The main objective of this ETN is the training of a new generation of young scientists with the skills and knowledge demanded to address the challenges involved in the development of novel chemistry for site-selective protein modification, its use to understand key biological processes and for the construction of chemically defined therapeutic protein conjugates. The training skills required to meet the aforementioned objectives, are beyond the capabilities of one single country, therefore this initiative will take place in a vibrant collaborative research environment governed by leading experts on the development of new bioconjugation methodologies, in close association with European industrial enterprises. The ESRs recruited through this programme will be exposed at a local and network-wide level, to a multicultural and highly multidisciplinary PhD training. This initiative will acquaint the ESRs with a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art bioconjugation methodologies, together with transferable skills and entrepreneurial competences.
The primary training tool of ProteinConjugates will be the 10 research projects that will be complemented with a range of competences provided in the form of workshops, attendance of international conferences, site visits and secondments at both academic and industrial network members. At the onset of this initiative will take place the first of these workshops, which will introduce the recruited ESRs to the field of bioconjugation and professional environment. Then, throughout this initiative, the ESRs will attend several courses and workshops focused on scientific academic/industrial related topics. Most of the courses will be ministered within five planned retreats. Additional courses will be designed to fulfil specific identified needs during the realization of this programme.
From 6-9 of September the Members of the Protein Conjugates got together in Lisbon for the first ITN event, an exciting workshop entitled "An Introduction to Modern Bioconjugation" focused on the most recent advances on Protein Modification.
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