of the training program
The development of the project mentioned in theabstract
requires the achievement of a multidisciplinary knowledge
which can not be acquired within a national context. As a consequence,
the training program is addressed to both pre- and post-doctoral researchers.
The latter are, in fact, expected to be expert in only one of the fields
covered by the training program, but need to achieve knowledge in other
fields not dealt with in their Ph.D. program. The training program will
be supported by the following activities.
The wide range of training opportunities outlined
above is designed to ensure that the training needs of each doctoral student
and post-doctoral researcher are met. The summer schools and workshops
will provide general information relating to the project and also technical
support whilst the individual training programs will provide specific support
which is tailored to a particular research project. Participation to summer
schools and workshops will not be restricted to the researchers belonging
to the network. They will be announced and advertised to ensure the largest
level of participation possible, e.g. in the activity
in and presentations at conference
Individual training: The young
researchers will come into contact and co-operate with experts in all fields
during visits, summer schools and workshops. In addition, the researcher
will have exchange programs involving teams which are working either on
the same Task (see the Research
Workplan) but with different methods or from a different perspective,
or using similar methodologies to address different problems. Individual
training will be provided by assigning to each young researcher a pair
of tutors which will help him with the contents of the Ph.D. courses and
with his research project. Acquisition of skills specific to particular
projects, e.g. use of commercial computer packages, or knowledge of specialized
mathematical techniques will also be organized within each research unit.
In addition, as most teams collaborate in situ with bio-medical laboratories,
the researcher will be asked to behave (jointly with one of the tutors)
as an interface between the mathematical and the bio-medical world. In
those teams which do not have this connection already, this expertise will
be achieved through stays in other teams.
Doctoral formation: Up-to-date
information and valuable insight into specific aspects of the proposal
will be provided in the form of several intensive courses given by leading
experts in these areas. Teams which are less experienced in a particular
topic may organize a course in that area by inviting experts from other
teams to their institution. Leading experts from outside the network may
also be invited to give courses on their areas of expertise. In most cases,
these courses will be incorporated into pre-existing graduate programs
of the host universities of the relevant research units.
Summer schools: Once a year,
an extensive summer school will be organized. Each team will contribute
to the school, both via the teaching activities, and by sending students
to participate in the school. Leading experts exterior to the network may
be invited to the summer schools to ensure that everyone is familar with
recent developments within the research field. Part of the summer school
will be devoted to short communications presented by the young scientists
on the progresses made on their research.
Workshops: General workshops
will involve all the members of the network. They will be organized periodically
and leading experts exterior to the network may be invited to participate.
Workshops on more specific topics or Research Tasks will also be organized.
Exchange programs: Both doctoral
students and post-doctoral researchers will be encouraged to visit other
teams for short or medium periods of time. This will enable them to take
advantage of the specific expertise of different teams and to acquire knowledge
in these areas. It can be anticipated that each young researcher financed
by the European Community will spend at least 12 months involved in such
Participation in and presentations
at conference: Both the doctoral students and the young post-doctoral
researchers will be encouraged to participate in international workshops
and conferences at which they will present results of their research activity.