The Instruct training courses programme aims to increase the skills level of researchers in structural biology through the organisation and support of training courses, workshops and conferences. The programme only supports events planned, organised and implemented by Instruct Centres.
All Instruct supported training courses and events should adhere to the following guidelines:
Instruct training courses that have been approved by the Training Committee and are supported by central Instruct funding should be implemented according to agreed standards set by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), Education and Training body funded by the European Union. Instruct is a partner in the IMI project EMTRAIN, and as such has agreed to work within their quality criteria for training courses.
All Instruct approved courses will be uploaded onto the website http://www.on-course.eu/ which provides the first Europe-wide post-graduate bio-medical course catalogue.
The criteria for Instruct courses are:
1.Defined admission criteria: courses should be advertised openly on the Instruct website and on other websites to attract a broad uptake. Where admission is limited, these limits should be made clear on or before application. Evaluation of applicants should respect the principles of offering equal opportunities with regard to gender, disability or ethnicity.
2.Predefined set of teaching objectives leading to defined outcomes: Course content should be tailored to the academic level of applicants with realistic expected outcomes (e.g. independent implementation of software at applicant’s home lab; basic understanding of new technologies applicable to specific experimental scenarios; independent planning for an integrated aproach). The objectives of the course should be clearly described in the call for applications.
3.Excellent facilities, infrastructure, expertise and leadership to support the course content. These parameters will have been evaluated by the Instruct Training Committee in their evaluation of the proposal: the Committee expects these standards to be delivered.
4.Assessment of outcome and standard of training offered: a system to collect feedback from attendees should be in place and a report to the Training Committee should summarise this information and any suggestions for improvement.
5.Provision of updated reference material: where appropriate, updated information following the course should be made available to course participants, either via the Instruct website or other electronic means.
All courses supported with Instruct funds will have a page or a link on the Instruct website.
Courses should establish a webpage with the following relevant information (this can be on the Instruct website – contact email@example.com, and/or on your institutional website. If the latter, a link for the Instruct website must be provided):
Instruct Course Application Template
2 page (max) proposal including the following details:
The training courses should be scheduled within the period indicated in the call. Instruct contributes to fund general course expenses and support the participation of young researchers. The courses will be open to investigators at all levels. Proposed courses and workshops should be hosted by, and specifically utilising the capabilities of Instruct Centres. Courses co-organized with industrial partners are encouraged.
Course proposals should adhere as far as possible with the criteria defined by EMTRAIN (an EU Innovative Medicines Initiative project, of which Instruct is a member). EMTRAIN is establishing a comprehensive online searchable database (on-course) of training courses that support European life sciences, both for academic and commercial scientists. Instruct has agreed to work with on-course in adopting their criteria of course quality to allow inclusion of our training courses in the database where appropriate. The criteria are set out below:
Requested from Instruct
Other funding sources (please specify)
Administration (staff costs/fees)
accommodation costs for participants and speakers