Basque technology centre IK4-Ikerlan is one of the organisations participating in the European ANTARES network, dedicated to training researchers in the field of energy-efficient smart structures. ANTARES (whose name is an acronym for Advanced Training and Research in efficient Smart Structures), is made up of a consortium of 12 universities, research centres and companies that will be supervising the PhD theses of 14 researchers until the year 2018.
The ultimate goal of this initiative is to train researchers to promote research in this field and apply new knowledge, so that they will contribute to creating structures that generate a smaller ecological footprint while still remaining competitive in terms of performance, security or functionality.
The thesis to be jointly supervised by the Basque centre in this network will focus on implementing methods to extract and reuse all possible energy from environmental vibration. This initiative is part of the ‘Marie Curie’ programme, dedicated to promoting the geographical mobility of European researchers and financed with funds from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (EU FP7).
Taking part in ANTARES, together with IK4-IKERLAN, are world class research centres and leading companies in their sectors, including KU Leuven, UniUD, ISVR, IDS, LBF, TNO and LMS.