Training Activities

Each participating group will offer one or more structured training activities, or modules (see Section B1), that fulfill the requirement for an early stage training and research project, in terms of active involvement of the student, supervision level, expected duration (average 3 years) and scientific content. Research training modules will in select cases involve more than one student, each with an independent project. Several groups will assign not only the direct supervisor but also senior researchers to the training activities devoted to INTEGRAMM students, depending on the size of the proposed module.

Training in broader complementary skills: by exposing students to the environment and needs of industrial research and business, this proposal aims at creating more scientists with the skills and awareness level required to meet these needs. Besides the social implications of new discoveries and processes, students enrolled in the program will be facing the economic implications of such discoveries. Scientists often lack a basic understanding of intellectual property right legislation. By providing the students with a basic knowledge of these skills, the Program aims at offering its graduate students the chance to seize opportunities and participate as leaders in the development of EU-based biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry.

Training on specialized instruments/equipment: The Programs comprising the scientific core of the MAIN Consortium, under which premises INTEGRAMM will be developed, are tightly interconnected and conceived as a logical sequence of integrated activities, each centered on a unifying objective and relatively homogeneous tasks. MAIN has developed three Support Facilities (Bioimaging, Proteomics and Microarrays), which provide critical technological support for the efforts of the developmental research programs. The MAIN Support Facilities will not only provide facilitated access of the students to existing technologies, but will also pursue initiatives designed to push the technology of that facility to a new level. As such, they may be attractive to students carrying out projects involving a highly technological content and/or to short-term fellows requiring training on state-of-the-art technologies of relevance for the study of cell migration.