The course aims at providing the basic knowledge to approach a research career.
The Goal of this programme is to offer a wide range of one-day courses that may help PhD Students to build up their knowledge in research by providing introductory seminars on communication, research management, soft skills, research proposal preparation.
The Course will be organized in 1-day workshops, each one focused on one of the course topics. Each module may in principle be attended independently from the others, though some workshops may provide preparatory training useful for a specific following module. In order to gain the course credits, candidates are requested to attend at least 5 workshops. Each course will provide an assessment exam during the day or at the end of the workshop. Students must pass the exam in order to validate their participation. The maximum score for each exam is 10.
The workshops offered are the following:
January 21, 2019: Business Writing: This module introduces techniques to develop persuasion and communication skills, applying for funding, seeking promotion, publishing papers, influencing peers at conferences.
February 11, 2019: Design Thinking: Through the Design Thinking and World Cafè methodologies, you will develop prototypes on the challenge launched by the facilitator.
March 4, 2019: How to communicate with confidence: the module aims at supporting students to develop persuasion and communication skills whether it is writing a coherent memo, conveying clear messages to present themselves, their research and its results, persuading others – such as investors or partners - with a presentation or just being able to explain to a team member what is needed from them.
March 26, 2019: From Telling to Selling: how to create a convincing research idea and also manage it successfully: the module will provide a broad overview of the European research grant landscape, a methodology on how to create a research project, building a collaboration, prepare a grant application, requirements. It will provide also and overview of the managerial and organizational skills necessary to be an effective project leader.
April 1, 2019: Problem solving: The module deals with the set of processes (methods and tools) which analyze, manage and positively solve problematic situations using "transversal" skills that allow facing in a rational and constructive way the most varied difficulties and adapting to context changes.
May 7, 2019: MSCA projects: this module will provide information on how to write a proposal to apply for postdoc Marie Curie financing from the EU commission
May 29, 2019: Maximizing impact in research projects: This module introduces the techniques to maximise and extrapolate economic and societal impacts out of the technical projects.
June 12, 2019: “IP”h.D. Intellectual Property fundamentals for Ph.D. Students: This module presents tips and strategies to protect know how and Intellectual property rights in research contracts and collaborative projects.
June 26, 2019 CV writing: This module includes a training session based on analysis of CV and tips on how to write a good Cv to raise career opportunities.
July 4, 2019: H2020: understanding the ingredients for excellence and success: The module focuses on presenting an innovative and competitiveidea in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme with tips on proposal writing, collecting information and how to select strategic partners.
You must register in advance to the single workshops, since some of them have a restricted number of places (a registration form will be available for each workshop in due time). Attendance to the entire day is mandatory.
The final result of the course is given with the following rule: Independently of the number of workshops followed, if the sum of the scores is greater than 48 the result is A, between 38 and 48 the result is B, between 30 and 37 the result is C.