The LISA researchers will be immersed in an international and inter-sectorial environment with broad and interdisciplinary training: atomic theory, laser technology, atomic and nuclear structure, and advanced computing for simulation, calculations, and big data analysis, hardware design, vacuum technology, computer programming for equipment control and data acquisition.

A suite of soft-skills training will equip the ESRs with the tools and experience necessary to maximize both their employability and their ability to transfer their acquired know-how in their future endeavours.

The societal applications of LISA will require the ESRs to apply their understanding of the core topics of the network beyond the realms of fundamental research, namely in nuclear medicine, radioecology, and ultimately waste management from nuclear power production.

The LISA consortium: beneficiaries are indicated by a circle colour-coded according to the work package (WP). Secondment locations and directions are indicated by arrows.

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Training Events & Conferences

LISA has the following main training events & conferences planned:

Training kick-off meeting: the ESRs are introduced to all the topics of the network (lectures by WP Leaders), to their rights and duties by HR specialist Ingrid Haug (CERN), and team building activities are used to generate a sense of community, 4 days, organised partially at KUL and off-site.

More details on the LISA Training Kick-off meeting can be found here:

General Training 1: Safety, Ethics, and Society. Advanced aspects of laser safety and radiation protection are brought forward through lectures and hands-on activities by experts from IREPA Lasers, amongst others. Ethics at work and ethics in research are developed through lectures and workshop panels. Relevance of the research topics for medical and societal applications are discussed by invited lectures from Dr Ulli Köster (ILL, France) and Dr Kieran Flanagan (UNIMAN & Artemis Analytical Ltd, UK). Development of presentation skills: the ESRs introduce their own research topics to each other (3min-thesis format); the ESRs make a poster on each work package. 4 days near Strasbourg (France) hosted by IREPA Lasers.

Specialized Training 1: Nuclear Chemical Techniques and Laser Resonance Ionization. This laboratory training includes an introduction to basic nuclear chemical techniques relevant for laboratory research with actinides as well as complimentary soft skills. In addition to the three laboratory exercises, lectures will be given on actinide basics (Christoph Düllmann), trace analysis (Klaus Wendt), safety (Christian Gorges), ion mobility spectroscopy (Mustapha Laatiaoui), science communication (Beate Hoerr), and PhD to Entrepreneur.This event is organized by Mainz University & GSI in collaboration with LISA Training office. 

Specialized Training 2: Advanced Techniques for the Production and Study of Actinides. Morning lectures covering aspects of radioactive ion beam production and manipulation by Iain Moore, tools and techniques for laser spectroscopy of exotic nuclei by Ruben de Groote, ion trapping techniques by Tommi Eronen, and radioactive decay measurements by Paul Greenlees; afternoon hands-on sessions for the ESRs and other students close to the network using the accelerator facilities and laser laboratories at the University of Jyväskylä. Complementary soft skills: communication in an interdisciplinary and intersectorial network (delivered by an expert consultant in communication33), promoting oneself (how to build a network, how to write a CV and an introduction letter, how to succeed in an interview). 5 days. 1 ESR per WP presents their work in the form of short presentations.

Specialized Training 3: Nuclear Chemical Techniques and Laser Resonance Ionization Laboratory Training. Introduction to basic nuclear chemical techniques relevant for laboratory research with actinides, including sample preparation, by Ch. Düllmann (JGU); neutron activation analysis by K. Eberhardt (JGU); neutron-induced fission by A. Junhans (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany); introduction to resonance ionization mass spectrometry by K. Wendt (JGU) and Dr M. Laatiaoui (GSI). Training given as a combination of lectures, visit of facilities (e.g. TRIGA neutron source, RISIKO mass separator), and hands-on experience (target “drop-on-demand” printing at the Helmholtz-Institute Mainz and isotope enrichment at the LARISSA laser laboratory). Complementary soft skills: communication to a broad audience, addressing policy makers. For the 15 ESRs and up to 3 students close to the network (maximum capacity: 18 participants). 5 days in Mainz (Germany)

Summer School 1: Structure of Complex Atoms. Lectures in atomic physics by Mariana Safronova (University of Delaware, USA), atomic spectroscopy by Michael Block (GSI), and laser systems by Wim Ubachs (VU, The Netherlands). Complementary soft skill training on intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and commercialisation through lectures, workshop activities and panel discussions by Fiona Reid (University College London, UK). Targeting the ESRs and up to as many external students for 5-7 days in the North of the Netherlands. All participants take part in a poster session.

Specialized Training 4: Advanced Computational Techniques. Short introduction to various computing models and framework followed by extensive workshop activities and practical work with computer simulation. Themes ranging from atomic and nuclear structure theory, to equipment modelling and design (gas flow, electrodynamics). Complementary soft skill training on project management and quality management. For the ESRs and other students close to the network, 4 days in Jena (Germany).

Summer School 2: From the Nucleons to the Stars. Lectures in nuclear structure by Olivier Sorlin (GANIL), nuclear reactions by Giovanna Montagnoli (University of Padova, Italy), nuclear measuring techniques by Etienne Liénard (LPC, France), and nucleosynthesis by Stéphane Goriéli (ULB, Belgium). Industrial lecture by PAN; societal lecture about the local medical campus ARCHADE for nuclear medicine and hadron therapy. Complementary soft skill training on attracting funds and project writing by Mathilde Mossard and Thomas Palychata (CNRS-IN2P3, France). Visits of facilities at GANIL and team building activities. Targeting the ESRs and up to as many external students for 5-7 days in Normandy (France). All participants take part in a poster session.

LISA Conference: the ESRs will organise a 4-day conference on the LISA research activities. The choice of time, location, and promotion is left for them to organise. The target audience should be in agreement with the beneficiaries and partners of the network. Their proposal has to be reviewed by the Supervisory Board before proceeding ahead. It should be a platform for them to report their findings within an international settings attracting a global interest, and including keynote speakers, contributed talks, and a poster session.

Additional Opportunities

Besides the aforementioned network-wide training events, the recruited researchers will have access to all technical and scientific graduate lectures available in the academic organizations of the LISA network. Since this includes prestigious universities in Europe, this amounts to an exceptional breadth of training possibilities. Some of those trainings are available via video / online links (e.g. Hyperfine Interactions at UNIMAN), while others can be dispensed as week-long modules (e.g. Nuclear Theory at KU Leuven).

On top of this, CERN, the world’s largest particle physics centre, has an extensive training program in the various scientific & technical disciplines, including Intellectual property and knowledge transfer tools, as well as a full catalogue of soft-skills training (e.g. Communication, Entrepreneurship, proposal writing, etc.).

LISA PhD Label 

If you are not one of the 15 Early Stage Researchers from the LISA network but would still like to benefit from the opportunities mentioned above, you can also join our activities and follow our training (events and more). We have developed for you the PhD Label, a form of recognition for those who become part of our research family and embrace our values.

This PhD Label is open to PhD candidates from any higher education institution who perform research related to the activities of the LISA network. To be eligible, you should participate to at least 3 events organized by the LISA Training Office, show mobility and internationalization in their training and research profile, and contribute to the science communication strategy of the LISA network.

Candidates to the PhD Label may participate to all our events at the same conditions as the ESRs, gain access to additional training opportunities proposed within the LISA network, and get support from the LISA Training Office in defining and following up on their training. Moreover, they get to network with all the ESRs, as well as with our Beneficiaries and Partners across Europe and the world.

For more information, contact the LISA Training Office at one of our events or via e-mail,