Marie Curie Initial Training Network

PhD and Post Doc Training

In order for the fellows to excel and have the best possible career opportunities, they will need to develop relevant skills beyond the academic.
The 9 early stage researchers will benefit from on the job training in scientific and complementary skills, secondments and visits to different partners and between sectors, and network-wide training events organised in each quarter.
The experienced researchers will mainly receive complementary skills training (e.g. societal dissemination, project management, supervision of junior researchers, writing grant proposal) and will have access to secondment opportunities alongside scientific workshops.

Training courses

The structured training workshops in the project are as follows:-

Workshop Basic Immunology and Immunogenetics- Gottingen, Germany
Workshop mRNA Expression Profiling, Real-Time PCR & NGS- Newcastle University, UK
GvL/GvHD Symposium– , Regensburg, Germany
Workshop Comparative Genomics and Animal BMT - Oslo, Norway
Workshop on Immunohistochemistry - Newcastle, UK
Workshop Risk factors in HSCT, Chronic GvHD and Therapy including Phototherapy - Vienna, Austria
Workshop on Heat shock protein immunobiology - Munich, Germany
Workshop Medical devices, cGMP processes and regulation in Adoptive Cellular Therapy Monitoring of CMV after allogeneic HSCT and introduction to proteomics - Miltenyi Biotech, Germany
Workshop on cGMP and clinical trials in the area of regenerative medicine- Newcastle, UK
Training in Basic Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and risk modelling- Gottingen, Germany
All in One Week transferable skills programme - Newcastle, UK
Business Development/IPR, Exploitation Routes, Commercial Awareness / Business Planning- Newcastle, UK
Ethics, Legal and Regulatory Issues- Newcastle, UK

Career Development

Each individual researcher has individual training needs analysis depending on their needs and on the individual project assigned to him/her. A personal career development plan has been drawn up by the researcher in consultation with his/her direct supervisor at the beginning of their employment, with regular progress monitoring.
The career development plan is based on the specific experience and skills of researchers and the complementary skills they need to develop, and includes training, research and secondment plans. The frequency and length of visits to partner institutes and the preparation of the PhD thesis are essential components for ESRs. Part of the career development plan will also be focused on finding a way in which to successfully employ the researchers after the project finishes, be it to finalise a PhD-dissertation, or to continue a career in research in academia or in industry.