ECHONET is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) for early stage researchers (ESRs) and experienced researchers (ERs) funded by the European Commission under the FP7 'People' Programme. The ECHONET ITN started in January 2013 and runs until December 2016. The network provides research and training opportunities for 11 researchers (9 ESRs and 2 ERs) in the field of synthetic chemistry for the preparation of bioactive molecules. The network comprises 8 full partners (6 academic and 2 industrial) and 2 industrial associated partners.
ECHONET offers research training in state-of-the-art chemical synthesis, catalysis, computational chemistry, bioactive molecule design and high throughput library synthesis on both solid phase and flow platforms. Through integration of the complementary, interdisciplinary and intersectorial expertise of the associated partners, and the secondments of researchers to the associated partners, this ITN will help to strengthen Europe’s human resources in the fine chemical, agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.
The researchers will be supervised and mentored by internationally recognised experts and have access to state-of-the-art equipment. Hands-on training will be supplemented by formal training courses in relevant and related fields, and a wide variety of complementary training courses, summer school and seminars. The training of researchers will benefit from secondments to industrial partners, gaining exposure to commercial and complementary environments.
Overall, it is anticipated that the ECHONET project will provide Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs) with an outstanding training experience, through extensive technical and complementary skills development.
The scientific objectives of ECHONET are:
1. To exploit novel synthetic concepts in the preparation of small molecules of high societal value.
2. To exploit state-of-the-art high throughput methods for the synthesis of functionalized compounds.
3. To develop new biologically active compounds, with specific attention to those compounds that address current agrochemical challenges in food production.