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4 - Mid-Term Meeting (Sheffield)

Mid-Term Review - Tuesday, 23 January 2018 (Sheffield) 

The mid-term review meeting (MTM) will be held in Sheffield on 23 Jan 2018 and will be attended by all the network members, the Supervisory, Training and Advisory Boards.  This will be followed by the second of the complementary training workshops specifically developed for the ESRs.

The MTM assesses the fulfilment of all aspects (scientific, training, management, networking, etc.) described in the Annex I-Description of the Action (DoA) of the Grant agreement (GA). Particular attention is paid to the training activities and networking aspects including activities across different sectors. As such, the MTM is not just a scientific assessment of the Network nor should it be the first point at which problems are brought to the attention of the Research Executive Agency (REA). It should be understood as a constructive dialogue between the network participants and the REA Project Officer and is a valuable source of feedback to both the consortium and the REA.  

The Project Coordinator, the scientists-in-charge, the representatives of the Partner Organisations as well as all the appointed Early Stage Researchers MUST attend this meeting.

Complementary Training for ESRs - Think Ahead Workshop 24 & 25 January 2018 (Sheffield) 

Think Ahead workshop 2, ‘Collaborations across borders’ will focus on the processes of collaborative practices in research projects with a particular emphasis on multidisciplinarity. The programme will provide a platform for ESRs to explore via the use of experiential activities the potentials and challenges of multidisciplinary working practices, but also the skills needed for successful collaborations. 

ESRs will also be offered the opportunity (with appropriate guidance) to develop short independent summer projects for undergraduate students. The projects will be reviewed by the ESRs themselves and the winners (3 projects) will be funded by the network. The skill to develop new research ideas and convince funders is critical for fostering the leadership potential. Incorporating space, freedom and funding, and enabling ESRs to develop their creativity will demonstrate that freedom of developing and discussing new ideas is highly encouraged and rewarded. The subsequent formal supervision of undergraduate students will provide a strong element in fostering 
research motivation and leadership. The reviewing will provide students with understanding of the requirements for 
successful research proposals and the processes involved in selecting research projects for funding.