The training programme

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The MANNA consortium provides 11 three-year doctoral programmes, co-supervised by two beneficiary participants in two different countries and a non -academic supervisor for training. Each research project, approved in its final version by the Supervisory and Training Board, will include a mobility period of at least one year in the Co-Supervisor’s Institution, in accordance with their Individual Career Plan. The concept of MANNA is to expose the PhD student to an international, intersectorial and interdisciplinary environment, with the aim to improve his/her career perspectives in both the public and the private sector. Each project has an industrial background and is linked to an industrial research or implementation period.

The doctoral regulations stipulate that each doctorate student will earn 180 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System or equivalent in total and will have an Individual Career Plan, jointly drawn between the PhD and his/her Supervisory Team. The Curriculum of the MANNA Doctoral Programme include a training programme aiming to provide each ESR with the following skills:

  • CORE RESEARCH SKILLS will be acquired via the original research projects, listed in the implementation part, and integrated in the research Work packages of MANNA.
  • Advanced Research Skills provided by Local Training specific for each project will be delivered by the individual doctorate programmes, via enrolment in their individual training programmes and by industrial training during the secondment of the ESR to the partners.

Transferable (Soft) Skills will also be acquired by the network wide training supplemented by local training, and will include entrepreneurial thinking and strategic planning, active participation in teaching (lecture, practical course, tutorial, lab visits,).

A network-wide training will be delivered via a Common Course at the beginning of the project and will bridge the gaps between individual ESR, providing each of them with the basic knowledge in animal science related disciplines and an introduction to OMICS. Topics will include Physiology and Lipid Metabolism, Animal Nutrition, Animal Immunology and Pathology, Microbiology and Microbiomics and an Introduction to OMICS disciplines, based on theoretical lectures and practices.

Three Summer Schools will be focused on OMICS , essential management skills and media communication, and translation of research into commercial products and applications, providing a mix of specific hard-skill focused instructions and soft skills that are of direct relevance to the WPs. Each Summer School will be held in conjunction with a MANNA conference where each ESR will present a report on the progress of their dissertation, and international experts will be invited to give plenary lectures.