Training activities

Training activities

Set of compulsory and optional ACTIVITIES, in order to meet the requirements for the annual assessment of each student of the PhD Program in Integrative Biology.

1. Presentation of the Research Plan and the results obtained during its development (compulsory annual activity)

2. Publications in indexed journals (voluntary activity without temporal sequence)

3. Presentation of communications to at least one scientific meeting (national or international) before the presentation of the PhD dissertation. (compulsory activity without temporal sequence)

4. Annual attendance at a minimum of 5 research seminars every year. (compulsory annual activity)

5. Mobility (optional activity without temporal sequence)

6. Attendance at courses for the improvement of techniques for the development of the Thesis (optional activity without temporal sequence)

7. Teaching collaboration activities (optional activity without temporal sequence)

• GLOBAL ASSESMENT OF TRAINING ACTIVITIES

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1. Presentation of the Research Plan and the results obtained during its development (obligatory annual activity)

It will be done by writing an annual report adjusted to this document.

The text of this document can be written in English or Spanish and will include the progress of each year in the development of the Doctoral Thesis. After the submission of the annual Research Plan, the PhD student must give an oral presentation in English or Spanish (15 minutes) explaining the results obtained with a brief introduction of his Research Plan. This activity will be a viva in camera examination at the end of the first course and at the same time for all students. The exact date in each year will be disseminated through the website of the Doctoral Program in Integrative Biology.

No. of estimated hours: 25

Monitoring procedure: The activity is on-site (viva presentation only for the first year PhD students) and also as written presentation and will be evaluated by the monitoring committee with two possible qualifications: passed, not passed. If relevant, improvements will be required to be taken into account in next year evaluations.

2. Publications in indexed journals (voluntary activity without temporal sequence)

The evaluation will be adjusted to the following scale: 2 points per paper in JCR journal from Q1; 1 from Q2; 0.5 from Q3 and 0.25 from Q4. Journals not included in JCR will be evaluated between 0.1 and 0.5 at the discretion of the monitoring committee, as well as book chapters. This score will be multiplied by a coefficient depending on the order of authorship: x1, if she/he is the first or last author; x0.5, if she/he is second author; x0.1 for the rest positions. Maximum: 4 points.

For those students who, due to the idiosyncrasy of their work, are not able to publish the results (for example, because they are subject to a business confidentiality rule), the following equivalence is established with each patent registered in their name: licensed international, 2 points; licensed national, 1 point; unlicensed international, 0.5 points; national non-license, 0.25 points. The same factors are applied for co-authorship. Maximum: 4 points.

No. of estimated hours: 5

Monitoring procedure: The activity is not on-site (written exposition) and will be evaluated by the monitoring committee with a quantitative score that is the sum of the publications presented up to a maximum of 4 points.

3. Presentation of contributions to at least one scientific meeting (national or international) before the presentation of the Doctoral Thesis (compulsory activity without temporal sequence)

These contributions must be the direct result of the PhD Thesis project and the PhD student must be the first author if there are several. The assessment will be adjusted to the following scale: in national meetings, 0.25 points for each poster presentation and 0.5 points for each oral presentation; in international meetings, 0.5 points for poster contributions and 1 point for oral presentation given by the student. Maximum: 3 points. The justification for this activity will be made through the certificates issued by the organizers of the meetings.

The PhD program will organize sessions or doctoral workshops in which students can present their results in a 30-minute public seminar at the School of Biology, where there will be further public discussion with the PhD student. This activity will compute 0.75 points and may serve to fulfil the compulsory nature of this training activity.

No. of estimated hours: 25

Monitoring procedure: the monitoring committee will assign a score based on the items presented and the values according to the mentioned scale.

4. Annual attendance at a minimum of 5 research seminars every year (compulsory annual activity)

Preference will be given to seminars usually organized by the Faculty of Biology, Institute of Biomedicine of Seville (IBIS), Andalusian Center for Research in Molecular Biology and Regenerative Medicine (CABIMER), Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC), Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville (IRNAS-CSIC), Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Photosynthesis (IBVF-CSIC), Institute for Fats (CSIC). However, seminars from other national or international centres may be included. (0.1 points each, maximum 2 points, from the 5 obligatory annual seminars).

