A group of 9 Early Stage Researchers will be trained within world leading research teams. They will be introduced to novel approaches and applications while exploiting advances in fundamental research. To “enable” this vision, each trainee will join a team of closely integrated world-class experts in mechanical science, materials science and computer science/numerical methods.
IMPROVE EMPLOYABILITY IN ALL SECTORS
All institutions are involved in ESR supervision. Each ESR will have an academic secondment in another country and an industrial co-supervisor. All non-academic partners are also involved in supervising the doctoral students throughout the project.
Similarly, due to the specificities of each country or industrial organisation, all partners are involved in training through secondment, short-duration specific training programmes and workshops.
It is of the utmost importance that barriers between the academic and non-academic sectors are broken down in order to realise the full potential of research for the benefit of the economy and society. The first synergy was at the writing stage of the proposal: a co-construction process was implemented. The objective was to better take into account industrial considerations and to conduct more applied research, thereby helping to overcome the mutual ignorance that exists between academia and the private sector. Next, the ESR transnational and transectoral secondment will serve to create additional synergy between academic and non- academic sectors, and to make research market oriented. Several project partners (Core partners: ENSAM, SAF, LOR, TEC, Associate partners: SIR, IPC, GKN, UPV, UBx) were involved in the KIC21 Added Value Manufacturing project, whose challenge was to integrate “the knowledge triangle” into value added manufacturing. This proposal which was unfortunately rejected, (the consortium will apply again to get funding as soon as possible) created a strong synergy between those partners who are definiely convinced of the benefits of associating research education and innovation to strengthen European economy and create jobs.
Maryluz Penalva / Fernando Veiga