Training and education within the Consortium will be coordinated and planned by a Training and Education Committee, led by M. Wolf with the help and assistance of the Consortium coordinator. The Committee will meet on a regular basis using the Consortium video-conferencing system, and will establish formal agreements with the participating Universities to offer courses for graduate students and technicians. Such courses will be an integral part of their curricula and will contribute to the attainment of the final Degree. The Committee will not only provide the management platform for course organization, but will also implement the selection procedure (10 to 20 students will attend each course on the average) and the logistics involved, with the help of the local organizers.
This Consortium initiative is timely in the European higher education framework, as international teaching organizations will have to sensitize the member states to the necessitiy of a common legislation and policy concerning graduate education. Indeed, the criteria for Ph.D. degrees in the EU member states vary significantly. In some countries they contain only experimental work on a narrow subject, whereas in others a formal education obtained in laboratory courses and workshops is required.
The proposed consortium educational program will serve to harmonize the criteria for Ph.D. degrees with a bottom-up approach, through recognition of best practices. The students will create a Europe-wide network of peers repeatedly exposed to the premises of prestigious European Centers of Excellence and to ndustry. This will give them insight into opportunities within the European Research Area, encouraging them to remain in Europe.
The training courses and workshops proposed by the MAIN Consortium will cover both the latest technologies and the scientific breakthroughs concerning the cell migration field. Topics will include the basics of cell adhesion and migration, the impact of cell migration in pre-clinical disease models and technological aspects of contemporary post-genomic research. Training in different European institutions will encourage mobility, and enable exchange of scientific and technology transfer expertise between the members of the consortium via their young scientists.
The Consortium Training and Education Program will use the existing infrastructures of the partners. It is foreseen that the Consortium will offer a total of 2 to 3 courses or workshops per year, organized on a rotational basis by the participating Institutions. The Consortium will pay travel and accommodation for invited lecturers, and will provide support for consumables and/or small lab equipment. Host Institutions will be required to provide teaching professionals without additional charge. Partners will be required to pay the students a salary during their internship period.
The deliverables will be to forge Ph.D.s with top quality, up-to-date education in biotechnology and technology transfer. They will be attractive employees for large and small pharmaceutical industries, trained not only to perform and direct research, but also to serve as leaders in Biobusiness. Those Ph.D.s who choose to continue in basic research, will be fully trained to recognize the application potential of research findings and possess the knowledge to commercialize them. They will acquire an attractive vision of the European research area which will encourage them to remain in Europe.
The students will learn to be mobile and to work effectively within the diverse European countries. They will spread excellence and create an amazing personal network of peers and researchers in the European centers of excellence, industries, and within the different organizations of the European innovation chain.