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BioExcel Deliverable 4.5 – Training report and updated plan

Matser, Vera

This document describes the training activities that have been completed during the first period of the BioExcel Centre of Excellence. The BioExcel competency profile underlies the BioExcel training programme and each of our training activities are mapped to the BioExcel competency framework (see Appendix 7.1). The development of the competency framework has been extensively described in previous deliverables D4.2 – Competency framework, mapping to current training & initial training plan and D4.3 – Recommendations for BioExcel Training Programme, and links to zenodo are available on the BioExcel website (http://bioexcel.eu/research/deliverables/).

For the completed face-to-face training events we discuss the event structure and the post-course feedback. To date three BioExcel Training Programme events have taken place and another three are under development. The three completed BioExcel training events have been rated as "Good" or "Excellent" by, respectively, 100%, 95% and 77% of the participants. The BioExcel training programme builds on the already established strong training efforts of each of the BioExcel partners. On top of the efforts of the BioExcel training Programme an additional 28 events with a training element have been reported, reaching a minimum of 766 people in 20 locations.

We present the subset of BioExcel webinars that aim at providing users with the necessary background knowledge needed to take advantage of the BioExcel services; we have named these webinars the educational webinar series. Three educational webinars have been completed, with the total number of BioExcel webinar standing at 13; the webinar programme is coordinated through WP3. More work is needed to promote the online webinar repository and the knowledge resource center (once phase 2 has been launched). This deliverable provides an update on the planning of the upcoming training events and the planned online resources.

The prototype of the second phase of the Knowledge Resource Center is discussed, which has become part of a larger project that includes a competency viewer and will long-term allow users to track their continued professional development based on the competencies.

We provide an update on the Training Interest Group, which currently has 20 members. A kick-off webinar was completed and a number of face-to-face and online activities planned for the interest group over the course of 2017.

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