As a part of her Initial training network Huarda Valdés-Laribi, PhD student from the University of York, UK, is staying as a guest researcher at Hearing Systems for a month. Huarda is trained as a speech and language therapist, and is now working on her PhD project that focuses on the cognitive factors that influence our ability to understand speech in adverse conditions. Several of the PhD students and postdocs at Hearing Systems are also part of the European training network. The purpose with the European network is to get trained in various skills in order to get as many competencies as possible during the PhD studying period. Every half year the network arranges meetings, lately in Copenhagen.
What is the benefit from the EU-network compared to your studies in York?
“What really is interesting is the unique training the network provides, for instance the workshops in collaboration with industrial partners and other academic institutions. Through the workshops we are getting trained in specific aspects, we wouldn’t be able to acquire at the same level at our own institutions, or at least not as easily,” Huarda says.
"What really is interesting is the unique training the network provides"
A new generation of researchers
All the Marie Curie Initial Training Network students have predefined external stays and will get used to presenting regularly and get a routine. After each of the INSPIRE Schools the network has a day solely for the ‘Fellows’ the 13 PhD students and three postdocs.
“The Fellow’s day is also a really good opportunity for networking amongst ourselves. We have the possibility to ask any kind of ‘stupid’ question. I can ask basic questions about engineering or the computer which I would not be as comfortable asking in a bigger forum,” Huarda says with a smile.
Between the meetings the network group members can use each other for any kind of collaboration or questions. They have a huge long mailing list and anybody on it can be contacted and will respond.
“My supervisor told me that we are a new generation of researchers due to all the interactions with other people. We are not going to be copies of our supervisors, unlike how it was the generation before. I am at the psychology department and my supervisor is in a completely different field compared to what everybody does here at the Hearing Systems group. And just the fact that we have those second hosts like here, means I will learn about aspects my supervisor doesn’t know about. It is really interesting and exciting.”
Read more about INSPIRE Copenhagen Winter School
Read more about the new generation of researchers here (an interview with two fellows)
Starting Jan 2012, the Marie Curie Initial Training Network Investigating Speech Processing In Realistic Environments (INSPIRE)
provides research opportunities for 13 PhD students (Early Stage Researchers) and 3 postdocs (Experienced Researchers) to study speech communication in real-world conditions.
The network consists of 10 European research institutes and 7 associated partners (5 companies and 2 academic hospitals).
The senior researchers in the network are academics in computer science, engineering, psychology, linguistics, hearing science, as well as Research and Development scientists from leading businesses in acoustics and hearing instruments, and ear, nose and throat specialists.
Read more here