Final Activity Report Summary - VATEP (Vacuolar Transport Equipment for Growth Regulation in Plants)
The VATEP RTN offered a structured 3 year training for European PhD students. PhD students have been trained in a biological discipline that covers multiple levels and links molecular events to whole-tissue growth in plants. It offered measures to develop skills and competencies in various technological and innovative aspects. Young researchers were additionally trained in a number of complementary skills, including project management and financing, IP rights, communication, and entrepreneurship. The training program included the scientific work on their PhD project, individual working visits at other partner institutions to learn additional techniques, and network-wide workshops which have been organized by the VATEP partner groups. Moreover the students participated in several international conferences and workshops and presented their results and projects to the scientific community.
Training within the VATEP RTN qualified young researchers to perform R&D projects both in the public and private sector and to achieve leading positions. The Young researchers are currently either appointed by their VATEP institution or received job offers as scientists in other European countries or India (in one case).