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level1_r2_c1.gif (1788 bytes) The Network Partners Research Training Meetings En-Core Activities

Training and Transfer of Knowledge

The network as a whole undertakes to provide a minimum of 351 person-months of Early Stage (ESR) and Experienced Researchers (ER) whose appointment will be financed by the contract. The primary objective of the network is to create the environment for delivering the best training for ESR/ER in the field of composites in construction. This will be done through training using a variety of modalities and a special WP will be established to achieve the objectives.
The precise scope of research undertaken by each ESR/ER will be determined in collaboration between the ESRs/ERs, the Supervisor at the host site and the leader of the relevant Scientific Work Package. The training programme of each researcher is to be formulated on an individual basis based on a Career Development plan. This plan is to be determined jointly between the ESRs/ERs and supervisor. The plan will aim to address the needs of the individual’s personal and professional development but also the need to capitalise on the inter-disciplinarity of the available expertise.
On arrival of the researchers, host teams will provide a short induction course, so as to familiarise the new researcher with the resources and expertise available. An appropriate member of the research team will be appointed as the supervisor for each ESR/ER. The supervisor will be responsible for appointing an industrial mentor for the ESR/ER.
Following the induction course, the ESR/ER will be trained in the Universities at the “Individual level” by their research teams. Most Universities offer research-training programmes for new researchers. The network researchers will be expected to join such programmes.
Depending on the individual’s needs, the training of researchers will consist of specialised scientific techniques, general research skills (literature search, citation, technical report writing), general communication skills (including presentations), research planning and project management skills.
After the initial training, all researchers will prepare a short report on their project objectives and time schedule for execution. Researchers staying for more than a year will have to produce and submit to the network annual progress reports. If their progress is found to be unsatisfactory their placement may be terminated, following procedures laid out by the network.
Most early stage researchers who stay on the network more than 18 months will be expected to register for an MPhil or PhD programme at one or more Universities.
Early stage researchers will develop a publication strategy defined at the beginning of the research period. Each placement should result in at least one or more joint publications. A higher level of output will be expected from the experienced researchers.
All ESR/ER will be expected to participate and contribute to the work of at least one Scientific WP and all the Knowledge Transfer packages.
All ESR/ER will be expected to attend the Research Training Course on Composites for Construction that will be delivered annually by the network. This course will be designed to cover all aspects of composites in construction and will involve hand-on exercises of composites application and testing. Existing design guidelines will be reviewed and design exercises will be taken. The numerical techniques used by different participants will also be demonstrated. In addition, this course will cover awareness of health and safety, ethical and environmental issues, intellectual property issues and enterprise.
The Research Training Course will be accredited by at least one University and attendees will be able to gain CAT credits following examinations.
Special ESRs/ERs Conferences and poster Competitions will be organised annually by the network. As part of their professional training, the experienced researchers in the Network will be given the responsibility for the organisation and chairing of the sessions of these activities. These events will be open to all researchers in the field (not only in the network). ESRs/ERs will be asked to submit abstracts for the papers, and following a review they will be invited to submit full papers, based on International Conference standards.
Awards will also be given for the best posters presented during poster competitions. These posters will also be published on the web. Papers will be published in special volumes after the Conference and on the network web site. The presentations of the papers during the conference will be delivered using multimedia and the latest IT. Awards will be given for the best presentations. Industrialists and researchers outside the network will attend the presentations and, hence, the ESR/ER will have the chance to discuss their work with other experts in the field.
ESR/ER may take the opportunity at these events to present not only their work, but also their state-of-the-art reviews on new composite materials and environmental aspects.