Training

iTECC’s training workshops

The training effort of iTECC is structured around a series of workshops:

1. Introductory workshop:

  • Introduction of major scientific issues to be tackled in the ITN and key techniques to be used (leaders: all Scientists In Charge and Visiting Scientists).

2. Technical workshop series:

  • Content and leaders for workshop on Principles of isotopic systems and their applications: Principles of radio-isotopic dating (leaders: VUA, Uni-HP, ThermoFisher); Principles of terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide dating (leaders: UP, UJF); Principles of novel stable isotope techniques (leaders UCAM, CNRS-CRPG); Analytical methods and developments and quantitative interpretation of thermochronology data (leaders: UJF, Uni-HB).
  • Content and leaders for workshop on Methods of Earth Observation and Monitoring. Introduction to the use of terrestrial and airborne LIDAR data using Matlab, GlobalMapper, and ArcGIS analysis, applications such as geomorphic mapping, landscape reconstruction, and the computation of geomorphic metrics (leaders: UP, InfoTerra).
  • Content and leaders for workshop on  Lithospheric Deformation. Approaches and philosophy to numerical modelling. Constraints on deformation of the lithosphere, current state of knowledge of lithosphere deformation; use of dynamic modelling packages to study lithosphere deformation and methods of structural modelling involving an introduction to structural cross-section balancing in orogenic belts; collection of relevant field data, qualitative and quantitative balancing techniques; inferring timing and kinematics of deformation (leaders: UCAM).
  • Content and leaders for workshop on Climate Modelling. Basic physics underlying climate dynamics; major climatic forcing factors. Current state of knowledge of the climate system. Philosophy of different modelling approaches. Use of an atmospheric general circulation model (GCM) to simulate past climates (leaders: CEA).

3. Content and leaders for Field School

The Field School is intended as a learning exercise for PIs, ESRs and ERs: it will study a transect across the Himalaya. The objectives include:

  • Visit key localities required to understand geological processes relevant to iTECC;
  • Demonstrate critical field skills and
  • Incorporate evening sessions on lithospheric-surface process coupling, and climate modelling (leaders: ULANC, Visiting Scientists, and Associate Partner UDelhi).

4. Theme-focussed research-in-progress workshops.

These will serve as a forum for the ERs and ESRs to present and progress their research at a network-wide level. These workshops will form an essential part of the cross-disciplinary interactions and will allow intra-network peer review and fast track-dissemination of results. The 3 day workshops will be held annually and the format of each of the 3 workshops will be the same: at the annual three day events, one day is spent on a discussion of the theme topic and two days are spent on each researcher presenting their work, with particular emphasis on its relevance to that year’s theme, as noted in the table above. The workshops will be organized as splinter meetings before or after the major annual Earth Sciences meeting (e.g. EGU Vienna); except for the second Theme-focused workshop, which will be organized in conjunction with the Field School at Delhi University, to inform our local counterparts of the advancement of the project and enable discussions with them. (Leaders: given in table above).

5. Industry-Academia workshop

The objective of the workshop is to bring together iTECC fellows and industry representatives, to present to industry the specific skills of this cohort of young Earth System Scientists trained in iTECC. This event will be coordinated by Associate Partner Prof. F. Gradstein of UIO who has a life-long career in the oil industry and who has organized this course before in the context of the ITN GTSnext. The workshop will bring together iTECC fellows and representatives of iTECC’s Full and Associate Industrial Partners; invitations will be extended to additional relevant commercial enterprises. The workshop is planned for month 42 of iTECC in combination with the third Theme-focused workshop. Associate Partner 21. UIO is responsible for organising the Industry – Academia Workshop.

 

Local training activities

(offered at the institutional level for each fellow)

iTECC offers a comprehensive training programme for ESRs. In addition, each hosting institution may require the ESR to follow additional course, when these form part of the PhD training program requirements.

The dedicated network training hosted by VUA consists of four workshops:

  1. Project Management and Scientific Leadership;
  2. Market Your Research;
  3. Presentations Skills and Science Communication Skills;
  4. Grant Writing Workshop.

 

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