Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Joint Doctorate project ESSENTIAL granted to NTNU Testimon Forensics Group

Publisert: 04/01/2017
The NTNU Testimon Forensics Group at the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, is a beneficiary to a prestigious European Joint Doctorate project funding 15 PhD positions under the Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation.
Researchers from Testimon are part of a network of partners in and outside Europe that will jointly provide a training and networking programme for PhD researchers that will lead to the awarding of 15 joint doctorates in the field of Security Studies. The University of Groningen – Faculty of Law, the Security, Technology and e-Privacy Research Group is coordinating the project.
The ESSENTIAL project is a unique programme that brings together academic institutions, governmental organisations and private companies in the field of Security Science. Security is a field of study capable of diverse applications in daily life yet security science is a young discipline which requires much larger inter-disciplinary effort than is dedicated to it to date. ESSENTIAL seeks to address the fundamental problem of developing security science in a way which is theoretically sound and yet maximizes opportunities for applied training in security.
The key challenge in this field and the reason behind building a joint PhD research programme dedicated to Security Science is the need to address security challenges systematically across their life cycle. This requires developing a systematic body of knowledge with strong theoretical and empirical underpinnings, which incorporates both the computer science and information security dimensions and the social, legal and organizational aspects of security.
ESSENTIAL has set itself two main goals: a) to train inter-disciplinary security experts and professionals, to tackle security threats in a systematic manner and b) to increase societal resilience and security by addressing in an interdisciplinary manner 15 research topics, each associated with long-standing problems in the field of security science ranging from modeling security perception and democratizing intelligence to improving security and privacy in data ecosystems.


The ESSENTIAL Joint Doctorate programme is a four-year project started January 1, 2017. It will receive a total funding from the EU of € 3.756.497. ESSENTIAL brings together six beneficiaries: The University of Groningen – Faculty of Law, the Security, Technology and e-Privacy Research Group (Coordinator), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the University of Malta – Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, the Italian National Research Council – Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques, the Romanian “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy – National Institute for Intelligence Studies, the Edith Cowan University – Security Research Institute in Perth, Australia and the Netherlands Forensic Institute – Digital Technology and Biometry department. The consortium of six beneficiaries is complemented with six partner organisations from governmental organisations and private companies that will host placements and provide practical training for the PhDs.


For further information concerning the ESSENTIAL project and other activities see the project website or contact professor Katrin Franke via