OPATHY will provide ESRs with state-of-the-art network-wide training activities. To avoid fragmentation, existing international courses (e.g. T1 Online Research Skills, I3 Creative Thinking and Innovation) will be integrated into the program. Most network training will be based around three 7 to 9-day summer schools that combine research workshops (W), academic modules (A), transferable skills (T), and innovation and entrepreneurship sessions (I). We will invite external speakers and renowned experts in the respective fields and encourage trainees to interact with them.
The follwong courses will be offered during the OPATHY summer/winter schools:
Date: August 28 - September 2, 2016
Date: March 1-4, 2017
Date: August 27 - September 1, 2017
Course W3. Applied bioinformatics and post-genomics techniques (P1-4, P7, PO1, PO2), 5 days, 5 ECTS credits.
Training in post-genomics techniques, in silico data analysis, and applications in diagnosis. Topics will include proteomics and sequencing technologies, analysis of ‘omics’ data, functional analyses, comparative genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics, probe optimisation, data formats, and relevant databases. The course will include basic training in the UNIX environment and a representative programming language (Python). The format will be flexible to accommodate the diverse background of the ESRs so that they can effectively advance their skills.
Course T1C. Grant writing (P1), 1 day
Introduction to science policy and writing successful fellowships. The course will offer lectures on fellowship application and a hands-on exercise in the form of writing a 4-page proposal, evaluated by OPATHY PIs.
Course T2. Ethical, legal and social aspects of clinical research (P9, P2), 2 days
Divided in three modules: A) Biosafety aspects, legislation and ethical aspects of scientific publishing. B) Ethical aspects of the use of animals in clinical research experiments. C) Ethical use of human samples. European and national legislation will be discussed.
Course T1B. Time and Project Management (P1, P4, P7, P10), 1 day
Time and project management skills in academia and private sector, including setting timelines and targets, prioritizing, organizing and reporting, using online tools to and achieving higher efficiency.
This will be a scientific and learning-by-doing training event. The ESRs will organize the open final symposium on “Fungal Infections” and will be involved in all aspects regarding the organization, including selection of a venue, scientific and social programs, fundraising and finances, advertisement, abstract book, website, etc.
A number of recognized scientists have already agreed to participate as speakers, and all ESRs of the ETN will deliver scientific talks. This symposium will be open for other researchers in the fields. Since P8 is board member of the European Society for Clinical Microbial Infectious Diseases and P6 is vice-president of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology, this symposium will be open to the participation of these two societies, which will serve to connect the trainees with practising scientist and clinicians outside OPATHY.
Course I2. Company development, automation and management (P7, P4, P10, P9), 2 days
Location: Bremen, Germany. Introduction to needs and conditions in a company with commercial goals and customer-related obligations. The implementation of modern tools, such as robotics, into clinical laboratories will be demonstrated and discussed.
Course I3. Creative thinking and innovation (P1) 10 ECTS credits. 3 weeks
Instructors: Variety of individuals from public and private sector. Location: Dublin, Ireland. Schedule: Several offerings per year.
This is an interdisciplinary module run by UCD for mixed groups of ESRs. The aim is to help ESRs to access their ability for independent, creative thinking and innovation. Mechanisms for developing effective multidisciplinary teams are explored using short challenges with varying team composition. Participants gain first-hand experience in how to form and develop creative ideas. They are introduced to cycles of risk, failure, self-evaluation and change. All participants embark on a 1-week intensive project with a public or private host, and share their outcomes in an event called “The Pitch”. All ESRs will have the opportunity to complete a 30 credit Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCD (including course I3), offered in two additional two week blocks over the three year programme.