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Final Activity Report Summary - HIRESOMI (Training in methods and devices for non-invasive high resolution optical measurements and imaging)

The network educated by research 20 Marie Curie early stage research training (EST) fellows, 10 towards PhD, 3 towards MSc and 7 fellows on short stage fellowships that lasted between 3 and 13 months. The Marie Curie fellows were trained by research on devices, systems and methods for non-invasive high resolution optical measurements and imaging (HIRESOMI) in general and in optical coherence tomography (OCT), confocal microscopy, adaptive optics (AO), vision and biomedical sensing in particular.

The network operated at a European dimension by educating the fellows according to a structured training programme which employed the expertise in interdisciplinary fields existent within the network. The training involved experimental and taught components tuned to each fellow's research project. In 13 fellowships, supervisors drawn from two institutions guided the work, with the fellows being involved in experimental work at the sites of the two institutions in different countries. Specialist, general scientific and research and management skills training was also delivered according to a plan devised to complement the teaching at the sites of the institutions where the fellows were seconded or recruited, with teaching organised during a summer school and three workshops. An intensive and varied complementary teaching programme broadened the expertise of each fellow beyond the subject of the specific project concerned.

The total publication output were 13 papers in peer review journals, 17 articles in peer reviewed conference proceedings, 117 articles in non-peer reviewed conference proceedings, six Patent applications and seminar presentations within the groups, out of which 38 are mentioned. In addition, two more manuscripts were submitted to peer review journals, several manuscripts were in preparation by the time of the project completion and eight abstracts and summaries were submitted to conferences.

In addition, two invited seminar presentations by fellows, one review article and 29 invited presentations and tutorials were delivered by the supervisors. Out of 136 active participations in conferences, fellows presented 72 communications orally and prepared 62 posters. The list included communications presented during the four workshop of the network. The second HIRESOMI meeting was a truly international conference with over 100 participants while the fourth workshop in Orsay was also a genuine conference, with over 45 participants. Therefore, we placed only 22 communications in the category of workshops, counting those presented during the first and the third HIRESOMI workshops only. Two PhD titles and one MSc title had already been awarded by the three universities in the network by the end of the reporting period. Moreover, one PhD and one MSc thesis had been submitted, one prize had been awarded to a PhD fellow and seven more PhDs were in the writing up.

Fellows also participated in 554 seminars and colloquia, mentioned as the entry under passive participations under 'Other scientific meetings' on the project website. These were detailed for each fellow in a relevant uploaded document.

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University of Kent at Canterburry
CT2 7NZ Canterbury
United Kingdom