Institut Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP)

Institut Physique du Globe de Paris is the coordinating institution of the Salgiant ETN. IPGP is a French national research institute founded in 1921 and dedicated to the study of Earth and Planetary sciences – it is located in Paris, next to the Jardin des Plantes. IPGP brings together around 150 top-tier researchers recruited from around the world, 170 engineers and administrators and over a hundred PhD students from the world over that share the same passion for Earth and Planetary sciences. Research at IPGP covers the fields of Geophysics, Geochemistry and Quantitative Geology.

SALTGIANT personnel at IPGP:

Giovanni Aloisi
Giovanni AloisiSALTGIANT Scientific Coordinator and PI of project ESR 6 “Hydrology of Mediterranean Marginal basins during the formation of the Mediterranean Salt Giant”

Laetitia Guibourdenche, ESR 6 PhD student




Julia Champagnac, SALTGIANT Project Manager

National Oceanography Center (NOC)

 National Oceanography Center


The National Oceanography Center (NOC)is one of the world’s top oceanographic institutions and one of six research centers supported by the UK Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC). The NOC is a multi-disciplined centre specialized in Marine Geoscience, Marine Physics and Ocean Climate, Marine Systems Modelling, Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems, and Ocean Technology and Engineering. NOC is located in Southampton andemploys around 650 staff.

SALTGIANT personnel at NOC:

Hector Marin MorenoHector Marin Moreno (Marine Geoscientist)

PI of ESR 12 “Overpressure development in rapidly deposited salt basins. Application to the Salt Giant in the Mediterranean Basin”


Michael Dale, ESR 12 PhD student

Sorbonne Université

Created in January 2018 following the merger of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and Paris Sorbonne, Sorbonne Université is a multidisciplinary and research-intensive university which covers the entire range of Humanities, Medicine and Sciences, in pursuit of the humanist tradition that has been the hallmark of the Sorbonne since 1257. Within Sorbonne Université, the faculties of Science and Medicine hosts 4500 researchers, train 30 000 students and deliver 700 PhDs every year.
SALTGIANT personnel at Sorbonne Universite:

Dr. Nestor HerranDr. Nestor Herran

PI of ESR15 “Salt, Vessels and Maps: the Discovery of the Messinian Salt Giant” and coordinator of Workpackage 4    

Beatriz Martinez Ruis, ESR 15 PhD student

Prof. David Aubin

Universität Hamburg (UHAM)


Founded in 1919 and located in the heart of the city of Hamburg, Universität Hamburg (UHAM) is the largest research and educational institution in Northern Germany, and the third-largest German University. As a multidisciplinary university, UHAM offers approximately 170 degree programs in eight different faculties from social sciences to hard sciences.

SALTGIANT personnel at UHAM:

Prof. Jörn Peckmann (Geologist)
PI of ESR 8 “The microbial sulfur-cycle in Messinian evaporites”


Simon Rouwendaal, ESR 8 PhD student






Dr. Daniel Birgel

Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources (GIS)

Located in Jerusalem, the Geological Survey of Israel (GSI) is a public sector organization responsible for advising the Israeli government on all aspects of geoscience. As a branch of Israeli Ministry of Energy, the GSI is mainly funded by the government with 70 permanent employees (~45 PhDs), 25 long-term soft-money employees, and ~25 project-funded graduate students. GSI is closely collaborates with a number of academic institutions in Israel
SALTGIANT personnel at GSI:

Zohar Gvirtzman (Geologist specialized in tectonics)

PI of ESR 11 “Salt tectonics in the Levantin Bassin”

Jimmy Moneron, ESR 11 PhD student.



Located in the capital of Sicily and founded in 1806, the Università degli Studi di Palermo (UNIPA) is a scientific university with a staff of 1520 professors and researchers and over 50,000 enrolled students. Its 5 Schools and 20 Departments cover the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge. The Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e del Mare (DiSTeM) (Department of Earth and Marine Sciences) comprises 44 professors and researchers, 24 permanent technical and administrative personnel, and more than 50 postgraduate students involved in contracts associated to specific research projects.

SALTGIANT personnel at UNIPA:
Prof. Antonio Caruso (Geologist)

PI of ESR 4 “Sicilian Bassin Architecture” 

Athina Tzevahirtzian, ESR 4 PhD student



Founded in 1872 and located in Paris, the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) is a fully-fledged, self-governing research university that specializes in socioeconomic sciences and humanities. Within this institution, the Center for International Studies (CERI) is the largest research units, with a faculty of 53 permanent, 7 emeritus and 26 associated scholars. Established in 1952, CERI is the most preeminent research center in France that concentrates on both international/transnational relations and regional studies.

