ReMaT was originally an EU project funded under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) as a Specific Support Action in the Life Sciences thematic programme The aim was to develop research management training for PhD students and early-career researchers. The overarching goal was to encourage demand for integrating research management training measures as an essential part of doctoral education by showing how this can be done in an effective pragmatic manner, without taking too much time away from research itself. This need has been identified by the European Universities Association in their study on European Doctoral Edcuation DOC-CAREERS.
The content of ReMaT was developed in consultation with focus groups comprising of experienced as well as early-stage researchers, senior industrial research managers, entrepreneurs and PhD programme directors. The workshops have been piloted at various locations in Europe with both participants and external observers providing feedback. Participants to date have come from over 40 institutions, and represent a multitude of disciplines and nationalities.
The pilot programmes were held in:
• Rudger Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia – November 2007
• Université Sabatier Faculty of Medicine, Toulouse, France – February 2008
• Central European University, Budapest, Hungary – April 2008
• Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Sweden – June 2008
• TuTech Innovation Hamburg, Germany – December 2008
Having been conceived for the biosciences initially the training now addresses a broader range of scientists.
The success of ReMaT depends on working with universities and departments across Europe and the willingness of faculty and students to participate. Building on the success of the pilot, ReMaT is now offered on a cost covering basis as an open course, or hosted by universities or research institutes to provide wider access to high quality complementary skills training for all early stage researchers.