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Survey to gather information on training needs in management and leadership of research infrastructure

Dear colleague,


I am writing to ask for no more than 10-15 minutes of your time to complete a survey about the most pressing training needs in management and leadership for research infrastructures.

The survey has been developed by RItrain (, a new EU-funded project to develop management and leadership training for research infrastructures in Europe.


The survey can be accessed at


The European Commission has recognised that professional development of managers, engineers and technicians working in research infrastructures needs to be stimulated, and we need your input to ensure that the training developed by RItrain addresses the highest training priorities for your research infrastructure.


We are gathering input from infrastructures supporting research in many different areas, and at different levels of maturity, from initial planning to operational maturity. We recognise that training needs change with time, and that they are different for distributed versus single-site infrastructures. For distributed infrastructures, training needs may vary depending on the size or the nature of each site.


The results of this survey will be used to shape a training programme that is tailored to these needs. The start of this process will be a back-to-back series of workshops on 16-18 February, which you are very welcome to register for, and I will be sending out a separate email with registration links to these very soon. We therefore request that you complete the survey on behalf of your organisation by Tuesday 9 February at the latest.


Participants in the survey who choose to provide us with their contact details will gain early access to this training and will play a vital role in helping us to optimise it. We value your contribution and look forward to sharing the outcomes with you.

Questions with an asterisk require a response and it would be immensely helpful if you could spare the time to respond fully to all questions. Please also circulate the survey to anyone in your research infrastructure who you feel would be well placed to respond; we are keen to have responses both from the coordinating units (hubs) and the nodes of distributed research infrastructures as we want to ensure that RItrain's curriculum meets the needs of managerial staff in both.


Thanks in advance for your time; we look forward to receiving your input.


Yours sincerely


Cath Brooksbank

on behalf of the RItrain consortium



Cath Brooksbank PhD

Head of Training, EMBL-EBI

ORCID: 0000-0001-9395-7001

Skype: cathbrooksbank

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