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Training and Networking Programme for Young Research Administrators and Managers

Event Details:

  • Date:       Monday 7 to Thursday 10 May 2018
  • Time:      09:00 - 17:00
  • Venue:    The Cyprus Institute
  • Speaker: Various speakers

* The event will be in English

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Building up human capacity for science administration and management is pivotal to successfully supporting science and knowledge generation at research infrastructures such as SESAME ( This does not only include administrative and science-supporting processes within SESAME, but also interactions and relations with various stakeholders in the research system around SESAME such as collaborative partners from the academic sector, funding bodies, societal organisations and industry.

Within the OPEN SESAME project ( DESY (Deutsches ElektronenSynchrotron, and collaborating partners are offering grants for a dedicated training and networking programme for young science administrators and managers from the SESAME Members (Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey) to strengthen the role of SESAME in the region. Participants will explore and develop a range of key practices, capabilities and skills associated with the effective management of research infrastructures in an international context, including:

  • Understanding the role of research infrastructures within the science system, their life cycle and long-term sustainability
  • Defining and determining socio-economic impacts of research infrastructures to society
  • Legal, governance and management structures at research infrastructures
  • Formulating policies and guidelines in relation to good scientific practice, access policies, internationalisation, technology transfer, intellectual property and data management issues
  • Managing human resources • Financing and funding opportunities

Programme Structure

The programme consists of two workshop modules to be attended by about 25 participants from SESAME Members. The two workshop modules will take place in Nicosia (Cyprus) at the Cyprus Institute in May 2018 and in Izmir (Turkey) in October 2018. Each will last four days. The programme includes a number of learning sessions run by senior managers and top-level research administrators from well-established research infrastructures and academic institutions. Both modules include case studies, practical sessions and site visits, along with networking and social activities to provide a stimulating learning environment for the participants. At the end of the first training module the participants will continue, via home assignments, to make potential socio-economic effects of SESAME more tangible. Outcomes will then be further discussed and deepened at the second module. At the end of the two training courses, a set of recommendations and guidelines on maximising socio-economic impacts at SESAME will be formulated by the participants.

Joining the Programme

The courses of the training and networking programme are aimed primarily at young prospective leaders in middle and higher science management and administration at SESAME and in the SESAME Members working at institutions that are supporting or operating scientific research projects and programmes that are relevant and connected to the scientific use and operation of SESAME, such as government bodies, science organisations, academies and funding agencies. As the two modules are interconnected, both workshops in Cyprus and Turkey should be attended by the same participants.

Module 1: Courses in Cyprus at The Cyprus Institute



Research Infrastructures and their Role in the Science System

Fundamentals, definitions and principles; life cycle of RIs from design to decommissionin

Long-Term Sustainability of Research Infrastructure

Pre-conditions for long-term sustainability (innovation potential, data, skills, governance and funding, international outreach)

Socio-Economic Environment of Research Infrastructures

Impacts of RIs on science, economy, society/public

Governance and Organisation

Organisational structure and design, mission and vision, peer review, technical evaluation, open access, proposal system

Interactions with Users

User communities, user offices, integration of users into RI strategy

Raising Awareness/Outreach

Identification of relevant stakeholders, target communication to different groups, communicating value creation and impact

Strategy Processes & Road Mapping

Introduction to elements of research strategy, examples of roadmaps: EU, ESFRI1, Asia, US

Innovation & Technology Transfer

Industrial synchrotron usage, technology transfer via procurement, intellectual property rights


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Additional Info

  • Date: Monday 7 to Thursday 10 May 2018
  • Time: Starts: 09:00
  • Speaker: See events page for more details