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Staff Exchanges

Access managerial and leadership expertise directly from leading research infrastructures

 

      

 

The purpose of RItrain staff exchanges is for managerial staff from European Research Infrastructures to develop managerial and leadership expertise in areas that are new to them, or that they feel their research infrastructure needs to develop specific expertise in, by making short knowledge-exchange visits to research infrastructures that are noted for their excellence in the same area. The staff exchanges form an integral part of Executive Master in Management of Research Infrastructures, but can also be undertaken independently of the Master course.

 

Open calls for Staff Exchanges

'Stakeholder Management and Community Building'

May - October 2017 (exact date to be agreed with the applicant) in Prague/Brno CZ,
organised by the Institute of Molecular Genetics, Academy of Sciences Czech Republic
(deadline for submission: 31 August 2017)

If you wish to register your interest or have any questions, please contact Marketa Morska
(morska@img.cas.cz).

 

Applicants are requested to submit a motivation statement and a CV as part of their application. As space is limited, applications will be evaluated along criteria specified in the call texts. There are no fees to particpate, subsistance is included but selected delegates will need to cover their own travel and accomodation costs.

After positive evaluation this programme shall be continued with new calls for 2018 to be published towards the second half next year.

 

Past Staff Exchanges

 

'Strategic Vision, Governance and Business Development'
10 - 11 April 2017 in Amsterdam NL, organised by EATRIS-ERIC

     

 

This staff exchange aimed at sharing best practices for research infrastructure management regarding strategy, governance and business development. For managers of Research Infrastructures in the planning phase (RIs) it provided the opportunity to learn from the experience of more mature RIs and avoid common mistakes. Managers of more mature RIs discussed their approaches. These discussions either provided alternative approaches or new confidence to continue the chosen approach. Participants came from ten different infrastructures and included representatives from Health & Food, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Social & Cultural Innovation, Energy and Environment RIs which promoted exchange across diverse infrastructures. The RIs represented were from ECRIN-SCTO, EST, EMBRC, DARIAH-EU, LIH, JIVE / VLBI ERIC , EMBRC, LIFEWATCH, MYRRHA , ISBE and EMPHASIS. Participants included RI directors, project managers, finance officers and policy officers. This diverse mixture allowed for analysing challenges from a multitude of perspectives and cross-fertiliisation across functions. 
Examples of feedback from participants: 
“Thanks again for your generous effort in this well-packaged, enjoyable and fruitful exchange. It was also very interesting to meet the EATRIS management team up close, in its different aspects.”
“The two days spent in Amsterdam have considerably changed my mind regarding the organisation of my daily work and the longer-term action”
“I still profit of the staff exchange”

 

 

'Service Provision'
2 - 5 May 2017 in Hinxton UK, organised by EMBL-EBI

     
 
In early May three senior officers from three emerging research infrastructures (EuroBioImaging, ISBE Italy, Emphasis) came to EMBL-EBI as part of the RItrain staff exchange programme. A four-day exchange was organised with the objective to help participants –  and by extension their research infrastructures (RI) – to overcome bottlenecks in service provision.
The programme was highly tailored to the individual needs of the participants allowing them to take full advantage of their time at EMBL-EBI to gain insight into the working practice of an established and successful research infrastructure.
The programme comprised of:
  • presentations from EMBL-EBI experts on topics of relevance to all three RIs including identifying and addressing bottlenecks in service provision, defining the value proposition of your services, and challenges in data provision and interoperability
  • one-to-one sessions with EMBL-EBI experts, matched to them based on the specific needs of the research infrastructure in question, in order to maximally benefit from the expert’s experience and to gain a different perspective on their situation

Interactions with the experts and peers helped the participants to extend their network of professionals facing similar challenges and to define an action plan to further develop and implement at their respective research infrastructure.