quentin Cooper, as he interviews team members from 5 pilot projects that received seed funding and learn how their multidisciplinary research activities were initiated and enabled through their participation in European Crucible. Projects address medical, health, environmental, social, legal and technological challenges.

SUPA had responsibility, on behalf of all Scottish Research Pools, for the administration and delivery of the European Crucible grant from Scottish Funding Council / Scottish Government.

Crucible Podcast

Water Quality1. Water Quality Monitoring
Scotland - France - Luxembourg

red book2. Storytelling and Games to Address Trauma (updated)
Scotland - Ukraine

cell3. Shedding Light on Cell Processes for Health
Scotland - Norway - Greece - France

Coral Reef4. Coral Reef Restoration with Magnets
Scotland - Sweden - Italy - Ireland - Greece - Germany

wind power 5. Policy Making and Green Technology
Scotland - France - Turkey


Project: MIRROR

Coastal marine habitats are biodiverse ecosystems providing a wealth of social, economic and cultural benefits but are under immense human pressure because of coastal development, polluting land run off and climate change. The project aim is to increase coral settlement rates by actively attracting colonisation via a substrate's magnetic properties.

The team expertise for this Environmental Challenge is in Marine Biology, Chemical Physics, Ecology and Environmental Science, Maths and Statistics


Autophagy is a vital cellular process, in which dysfunctional components of the cell are removed and the building blocks recycled for reuse. Defects in the functioning of this system have been shown to have important links with various diseases, including cancer and neurodegeneration. The project will shed light on autophagy pathways using Raman Spectroscopy and fluorescence techniques from fat body tissue of Drosophila larvae.

The team expertise for this Medical Challenge is in Biology, Biophysics, Maths, Statistics, and Electrical Engineering

Project: "MAVKA"

Children are being traumatised by the violence in Ukraine and are in need of safety. Several approaches can provide support for victims of trauma conflict. Storytelling allows us to make sense of information in an organised way whilst combining elements of play. The aim of the project is to develop a 'serious game' providing children and young people affected by war and conflict with an opportunity to engage in mixed media to process emotion and trauma.

The Team expertise for this Societal Challenge is in Social Sciences, Literature, and Computer Science.

Scotland – France – Luxembourg

Project: "UV-Go"

Despite the standard use of spectroscopy to determine the composition of water in the laboratory and in the field, UV/visible spectrometers are expensive and bulky. This project encompasses the development and testing of new low cost and sensitive UV sensors for water composition quantification.

The team expertise for this Environmental Challenge is in: Physics, Chemistry, Experimental Hydrology, Material and Environmental Science


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