The overall aim of the training network is to provide an integrated formation of the ESRs at a doctoral level with a balanced training in research skills, technical knowledge and transferable skills with a focus on entrepreneurship, in order to maximise the researchers’ employability and enhance the European technological competence.
Training event 1: Ulster University (Belfast)
The first training event was held in the University of Ulster and hosted by Dr Pilar Fernández-Ibáñez and Prof Tony Byrne. In this event, students had the opportunity to learn about advanced principles of heterogeneous photocatalysis, reaction Engineering for water treatment and advanced characterization techniques of materials as Raman spectroscopy, XPS, AFM and SEM and TEM.
Training event 2: Delft-IMP (celebrated on-line)
REWATERGY training event 2 was held by Delft-IMP and hosted by Dr David Valdesueiro. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the course had to take place online. On this occasion three topics were discussed: Atomic Layer Deposition taught by Prof. Dr. ir. Ruud van Ommen from the Delft University of Technology, a training course on Entrepreneurship with Dr Dap Hartmann from Delft University of Technology and training on IP protection and patent filing with Ard Ellens from EDP Patent Attorneys.
Training event 3: ProPhotonix (celebrated on-line)
Training event 3 was to be held in Cork but had to be delivered remotely due to mobility restrictions imposed by the situation with COVID-19. This workshop was organized by Prophotonix (Dr Ken Reynolds) and was divided into three days. During the first day, aspects related to Commercial LED Lamp Engineering were discussed. On the second day, Dr Honor Fagan from Maynooth University taught Equality and Diversity Training. Finally, 1-day Leadership course was designed as part of the REWATERGY programme with Olivia Roche in Prophotonix.
Training event 4: Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (celebrated on-line)
Training event 4 was held online because the situation with COVID-19 pandemic has not improved in recent months. This training event has been divided mainly into two parts: Global energy analysis of processes (organised by our partner IMDEA Energía) and Research & Development in industrial environments. The “Research & Development in industrial environments” course of 3 ECTS, has been taught by our beneficiaries Aqualia, ProPhotonix and Delft-IMP from the perspective of three different sectors. From the water sector developed by Aqualia FCC, the LED light sector by ProPhotonix and the materials sector by Delft-IMP.
Training event 5: Cambridge University (celebrated on-line)
During these six months, Training Event 5 was carried out, which consisted of the writing skill and ethics in science course organized by the academic partners of the consortium and the Intermediate Showcase Workshop.
Writing skills and Ethics: good research practice course
The writing skills and Ethics in the science course were organized by the three universities of our consortium, each in charge of teaching a part of the course. Laura Torrente from the University of Cambridge was responsible for the “Scientific publications” part, Pilar Fernández from Ulster University taught the part “Quality indexes, journal selection and research proposals” and Javier Marugán from the Rey Juan Carlos University taught the part of “Conferences presentations and posters and good ethics practices”.
Intermediate Showcase Workshop
On the 14, 15 and 16th of December 2020 the Intermediate Showcase Workshop was organized by the ESRs as part of training event 5. A three-day event brougth together students, supervisors, beneficiaries, collaborators, and stakeholders. The students led this event, identifying and inviting international leaders in academia and industry in their areas of research and/or interests. The showcase included presentations from students, beneficiaries and invited guests, as well as targeted networking and social activities. Each session was focused on one of the three WP/prototypes of REWATERGY with a scheduled time of 3-4 hours per day. The ESR responsible for the organisation of each session was those involved in the corresponding WP/prototype.