Progetto INsecTIME

  • Framework Programme FP7- PEOPLE-2012- ITN
  • Marie Curie Actions — Initial Training Networks (ITN)
  • Multi-partner ITNs (ITN)

INsecTIME seeks to train the next generation of ESRs in the intellectual, technological, complementary and commercial skills required for future European competitiveness in the area of biological timing, an area with considerable commercial potential. The scientific focus will be on circadian and seasonal rhythms in the model insect, Drosophila, which has proved particularly relevant for understanding temporal aspects of human health and well-being, plus non-model insects such as the parasitoid wasp and olive fruitfly, two species with major economic implications. The work is multidisciplinary, bringing together scientists from academia and the private sector with different skills in neurogenetics, genomics, life history biology, mathematical modeling, bio-computing, biological control, anatomy and population genetics. Through synergistic interactions via secondments to world class research institutions and to applied entomology and bio-computing SMEs, training workshops, and instruction in transferable skills, young researchers will learn the full-range of cutting-edge technical skills allied to an appreciation of the commercial possibilities of their work. Their obligatory secondments to SMEs will include training in the management, organization and finance of the private sector, and be buttressed by further workshop courses in general bio-commerce, intellectual property, marketing, raising capital etc. They, and their supervisors will contribute to outreach programmes, and the ERSs and ERs will be guided in the development of their own personal career portfolios, with ESRs submitting doctoral theses. Our young researchers will represent the next crop of technically well-trained, but unusually, commercially aware, computer and mathematically literate molecular neurogeneticists, whose versatile skills will enhance pan-European collaborations for years to come.

Role

Free Keywords

Insect, circadian, seasonal, behaviour, diapause, photoperiodicity, environment, evolution, ecology, modeling, genomics, pests, parasitoids, mutagenesis, neuro-genetics, software, automation

Partnership

Full Network Participants (beneficiaries)

    Country Legal Entity Name Department/Division/Laboratory
1 ULEIC UK UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER Department of Genetics
2 University Groningen NL RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN Evolutionary Genetics and Chronobiology
3 UWUERZ DE JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITAET WUERZBURG Biocentre/Theodor-Boveri-Institut/Neurobiology and Genetics
4 QMUL UK QUEEN MARY AND WESTFIELD COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
5 CNRS FR CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE Institut de Neurobiologie Alfred Fessard
6 UNIPD IT UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA Department of Biology
7 BCAS CZ Biologicke centrum AV CR, v.v.i. Biology Centre/Institute of Entomology/Laboratory of Molecular Chronobiology
8 JU PL UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI Dept of Cytology and Histology
9 Actual (SME)* UK Actual Analytics Ltd R&D Group
10 Oxitec (SME)* UK Oxitec Limited Oxitec Ltd

Associated Partners

    Country Legal Entity Name Department/Division/Laboratory
1 Bio-Fly (SME)* IL Bio-FLY ACS Ltd R & D Group

* For Private sector participants