URBAN_X aims to develop strategic partnerships between the RECETOX Centre in the Czech Republic (a Widening country), and three leading European international counterparts (UCL in the UK, ISGlobal in Spain, Utrecht University in the Netherlands). The partnerships which will include scientific collaborations and networking activities will enhance European research excellence in the field of urban exposome.
Common research interests and complementary expertise of project partners will boost development of new approaches for studying the effects of the urban exposome on human health. At the same time, the project will significantly enhance the scientific and technological capacity of RECETOX, raise its students and staff professional profile, and increase the international visibility of the Centre.
To reach the overall aim, the specific objectives of the project are:
- To strengthen the research excellence of RECETOX in the field of the urban exposome through the newly developed strong partnership with advanced research institutions in the area of environmental and social epidemiology and environmental exposure assessment (demonstrated by high-profile joint publications);
To enhance the scientific visibility of RECETOX and open new networking opportunities (joint project applications, secondments of students and staff);
To increase the competitiveness of RECETOX in national, EU and international research grant competitions (competitive individual grant applications, joint collaborative project applications);
To improve RECETOX researchers’ and research support staff profiles with a special reference to early stage researchers (ESRs) (newly accredited study programmes, Ph.D. mentors from the partner institutions);
To foster collaboration with policy-makers at the local level (Brno City Municipality) to translate the research findings to policy and regulation and to contribute to implementation of smart and healthy city policies (collaborative contracts).
How will we do it?
The objectives will be achieved through carefully planned and coordinated activities, including visits and lectures by international experts participating in the twinning project, joint workshops, seminars and summer schools, research visits of junior scientists at the partner institutions, co-tutoring of Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows, participation in conferences, and trainings to enhance competencies of research and research support staff. The proposed activities will help to unlock and fully exploit RECETOX's research and innovation potential and allow it to become a sought after partner in international research consortia.