The skills and experience acquired will also greatly enhance their future career prospects within the field of astronomy. Young researchers will be trained by the local staff through their incorporation into the research programmes of the different participants. This will cover a wide range of technical and astronomical expertise and experience, including the development and use of a wide range of state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation, data analysis techniques to maximise the extraction of information from observations with these instruments, and theoretical modelling techniques to help interpret and explain the observations, and to use them to make predictions about the cosmological structure of the universe. Training in new techniques being developed for the handling and statistical analysis of very large datasets will also be provided. Through collaborative network exchanges and meetings, young researchers will have the opportunity to work with the other research teams, sharing data and ideas to develop a broad range of knowledge and expertise. Collaborative network exchanges will be central to the young researchers training programme. All young researchers will be actively encouraged to spend several months of their tenure at participants’ institutions other than their own, giving them the opportunity to work with the other research teams, sharing data and ideas to develop a broad range of knowledge and expertise. Exchanges of young researchers between the theory-based and observation-based participants will be explicitly encouraged. In suitable cases the tenure of a post-doc may be split between two participants. As well as broadening their scientific experience, the hope is that this will stimulate new and fruitful collaborations that will continue beyond the conclusion of the project. Yearly network meetings and specialised network workshops will give further opportunities for the young researchers to exchange skills and ideas and to present their research to an international audience. These meetings will enable the researchers to review and discuss progress of the network in detail, to plan joint strategies, and to modify their programme in light of the experiences of others. A more general international summer school may also be organised at least once during the 48 months of the SISCO contract. Although the main responsibility of the young researchers will be to carry out the research in the area of their host participant, they will also be asked to take particular responsibility for increasing collaboration with the other participants most connected with their research area. The young researchers will also be encouraged to attend international conferences, workshops and schools to present their work. They will also be encouraged to organise and hold meetings primarily for themselves. Where possible, training will be given in complementary skills such as teaching, tutoring, project management and presentation skills. 9 of 10
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