Organization of the EURO-DOTS-2 Program
Short history and status of EURO-DOTS
In the EURO-DOTS project (2010-1012) a detailed study was made of the actual and future training needs in the fast moving field of nano-electronics (More Moore, More than Moore, Beyond CMOS). Based on this study and on the further analysis of existing courses and programs at European universities and training providers, a gap analysis was made resulting in the recommendation of topics/themes for which no direct coverage was found to be yet available.
Next the criteria that PhD courses need to fulfill were worked out and discussed within the EURO-DOTS Academic Committee. Besides the scientific level and the overall quality, these courses need to be organized according to a modular, intensive formula that eases the move and traveling of the students in Europe for a limited amount of time. Moreover, exams must be proposed for the accreditation of ECTS credits. Finally, the accreditation criteria themselves must be compliant with possible existing interuniversity agreements or plans towards such set-ups. This action has led to the definition of guidelines and eligibility and accreditation criteria that have been made public on the EURO-DOTS Website. These criteria have been used by the Academic Committee in evaluating and selecting the submitted proposals.
The set-up, the organization and the management of the EURO-DOTS platform was realized based on clear rules that guarantee the overall quality and integrity of the program.
The rules and methodology were developed for covering several specific issues such as :
- working rules of the EURO-DOTS platform
- selection procedure of course modules taking into account the criteria imposed to the accredited courses ,
- rules for the attribution of scholarships to PhD students, etc.
These rules of the Platform operation, the application and selection procedure of course modules and the scholarship application and attribution have also be made public on the EURO-DOTS Website.
The Platform operation was tested and fine-tuned using 12 Pilot courses that were organized by imec and MEAD. These courses all fulfilled the defined criteria and scholarships were attributed to students. A first call for proposals was launched in July 2011 which resulted in the submission of 33 new course modules by universities and course providers all over Europe. These courses were announced on the EURO-DOTS Website and organized in 2012. A second call was launched in 2012 specifying the ‘missing’ topics/themes as identified in the gap analysis. As a result from this Call, many more courses were submitted. For 2013 about 32 courses have been scheduled and organized..
In 2010-2012, about 150 scholarships were granted to students from all over Europe, attending courses organized in numerous institutes located in 12 European countries.
It is clear from this short description and report on the status of the EURO-DOTS Support Action that all the necessary prior work has been carried out and made to work. The concern of the partners - which is shared by all members of the Academic and Scientific Committees and by the project reviewers (See the Review report after 1 year of operation) – deals with the continuity of this action, especially the proper operation of the platform, the continuous stimulation for course development and submission and the availability of scholarships for PhD students. The consortium submitted a EURO-DOTS-2 proposal that got approved ensuring continuity for the next 2 years (2013-2014). A budget for 170 scholarships has been approved.
In the EURO-DOTS-2 Support Action we intend to ensure the continuity of this initiative which already today receives large support and recognition within Europe and beyond. It is expected that as PhD students will get more and more acquainted with this platform, its objectives and the opportunities it offers to them, the number of applications for scholarships will significantly increase which will at the same time result in an increase of course proposals. It would be deplorable to see an end to this action and the enthusiasm by many of the course providers because of lack of further funding. The financial support requested in this follow-up project is limited to maintenance of the platform and management of the course portfolio, provision of scholarships (170) and promotion of the initiative in Europe and abroad.
EURO-DOTS-2 is organized in 4 Work Packages.
In Work Package 1, the operation of the platform will be further ensured. Eventual adaptations will be made based on growing experience and feedback of the users. The continuous quality control of the courses within the portfolio will be a major task. Moreover, the portfolio will be regularly evaluated and extended based on spontaneous submissions or as a response to regular calls for course proposals.
A Scientific Committee will be installed that consists of the consultants/experts from industry and academia. Some of them will be engaged within WP1.
The management and attribution of scholarships according to the rules developed in EURO-DOTS and available on the Website, will be the major task and objective of Work Package 2.
Work Package 3 addresses the important topics of promotion and dissemination of the EURO-DOTS doctoral platform. This will include a benchmarking exercise with possible similar initiatives in the USA and Japan. There exists much interest in the EURO-DOTS objective and approach in the US and Japan and it will be further examined how a possible participation of students from outside Europe to the EURO-DOTS labeled courses could be organized and financed (by these respective countries).
Finally, Work Package 4 deals with the project management and coordination activities.
The appointed Project Coordinator of EURO-DOTS is Bart De Mey of the Coordinating Participant, imec.
The Scientific Committee and Academic Committee, installed during EURO-DOTS remain in place and continue to play an important role in the operation of the EURO-DOTS platform..
A Scientific Committee consists of consultants/experts from industry and academia. The role of the Scientific Committee is mostly in support of WP1.
An Academic Committee consists of Professors from European Universities, from within and outside the consortium. The Academic Committee plays a crucial role in WP1 and WP3. The Scientific Committee and the Academic Committee will partially overlap for assuring the best coherence of the Action.
Important message to the PhD students interested in a EURO-DOTS scholarship!!!
Unfortunately today, on January 15 2015, the EURO-DOTS project has come to an end and no more scholarships can be granted for the time being.
Status EURO-DOTS on 15 January 2015
The EURO-DOTS-2 project has come to an end on 31 December 2014. At this moment there is no prospect about a possible continuation of this initiative, in spite of the huge success of the project and the ambition of the consortium to continue on this path. The success of the past actions cannot be better reflected than by the more than 220 testimonials (Testimonials) of students whom were granted a EURO-DOTS scholarship in the past 4 years. In these 4 years of EURO-DOTS, 132 course modules have been organized on 61 relevant topics/themes, by 20 course providers from 11 countries. More than 250 lecturers have been involved. More than 300 PhD students, from 19 European countries, have successfully applied for a scholarship. In 2014 40 Courses have been scheduled. The calendar and information on all past courses can be found on Courses. For more up-to-date information on the realizations and conclusions of EURO-DOTS, please go to “EURO-DOTS Conclusions” on Final Reports. The consortium is considering possible actions to keep the EURO-DOTS mission alive and hopefully see the start of a next phase of EURO-DOTS.
EURO-DOTS Testimonials by students
More than 170 testimonials by students can be found on Testimonials of students. We invite you to read through these messages and by these be convinced of the benefit to PhD students of an initiative and project like EURO-DOTS!
EURO-DOTS Testimonials by Course Providers
Five Course Providers share their enthusiasm on the EURO-DOTS initiative and explain why they decided to contribute and be part of the game. You can find their testimonial on Testimonial of Course Providers
EURO-DOTS flyer and poster
The latest version of the EURO-DOTS flyer and poster can be downloaded from the PR and Dissemination section.