Qualification Goals

With respect to advanced soft-skill training the workflow in the network is targeted to achieve qualification for large-grant recruitment (EU grants, especially ERC starting grants). This has three aspects:

  • First, once every three years, network members will participate in a KAP (knowledge, attitude, practice) assessment center in which their respective KAP profiles will be individually tailored. This helps each network member to develop and adapt the appropriate publication and marketing strategies for his or her research.

  • Second, LPN members will be trained by experienced PIs and administrators in scientific and political strategies to establish EU-wide networks.

  • Third, each network project and each postdoc will be intensively coached according to technology transfer aspects by the PIs and by the life-science technology-transfer partner Ascenion. The emphasis here is less on particular patent development than on training the postdocs in their abilities to transfer their research results into applications.

In addition, network members will have a budget for organizing their own colloquia series that will help to establish personal connections to other leaders in their respective fields. In the final year an international symposium is planned with external field leaders for further disseminating of the scientific results achieved in the network.