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REMAT — Result In Brief

Project ID: 37504
Funded under: FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH
Country: Germany

Do doctoral students need extra skills training?

A European study addressed the need for research management training during doctoral education.
Do doctoral students need extra skills training?
Doctoral education in biosciences involves the scientific training of individuals in a particular field with little or no education on management issues that will help them in their future career as independent researchers.

The EU-funded ‘Development of research management training for doctoral research students’ (REMAT) project was developed as a Specific Support Action (SSA) of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) to address the need for complementary skills training in doctoral education. The main focus of the project was to establish training courses in research project management suitable for doctoral students. The project team was able to identify the needs of doctoral education by consulting experienced and young researchers, research managers in industry and academia, and PhD programme directors.

The project developed pilot workshops and courses introducing doctoral students to management issues related to conducting research in Europe. The course topics included research funding, collaboration, legal and ethical issues, technology transfer and clinical practice.

The REMAT project proved its concept and need but was faced with obstacles that hampered the establishment of research management training as an integral part of doctoral education throughout Europe. Problems were related to how different cultures perceive doctoral education and whether they considered extra training necessary. Additionally, certain institutes or universities faced financial constraints that limited the activities included in the doctoral education programme.

Overall, the REMAT project demonstrated the need for management training during doctoral education across Europe. Although local circumstances need to be taken into account, workshops will educate doctoral students on how to manage research at a European level. This is expected to prepare young scientists for a future career in biosciences research.

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