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Short courses

Lead institution: GFZ

Description: This course will teach the PIs and Co-PIs supervision and people management skills essential in doctoral education. The course will include sessions on the structure of doctoral education, techniques to identify and achieve intended learning outcomes, and to monitor and review progress, communication skills in the supervision relationship, gender and minority aspects, and conflict management and mediation. As an outcome, the participants will draft a personal supervision strategy statement. The course will take place before the start of the ESRs’ projects.

Lead institution: UNIL/UmU

Description: This course has the aim to familiarise the ESRs with Earth surface processes, to teach them essential geomorphic and seismological field techniques, and to interpret landscapes. It will include field excursions and group work, using various data collection techniques (e.g., geomorphic surveying, array design, active seismic experiments).

Lead institution: IPGP

Description: This course has the aim to teach the ESRs a broad range of data analysis techniques used to explore seismic data, with a specific emphasis on the particularities of seismic applications in the Earth surface sciences. A special session will be dedicated to best practice in code writing, including code annotation and documenting, as well as relevant ethical and legal issues. Example data sets will include those collected by the ESRs during Short Course 2.

Lead institution: GFZ

Description: This course will aim to teach skills that are essential for a career in research or in industry. It will include sessions on the scientific method, hypothesis testing, uncertainties and statistics, structured approaches to reading, writing and communicating, best conduct and ethical issues in science, data ethics, management and archiving (FAIR principles), the publication landscape, citation and bibliography, and citation metrics. The course will be taught in a combination of lectures, discussion sessions and practical exercises. Sessions that cover science communication and outreach will be organized together with the PSCs. EnvSeis Short Course 4 will specifically include training on presentation skills and will allow time for the ESRs to prepare for assessment.

Lead institution: WSL/USE

Description: This course aims to teach the physical fundamentals of seismology, with a special view to Earth surface processes. It will include sessions on seismic source processes, elastic wave generation, as well as elastic wave types and their propagation. The latter subject will be emphasized in view of near-surface medium properties. A solid theoretical background will enable the ESRs’ to take their analyses beyond commonly used cook book approaches. Short Course 5 is scheduled in month 18, a year after the start of the ESRs’ projects. This timing ensures that the ESRs already have basic knowledge of seismology, seismic data processing and interpretation, and the course can be specifically designed to cater for the ESRs’ needs within their projects.