To develop the team ethos between the TREASURE ESRs and build strong links within the TREASURE network, the project held a series of network-wide events to provide:
- Three, five-day summer schools
- Three, two-day workshops and
- A final conference
The programme offered a carefully designed set of complementary and transferable skills so that all thirteen ESRs were equally armed with the necessary tools to succeed in today’s competitive job market. This supported the host-based training that each of the fellows received, by providing qualified education, create critical mass and set the foundation for long-term collaboration among the ESRs, beyond the duration of the project.
Each TREASURE event also had a limited number of spaces open to early-stage researchers from outside the project. For more information see the individual event details.
Each event was hosted by different members of the consortium to ensure that full value is made of local skills and facilities. The events are listed below:
First TREASURE School
GNSS, EGNSS and related high accuracy positioning techniques and applications
Date: 11 -15 September 2017
Host: University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
This was a levelling event that focussed on the overarching theme of GNSS. Lectures were delivered by experts from the project, including partner organisations, keynotes were delivered by representatives of ESA and GSA.
The school started with a team-building day and concluded with a field visit to see a demonstration of GNSS guided agricultural technology.
First TREASURE Workshop
Initial Developments and Interaction with Academia and Industry
Date: 17 – 18 April 2018
Host: Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy
This event was the first official occasion for the TREASURE ESRs to present their initial achievements. Some invited speakers, external and internal to the project’s network, presented research topics related to the TREASURE project and their own activities, resulting in useful discussions with the ESRs and with the project partners. The event allowed the ESRs to expose their research initial directions and gather feedback from within and outside the network.
Second TREASURE School
PPP and RTK error modelling: the challenges for ambiguity resolution
Date: 19 – 22 November 2018
Host: University of Bath, Bath, UK
The lectures were given mostly by consortium members and focused on the specific PhD topics of the ESRs, with particular reference to GNSS high accuracy positioning techniques. As in the first summer school, also during this school the attendees had the opportunity to carry out practical work in the form of exercises and supervised hands-on activities. Besides students from the TREASURE beneficiaries and associate partners, 8 other European, African and Asian research organizations sent participants. The event was instrumental in promoting further interaction not only amongst the ESRs but also with the wider community.
Second TREASURE Workshop
A response to user needs in PPP and RTK
Date: 21-22 May 2019
Host: Noveltis, Labège, France
This event was the second formal occasion for the ESRs to present the status of their research work, to interact with one another and to acquire feedback from supervisors and the external community. Invited speakers, external and internal to the project’s network, provided expert contributions in their field of work and in relation to the main topic of the TREASURE project, resulting in useful discussions with the ESRs and with the project partners. The workshop also hosted 3 selected young researchers from India, China and the UK, who were each awarded a bursary to help fund their participation in the event and present their research work. The event helped in gathering valuable insights on the business side of the project, also allowing the ESRs to expose their research directions, obtaining guidance and constructive criticism by the experts from within and outside the network.
Third TREASURE School
State of the art of EGNSS high accuracy positioning: what can Galileo bring to the table?
Date: 04-08 December 2019
Host: Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
This event organised during an advanced stage of the project placed a stronger focus on the differentiators of the Galileo system with respect to other GNSS and on addressing in more details the signal processing of the GNSS receiver, with a view to highlight the specific features of Galileo. The schedule of the school covered the different aspects described above by relying on few invited speakers and specialized contributions from the consortium beneficiaries and partners. During the school the attendees had the opportunity to attend conventional lessons as well as to carry out practical work in the form of exercises and supervised hands-on activities, including visits to laboratories and facilities related to GNSS research in the Politecnico di Torino’s campus.
Third TREASURE Workshop
Appraisal of scientific and technological output
Date: 11-13 May 2020
Host: Fugro Innovation & Technology B. V., Webinar
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a change of plan with respect to the initial proposal for this event, originally scheduled to take place in The Netherland 5-6 May 2020, hosted by TREASURE beneficiaries Fugro. With The Netherlands and a large part of the world in lockdown around March 2020, there was great uncertainty about the possibility to travel. As a consequence, the event was re-scheduled to 11-13 May and held online using Microsoft Teams, while still hosted by Fugro.
This event was the last official occasion for the ESRs to present their achievements over the last three years before they end their employment contract with their host beneficiaries. The event was organised so that focus could be placed exclusively on the ESRs and on the need for the consortium to appraise the final stages of their work.
The Ultimate Real Time EGNSS Solution: achievements and the near future
Date: 19-21 October 2020
Host: University of Nottingham, Webinar
In light of the unpredictable situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and after thoughtful discussions with the TREASURE management board, it has been decided to move the TREASURE Final Conference to a fully online, virtual experience to take place during 19-21 October 2020.
The aim is to maximise the impact of TREASURE’s final outcomes by introducing them to the market. A number of relevant invited speakers kindly agreed to provide insight on different aspects of the project, covering both the technical and the business sides of real time high accuracy GNSS positioning and applications. At this stage, a number of quality papers and presentations of TREASURE’s research and practical results have been published and the conference will attract industry and academia, not only in Europe but worldwide. Exposure of results and of the Fellows themselves will boost the exploitation of TREASURE and the job prospects of its young researchers.