Interactions between fluids and surfaces are vital to our lives - whether it is in a biological sense in the context of the human body or in a multitude of engineering systems, for example lubrication within engines to improve efficiency, preventing wear, depositing functional layers for micro-sensors, or in the electronics industry.
The industrial drivers - to improve competitiveness and allow innovations in this area - as we move through the micro-scale and onto the nano-age are becoming vital to the long-term sustainability of the EU. It is important, therefore, that we provide our next generation of industrial and academic leaders with the opportunities to receive training in this area to the very highest level.
The Early Stage Training that is offered here in the area of Fluids and surfaces at the Engineering Science InTERface (ESTER), will achieve just this; it will provide fellows with high-quality research within the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds while studying towards recognised Masters and PhD degrees. A detailed complementary and technical skills programme, integrated into their research programme, will raise the knowledge base of fellows and allow them the opportunity to develop and acquire improve skills.
There is also the provision for short-stay visiting fellowships to facilitate focussed, concentrated specialist training. The academic staff involved in the site are of high international academic standing, have strong industrial links across the EU and beyond, and are experienced in supervising research projects.
This will ensure that fellows will work at the cutting edge of knowledge and that their personalised training programme will be administered for maximum impact. ESTER will promote mobility of workers across the EU and from overseas, strengthen and form new research links, improve competitiveness and innovation and ultimately contribute to the long-term economic growth within Europe.
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