Local courses will train the ESRs in specialised research techniques and complementary skills. They will provide the Training passport, an obligatory part of the PhD in several of our academic institutions.
INsecTIME imposes the Training passport on all its ESRs, so that if their local institution cannot provide a complete suite of technical/complementary courses, then ESRs will obtain the necessary credits at partner institutions during their secondments providing a mutually accredited recognised training among the institutes/SMEs.
Here is a list of the technical and complementary skills courses offered locally by the partners:
University of Leicester
WP1, WP3, WP7
Technical training: Specialist courses offered on imaging, next generation sequencing (NGS) and microarray profiling.
Complementary training: Over 90 hours are offered including the topics of laboratory safety, experimental design and statistics, database searching, bibliographic software, writing skills for publications and theses, grant writing, planning and managing the doctorate, critical appraisal and study skills, leadership and team-work, presentation skills, managing your supervisor, creativity and problem solving, and career decision making. Foreign language tuition is also offered.
University of Groningen
Technical training: Advanced scientific & theoretical courses: a maximum of 10 EC may be awarded for advanced Master’s level coursework. There are no restrictions on attending courses offered on QTL-mapping and analysis and RNAi, RT-PCR and RT-qPCR, NGS project design and data analysis and Genome Wide Association Mapping, Advanced imaging.
Complementary training: At least 6 EC credits should be obtained for courses in transferable skills; a maximum of 5 EC may be awarded for language courses. For project-related activities: a maximum of 5 EC may be given for all (local) group and institute events. Professional service & other: a maximum of 5 EC may be given for organisation and leadership activities.
Teaching & supervision: for employed PhD students only, a maximum of 5 EC may be obtained for teaching and supervisory activities. Training credits are only awarded if the student submits a teaching statement in which he/she outlines how teaching activities have contributed to his/her own professional development.
University of Wuerzburg
Technical training: Neurobiological methods (Ca2+- and cAMP-imaging, optogenetics, immunohistochemistry, in situs, confocal microscopy), chronobiological principles and methods, standard molecular techniques, as well as specialist training in Drosophila behaviour and in experimental design, statistics, animal experimentation, database analysis
Complementary training: Science communication, university teaching, team building, leadership, fundamentals in business.
Queen Mary and Westfield College
Technical training: An introductory programme of seminars on research techniques (e.g., molecular biology, cell culture, histology & microscopy, protein expression, statistics).
Complementary training: Planning, managing your PhD, writing publications, critical thinking and reading, teamwork and networking, time management, presentation skills (oral and posters), communication with the media, bibliographic software (EndNote), writing job applications, and non-academic and academic career decision making. The Language and Learning Unit offers English Language and Foundation courses. The Graduate School also organises flagship events to promote postgraduates within the University (Career Symposia, Postgraduate oral presentations, and 2nd year poster presentations).
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Technical training: Courses include Genomics, Developmental Genetics, Epigenetics, Neurogenetics, Neurobiology of learning and memory, Statistics for biology, advanced microscopy next generation sequencing, and mass spectrometry. In addition training in Drosophila genetics and behaviour.
Complementary training: Courses on writing reports, manuscripts and CVs, job interview techniques and on building a professional career. The PhD programmes organize a one-day meeting every year to gather the PhD students together.
University of Padova
Technical training: Wide variety of technical courses offered from NGS to advanced microscopy.
Complementary training: Scientific English and Publishing and Communication (20-40 hours). Compulsory attendance at journal clubs/external seminars. Annual presentation of student’s research activity.
Institute of Entomology, Ceske
Technical training: Insect Developmental Physiology, Cell Signalling, Epigenetics and Genetics of Model Organisms
Complementary training: Czech and foreign language tuition offered to foreigners and Czech students, respectively.
Technical training: At least 4 science modules (180 h) and seminars (120 h)
Complementary training: Course in Philosophy (60 h) and languages (60 h). Finally, the University Business Centre organises business oriented courses (Become a Successful Entrepreneur) for students.
Actual Analytics Ltd.
Technical training: The company provides specialist training in statistical and mathematical modelling of behaviour, computer vision, machine learning and enterprise software development and on-line collaborative design. The seconded ESR /ERs will work with the R&D team learning how these IT disciplines impact on the next generation of biological data analysis.
Complementary training: The ER at Actual and seconded ESRs will attend the courses offered by Informatics Ventures (IV), hosted at Edinburgh University. IV runs courses in entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, IP protection and exploitation, personal and financial management and strategic planning all focused on IT SMEs and pre-commercial groups looking to exploit international markets. Internationally regarded experts deliver these courses such as Ken Morse, Bill Aulet and Doug Richards.
Technical training: The company offers unrivaled expertise in insect genetic transformation capacity together with a broad range of experience in the basic disciplines of molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and biochemistry. Training in plasmid construction, microinjection and transformation will be provided by experienced members of our research team.
Complementary training: Oxitec will accommodate all students in a one-month secondment where they will benefit from working closely with all members of the enterprise in both the research and management arms, thereby providing a rounded appreciation of all aspects of the company. Career advice on opportunities of future employment within the industrial sector will be provided, so each student will gain valuable experience of life in a growing, dynamic biotech firm.
Bio-FLY ACS Ltd
Technical training: ESRs will learn and practice commercial bio-control implementation in the field and gain training and experience in conducting laboratory and field trials over a one-month secondment. The students will face a variety of research tools used in insect behaviour studies, dispersal and movement, and life history traits in different crops and cultivation schemes. Furthermore, Biofly SIT projects in Israel are distributed along the extreme climatic gradient of Israel which enables the students to experience different ecosystems and gain broad ecological knowledge.
Complementary training: Students will be familiarised with the role of research in business development in the agroindustrial sector.