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Training activities

The tasks of WP5 are to develop and improve research specific skills of the DCs, to develop their skills and knowledge in consortium key-technologies, to train each DC in at least 3 disciplines by secondments, to supervise the DCs to ensure that they successfully complete the scientific project with a PhD thesis, and to build a network for all DCs. Training activities, as coordinated under WP5, will include both local (individual) and network-wide events to be structured into teaching modules (lectures, workshops and seminars) in support of their intensive research training through individual research projects and secondments. Complementing their individual “hands-on” research projects, each DC will undertake at least 3 mandatory secondments. In addition to this local training provided to DCs when on secondments or at hosting institution, they will also participate in project-wide training streams focusing on scientific and non-scientific transferable skills. This way, DCs will fully benefit from the experience and expertise of the entire consortium, most importantly ensuring that they get exposed to research and innovation in both academia and industry.

The training programme consists of 7 different components:

  1. Research excellence - Training by "hands-on” research. All DCs will be enrolled in a PhD programme (via the beneficiaries or associated partners), receiving access to their comprehensive training & teaching services.

  2. Research excellence - Training through secondments. All DCs will undertake 6-12 months for research secondments to acquire specific scientific expertise needed to succeed in their individual projects and not available at the host institution, and promote network interactions while enhancing mobility, networking and career development. Each DC is set to visit at least one of the non-academic partnering institutions and receive remote (or at consortium meetings) training from the nonacademic associated partners.

  3. Advanced research (AR) training modules on key project disciplines and technologies. Common scientific (research-related) training activities will be provided to all DCs via a series of consortium-wide educational lectures and teaching modules, to provide the necessary scientific, ethical and technological background on key project-related disciplines and technologies, serving as training baseline to all DCs.

  4. Complementary scientific skill training (CSST) modules. DCs will receive training in additional scientific skills with the objective to best support the development of their scientific career.

  5. Transferable skill training (TT) modules. DCs will also receive training on non-scientific soft skills to boost their ability to operate effectively in different work environments (academic and non-academic sectors).

  6. Individual personal career development plan (PCDP). To ensure a strong focus on personal and professional development, each DC will write a PCDP, assisted by their supervisor and mentors, which will document their training needs (research knowledge, skills and technologies) and research objectives as well as their research progress. The PCDPs will be reviewed and updated on a 6-monthly basis with the supervisor and mentors, while being evaluated and discussed at least once a year by the network training committee at the network meetings.

  7. Network meetings and international events. The CHANGE network meetings will be the main means of exchange and transfer of knowledge within the consortium, through presentation and discussion of the CHANGE results. During network meetings, the DCs will give presentations to summarise progress made on their individual research project and highlight the benefit they gained from the training sessions and secondments. In addition, DCs will attend international conferences selected for their relevance and impact, as an opportunity to present their results to an external and international community. Each DC will join up to 2 external meetings or conferences relevant to their respective research project.


WP Lead: Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt am Main


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