Training the next generation of highly interdisciplinary researchers

The principal objective of this Initial Training Network is to educate a group of young scientists in a world-class collaborative research environment steered by some of the world leaders in the fast evolving field of parasite glycobiology, in close association with European industrial enterprises. The researchers recruited through this initiative will be exposed, both at the local and network-wide level, to a multicultural and highly multidisciplinary PhD training. This programme will acquaint them with a complete range of state-of-the-art glycobiology methodologies, alongside with valuable transferable and entrepreneurial skills. All together the aim is to create a PhD-level trained generation of young scientists capable of tackling the challenges that parasite glycobiology implies with improved career prospects and employability as well as preparing them to become future leaders in research institutions and industry. It is indeed the mix of methodologies involved in this area of research, covering both chemistry and biology, that will prove a major advantage to the fellows.

The eight main Training Objectives of GlycoPar are:

  1. Introduction of the ESRs/ERs into a large, diverse and global research community focused on a common goal with extremely high involvement of industrial partners;
  2. Training-through-research based on the set of specific projects outlined in Section B.2 in intellectually exciting and state-of-the-art supportive environments;
  3. Exposure to research in the private sector to all ESRs and ERs recruited;
  4. Exploiting inter-sectorial and transnational mobility via secondments and shorter visits between academic and industrial partners;
  5. Local training in core research skills within both academic and industrial environments;
  6. Network-wide training, in generic or specialised S&T aspects and complementary transferable skills to improve career prospects and employability;
  7. Implementation of outreach activities by partner PIs and by the recruited ESRs/ERs themselves;
  8. To assist ESRs/ERs in obtaining appropriate employment upon completion of their training.

The depth and breadth of the skills needed by the fellows to be recruited requires a training programme of greater scope, beyond the capabilities of one single country. The demands of GlycoPar in multi-disciplinary training will generate a highly skilled group of fellows.