Postgraduate Training through International Networking Carsten P. Welsch Learning & Teaching Conference 2010 Liverpool, UK
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
A „typical“ Accelerator Diagnostics Multi-disciplinary field !
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
The DITANET Consortium Network Participants Associated Partners
Including Partners From Industry
Adjunct Partners Part of a long term strategy – DITANET is growing
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
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
USR – Diagnostics Harasimowicz, J., et al. Hyperfine Interact. (2009)
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”
1st DITANET School, March 2009 Beam Diagnostics, held at RHUL, UK > 70 participants and lecturers March 2011 CERN Indico: 55242
2nd DITANET School, March 2010 Complementary Skills, with help from UoL Grad School
Feedback from Participants (Examples) Detailed assessment of school being carried out – might help further improving PGR trainings at UoL „I hadn‘t really thought of myself as a project manager until today“ “Recording every person was very useful to understand common mistakes.” „The workshop was not only useful, but exciting !“
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.
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
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
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
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“
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
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
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 !
Management In addition: Adjunct Partners.
Recruitment Strategy After acceptance + 6 weeks + 2 weeks + 6 weeks + 4 weeks Final Definition of all career development plans. Formalizing secondments and time schedule. DITANET kick-off meeting Publication of Positions online and in relevant international journals. Direct contact to prospective candidates. Screening of Applications Criteria: letter of intent, academic records, two letters of recommendation In case several candidates are eligible: Selection board Interviews and Selection Board Criteria: international competition, direct comparison between applicants. Ensure gender balance, equal opportunities to candidates from within/outside network. Decision Based on agreement between host team, thematic partners and coordinator.
Position Advertisement CERN Courier, Physicsworld, EURAXESS, Jobs.ac.uk, Institute web pages Job portals Conferences and posters
Steering Committee Armel Beunas Grahame Blair Peter Forck Joaquin Gomez Camacho Thibaut Lefevre Maja Olvegaard / Marion Ripert Andreas Peters Horia Petrascu Glenda Wall Carsten Welsch
Dissemination: DITANET Website
Quarterly Newsletter Part of the dissemination strategy Contribution from all network partners Announcement and review of activities >400 recipients, growing
Dissemination: DITANET Prize Dr. Frank Becker, GSI, Germany Beam Induced Fluorescence (BIF)-Monitor Selected by Steering Committee International Competition, open to external candidates