European training network for development of personalized anti-infective medical devices combining printing technologies and antimicrobial functionality

PRINT-AID links 6 academic and 2 non-academic beneficiaries as well as 4 partners from 6 European countries and the USA. This training network is built around the goal of providing inter-sectoral, multi-disciplinary research training to educate broadly thinking competitive early-stage researchers.

The doctoral students will gain wide expertise in important and emerging scientific fields, such as personalized medicine, antimicrobials including anti-biofilms, medical devices and state-of-the-art manufacturing strategies such as 3D-printing. A total of 9 doctoral students (Early Stage Researchers) will be trained within the network.training

The PRINT-AID training programme will consist of two training tracks. The academic training will be built around the individual research project and broad academic training (scientific training track) and this will be complemented by education in soft skills such as entrepreneurship, management and communication (transferable skills track).

PRINT-AID project is committe­d to personal career development of the early-stage researchers

To accomplish the network training objectives PRINT-AID consortium will offer each doctoral students:

  • A truly multidisciplinary research programme, which brings together the expertise of internationally recognized experts in their fields to provide high quality supervision and mentoring as well as a coherent view of antimicrobial drug discovery process in a specific field related to personalized medical devices.
  • A research training schedule with meaningful inter-sectoral secondments that will ensure that every student will be exposed to academic and industrial sectors. Each student will experience an intersectoral secondment period of 6-10 months. The planned structure of the secondments will provide the student the opportunity not only to advance the scientific goals of their doctoral projects but additionally to experience different research environments. This will facilitate learning of new methods and offer the students means to widen scientific knowledge and gain understanding of the exploitation and commercialization of scientific findings. This will lead to an increase in the skill repertoire relevant for each researcher future careers.
  • Network-wide training events. Both scientific topics and transferable skills education is emphasized within the content of the network-wide training events. Special emphasis will be dedicated towards the education on transferable skills as well as to best match the interest and needs of the participating industrial partners and beneficiaries. This is expected to further increase the employability of the ESRs.

Annual network-wide events

Workshops – transferable skills training

  • Workshop 1: Science and Work Ethics & Work management
    Organised by University of Helsinki, Finland and Voxdale VBVA, Belgium
  • Workshop 2: Biocomercialization and entrepreneurial skills
    Organised by University of Antwerpen, Belgium and Aptuit, Italy
  • Workshop 3: Networking, presentation and fund-raising skills
    Organised by University of Ghent, Belgium

Summer schools

  • Summer school 1: ‘Anti-biofilm leads, 3D-printing technology, their medical applications and regulatory issues’
    Organised by Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Summer school 2: ‘Management of biomaterial-associated infections through development of personalized anti-infective medical devices’
    Organized by Academic Medical Center, The Netherlands
  • PRINT-AID OUTREACH CONFERENCE
    Organised by University of Helsinki, Finland