One of the key components of the MANTEL Project has been the provision of training for the MANTEL Early Stage Researchers, the objective of which was to provide skillsets that ensure technical excellence in their doctoral work and which are transferable within a range of sectors in the water sector. Prof. Biel Obrador, University of Barcelona, was the lead for the MANTEL Training Programme.
The Programme has been designed to accomplish the League of European Research Universities (LERU) recommendations regarding good practice and target skills pursued in modern doctoral training.
The MANTEL Training Plan included three components which are informed by personal Career Development Plans for each ESR:
Expert training through individual research projects.
MANTEL ESRs aquired 'on the job' training through their research and from their supervisors and technical staff within their relevant research institutes, universities and partner organisations. This component of the training was carried out and overseen locally by each academic supervisor.
On-going network-wide review of this training was undertaken and collated to ensure that the local training was undertaken in a timely and appropriate manner.
Local structured training.
Institutes participating in the MANTEL ITN also provided locally structured training which were made available to all MANTEL ESRs through online delivery or physical attendances at courses or blended learning.
Network-wide training schools and workshops.
The network-wide training activities consisted of two centralised training schools and three advanced statistical and data analysis workshops. In addition, there was a final MANTEL symposium in October 2020, which was organised by the ESRs.
Further information on each of these network-wide training schools is available by clicking on this link.