Work Packages

Work Package description

WP1: REE Speciation in natural/ contaminated environment

The objective of this work package is to establish a natural background in which the researchers may evaluate the anthropogenic inputs and changes in different environmental compartments.

To do so, the geological context will be examined, river waters will be studied and those samples shall be analysed in order to evaluate anthropogenic inputs, their major sources and mechanisms.

Dr M.I Prudêncio and Prof M. Bau will monitor the progress of the Work Package and, together with EDM (empresa de desenvolvimento mineiro sa), SCK•CEN, Université Rennes 1 and Synchrotron Soleil, describe the context of the selected sites, the exact nature and timeframe of the inter-sectorial and eventual inter-work package secondment for the various projects.

WP2: REE Transfer/transport processes

The objective of this workpackage is to identify the REE transport mechanisms in soils and aquatic systems.

This will be attained by speciating REE, their bioavailability as well as their interaction with mineral surfaces. Then, an experimental design for physical, geochemical and biological transfer monitoring shall be developed and eventually developing a tool to predict REE transfer in environment.

Dr Delphine Vantelon and Prof. Khalil Hanna will monitor the progress of the Work Package and Université Rennes 1, SCK•CEN, HAW Hamburg and Técnico Lisboa will participate and supervise the research work. 

WP3: REE interactions with living organisms

The objective of this work package is to investigate on how REE interacts with living organisms (such as bacteria, invertebrates, aquatic and terrestrial plants, etc). This will ultimately give a better understanding of REE impact on ecosystems and environmental risks.

This will be done by investigating REE speciation bioavailability and fate in environmental samples, defining the influence of confounding factors on fate and bioaccumulation in soil and aquatic systems. The goal resides in setting up models to improve environmental risks assessment and ultimately to provide a comparative database on adverse effects associated with individual REE (SO3, SO4, TechO6).

Prof Susanne Heise and Prof Marco Guida will monitor the progress of the Work Package and with UNIBA, Synchrotron Soleil, SKC.CEN, Jacob University Bremen, Université Rennes 1, University of the West of Scotland, and Université de Lorraine participating and supervising the research work.

WP4: REE reactivity and mobility modelling

The objective of this work package is to develop a cycle model for the REE based upon the data collected throughout the project.

To do so, a review and update of thermodynamic data of REE in literature will be required in order to properly combine data from various sources (including research) to provide a geochemical cycle of REE in a multi-source area.


WP5: ESR Recruitment and Training

The objective of this work package is to ensure Early Stage Researchers’ recruitment and integration in the PANORAMA Network.

This shall be done by ensuring an unbiased recruitment and a continuous follow-up (including Career Development Plan updates).


WP6 : Management, Communication and Dissemination

The objective of this work package is to ensure the achievement of the Early Stage researchers’ recruitment, training, research and dissemination issues of PANORAMA, all within legal, financial and administrative compliance.

This will be undertaken by anticipating risks, ensuring the dissemination of project results and public engagement, setting up and maintaining the network website and defining the results’ exploitation strategy.


WP7: Ethic requirements

The objective of this work package is to ensure that ethics are taken into account all throughout the project, concerning animal welfare, harm to the environment, research with biota/humans, health and safety regulations during research and gender equality.