The 2nd TRUSS ITN training week was held in Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC) (Spain) from Monday 16th to Friday 20th January 2017. All fourteen Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) received training in core and specialist research modules, team activities and research seminars as per table below. Additionally, four postgraduate researchers and five lecturers external to TRUSS attended modules of the training week. The contents aim to complement learning acquired by ESRs during their work experience in TRUSS, and prior 1st training week in University of Nottingham (UK, 30th November to 4th December 2015).

Type of Module Name of Module No. hours
Project Progress Update on project progress 1
Core Research Modules Vulnerability and Risk Assessment 1
Uncertainty Quantification and propagation for sensitivity or reliability purpose 2
Practical Reliability Engineering – Case Studies 2
Survival Analysis and Discrete Event Simulation applied to Structural Reliability 2
Specialist Research Modules Advanced Finite Element Modelling 1
Multi-Level Monte Carlo Methods for stochastic analysis and robust optimum design 1
Reducing Uncertainty in Structural Safety through Static Non Destructive Tests 1
Workshop on Observability Techniques for Uncertainty Reduction 2
Reducing uncertainty through the Structured Expert Elicitation: justification and methodology 1
Communication/transferable Skills Modules Knowledge management: The path to innovation 1
Responsible conduct in research and innovation 2
Team Activities Cultural and technical visit to Sagrada Familia and Gaudi´s background on architecture and engineering 7
Research Seminars Presentations by Early Stage Researchers on their research and feedback from Consortium 5

Beneficiaries and partners joined on Thursday the 19th to attend presentations by the fellows on their Research Plan and to give them advice on their Personal Career Development Plans (PCDPs). Also on Thursday, TRUSS Consortium held their fourth Supervisory Board Meeting, which was attended by the ESR representative, Rui Teixeira.  On Friday afternoon, answers to a confidential questionnaire were gathered from ESRs to identify those modules found more useful for the project and for their future career, and to propose new modules to cover their needs in a future training event.