Certificate model to justify seminar attendance.

• Faculty of Biology, University of Seville: http://biologia.us.es/es/

• Doñana Biological Station, Seville, CSIC: http://www.ebd.csic.es/seminarios-ebd

• Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology, Seville, CSIC: http://www.irnas.csic.es/blog/category/divulgacion/seminarios/

• Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Photosynthesis, CSIC-University of Seville: http://www.ibvf.csic.es/actualidad

• Institute for Fats, CSIC: http://www.ig.csic.es/agenda/ver/4

• CABIMER: http://www.cabimer.es/web/es/seminarios/

• IBIS: http://www.ibis-sevilla.es/formacion-y-docencia/seminarios.aspx

No. of estimated hours: 15

Monitoring procedure: The monitoring committee will assign a score, requiring a certificate of attendance at the seminars, according to the scale indicated above.

5. Mobility (optional activity and without temporal sequence)

Stays in other Spanish and foreign centres, with the submission of a report with the approval of the mentor researcher, regardless of whether these stays are externally regulated by grants (in these cases a copy of the report after the stay will be sufficient) (1 point for continued stay of more than one month, maximum 3 points). The Academic Committee will control the achievement of the activity through the appropriate certificate issued by the receiving centre.

No. of estimated hours: 160

Monitoring procedure: submission to the monitoring committee of the attendance certificate and the report after the stay, including the objectives achieved. Based on this, a score will be assigned according to the scale established above.

6. Attendance at courses for the improvement of techniques for the development of the Thesis (optional activity and without temporal sequence)

To the extent possible, the PhD Program in Integrative Biology will organize courses of general interest (statistics, data analysis, laboratory techniques, instrumental handling, structure and style of scientific and technical research articles, etc.) for students of the PhD Program (attendance at these courses will be especially valued, but other courses attended at the initiative of the student will be accepted, accredited by the corresponding certificate). (0.25 points each, maximum 2 points). The Academic Committee will accept the certificates issued by the organizers of the courses and the scores provided in them, provided that they are at least passed.

No. of estimated hours: 50

Monitoring procedure: After submission to the monitoring committee of the certificates issued by the course organizers, it will assign a score to the courses passed according to the scale included above.

7. Teaching collaboration activities (optional activity and without temporal sequence)

In those cases where the employment regulations and administrative situation allows it, the university teaching activity carried out will be valued (for example, thanks to scholarships and appointments that contemplate teaching activity) (0.2 points per credit given, maximum 2 points). The monitoring of this activity will be carried out by the Academic Committee, based on the information generated in the Teaching Plan of the Department where the PhD student is teaching, but the student must include this merit in his DAD in order to be evaluated.

No. of estimated hours: 60

Monitoring procedure: Following official information from the Department through its Teaching Plan, the monitoring committee will assign a score according to the scale indicated above.

 

GLOBAL EVALUATION OF TRAINING ACTIVITIES

The justification of the training activities will be carried out by means of the incorporation of the supporting documents in the Document of Activities of the PhD student (DAD), which the PhD Secretariat of the University of Seville will make available to the students through a computer application (under progress).

In order to pass the Doctorate Program and be able to defend the Doctoral Thesis, students must compulsorily complete all the activities listed in sections 1, 3 and 4 and obtain a minimum score of 5 points by carrying out complementary activities mentioned in sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. In the case of part-time students, they will complete the same activities and will need to obtain the same score but extended in the longer time that their enrolment in the PhD Program can last. However, due to their part-time dedication, the annual minimum number of seminars (training activity 4) they must attend is reduced to three, since this activity has an annual count.

For the compulsory annual assessment, it will be necessary to carry out activities 1 and 4, as well as to overcome the training complements that may be established, when appropriate.

• Self-assessment model so that students can calculate the accumulated points for the global assessment. Download