CONCERT awards travel grants to junior scientists to attend conferences and training courses. See "Calls" for details.
CONCERT sponsors Short Courses on research into radiation risks and radiation protection.
Lead: Andrea Ottolenghi, and Vere Smyth, University of Pavia, Italy
Since the year 2000, Europe-wide studies have identified a problem with the maintenance of the range of expertise essential to keep up competence and run an effective Programme of research into the risks to humans and the environment from low-dose radiation. The findings indicate that specific Programmes aiming at knowledge management across generations have to be designed in order to achieve sustainable continuity and development.
To respond to the challenge of developing and maintaining new competence, there is a need for support of E&T in the sciences underpinning radiation protection in general, and in particular specific research areas such as the hazards from low-dose radiation, medical applications of ionising radiation, radioecology, emergency and recovery management and dosimetry. CONCERT will provide a Programme of E&T support consistent with the priorities identified in strategic research agendas developed as part of the Programme. The work package will comprise the following components:
- Providing support for students and young post-doctoral researchers to European E&T by offering grants for training and travel, and working for greater transferability of prerequisites and degrees among the EU states;
- Recognising that E&T is an intrinsic part of knowledge management and dissemination of new science, and promoting the provision of training courses, workshops and seminars within the RTD Programme;
- Organisation and sponsorship of targeted initiatives in order to promote the specialised skills and knowledge needed to maintain the full competence of the research community and to disseminate research results and stimulate exchanges;
- Coordination and collaboration with all research platforms and the wider industry and regulatory interests in order to take advantage of common policies, resources, and funding streams;
- Encouraging the integration of junior scientists into the European radiation risk research community.
In order to reach its objectives, the WP 7 workplan has been subdivided into 5 tasks:
- Task 7.1 - Attracting and retaining students and junior scientists into the Radiation Protection research fields (Lead by Andrzej Wojcik, Stockholm University, Sweden)
- Task 7.2 - Education and training as an essential part of dissemination and knowledge management within CONCERT (Lead by Geza Safrany, NRIRR, Hungary)
- Task 7.3 - Targeted E&T initiatives (Lead by Andrea Ottolenghi University of Pavia, Italy)
- Task 7.4 - Coordination and collaboration on E&T policy and strategy
(Lead: Michèle Coeck, SCK•CEN, Belgium)
- Task 7.5 - European integration of junior scientist career development