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International Network of Excellence in Science Technology

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EuroTechPostdoc (International Network of Excellence in Science Technology)

Reporting period: 2017-06-01 to 2019-05-31

Combining complementary research & innovation strengths with unique infrastructures across four leading European Universities of Science & Technology will provide the basis for an internationally competitive fellowship programme. The new EuroTechPostdoc programme aims at attracting excellent experienced researchers from all over the world through an open, transparent and structured recruitment process. EuroTechPostdoc will provide exceptional research and training opportunities for up to 80 experienced researchers funded for a 2-year period (divided in 2 calls, 10 fellowships per participant per call). The fellows will develop their skills in interdisciplinary collaboration projects between at least two participants from two different European countries, and will be provided with the opportunity to transfer knowledge in entrepreneurship activities or by collaboration with public and industrial organisations from the combined networks of the participants. The research programme has been carefully selected to provide the fellows with the complementary strengths, established networks and industrial collaboration in areas of high relevance to the EU’s industrial leadership: Health & Bioengineering, Smart & Urban Mobility, Data Science & Engineering, High Performance Computing, Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The fellows will gain access to the excellent and complementary training options offered at the four participants, and will be supported by a personal supervision and mentoring scheme, as well as excellent local support structures. The EuroTechPostdoc 3-days Workshop focuses on strengthening the fellows’ skills and network, preparation ahead of their careers and to foster further collaborative projects between the fellows. Together with outstanding working conditions that support both family and career, the programme will thus provide the fellows with unprecedented possibilities to diversify their career options for a leadership position within the ERA.
"The website was set up at the start of the programme and provided the pieces of information laid out in the Annex 1. During the first reporting period, 40 EuroTech Postdoc fellows have been selected in the first call. The second call’s reviewing ends early July 2019. All reviewers of the EuroTechPostdoc programme were external, i.e. not associated with any of the participating EuroTech Universities. Both calls were published inter alia on EURAXESS according to the EC guidelines. For details on their publication, please refer to the first and second report on the call disseminations activities.

All applications were run through a customised application portal, each applicant registered with their contact details and had their own password-protected restricted access area for creating and submitting their application as laid out in Annex 1. Setting up a common application portal made it easier to work across the universities. Six months before each call deadline, the PMO started to advertise the call via EURAXESS, press releases, in relevant and recognized international scientific magazines, on the EuroTech Universities Alliance’s website, on the participants’ websites under job vacancies, social media profiles and alumni networks as well as for the first call in the EuroTech Universities Alliance’s award winning science magazine ""TECHNOLOGIST"".

EuroTechPostdoc promotes equal opportunities and made an extra effort to attract female applicants in order to balance the participation of women by particularly advertising the programme and the calls in networks aimed at female researchers. In the first call, the share of female researchers applying was 33%. Amongst the selected fellows, 33% are women. No pre-defined gender quota has been applied. The number of female researchers varied greatly amongst the universities, being highest at TUM in the first call and lowest at EPFL.

Throughout the duration of the programme, the PMO advertised the EuroTechPostdoc in person at international career fairs such as Gain (San Francisco), Nature Jobs (London) and the European Career Fair (Boston) as well as in delegation’s journeys to international cooperation partners.

As most of the fellows are now only about 6 months into their project, exploitation is minimal. First dissemination activities are ongoing: first publications, e.g. by Catherine Weetman and first conference attendances of our fellows. Realised outreach activities include, e.g. participation in the soap box science event by our fellow Bhawana Thakur."
The information on section 2.1 of the DoA is still relevant. All participant universities are still ranked among the top of Europe’s engineering universities with respect to education, research and cooperation with the non-academic sector. L’École Ploytechnique at Paris now joined the programme as an additional co-host which will make the programme even more attractive and provide an additionally enriching environment to the postdoctoral researchers.

A dedicated work package (WP2) has been defined to ensure efficient dissemination of projects results as well as effective knowledge transfer and exploitation. The PMO has the management responsibilities for the dissemination and exploitation activities, i.e. keep an overview of the individual fellowship project dissemination/exploitation (among other through the review of the PCDP/annual reports) as well as coordinate any joint effort on disseminating project results, e.g. through the EurotechPostdoc Workshop (cf. the last 4 activities in the table below). Fellows, together with their supervisors, will agree and formalize a dissemination and exploitation plan in the beginning of their project, which should be continually updated by them.

Overall, the measures proposed for dissemination and exploitation of project results increase the impact of EuroTechPostdoc COFUND programme in the following ways: i) strengthen fellows reputation and career perspectives at national and international level; ii) attract the interest of potential partners and public or private investors; iii) generate market demand for the project results.