SALTGIANT personnel at SciencesPo:

Prof Eric Verdeil (Geographer specialized on the Middle East area)

PI of ESR 14 “Eastern Mediterranean oil and gas discoveries and regional geopolitics and economic development issues”


Mariam Attalla, ESR 14 PhD student



Located in Trieste (north-west of Italy), OGS is one of the 12 Public Research Institutions of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Founded in 1719, OGS operates within the European Research Area in the fields of Oceanography, Marine Geology, Experimental and Exploration Geophysics.

SALTGIANT personnel at OGS:

Dr Angelo Camerlenghi (Geologist)

PI of ESR 10 “Mediterranean salt structures”

ESR 10 PhD student in the process of being recruited

Anna del Ben (Department of Mathematics and Earth Sciences at University of Trieste)



Located in the Netherlands, Utrecht University (UU) is an internationally renowned research university and one of the oldest of the country (founded in 1636). UU is composed of seven faculties from humanities and social sciences to hard sciences and enrolled around 30 000 students.

Within the Faculty of Geosciences, the Department of Earth Sciences, is the largest academic Earth Sciences institute in the Netherlands.

SALTGIANT personnel at UU:

 Dr. Wout Krijgsman (Professor in Earth Sciences and Paleomagnetism)

PI of ESR 5 “Lago Mare revisited”


Federico Andreetto, ESR 5 PhD student

Dr. Paul Meijer

PI of ESR 7 “Modelling the (bio-) geochemical evolution and circulation of Messinian brine”



Ronja Ebner, ESR 7 PhD student


The CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) is a national public research organisation under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS is involved in all fields of knowledge.

Within CNRS, Géosciences Montpellier (GM) is a public research laboratory with 70 scientists, 60 engineers and technicians, and 70 postdocs/PhD. Scientific approaches span from field measurements, laboratory experiments and quantitative modeling of geologic processes.

The Laboratory of Oceanology and Geosciences (LOG) is a research structure with ~130 staff and provides multidisciplinary environment with biological oceanography, physics, geomorphology, sedimentology and tectonics, on coastal and deep-sea domains.

SALTGIANT personnel at CNRS:

Dr Philippe Pezard (Geophysicist in GM)

Dr Johanna Lofi (Geologist in GM)

PI of ESR 3 “Balearic Basin Architecture”



Fadl Raad, ESR 3 PhD student

Dr Virginie Gaullier (Professor-Researcher in Earth Science in LOG)

PI of ESR 13 “Analogue  modelling of combined crustal and Messinian sait deformation in Mediterranean”


Gaia Travan, ESR 13 PhD student

Dr Bruno Vendeville (Professor-Researcher in Earth Science in LOG)



Located in Salamanca (West of Spain) and founded in 1218, USAL offers undergraduate degrees, masters and PhDs in all areas of study. The University enrolled around 30 000 students in its 26 faculties and schools. Within USAL departments, the Department of Geology, with more than 50 staff scientists, is carrying research on different fields of Geology, including Geodynamics of the Cantabrian and Betic mountains, ancient orogens, geomorphology, clay mineralogy, stratigraphy and marine micropaleontology.

SALTGIANT personnel at USAL:

Prof. Francisco J. Sierro (Geologist)

PI of ESR 1 “Late Miocene-Early  Pliocene offshore onshore sedimentary  records in the vicinity of Gibraltar”

Francesca Bulian, ESR 1 PhD Student



The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress.

CSIC hosts 126 research institutes across Spain, more than 2300 PhD students, 70 masters and 7 high-level specialisation post-graduate courses.

Founded in 1965 and located at the campus of the University of Barcelona, the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera participates in 12 post-graduate courses and runs a large number of national and international public research projects and collaborative projects with industry.

SALTGIANT personnel at CSIC:

Dr. Daniel Garcia-Castellanos (Geophysicist)

PI of ESR 2 “Marginal vertical motions (Western Mediterranean  and Levant basins)” and leader of WorkPackage 6

Hanneke Heida, ESR 2 PhD student




Drs. Ivone Jimenez-Munz



Founded in 1964 and located in the south-east of the United Kingdom, the University of Essex (UEssex) is a research intensive university ranked as one of the top 20 research universities in the UK. Among its 20 multidisciplinary schools and departments, the School of Biological Sciences provides strong multidisciplinary environment that fosters research excellence with an internationally renowned Environmental Microbiology group. The School has 56 academic staff, 30 technical staff.

SALTGIANT personnel at WESSEX:

Dr Terry J McGenity
(Microbiologist), PI of ESR 9 « Lont-term survival of microbes in halite brines inclusions”


Maria Magluilo, ESR 9 PhD Student