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Welcome to all participants of this project, Research Infrastructure (RI) manager and visitors to our website


Thank you for visiting our site and for your interest in RItrain, the Research Infrastructure Training Programme. Our mission is to improve and professionalize the training of managerial and leadership staff in research infrastructures (RIs). This is vital for the future success of Europe because access to excellent RIs underpins the success of today’s research and innovation. The successful management and leadership of research infrastructure requires a complex collection of competencies, especially for those working across national borders. We will develop a flexible, modular executive master’s degree for RI managers and leaders, including executive directors of RIs, heads of finance and administration, heads of HR and communication. We want to strengthen the human capital of RIs, stimulate their efficient management and promote their development and competitiveness at national, European and international level.

Our vision is to develop a new generation of executives of national and international RIs who understand the necessity to undergo professional training to acquire state-of-the-art managerial and leadership skill tailored to scientific service providers and can move easily from one RI to another. In the longer run, RItrain’s competency profiles and training programmes will provide guidance to and serve potential future RI managers and leaders from external to develop the required competencies before applying for a job with RIs. This will make RIs appealing employers that attract top-skilled candidates.


During the next four years we will build on previous work in this area by capturing the competency requirements of research infrastructure management, mapping these to existing training, identifying gaps and developing innovative training. In parallel we will promote knowledge exchange and sharing of experiences through staff exchange programmes.


RItrain’s community is an open one, and our success will depend on input from research infrastructures supporting all disciplines. Contact us if you would like to be involved in our workshops and consultations to develop this exciting new curriculum.


Welcome to a new world of cooperation!

Markus Pasterk


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