5.-9. November 2018 Aveiro (Portugual)

The Portuguese MC member João F. Mano and his colleagues from the University of Aveiro will offer this Working group 2 training school to ENBA members, interested to receive fundamental aspects in the design and development of bio-inspired polymers and hydrogels. The training school would consist in the synthesis or modification of macromolecules, their physico-chemical characterization (including mechanical testing), the processing of materials (multilayered systems, hydrogels, particles…) and biological testing to access cell response to the developed systems. Further details about the TS and planned programme could be found here.

Number of participants:
maximum 10, whereas people with background or hands-on experience in polymer biology will be favoured. Also Early Career Investigators (ECI, defining careers with less than 8 years from PhD at the time of involvement in the COST Action) have priority for the Training School. COST Action CA15216 will assure gender balance and promote “women in science and technology” as well as people from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITCs).

Reimbursement aspects:
An amount of EUR 650,-/applicant is awarded on competitive basis. This includes EUR 350,- that will cover accommodation, local transport and meal expenses for the training school. The travel to Aveiro (Portugual) and back home is funded with maximum EUR 300. For further details, please ask the TS organiser João F. Mano or contact the Action Chair.

Deadline for submission: 25.September 2018
Selection Result: 1. October 2018
Confirmation by participants: 3. October 2018

Applicants need to provide (2 pages maximum):
– Letter of motivation (which includes current position and research interests)
– Curriculum vitae

Registration (How to apply):
Applications need to be submitted via the following form:





Definition Early Career Investigators (ECI):

  • If you obtained your Phd/doctorate (or similar experience) degree at and after 2008, your are an ECI.
  • If you currently work on your PhD thesis or obtained the degree before 2008, you are NOT an ECI.