Network Schools

Throughout the project, several training events and network schools will be organised. While primarily aimed at ReTraCE ESRs, such event might also be opened to other interested researchers, depending on local arrangements.

If interested about training events


1st Network school

The 1st ReTraCE Network School (“General Research Methods Training”) was jointly organised by ABIS and USFD in Sheffield (UK), and focused on the provision of fundamental concepts to the whole cohort of ESRs right at the start of their appointment.

This Network School was mainly delivered by USFD (through its Methods Institute), ABIS, and UniKassel staff.

The event took place on 3rd – 7th June 2019 and will be hosted by The Sheffield University Management School.

Please, find more, included a full agenda and lectures of the event here.

2nd Network school

The 2rd ReTraCE Network School (“Analyse and Evaluate the Circular Economy”) was jointly organised by UPN and USFD in Naples (Italy).

The event took place on 9th – 13th December 2019 and was hosted by the Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope.

Please, find full agenda of the event here.

3rd Network school

The 3rd ReTraCE Network School on “Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Circular Economy” was jointly organised by SEERC, ABIS and UPN and it focused on innovative business models for the promotion of Circular Economy through a bottom-up approach.

The unit examines both theoretical and practical issues facing managers and entrepreneurs in order to drive innovation within their organizations.

The event took place on 7th – 11th December 2020.

At the end of the School, every participant was offered a comprehensive understanding of how revenues can be generated successfully, which promotion channels are the most aligned with the target group and how business ideas and property rights can be protected.

Please, find full agenda of the event and presentations here.

4th Network school

This will be a structured two-day writing retreat designed to provide dedicated time and space to progress and prioritise writing projects in a supportive environment. It will aim to allow participants a distraction free setting to write, as well as the opportunity to discuss the writing process with others.

The programme will be based on Murray and Newton (2009) “Writing Retreat” approach. The event will be facilitated by project staff and colleagues from the ThinkAhead initiative of USFD.

The event will be based on three key principles:

  • A collective space within which ESRs write individually but are in the same room throughout the duration of the event.
  • The use of a series of timed and fixed writing slots
  • .The use of peer discussion to review progress during the retreat.

The output for the event will depend upon ESRs’ specific writing projects. This may include writing journal papers, revising and completing a research proposal for external funding, drafting conference papers, or writing a book chapter.