Education and Training
Outlined below are some of the mechanisms by which postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows within CREATE have recently been able to engage in specialist and generic training initiatives.
Training and Career Development of Researchers
• Formal courses include Cranfield sensor Manuafacturing course, Electrochemical Techniques: Principles and Applications, Southampton UK; Dublin Research Alliance DRHEA participation; Nanobiotechnology, NCSR and Cornell University USA; RSC Nanotechnology course, Glasgow UK; EU proposal writing workshops, Bulgaria and Dublin, Faraday Discussions conference
• Postgraduate Research Visits e.g. Prof. J. Wang University of New Mexico, USA; Prof. S. Guillerez, CEA/CNRS, France; Prof. Gunther Wittstock, Germany; Prof. Tia Keyes and Prof. Robert Forster, DCU.
• CREATE Formal Group Meetings/Departmental Seminars (2-3 per semester)
• ITT Dublin Generic and Specialist Training Sessions (organised internally and under SIF funded Research Alliance, DRHEA) - library, ethics, diversity, (intellectual property); CREATE Summer Workshops e.g. Scientific Writing.
• Annual Science PG Research Day, Open Days - Technology Gateway Open Day September 2013, national and international conferences e.g. University Colloquium, CASi Conference, Faraday Discussions, Electrochem UK.
In addition to the above formal career development, researchers at CREATE experience as many national and international conferences as possible throughout their research programme, where they present their work either orally or via posters. This provides opportunities to gain peer review of their research, new contacts/links and exposure to potential employers.
Additionally, the on campus Business Incubation centre – Synergy provides a range of training opportunities in entrepreneurship e.g. The Enterprise Start programme (to date one CREATE postgraduate student has completed this course) and the Student Enterprise Competition. The proximity and availability of support measures via this resource is invaluable in instilling a culture of entrepreneurship within the centre.