Postgraduate Training through
International Networking
Carsten P. Welsch
Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Liverpool, UK
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Outline
 Introduction to DITANET
– What are Marie Curie ITNs ?
– Who ar...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
A „typical“ Accelerator Diagnostics
Multi-disciplinary field !
Camera
OT...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
What is DITANET ?
 One of the largest Marie Curie Initial Training
Netw...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
The DITANET Consortium
Network Participants
Associated Partners
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Including Partners From Industry
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Adjunct Partners
 Part of a long term strategy – DITANET is growing
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Training – at each Network Node
 Training through cutting edge research...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Example: Janusz Harasimowicz
 2006: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Ph...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
USR – Diagnostics
Janusz Harasimowicz
 Position
 Profile
 Intensity
H...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Training – at each Network Node
 Example: CNA/U Seville, Spain – Ziad A...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
1st DITANET School, March 2009
 Beam Diagnostics, held at RHUL, UK
 > ...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
2nd DITANET School, March 2010
 Complementary Skills, with help from Uo...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Feedback from Participants (Examples)
 Detailed assessment of school be...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
1st DITANET Topical Workshop
 Low Energy, Low Intensity Beam Diagnostic...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Secondments
 Each trainee realizes a secondment to an industry
partner
...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Trainee Interaction
 Trainees created a list of common interest topics:...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Trainee Support
 Career Development Plans discussed during kick-off
mee...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Trainee – Supervisor Relationship
 Contact across country borders
– Cul...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Advantages of International Collaboration
 Status of Marie Curie Fellow...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Challenges from International Collaboration
 Bringing together differen...
C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010
Conclusion
 Research and training through joint effort between
research...
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  1. 1. Postgraduate Training through International Networking Carsten P. Welsch Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Liverpool, UK
  2. 2. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Outline  Introduction to DITANET – What are Marie Curie ITNs ? – Who are the partners in this initiative ?  Postgraduate Training within DITANET – At each network node; – Network-wide events; – Secondments  Opportunities and Challenges
  3. 3. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 A „typical“ Accelerator Diagnostics Multi-disciplinary field ! Camera OTR Light  Material sciences  Thermodynamics  Electro-Magnetism  Optics  Mechanics  Electronics  Nuclear Physics  …
  4. 4. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 What is DITANET ?  One of the largest Marie Curie Initial Training Networks ever funded by European Union !  Funding for 21 fellows(18 ESR and 3 ER)  Gives industry an important role !  Recognition of importance of beam diagnostics at European level ! (in physics top 11, 2007 – under extreme competition) Different understanding of role
  5. 5. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 The DITANET Consortium Network Participants Associated Partners
  6. 6. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Including Partners From Industry
  7. 7. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Adjunct Partners  Part of a long term strategy – DITANET is growing
  8. 8. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Training – at each Network Node  Training through cutting edge research projects (Compare: Aims of Russell Group)  In accordance with national PhD regulations  Provide trainees with broad skills base  Expose to the other sector  Promote knowledge exchange and collaboration across the network  100% focus on research project
  9. 9. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Example: Janusz Harasimowicz  2006: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Physics  Specialization: Medical Physics  M.Sc. Thesis title: Derivation of medical accelerator electron beam energy spectrum using inverse Monte Carlo method  Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, Physics Group Leader  MPI-K, Germany, Graduate Researcher  Since March 2009: DITANET ESR in Liverpool Janusz Harasimowicz
  10. 10. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 USR – Diagnostics Janusz Harasimowicz  Position  Profile  Intensity Harasimowicz, J., et al. Hyperfine Interact. (2009)
