Training in research and transferable skills is provided at both local and network levels. The network, being composed of specialists in a broad spectrum of disciplines inside Marine Science, is highly competent and complementary to train the ESRs in genetics/genomics (UiO), ecophysiology and evolutionary modelling (UiB), ecology (ÅAU, UiO, UiB, UHAM, DTU), statistics (DTU, UiO, UHAM), climatology (MF), and economics (WU, UH).
Local training consists of training in scientific theory and technical skills (e.g., statistical methods and lab techniques) directly in the local research groups under the supervision of highly competent experts. All the partner universities offer a comprehensive range of courses to their PhD students and each university has requirements for how many ECTS course credits a PhD student must complete. The senior scientists of MARmaED work with their own university to gain recognition of the ECTS credits as part of the ESR training requirements. The network’s education committee (EC) assesses and recommends courses to be included in the ESRs’ degrees.
Network training is composed of secondments and training events constituting a training program (T–MARmaED). The secondments are part of each research project and, as such, provide training on an inter-partner and inter-disciplinary scale. In addition, the secondments provide a research training specifically tailored for the project objectives. Secondments in the non-academic sector have a focus on transferable skills. The main objectives and benefits are for the ESRs to learn the scientific language and terminology specific to another discipline and the way of working and thinking from the secondment partner. This way the ESR are able to communicate his/her research to them and to understand their needs.