Complementary skills

Complementary skills will be trained by means of workshops which will complement training delivered at the local level. Courses will be delivered by some of the full partners, associated partners and non-network experts (e.g. entrepreneurs, industrialists, venture capitalists). A total of three workshops are planned.

Communication

Workshop 1 includes training of writing skills, presentation and oral communication skills. During this three day course one day will be dedicated to launching the SYSWIND book. Further writing skills will be addressed individually as part of each research project. The other two days will focus on the effective planning, efficient preparation and successful implementation of a presentation. Practical advice on public speaking techniques, and on how to deliver presentations to different target audiences or stakeholders.

Research management

Workshop 2 includes training on career planning, proposal writing and job applications. During this three day course the researchers will learn how to raise their profiles, develop their research portfolios and prepare for their future careers. This will be followed by an intensive collaborative effort to write sample proposals on day two. On the final day we will offer practical assistance to successfully present CVs and to various recruitment and selection procedures currently in use for both academic and non academic positions.

Business management

Workshop 3 addresses issues on intellectual property (IPR), entrepreneurship and business development. This course will be aimed at getting the students to think about how novel ideas can be commercialised, with special examples drawn from three areas: SHM, wind energy, sensors. It will involve a staged series of exercises which move from vision and idea to definition of work to be done; through protecting intellectual property, raising finance, marketing and sales. The whole series engages the researchers by getting them to work in teams and develop a business-plan guided by the training team. They use case studies delivered by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Business plans are presented to a panel of three judges (including one venture capitalist), followed by a brainstorming session to review the skill-set acquired and it application.