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Training of young ScanBalt LSH Scientists in project and innovation management and economic exploitation

Final Report Summary - TRAYSS PRIME (Training of young ScanBalt LSH Scientists in project and innovation management and economic exploitation)

TRAYSS PRIME was intended to raise awareness among young scientists from the Baltic Sea Region in the opportunities and challenges of the management and commercialisation of research results, as well as the potential from international cooperation and EU funding within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

During six workshops, applied as 'satellites' to topic-related international conferences in the Baltic Sea region and one summer school, TRAYSS PRIME has intended to teach at least 200 scientists in state-of the art management tools, including research management, project management, intercultural management, innovation and intellectual property management and the management of FP7 proposals and projects. To share knowledge and experiences and to create additional value for the scientific community within the ScanBalt region, young scientists from that particular region as well as from EU Member States outside the ScanBalt region and associated countries to the European Union have been be invited to the seminar series. Young scientists from other international regions outside the European Union were welcome to participate. This was communicated in all advertisements and communications of the courses in the public.

The impact of TRAYSS PRIME in its industry - in that case one may focus on biotech and pharma in academia and industry - has been relevant and very much inspirational for the people in contact with the project. Many of these cited people have been the seminar participants that belonged to different actor groups: MSc students and PhD candidates, postdocs and young group leaders, scientists at the first stage of their career. Every seminar organised under the TRAYSS PRIME framework had relevance on itself, but the most impacting event in this project was the organisation and implementation of the Research Management Training Week for Scientists in Erkner- Berlin in May 2008.

The impact of this project on its industry can be interpreted as the communication of the message that management knowledge is a crucial qualification to distinguish sound scientific work from scientific excellence. Especially in life sciences - with increasing costs for devices, consumables and labour and so far fragmented scientific disciplines on the one hand and decreasing national funding on the other hand - a broader knowledge in research management and its tools is necessary for the new scientific generation. The acknowledgement that management and excellent research from the very first career steps go hand in hand is a fundamental asseveration that this project has communicated.

Finally, another message of this project that has significant relevance is the lesson learned that a demand for research management training exists far beyond the Baltic Sea region. After first reluctant inquiries from organisations in southern and eastern European, the TRAYSS PRIME project partners have received a number of requests for seminar implementations as well as a considerable share of registrations to the Management Training Week for Scientists in Erkner - Berlin.

This means that management lessons and trainings need to be implemented to the education in natural sciences during academic studies and in the very first career steps all over Europe. Journalists from important scientific and science-related publications, e.g. from CELL and ScienceCareer.org share that opinion and have focused onto that issue in their news coverage.

The TRAYSS PRIME website is a sub-site to www.scanbalt.org and includes an introduction to the project, information about the training workshops and the spring school, news and announcements on the project, contact information to the project partners and a possibility to sign up for the TRAYSS PRIME news-list. Participants have been able to register for courses by a web-form and login and download the course material before the training. The website was often updated many times per week.

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