Training

Overview and content structure of the training programme

MgSafe ESRs will be trained along the guidelines of the “European Charter for Researchers”and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”1. Following the “T-based skills” concept , MgSafe will stimulate critical knowledge based scientific thinking across traditional academic borders and provide deep understanding of a highly specialised field. In parallel, MgSafe offers the broad overview industry requires from future employees.

To demonstrate that the training has a true European dimension, MgSafe will cooperate with the European Society for Biomaterials to award the “The European Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Doctoral Award (EDA)”2. All training events will be credited according to the “European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)”.

Key tool and reference in the structured training is an individual Career Development Plan for each ESR (CDP, template via the Cordis webpage). The CDP will integrate all professional and transferable skill training actions relevant for the ESR.
The overall training, CDP management and monitoring at Supervisory Board (SB) level will be conducted as part of WP8.
The content of the training programme in MgSafe is divided into three main pillars:

  • WP5: Professional interdisciplinary skills for the development of medical devices;
  • WP6: Presenting science to various target communities;
  • WP7: Leadership in science and industry.
     

The training is structured according to the concept of T-based skills:
The ESRs will achieve an in depth training to become scientific specialists in a specified field (e.g. monitoring the implant degradation and bone remodelling via SR-CT, see figure), whereas the horizontal bars indicate broad skills necessary for the ability to collaborate across disciplines with experts of other areas and to apply knowledge in areas of expertise other than one's own3.

Thus, MgSafe focusses on the crucial aspects for a better employability specifically needed in the growing field of medical device industry:
 

becoming independent personalities with a broad overview of imaging and medical device technologies, a sound background in science and intercultural competences. This will be achieved by the following measures:

(1) MgSafe offers ESRs a broad range of subjects and technologies from standard procedures to new emerging techniques (e.g. photoacoustics, which is very rapidly growing in the market).
(2) From an innovation point of view, MgSafe will teach an unique methodological fine tuning and intelligent combination of usually independent imaging methods, which is also needed in other areas (e.g. pharma development). This will broaden the scientific skills of the ESRs and enable them to create higher R&I output and to convert ideas into products and services.
(3) The ESRs will be exposed to very different elements of the innovation chain (ranging from the needs of surgeons to dealing with regulatory affairs and exploitation of results) and languages, which will widen their individual horizon as well as strengthen their communication skills.
(4) They will have access to outstanding facilities and training in the academia sector. This is complemented by private sector participants, which will provide training for the medical device development process and business awareness. It will also facilitate mobility between academia and industry.
(5) The secondments to an industrial partner will not only deliver first-hand experience in an industrial environment, but will also develop a very good understanding of what it takes to transform an idea into a product, and of the particular needs of industry, enabling them to speak and understand thelanguage of industry.
(6) Training offered in soft skills, dedicated courses for the specific needs of the individual ESR along with the development of ‘personal learning environments’ will build personalities able to think independently, formulate hypotheses, design and analyse experiments and adopt easily to new environments. Therefore, the ESRs will easily find positions in either industry or academia, both within and outside the network at the end of their training period.
(7) The interdisciplinary training in MgSafe spans material science, preclinical research, bioinstrumentation, optics and imaging technologies as well as translatory aspects and regulatory affairs. These young scientists will thus be able to think and work ‘from bench to bedside’ and will be well prepared to tackle the challenges of multidisciplinary research, a necessity for being competitive and innovative in the upcoming years.
(8) Being involved in the management of the network (e.g. financial aspects of the network, reporting, exploitation, dissemination) and supported in the application of smaller grands (e.g. RISE) or beam time proposals, the ESRs will have valuable experience for their next career step when leadership positions become possible.
 

