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Fourth DITANET School - Advanced Researcher Skills

The development of complementary skills is regarded as a mandatory component of the training of postgraduate research students. Key requirements include the development of communication, networking and research management skills.

Within DITANET, more than 20 fellows have been trained in beam diagnostic techniques for particle accelerators since the project start in 2008. Their training included, amongst others, a one week complementary skills school that was held in Liverpool in March 2010. This training event has turned out to be very successful and was used as the basis for similar PGR student courses in the school of physical sciences at the University of Liverpool.
An advanced researcher skills school was held in Liverpool on 14./15. May 2012 that directly built up on the first course with the aim to further improve the fellows' employability and career skills.

The two day course started with training in CV writing and interview techniques. It put emphasis also on the use of social networks and the importance of international networking and communication.


Project management in an international environment was the second focus of the course and gave the participants an insight into budget planning and management, definition of milestones and deliverables and assessing project progress.

An insight into the challenges and changes in the international job market, as well as present grant writing opportunities completed the school program.