The very first CAPSTONE network-wide training event took place on 22-23 November 2021. Held online, but still allowing for an interactive exchange, the two days included presentations and training modules aimed at introducing the ESRs to their chosen field of research within the project and providing them with a comprehensive overview of what awaits in the next three years of their ESR project.

The project coordinator, Dr. Rebecca Deprez kicked off the meeting with an introduction round, followed by an overview on the key aspects and management structure of the project. The Work Package leaders and ESRs presented the diverse tasks and objectives of the Work Packages and individual research projects – important knowledge for the ESRs to be able to identify potential networking and collaboration opportunities. During the Tour the table, ESRs had the opportunity to present themselves highlighting their passions and personal interests. While during the first day ESRs got insights into the rights and obligations of MSCA fellows, the second day was focused on the transferable skills modules such as Ethics in Animal Research, Gender Equality and Stress management and Project managment.


Programme Day 1 – 22 November 2021


Welcoming & Tour de Table


13:30 – 14:00

CAPSTONE organisation

Pr R. DEPREZ-POULAIN, University of Lille, FR, Coordinator

14:00 – 14:30

Supervisors present themselves and ESR project


14:30 – 15:00

ESR personal introduction


15:40 – 15:55

Presentation of Training Committee and Personal career development plan

Pr D. GEORGIADIS University of Athens, GR, Head of Training Committee

15:30 – 16:00




MSCA Presentation


16:20 – 16:50

Introduction to MSCA-ITNs and rights and obligations of MSCA fellows & Life as an MSCA fellow

J. STREHLER, Accelopment, Zürich, CH, Project manager

16:50 – 17:10

Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation: introduction to WP6

 J. PLESNIAK, Accelopment, Zürich, CH, Project manager Communications

17:30 - 19:00

Team building - a game online



Programme Day 2 – 23 November 2021


Transferable skills TS1: Ethics


9:00 – 9:45

Scientific integrity

Dr Alexis Vlandas, University of Lille, FR, Ethics Advisor

9:45 – 10:30

Ethics in animal research

Dr D. FRUCI, Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu, Roma, IT, Head of Ethics Committee

12:00 – 13:55

Lunch break



Transferable skills TS1: Gender – Stress issues


14:00 – 14:50

Gender equality: where are we?

Dr Sveva AVVEDUTO, IRPPS , Roma, IT, Gender equality Advisor

14:15 – 14:30

Stress management

Dr Nassia EFTHIMIOPOULOU, NCSRD Athens, GR, Project Ombudswoman


Transferable skills TS1: Project Management


14:00 – 14:30

Project Management: History & Tools for ESRs

Pr R. DEPREZ-POULAIN, University of Lille, FR, Coordinator


Organisation of the ESR groups


14:30 – 15:15

Organisation of election of ESR representative

J. STREHLER, Accelopment, Zürich, CH, Project manager

J. PLESNIAK, Accelopment, Zürich, CH, Project manager Communications
Dr L. LESIRE, University of Lille, FR, Coordinator Assistant

15:15 – 16:00

Implication of ESR in social media and creation of groups

Team building

A more entertaining part was not missed. The team building game took place in a virtual escape room with a scientific flair to increase interaction between ESRs and to help building CAPSTONE research community.

ESR words

After the event, to continue ESRs training with improving their communication skills, they were asked to prepare a summary with the main take aways from the 1st CAPSTONE networking meeting.

As CAPSTONE ESRs have highlighted: Even if the current circumstances have prevented us from meeting face to face, we still had the chance to feel part of a big community, understand better all the fields and projects that form the CAPSTONE project and start our training as ESRs with the first transferable skills training. We are looking forward for the next network-wide event, which hopefully will be in-person meeting and will allow us to get to know each other better at the same time benefit from CAPSTONE training modules from different areas.