Planned training events:


Scientific Events


  1. Introduction into the network and techniques (Task 5.1)
    ECTS: 1.5
    Lead Institution: HZG
    Project Month: 7

  2. Mg alloy design and processing: degradable implant materials, basics in metal physics and corrosion (Task 5.2)
    ECTS: 1.5
    Lead Institution: WUT, BRI.T
    Project Month: 10

  3. Introduction in Machine / Deep Learning approaches (Task 5.3)
    ECTS: 0.5
    Lead Institution: HZG
    Project Month: 10

  4. Animal handling, operation techniques: Ethical requirements for animal studies, performance of animal studies, analysis of in vivo data (Task 5.4)
    ECTS: 1.5
    Lead Institution: MUG, BRI.T
    Project Month: 12

  5. µCT & SRµCT, data processing and analysis: Differences between laboratory and synchrotron X-ray sources, fundamental algorithms for data processing, introduction of relevant programs for visualisation (Task 5.3)
    ECTS: 2
    Lead Institution: SCANCO & HZG
    Project Month: 12

  6. MRT / MRS / NIRS / US / Photoacoustics: basics of the different techniques, introduction of relevant programs for visualisation and data analysis (Task 5.3)
    ECTS: 2
    Lead Institution: MHH, VSI, HiOA, MRI.T
    Project Month: 15

  7. Introduction of surface sensitive methods, correlation between measured parameters and material properties (Task 5.2)
    ECTS: 1.5
    Lead Institution: WUT
    Project Month: 18

  8. PET: Theoretical and practical introduction in working with nuclear probes in medical applications (Task 5.3)
    ECTS: 1.5
    Lead Institution: CNR-IFC
    Project Month: 21

  9. Histology, cell &molecular biology: preparation of (immuno)histological sections, labelling techniques and interpretation (Task 5.4)
    ECTS: 2
    Lead Institution: UiO & UGOT
    Project Month: 24

  10. Literature & techniques: Webinars with Kahoot Quiz (https://kahoot.it/) for immediate check of learning success (Task 5.1)
    ECTS: 2
    Lead Institution: ESRs
    Project Month: every 2nd week


Transferable Skills


  1. Team building: Identification of the network members with the goals of MgSafe, creation of a corporate identity, setting the rules for good scientific practice, PLE and motivation analysis (Tasks 6.1, 7.2 & 8.2)
    ECTS: 2
    Lead Institution: HZG, external expert
    Project Month: 7

  2. Organisation of ESR Days: ESRs invite external speakers for topic related workshops organised independently by the ESRs, PIs will not participate (Task 7.1)
    ECTS: 2.5
    Lead Institution: ESRs
    Project Month: 10, 15, 21, 27, 30, 33, 39, 42

  3. Project and time management: basics and tools for successful project and time management (Task 7.2)
    ECTS: 1
    Lead Institution: HZG, external expert
    Project Month: 10

  4. Writing scientific communications: structure of papers, thesis or other scientific publications, best practice for writing (Task 6.2)
    ECTS: 1
    Lead Institution: HiOA, HZG
    Project Month: 15

  5. Writing proposals, managing large consortia: Differences to paper writing, defining the target audience, inclusion of partners when writing, how to assure a successful implementation of the proposal (Task 7.3)
    ECTS: 2
    Lead Institution: HZG, external expert
    Project Month: 18

  6. Presentation skills; Career development: Use of body language (e.g. Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London), overcoming stage fright; Individual assessment of current abilities, definition of necessary steps for career development (Task 6.3)
    ECTS: 2
    Lead Institution: HiOA, HZG, external expert
    Project Month: 21

  7. Conflict and stress management: Leadership skills: how to deal with conflicts and how to increase personal resilience (Task 7.2)
    ECTS: 1
    Lead Institution: HZG, external expert
    Project Month: 24

  8. Regulatory affairs & patient safety: Business development in medical device companies: the long way from idea to approval (Task 5.5)
    ECTS: 1
    Lead Institution: SYN
    Project Month: 36

  9. Job application & entrepreneurship: Change of perspective: what is the employer expecting in a job application? How to start my own company? As exercise the ESRs will found their own company (Task 7.3)
    ECTS: 1
    Lead Institution: HZG, external expert
    Project Month: 36

  10. Final Conference: if possible as satellite conference e.g. of the annual “Biodegradable Metals Conference” or the “Annual Meetings of the European Society for Biomaterials” (Task 8.8)
    ECTS: 1.5
    Lead Institution: all
    Project Month: 42