Training Working Group

Our Aims

Our aim is to collect and coordinate information on training and career development that are of use to core facility personnel. We organize, seek out and publicize courses and training opportunities that could benefit core facility staff and management.
We also establish a networking space for more individualized training such as mentorship, cross facility job shadowing and staff exchanges. Moreover, we aim to determine requirements for a CTLS qualification in core facility management and promote a universal career path for facility staff.

Current Activities

Thanks to all the survey participants, the results of the CTLS Training WG survey are now available on Journal of Biomolecular Techniques, 2021. The paper is entitled ‘An International survey of Training Needs and Career Paths of Core Facility Staff’. Click here to download.

Our on-going activities are carried out by the Focus Groups. The aim and participants of each group are listed below:

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Our Members

CHAIR

Luisa Cortes
Coimbra, Portugal

VICE-CHAIR

Veronica De Sanctis
Trento, Italy

VICE-CHAIR

Viktoryia Sidarovich
Trento, Italy

MEMBERS

  • Marion Berard (France)
  • Ian Brewis (Cardiff, UK)
  • Rafael Camacho (Sweden)
  • Derek Davies (London, UK)
  • Julia Fernandez-Rodriguez (Gothenburg, Sweden) 
  • Rashi Halder (Luxemburg)
  • Natalie Homer (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Erell Ledeun (France) 
  • Josh Rappoport (Boston, USA) 
  • Jacopo Zasso (Milano, Italy)  
  • Haijiang Zhang (Sweden)

Focus Group 1:
Shadowing and Staff Exchange

The CTLS Shadowing and Staff Exchange Programme is now closed but will reopen on 3rd January 2023.

Chair

Ian Brewis
UK

Members

  • Marion Berard (France)
  • Luisa Cortes (Portugal)
  • Derek Davies (UK)
  • Rashi Halder (Luxemburg)
  • Chiara Cantaloni (Italy)
  • Ilaria Guerini (Italy)
  • Viktoryia Sidarovich (Italy)
  • Veronica de Sanctis (Italy)

The CTLS Shadowing and Staff Exchange Programme will provide successful applicants with a CTLS Award to fund a visit to a different core facility with priority given to mobility between countries. 

For further information please visit CTLS Shadowing and Staff Exchange or email shadowing@ctls-org.eu. Thank you.

Focus Group 2:
Mentorship 

The CTLS Mentorship Programme was launched in January 2022. See below for details.

Chair

Joshua Rappoport
USA

Members

  • Ian Brewis (UK)
  • Luisa Cortes (Portugal)
  • Natalie Homer (UK)

The CTLS Mentorship Programme is a flexible programme with scope for the mentoring to develop as the mentee and mentor decide. Visit CTLS Mentors to see the list of mentors who have volunteered to support this exciting initiative, including information regarding their expertise, from scientific fields to areas of core facility management.  If you are interested in being mentored, please reach out directly to a mentor via their contact information on the CTLS Mentors webpage. If you have any questions about this programme or if you want to serve as a mentor, please email mentorship@ctls-org.eu Thank you.


Focus Group 3:
User training

Benchmarking activities, sharing of best practice for users training and other ideas aimed at improving users training strategies

Chair

Derek Davies
Francis Crick Institute

Members

  • Marion Berard (France)
  • Luisa Cortes (Portugal)
  • Derek Davies (UK)
  • Rashi Halder (Luxemburg)
  • Natalie Homer (UK)

Focus Group 4:
RItrainPlus

CTLS is a partner of the Horizon 2020 RITrain Plus project that aims at designing a training programme to fulfil the competency requirements for the current and future managers of European Research Infrastructures and Core Facilities. The Focus Group will contribute to the following tasks of the project:

  • Competency profile definition and identification of training needs
  • Development of staff and knowledge exchange with a short-term mobility programme
  • Development of a community of practice to structure opportunities of knowledge and best practice sharing

Members

  • Julia Fernandez-Rodriguez (Sweden)
  • Valentina Adami (Italy)
  • Luisa Cortes (Portugal)
  • Natalie Homer (UK)