Training is an essential element to mitigate the difficulties due to the different practices and levels of expertise in participating countries and to ensure comparability of approaches.
When considering Europe as a unit of 27 different countries as well as some neighbouring countries it seems obvious that different levels of expertise exist in the individual countries. Whilst this makes harmonisation more difficult, it is also a great opportunity to share experiences and balance the expertise in Europe.
At the beginning of the project, we assessed the training and capacity building needs of all partners involved in this exercise and we developed training modules for recruitment and sample collection, sample handling, analysis, biobanking, data analysis and interpretation, ethics and communication.
We also offered a helpdesk function to all project partners via this website. Throughout 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, WP6 organised 3 trainings in 4 workshops for DEMOCOPHES participants covering issues such as fieldwork, database construction and management, as well as communication issues.
- A training for field workers was organised together with WP2, WP3 and WP1, and hosted by WP2 (UBA) in Berlin. Two trainees were invited for each country participating in DEMOCOPHES. The 31 participating trainees were spread over 2 workshops, held in June 22-23 and in June 30–July 1 2011.
- The training on Database Construction and Data Management and Communication was organised in collaboration with WP3, WP5 and WP1 and hosted by DEMOCOPHES in Brussels on the 1 December 2011. It was organised in paralel to the COPHES/DEMOCOPHES European week on HBM.
- The one and a half days training on Communication and Data Analysis and Interpretation was organised in collaboration with WP5 and WP3 and hosted by the University of Copenhagen (WP8) in Copenhagen. It took place after the COPHES Workshop on Non-invasive Sampling in March 12-13, 2012.
To reduce travel costs, trainings were -when possible- organised before or after other COPHES meetings. For more information on the trainings, including short introductions, the agendas and all presentations please click here. “
Training and capacity building for laboratory analysis was part of the joint study protocol and was performed directly by the team responsible for sample processing.