To create a new generation of leaders in the field of CO2 utilization, many schools and workshops are organized in the framework of PIONEER. This thorough training provides a broad range of courses to the Early Stage Researchers, including instruction in several scientific fields and transferable skills, complemented with scientific workshops.


International School on Low Temperature Plasma Physics: Basics and Applications

5-12 October 2019, Bad Honnef, Germany

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the present status of the field of low-temperature plasma physics. The course offers a broadening of knowledge in plasma physics and in the interaction of plasmas with surfaces, including a description of advanced diagnostics. Participants are invited to bring with them presentation material in form of posters.

5-15 October 2020, Online

All ESRs who could not join the 2019 Plasma School participated in this year’s online Plasma School.


Heterogeneous Catalysis and common courses

14-29 May 2020, Zaragoza, Spain

The second training of PIONEER program was supposed to be held in Zaragoza, beginning of June 2020. Because of the Corona Virus pandemic, it has been replaced by a series of online courses. These courses were organized by M.V. Navarro and T. Garcia from ICB-CSIC. The aim of the courses is to acquaint students with the present status of the field of catalysis . The course offers a broadening of knowledge in catalyst preparation and characterization, heterogeneous catalysis and plasma catalysis. The program was completed by courses on career planning and storytelling in scientific communication.

Bibliographic Search & Watch

4 March 2021, Online

In a one day online workshop by Violaine Jacq from Sorbonne University the students got an overview about where and how to look for relevant literature but also about how to let literature “come to them” using bibliographic watch.

5 and 6 May 2021, Online

We would like to thank the Sorbonne University Library service for providing our ESRs with a cycle of workshops about Open Access and bibliographic Search and Watch. It was very useful and informative, looking forward to use the tips learned for our future publications within the PIONEER consortium.


Liverpool Summer School

29 June – 1 July 2021, Liverpool, UK

The third big training event of Pioneer was planned to held in Liverpool, UK due to the ongoing pandemic the event was organized online again. The ESRs experienced a diverse training program reaching from science focuses lectures about plasma catalysis and catalyst characterization, insights into industry and a thorough soft skill training. Thanks to the organizational efforts of Xin Tu and Timo Gans the event was a full success.


Eindhoven Autumn School

10-12 November 2021, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

For the first time ever all ESRs have been in one place for the Eindhoven Autumn School focusing on the development of their soft skills.


Paris Entrepreneurship School

11-15 April 2022, Paris, France

In this one week course the ESRs got an idea on how to start forming a business from an idea. Additionally, the generation of funding and proper communication skills were addressed.


Lisbon School

11-15 July 2022, Lisbon, Portugal

This school focused on the modelling of chemical reactors. With the end of the project in sight, the preparation for CV writing and job interviews was also addressed. We thank Vasco Guerra and Carlos Henriques for the organization.

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