Training elements

To ensure a high quality training the SYSWIND training programme contains various training elements.

Supervised research projects

Each fellow will conduct research on a defined topic mainly locally and closely supervised by the scientific team leaders. This will provide "learning-by-doing", experience in teamwork and practical research activity experience.

Structured local training courses

Local training courses are taught internally at the Institutional level catering to the specific needs of the researchers. Specific local research training will depend upon project and researcher, but will include courses on the theory behind as well as on practical application of field, laboratory techniques, data analysis and computer based modelling. ESRs/ERs will be registered on the network partners` existing training programs, which vary from institute to institute, but are designed to ensure that the student will be fully aware of the opportunities afforded within their research environment. For example:

  • infrastructure (computing services, libraries etc),
  • safety courses,
  • teaching skills,
  • essential computing/programming, statistics, use of databases and computing software 
  • language courses

Network-wide training and career development

The network-wide structured training elements will give exposure to the different disciplines which are incorporated in this proposal - fostering unique interdisciplinary perspectives which will be a great asset to the fellows in their future career development. These encompass both (i) scientific training provided via an intensive 3 summer schools (including an induction course) and a joint publication, and (ii) non-scientific training through complementary skills workshops. A final 2-day workshop (coordinated by TCD) to be held in August 2013, will encourage participation of general policy making officials alongside industry and academic attendees even though the ESRs will have already completed their fellowship. The consortium expects 20 external participants from outside the network.

Induction course

The induction course will represent the first official meet of the ESR/ER (month 10), including all fellows from the different disciplines. The one week course will start with a public day to present the team(s) and to give the researchers a gentle introduction to the SYSWIND project. This will be followed by an intense series of workshops and lectures on the broad six key thematic areas (such as SHM, Statistical Signa l Processing, Vibration Control, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), WSN etc) to introduce the fellows to their respective projects. By the end of the weeklong workshop students will be fully aware of the key themes of SYSWIND and their integration. The induction course will be combined with the first summer school as a single event.

The SYSWIND book

SYSWIND book will help the ESRs learn writing and editing skills and will integrate their different projects into a whole. The supervisors an the ESRs/ERs will jointly write a book "Recent trends in wind turbine technology". The book will be later published.