The training programme provided by the academic and industry partners in ADVOCATE will be
tailored to meet the specific needs of each research fellow. It includes both formal and
informal components that will develop scientific, technical, complementary, interpersonal and
transferable skills to prepare the fellows for a wide range of career opportunities in the
academic, commercial, industry and regulatory sectors represented by the organisations in the
network. This training is available to all research fellows across the network. Skills are
developed through a comprehensive and flexible programme of academic and industry training,
which includes the following integrated components:
- Formal taught modules provided by the academic partners, which covers the multiple disciplines
required within the project. These include units which develop scientific and technical
competencies for individual research topics, in addition to units which develop more generic and
complementary skills (e.g. research management, effective communication, leadership, team
working, career management).
- Network-hosted thematic workshops and summer schools, which cover training in scientific and
technical areas that provide core knowledge, practical skills and experience in analytical
methods, investigation techniques and data interpretation to support the research undertaken by
fellows. These events are delivered jointly by the academic and industry partners with
contributions from external scientists.
- Network-hosted supervised secondments, work placements, job-shadowing and in-house training
provided by the industry partners. This training provides practical experience of working within
various business functions, to enhance the development of scientific, technical, management and
transferable skills. It covers all sectors of the field, from problem holders to regulatory
agencies covering the commercial, non-governmental and research arenas, and from SMEs to
multi-national companies. The training can be tailored to cover technical and non-technical
aspects that suit the specific interests and development needs of each research fellow.
Training is structured to focus on formal tuition and attendance at network-hosted events delivered
by the project partners in the first year, with greater emphasis on independent research linked to
specific topics in work packages and experiential training through secondments with industry
partners in subsequent years.