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Future career prospects are largely dependent on the quality of the resulting publications and on the ESRs research background. Training within the well-structured, multidisciplinary CodeAge network will have the advantage of exposing ESRs to a great variety of research methods and environments which will undoubtedly make a positive contribution to their future career prospects. To reach this goal, we have designed the network to incorporate seven research laboratories and three SMEs that all will contribute directly to the training of ESRs using state-or the art methodologies, which will be pursued in collaboration and during exchanges between all partners. Within this environment, ESRs will be trained in and communicate between different research disciplines while they will also be exposed to the culture of industry. Therefore, the Network concurrently addresses a major weakness in the current ageing research field in Europe, help build a strong multi-disciplinary European science area and benefit individual ESRs by providing them with a unique skill set, thus enhancing their employment prospects. We have set out local and network-wide training modules aimed at providing general expertise related to the broader field of the project, expertise specific to the field of the Network and expertise related to complementary skills.

Individual ESRs will be associated with one local group or SME, who will supervise an interdisciplinary project and provide the day-to-day physical and intellectual environment. We have structured the wider network to facilitate collaboration and multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial training. Secondments of ESRs will underpin collaboration between groups within the network and allow ESRs to apply the specific methodologies, technologies and resources available within the program to their own project. Importantly, all ESRs will have a period of a lab exchange or secondment to an SME to gain experience in project management, the culture and methods common in industry and, where appropriate, to learn specific methods related to their research project. To generate cohesion, spread the academic, industrial and practical expertise available within the network and to further develop collaborations, we propose a series of workshops and summer schools. Due to the central thematic area of the proposal, the translational approach on the impact of chronic DNA damage in ageing,the multidisciplinary nature and the cutting-edge methodologies, this program is expected to provide a framework for very high-level training of young researchers.