This is a novel model for training of Young Researchers (YRs) in Europe. Basically, our aim is to combine the scientific excellence of the Center of Physics in Aspen (Colorado, USA, ) http://andy.bu.edu/aspen/) with the interactive training achieved by the Program of Geophysical Fluids Dynamics in Woods Hole (Massachusetts, USA, http://www.whoi.edu/education/gfd/gfd.html ).
Ideally we plan to organize an event as follows:
A) Training through interactive learning: At present typical summer schools operate very similar to conferences in that sometimes there are many lecturers "competing" scientifically, which is not necessarily for the benefit of training young researchers. In contrast here we choose the more difficult task to select just one main lecturer, who is then able to cover a subject extensively (the main lecturer is also the scientific director of the session). The YRs taking part have the responsibility to take notes on the lectures, produce a written draft, which is then brought into a final form through interaction with the lecturer.
B) Training through research in an open environment: Seniors and YRs come together in research projects, which ideally lead to some (preliminary) results during the course of the session, to be presented at the end. This type of training through research in an open environment (as opposed to a more closed institution) provides a unique experience with clear future impact. It is the responsibility of the director of the session to coordinate the selection of the projects, presented in short seminars during the first week, and the formation of the research teams (e.g. 1-2 YRs with 1-2 seniors).
C) Training through active participation in an international conference: After the summer school there will be a workshop where the participants of the school are expected to take part, together with some additional scientists, who join for this occasion. The workshop winds up in an international conference, where a selected number of YRs present their project. Selection is affected by some competitive procedure, preferably carried out by the YRs themselves. During the workshop also the seniors and the additional scientists present their current research work.
The envisioned broad scientific topic is eminently suited for the training goals because (i) many different methodological elements come together (ii) in spite of its importance the topic is not part of the regular teaching schedule at most universities and (iii) it radiates out into many fields and applications.
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