  11. 11. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Training – at each Network Node  Example: CNA/U Seville, Spain – Ziad A. Haidar Workshops - Oct 2008 : Workshop on Electronics for Novel Nuclear Physics Detectors at CNA - Dec 2009 : Workshop on Hadron therapy at CNA Doctoral Courses - Dec 2008 : Nuclear Structure (1 week) - Jan 2008 : Applied Nuclear Physics (1 week) - Feb 2008 : Experimental Nuclear Physics (1 week) - Mar 2009 : Nuclear Reactions (1 week) - May 2009 : Intermediate Energies (1 week) Schools, Mini Courses and Conferences - Mar 2009 : 2 day course on Gas Ionization detectors : principles and recent developments - July 2009 : International School of La Rabida on Basic concepts in Nuclear Physics: theory, experiments and applications (Poster participation: Development of a Tracking System of Exotic Nuclear Beams for FAIR) - Sept 09 : Biennial of Physics (Spanish Royal Society of Physics) (Poster participation: Development of a Tracking System of Exotic Nuclear Beams for FAIR) Other - Tested and learned about several electronics equipments for detectors and data acquisition systems - 2 semesters of Spanish courses (level 1 and level 2) - Participated in a contribution to the GSI Annual Report of 2009 : “Fast timing with DSSSD detectors”
  12. 12. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 1st DITANET School, March 2009  Beam Diagnostics, held at RHUL, UK  > 70 participants and lecturers CERN Indico: 55242 March 2011
  13. 13. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 2nd DITANET School, March 2010  Complementary Skills, with help from UoL Grad School
  14. 14. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Feedback from Participants (Examples)  Detailed assessment of school being carried out – might help further improving PGR trainings at UoL 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 1 2 3 4 5 NumberofTrainees Differential Scale: 1 = excellent / 5 = poor Example Session Content was well organised Content was interesting Aims were clear Session was helpful to you „The workshop was not only useful, but exciting !“ „I hadn‘t really thought of myself as a project manager until today“ “Recording every person was very useful to understand common mistakes.”
  15. 15. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 1st DITANET Topical Workshop  Low Energy, Low Intensity Beam Diagnostics  Hirschberg, Germany – Nov 24th/25th 2009  Good mix of DITANET and external researchers  Discussion of state-of-the-art and future developments CERN Indico: 93294 Next workshop: July 12th/13th – option for trainees.
  16. 16. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Secondments  Each trainee realizes a secondment to an industry partner  Improve understanding of how research is done – allow for improved planning of own career  All projects require collaboration between universities and industry partners/research centres
  17. 17. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Trainee Interaction  Trainees created a list of common interest topics: – Similarities in their research projects – Possible support for each other – Exchange of knowledge and past experiences  Informal meetings  Possibility is given to organize mini-workshops, etc.  Online forum and blog
  18. 18. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Trainee Support  Career Development Plans discussed during kick-off meeting, later finalized with trainees  Mentor for female trainees  Internet Blog (VOCAL)  Facebook group (trainee-triggered)  Arrangements exist for regular contacts via schools, workshops and additional meetings
  19. 19. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Trainee – Supervisor Relationship  Contact across country borders – Cultural and language barriers – Intervalls between direct contacts  Work within international team – Joint management of resources – Time management – Different expectations  (Open) Feedback highlighted as key to success – Problematic for both sides „Supervisors should also go to the (complementary skills) course“
  20. 20. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Advantages of International Collaboration  Status of Marie Curie Fellows – Prestige – Salary – Social security – Pension  Extensive training program in form of schools, workshops, conferences, etc.  Secondments across sectors  Daily interaction with experienced researchers  Contact to wider field, not only research projects
  21. 21. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Challenges from International Collaboration  Bringing together different education systems  Management is resource and time-consuming  Professional managers required to supervise overall training effort (graduate school)  Make partners „stick to the plan“  Extensive use of new media (video conferencing, internet, etc.) – challenge to tech. infrastructure
  22. 22. C.P. Welsch – Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Conclusion  Research and training through joint effort between research centers, universities and the private sector;  See PhD as part of professional career as researcher;  Structured training program across institutional and country borders;  Goal: Improved career perspectives. Many thanks for your attention !
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