Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EuroTechPostdoc (International Network of Excellence in Science Technology)
Reporting period: 2017-06-01 to 2019-05-31
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."
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.