The 10 academic research teams involved in CREEP have highly complementary expertise, covering the entire range of methods and scales required to investigate the rheological properties of Earth materials and their implications for the dynamics of our planet, including both natural and human-induced deformation and seismicity occurring in the crust.
  • mineral-, rock- and fault-physics experiments, microstructural characterization of naturally deformed rocks and petrophysical modelling (CNRS-GM, UU, UDUR, UCL);
  • seismological investigations of complex structures and anisotropy at different depths and in diverse tectonic and geological settings (UBRIS, WWU, UU);
  • 3-D computational and laboratory models of convection in fluids with complex rheology (CNRS-FAST, ETH, JGU, UNIROMA3).

The private-sector partners guarantee that the Fellows are exposed to a large variety of activities in which rheology is central: developing new technologies for the oil exploration industry (Schlumberger, Baker Hughes), producing and selling scientific instruments (MP Strumenti), designing client-based softwares (Rockfield), optimizing production procedures for high-technology manufacturing applications for materials as varied as glass, steels, or salt (Schott, APERAM, AkzoNobel), and performing geothermal research and exploration (Reykjavik Geothermal, IGEM) or geophysics surveys (GMuG, Geospatial Research).

Academic Institutions Acronym
Laboratory Scientist-in-charge Research team
Early Stage Researchers
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, FR
Geosciences Montpellier
A. Tommasi
A. Tommasi, D. Mainprice, S. Demouchy
V. Singh, M. Thieme
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, FR
FAST, Orsay
N. Ribe
N. Ribe, A. Davaille
D. Brand, G. Gerardi
University of Bristol, UK
School of Earth Sciences
J.M. Kendall
J.M. Kendall, J. Wookey
Ph. Prasse, S. Angere
Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, DE
Institut für Geophysik
C. Thomas
C. Thomas
A. Pisconti
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, DE
Institute of Geosciences
B. Kaus
B. Kaus
B. Montesinos, L. Ding
Universiteit Utrecht, NL
Dept Earth Sciences
H. Paulssen
H. Paulssen, C. Spiers,A. Niemeijer, S. Hangx
P. Giacomel, W. Zhou
Universita Degli Studi Roma Tre, IT
Laboratory of Experimental Tectonics Dipartimento di Scienze Geologiche
F. Funiciello
F. Funiciello
E. Rijsingen
University of Durham, UK
Earth Sciences Dept., Rock Mechanics Lab
N. De Paola
N. De Paola, R. Holdsworth, S. Nielsen
G. Pozzi
University College of London, UK
Earth Sciences Dept., Rock Deformation Lab
P. Meredith
P. Meredith, T. Mitchell, N. Brantut
M. Messar
ETH Zurich, CH
Inst. Geophysics
P. Tackley
P. Tackley, T. Gerya
J. Schierjott, S. Preuss

Private-sector Partners


C. Kunisch

Aperam R&D, FR
Isbergues Research Center
J.D. Mithieux

Rockfield logo
Rockfield, UK

M. Dutko

Institut für Innovation, Transfer und Beratung GmbH, DE
IGEM, Institut für geothermisches Ressourcen-management
H. Deckert

Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, NL
Department Seismology& Acoustics
Elmer Ruigrok

AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals B.V, NL
sBU Salt
M. den Hartog

Gesellschaft für Materialprüfung und Geophysik
mbH, DE

K. Plenkers

M Penatti Strumenti srl, IT
MP Strumenti

G. Mojoli

schlumberger logo
Schlumberger, F
Montpellier Technology Center
F. Maerten

Geospatial Research Ltd, UK
Geospatial Research Ltd
Structural Geology
R. Jones

Reykjavik Geothermal, IS

G. Bjornsson