Scientific training

HR&S offers scientific capacity strengthening workshops in non-OECD countries. The workshops addresses research topics that have been chosen by the researchers themselves, both internationally prioritised topics but also neglected research areas that may be more relevant for non-OECD countries. HR&S offers workshops on the below topics.

Scientific tools and methods
1. The scientific method and research tools.
2. Research funding.
3. Publishing scientific results and scientific communication.
4. Scientific supervision and leadership.
5. Implementation of scientific findings.
6. Entrepreneurship for researchers.
7. Advanced scientific equipment operational and financial planning (FAST).
8. Cross-cultural partnership for researchers (CUPRes).
9. Quality values in research (TActRes).

Advanced scientific equipment
1. Selection, procurement, transportation and installation of specific pieces of equipment.
2. Laboratory preparation and management.
3. Quality assurance, use, service, maintenance and decommissioning of scientific equipment.
4. Sustainable economy and institutional capacity.

Outcome Based Training on Scientific methods and tools (OBSci)
The workshop can be arranged as single entities or be “outcome based”. HR&S defines outcome based as an activity that is designed by setting goal, developing progress markers and followed-up on until the goals have been reached. In this context the goals are identified by the participants of the workshop. A sequence of different activities is offered until the goal is reached, such as trainings, workshops, individual coaching, round table discussions, internet searches, access to scientific literature, visits to laboratories, procurement and management of advanced scientific equipment, networking, scientific conferences, international knowledge sharing platforms, and links to research grant givers. The outcome based workshops requires significant input from the researchers and commitment by the scientific institution management.

Functioning advanced scientific equipment (FAST)
The FAST programme provides guidance on equipment and laboratory management with the aim to provide researchers with access to functioning advanced scientific equipment. The FAST programme addresses the selection, procurement, transportation, installation, quality assurance, use, service, maintenance and decommissioning of advanced scientific equipment. FAST also offers coaching on the development of a functioning laboratory with a sustainable economy including stakeholder meetings,  technician forums and identification of reliable suppliers.

The FAST development has benefitted from a pilot project which contained a stakeholder meeting in 2002 in Cameroon (Öman and Gamaniel, 2006) and an  equipment audit at 15 universities in Africa during 2007 – 2008 with the purpose of identifying the outcome challenges (Öman et al 2008). A pilot project was run in Nigeria and Madagascar during 2008- 2011, and a stakeholder meeting was held in Nigeria in 2015. The pilot-project was initiated, designed and managed by Cecilia ÖMAN, hosted by the International Foundation for Science (IFS) and funded by the MacArthur Foundation with supplementary funding from TETFund  and the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRID) in Nigeria.