Partners of the network have unique expertise, original ideas, demonstrated world-class leadership and unmatched training capabilities which are highly recognized nationally and internationally. The network training program is based on cutting edge and highly interdisciplinary research with extremely strong ties to industrial partners of excellence.

StrongBSM will permit the training of a novel generation of european leaders being able to close the gap between theoretical particle physics, important experimental results, and supercomputers with a strong connection to the private sector.

Network-wide training

The partners will offer tutorial courses to young researchers using the high level of expertise of the various members constituting the STRONGBSM network. For example, Prof. Sannino will introduce the phase diagram for strong interacting theories and its applications to beyond SM physics. He has already several reviews which are being used in graduate schools camps, for example, at Cornell University; Dr. Del Debbio and Dr. Knechtli will introduce Renormalization Group methods and the Schroedinger Functional to determine the running of the coupling constant via lattice simulations; Dr. Pallante will introduce the basics of Chiral Perturbation Theory; Dr. Nunez will provide basic string-theory lectures for understanding strong dynamics. These tutorials will allow the young researchers to access more easily the relevant information and will allow them to interact with senior researchers experts in the various aspects of the ITN programme. The tutorials will be held at the institu- tions of the various participants,with lectures delivered by the scientists from within STRONGBSM. Due the fact that we have strong worldwide connections we will also ask other international lecturers to provide tutorial courses if further complementary knowledge is needed. We envisage about five courses each lasting about 4 days open to the members of the network as well as any other interested young researcher will be encouraged to follow the training courses. The tutorial courses are expected to count ca. 25-30 participants.

Local training

During the first year, each young researcher will attend relevant graduate courses tutored by the local faculty members. To provide a 360 degree training the young researchers will attend research seminars held regularly at each of the host institutions. For instance Edinburgh students are enrolled in the SUPA graduate school, providing a wide range of courses, and tutorials. Transferrable skills traiing for ESRs is provided by the University Transkills unit, offering courses in Communication skills, Project planning, Management and Entrepreneurship, and Language training.

Several visiting scientists will be invited at the various host institutions. The visitors will be selected among world leaders or young promising researchers able to enrich the relevant skills in order to strengthen further the training of the young researchers. Each visit will be formally hosted by one of the network partners, where the visiting scientist will be based during their stay. When possible the invited scientists will also visit other partners in such a way that the various young researchers will have the chance to learn the new skills. The visiting scientists will provide further international training to the STRONGBSM scientists via plenary and overview lectures at some of the workshops and schools organized by the network.

Complementary skills and involvement of Industry

The industrial partners, both in the computing industry, and in the financial sector, together with the other partners will organize a half-day session at the planned schools comprising lectures on computational methods of relevance for the industry, mathematical tools for financial analysis. Group discussions sessions will include topics such as communication skills, project management, work and time management, scientific/technical writing, and resolving conflicts in the work place. This will provide each young researcher with an understanding of the wider societal dimension and the requirements of industry. It will also help the researchers in developing an entrepreneurial mindset. Students will be made aware of ethical issues associated with co-authorship of papers and the responsibilities of supervisors towards PhD students and vice versa. At each school the young researchers will give presentations and will receive feedback from the team leaders. This multi-disciplinary network will provide a cohort of researchers who should be very much in demand within the wide scientific community. By participating in a wide range of network-wide training events, the young researchers will learn how to communicate effectively at the worldwide and more specifically at the European level. The young researchers will also understand the inter-sectorial nature of their activities through interactions with High Performance Computing, model building, and industrial partners such as vendors of HPC systems, and financial institutions. The relation with industry and the tutorial on how to apply for grants, how to manage and involvement in outreach activities will allow the young researchers to gain many of the skills needed for future activities in the academia and the industry.

Career Development Plans

Plans will be made by each of the young researchers together with his/her supervisor during the first month at STRONGBSM and periodically assessed to ensure that the young researcher and the supervisor accomplish together the expected milestones and training objectives of the project. Career options and firmer plans for postdoctoral career progression will be developed towards the end of the position of the young research at STRONGBSM and it is an integral part of the career development plan.