Balance of INTERFASOL ECIs training

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Early Career Investigators (ECIs) Training is a great success for the COST INTERFASOL Action. One leader and 3 co-leaders of WG are ECIs; the 2 responsible for the Website are ECIs, and ECIs are well represented both in the MC and as members of the  WG . More than 50% of meetings will be organized by ECIs and the hosted country, as well as 50% of TS

Both TS and STSM experiences have largely contributed to the scientific training of ECI of great success for the COST INTERFASOL Action.   Action event have been encouraged to involve ECIs in the planning and organisation of the events; Both TS and STSM experiences, as well as the integration of ECI in working groups along with senior researchers, and the responsibility they assumed as co-leader or having in charge the website were of great success for the COST INTERFASOL Action. What about the TS experience, the INTERFASOL Action organized 4 TS sessions (Keele -UK-, Porto -PT-, Milan -IT- and Dortmund -G-). These TS sessions developed different thematics, introducing 24 trainers from different fields of research (psychology, demography, economy, sociology, philosophy, health, education, social intervention). In total, 71 trainees registered for the TS sessions. Among these 71 trainees, 54 (76%) were coming from 8 inclusive countries : Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Turkey.

To reach a high qualitative degree among trainees and prepare them to take an active participation during the sessions, we submitted each TS to a selection committee based mainly on the presentation of the candidate’s ongoing research. The main original and strategic process we planned is to submit each TS sessions to an evaluative process. The aim was to adapt the following sessions to the needs of trainees not only related to contents and organizational aspects but also related to methodology, climate and cultural development in the best interest of the inclusiveness’ perspective of the trainees.

The evolution of the contents show an emphasis on interdisciplinary perspective, more results’ researches and more possibilities for trainee’s personal results’ presentation and methodological exchange and workshop. The first evaluations already stress on the necessity of a strong working methodology during the TS. Because of this demand, we applied a co-constructive perspective of a large part of the TS. We considered each afternoons as the opportunity to deal methodological issues on personal ongoing research for trainees. These methodological issues were discussed and worked with the help of the organizers of the TS (3 to 4 persons) and the trainers being present for a all day during the TS. These workshops in the afternoon in the TS were highly appreciated by the trainees knowing it gave them not only the opportunity to improve their own research’s strategy but also the opportunity to build strong research’s relationships in the TS group and to develop a reflexive process with an expert in INTERFASOL issues. Las but not least, knowing trainees were interested in informal exchange and discovering the cultural environment of the host country, we decided to introduce a cultural program during one of the afternoon session (Dortmund TS, 2017). This experience show a growing of interest to reinforce relationships among early stage researches.

Because of the methodological developments of the TS, we needed to reinforce the organisational structure of the sessions. During the first session in Keele, The CG Member in charge of the TS, with the local MC Member and most of the time with the Cost INTERFASOL Chair were present as organizers of the sessions. After evaluations and methodological adaptation of the TS sessions, we enlarged the organisational structure with at least two local colleagues helping the local organiser for a fluent organisation of the TS sessions mainly during the afternoon’s workshops.

The INTERFASOL COST action organized 4 STSM calls. 34 researchers from 17 countries took part to the experience after a selective process. 14 countries were host countries. There has been a good levels of exchange across INTERFASOL Cost Countries : among 28 Countries 21 sent or  received at least one  student or researcher. We registered a good participation from Eastern Countries (at least one participant from Bosnia Erzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Poland).

Both experiences (TS and STSM) gave the opportunity to participants to produce publication or to participate to conference. We notice in this case that the participation of MC members to international conference (ISSBD, Vilnius, 2016) gave the opportunity to trainees to take part in symposia organized by the MC colleagues from INTERFASOL Cost Action. This experience seemed very fruitful: considering ECIs participation in conference, projects or publications in the field: http://www.interfasol.eu/publications/#ffs-tabbed-15 

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