Basing on the collaboration between academic and non-academic partners from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, and Norway ISPAS’ overall objective is to develop new joint curricula of PhD courses. It will take place in both academic and non-academic surroundings to equip PhD candidates of the STEM Sciences, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities with competences and skills in the areas of open innovation and open science to facilitate their employment after graduation in and outside of academia.

The new joint curricula of PhD skills courses will address the recommendation of reinforcing tools, resources and guidance in education, training, employment and other learning settings to support people in managing their lifelong learning pathways. The development of the courses will be organized based on the quadruple helix model of collaboration where consortium’s academic partners collaborate with consortium’s non-academic partners, representatives of industry and public sector, and involve governmental representatives and citizens.

News & Anouncements

  • Schedule: TBA, this event is being held online through the Areté e-learning platform

    The Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL)

    With an emphasis on the protection and commercialization of academic inventions, the question of how to manage intellectual property is key, not only for university technology transfer offices (TTOs) but also for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and industries engaging in R&D for access to intellectual property complementary to their own R&D activities. The aim of this course is to raise awareness and understanding of intellectual property rights among early career stage researchers who are the professionals of tomorrow. Yet, the course is recommended for researchers at all career stages, and scientific support and management support personnel interested in this topic.


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  • Instructor: Petar Teodosiev, BG Science Magazine, Editor-in-chief

    The course consists of 7 modules and 36 academic hours. The course will be accessible online from November 22 to December 20, 2021.

    A doctoral studies course, intended for everyone that would like to learn how to use social media for research purposes, as well as for distribution and popularization of their scientific work and findings. The course would be in the form of practical advice and it will provide know-how that can directly be applied and put in practice in real-life examples. Every class would be recorded and then made available in video format. The video classes will be available to PhD students who have an interest in the topic discussed in the class and who aren’t able to attend the class in real-time.

    At the end of the course, every participating PhD student will have obtained practical knowledge on how to best use YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in order to do research and later promote and popularize their scientific work. They would also gain general social media skills, tips on how to find partners for future scientific projects, tools to help them communicate their work more effectively with society and decision making people.

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  • Instructor: Elena Giglia, Head of the Open Access Office at the University of Turin, Italy Location: Zoom, 25 places available

    The course consists of four modules, each lasts from 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.:

    13. October: Module 1: Why do we need open science? 14. October: Module 2: Open science - An alternative 21. October: Module 3: Open access in practice 22. October: Module 4: European policies and European Open Science Cloud

    University of

    Dear PhD candidates and postdocs,

    You are welcome to sign up for the course: Open Science

    Open Science A to Z is a comprehensive course aimed at giving participants a 360° view on open science, open access, and European policies on this topic. During the practice time, participants will get first-hand experience of some of the open science tools. Interaction between students and instructor will be enabled through Mentimeter.

    Learning objectives


    After completion of the course, the candidate:

    • Has in-depth understanding of the current scholarly communication system and its biases
    • Has in-depth understanding of the core principles of open science and open access
    • Has basic knowledge of data management and FAIR data
    • Has specific knowledge about the tools to properly do Open Science and Open Access in practice


    After completion of the course, the candidate:

    • Can discuss critically the current scholarly communication system
    • Can use Open Science and Open Access tools in order to open up the research workflow

    Please sign up here:

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