The Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme (ECOP) is a multi-annual thematic programme controlled by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS), within which it is possible to draw finances from the European Social Fund (ESF), one of the structural funds of the European Union (EU), in the programming period 2007-2013.
The key aim of ECOP is to develop a well-educated society to increase the competitiveness of the Czech Republic. ECOP is focused on the area of human resources development by means of education in all its various forms, with an emphasis on a complex system of lifelong learning, creation of a suitable environment for research, development and innovation, and stimulation of cooperation of participating entities.
Despite the need for the sustainable development maintenance, there is only limited support of multidisciplinary research. The sustainability concept requires ecosystem protection, therefore, there is a demand for multidisciplinary educated specialists.
The RECETOX NETWORKING project is focused on supporting of international networking and the professional growth of researchers and doctoral candidates from the Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX), a well-established institute within the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, to improve their competencies in supplementary disciplines. The project especially supports the growth of multidisciplinary educated specialists, and in the future, will contribute to a better implementation of sustainable development principles in the praxis. The knowledge and experience gained through the project foundation will improve the adaptability of experts to actual societal needs in research, as well as in industry and administration.
Various activities and events funded by the project (e.g. seminars, workshops, summer schools, fellowships, active networking at international conferences) support the professional growth of individuals and broaden their knowledge and international networks. Moreover, the knowledge and experience will be presented and provided to the researchers as well as students from the Research Centre. Various soft skill courses will be provided to improve the overall management and communication competencies of researchers, enabling them to effectively transfer their expertise and implement new multidisciplinary research projects.
RECETOX NETWORKING project is focused on the quality improvement of the personal research base; the target group is RECETOX researchers and doctoral candidates. The project will support international cooperation and networking, improvement of expertise, new methods development and their implementation in the Czech Republic, interdisciplinary research, and applications based on new research results.
The key objective of the project is to support and expand human potential in new, underdeveloped research fields in the Czech Republic which address the concept of sustainable development. Although there is a demand for growth maintenance hand in hand with improvements in environment quality, the educational and multidisciplinary research opportunities in this field are limited. RECETOX NETWORKING project will support the education of specialists in fields that are not yet covered in the Czech Republic. Researchers capacities will be used both for the practical needs of society (e.g. for control of the environmental obligations and standards compliance), and for administration in the field of the environment control and management.
The aims will be fulfilled through attendance at various events and courses (special seminars and workshops, exchange visits and fellowships, excursions, education at international institutions, summer schools, soft skills courses).