In addition to the development of research skills, Sparkle has a structured training programme that for all Fellows to participate in, each will have their own Personalised Career Development Plan tailored to their career ambitions. This will be prepared in partnership with the Programme Manager and Academic supervisor before Fellows start.
The key elements of the training programme include:
An advanced training course – Fellows to complete one of the following courses, Compound Semiconductor Device Fabrication, Photonics Packaging, Biophotonics Summer School or the IPIC BootCamp (a commercialisation training programme).
SPARKLE Autumn School – A 3 day event focused on preparing Fellows for their future career in either industry or academia and on the development of their communications and public engagement skills.
IPIC Industry Workshop – An annual event that brings together 150 IPIC researchers (Principal Investigators, Postdoc and PhDs) and industry partner representatives to learn about recent developments and to network with the community (including the opportunity to explore future employment opportunities with the industry partners). Fellows will be invited to present their work in poster format.
IPIC Seminar Series – Eminent academic and industry scientists are invited from across the world to present their work.
Education & Public Engagement Training – Fellows will participate in IPIC’s comprehensive EPE training programme, from public speaking to demo and materials development.