Overal objective

Basing on the collaboration between academic and non-academic partners from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, and Norway ISPAS’ overall objective is to develop a new joint curricula of PhD courses that will take place in both academic and non-academic surroundings to equip PhD candidates from 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 PhD candidates’ employment after graduation in and outside of academia.

Specific objectives

1 Basing on the publicly available Catalan PhD tracking survey, coordinate the development of a PhD tracking survey by adding parts on transferable skills’ acquisition for the PhD candidates of the Medical Sciences, STEM sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

2 To develop a course to provide PhD candidates with basic skills on how to open up the entire cycle of their research and how to tell and disseminate science means enabling career paths both inside and outside academia (Basic FAIR data management skills learnt through the courses are the first step towards data stewardship, a highly requested position in the EOSC environment).

3 To develop a course that will allow PhD candidates to acquire strong interdisciplinary foundation for future work in the field of digital humanities, to exploit their knowledge for digital humanities services and marketable products meant for different kind of industries, and thus provide a bridge for transfer of knowledge between the PhD candidates of the Humanities and STEM PhD candidates.

4 To develop an Educational Innovation course to provide the candidates with the skills to create and manage both continuously existing innovative educational structures and short-term extracurricular initiatives.

5 To develop a PhD skills course on entrepreneurship to provide PhD candidates with the knowledge, competences, tools, and skills to enable them to start up their own company.

6 To provide PhD candidates with the skills to retrieve biomedical data from most relevant freely accessible databases, self-archive research data, generate statistical reports using literate, reproducible data analysis, apply the FAIR principles to biomedical and clinical trial data, create a research data management plan, and understand the ethical and legal issues of data storage and sharing in biomedical and clinical research.

7 Create an online openly available platform to publish information on PhD courses being developed for the curricula that will function four years after the end of the project.

8 Create publicly available guidelines for the PhD skills courses so that other stakeholders in the sector can easily replicate our activities.

Project timeline

The duration of the project is 12 months.

  1. Start of the ISPAS project
  2. Planned delivery of "Create a Citizen Science Project" online course
  3. Planned delivery of "Open Access Publishing" online course and Entrepreneurship course
  4. Planned delivery of "Open and reproducible research in the biomedical sciences and its best data management practices" online course.
  5. Planned delivery of "Open science" and "FAIR data" online courses
  6. Planned delivery of "Open innovation" course
  7. Planned delivery of "Open Innovation in biomedical and clinical research" and " Social Network Management for Research and Innovation" online courses and "Digital humanities", "Pitching" courses
  8. Planned delivery of "Educational innovation" and "IP" courses
  9. Planned delivery of "Handbook on storytelling" and feedback reports from courses
  10. End of the project
  11. Formal end of support of the products.