Workshops are EDIM special feature: the geographical dispersion of the program that result from e.g. candidates doing field are kept together by quarterly EDIM Workshops which are attended exclusively by the candidates and faculty. This is the most distinctive element of the EDIM curricula. Each workshop lasts 3-4 days long and in order to ensure integration the workshop rotates between the partners.
An advantage with the workshops is that are vehicles for creating an EDIM program culture among its candidates and faculty. During the workshops the EDIM candidates, tutors, and supervisors gather for seminars, joint courses, supervisory committee meetings, and cooperative research work. The workshops as such, will also manifest the international and borderless dimension of the program. In that sense, the EDIM Workshops is one way "to live the way we teach".
The glue that holds the EDIM programme together is the common quarterly workshop, which is attended by the candidates, the Scientific Committee, the administrative coordinators as well the EDIM faculty.
So far these workshops have been held in Stockholm (October2011, February 2012), Madrid (December 2011), Como (June 2012), Stockholm (October
2012), Stockholm (December 2012) , Madrid (February 2013), Milan (June 2013).
The first workshop (EDIM I) took place in Stockholm in October, 2011.
It lasted three days and was attended by 8 candidates, members of the scientific committee, and the supervisors. During the workshop the program was inaugurated in presence of the Dean of Faculty at KTH, the candidates and the faculty were introduced to the program and two EDIM doctoral courses, Introduction to Scientific Research and Industrial Management, were started. In addition to the academic contents participants of the workshop were also provided with a taste of Swedish culture.
The second workshop (EDIM I) was held in Madrid December 2012 and lasted for three days.
It was attended by the candidates, members of the scientific committee, and the administrative coordinators. The aim of this workshop was apart from continuing the above mentioned courses also to discuss a draft of the research proposals. Members of the scientific committee provided the candidates with suggestions on improving their draft research proposals. As was the case in Stockholm the attendees to this workshop were also given a cultural taste of Madrid.
The third workshop (EDIM I) was held in Stockholm in late February and lasted for three days.
It was attended by the candidates, members of the scientific committee, and the EDIM supervisors. The aim of this workshop was, in addition to the continuation of the courses, for the candidates to present their research proposals. In addition, the candidates presented an analysis of the institutional, academic capacity of their home universities. The aim of this was to understand the extent of candidate integration into the respective university's research portfolio and for the consortium to access if there are needs for improvements.
The fourth workshop (EDIM I) took place in Como, Italy during the last week of June, 2012.
The workshop was attended by all nine candidates of the first edition, members of the faculty as well as the administrative staff of the programme. Aside the academic activities, the workshop programme also included social activities, as well as lectures from prominent representatives from the industry.
During the workshop, the candidates presented their state-of-the-art research papers and received feedback from members of the faculty.
The fifth workshop (EDIM I) took place in Stockholm between the 9th and the 11th of October, 2012.
Previously this workshop was scheduled to coincide with the inauguration of the second edition but because of the delay from the EACEA it was only attended by the nine candidates of the first edition, EDIM I.
The Scientific Committee meeting during the first day of the workshop was also attended by EACEA EMJD coordinator, Sabine Minniti, who observed and participated in the meeting. Ms Minniti also met the candidates to gain insights on their perspective regarding the EDIM programme.
In addition to the academic contents, the workshop contained social and cultural activities, such as a guided visit to the Vasa museum and common dinners. Apart from the two EDIM unique courses (Introduction to research and Industrial Management) which are offered at the workshops, guest lecturers were invited to give a seminar on how to succeed in getting published.
The sixth workshop for EDIM I and the kick-off and first workshop for EDIM II was arranged in Stockholm between the 11th to the 13th of December 2012.
For the first time in the history of the programme this workshop was attended by all nine candidates of the first edition and the eight candidates from the second edition that had joined the programme at that time. Hence, the activities of the programme included the official kick-off for the second edition as well as paper presentations for the first edition. A joint ceremony to welcome the new candidates, was followed by an inauguration dinner held at the coordinating institution, KTH, on the 11th of December.
The Dean of the School of Industrial Technology at KTH officially inaugurated the second edition of the programme. The programme of the following two days contained parallel sessions for the two editions. The first edition presented their working research papers which were discussed and critiqued by members of the faculty. The second edition was introduced to the programme in detail. In addition, the candidates presented their research ideas.
The second workshop for EDIM II took place in Madrid between the 19th and the 21st of February 2013 and was attended by members of the faculty, candidates of the second edition as well as all administrative coordinators of the programme (from KTH, UPM and Polimi).
The workshop programme contained academic and social activities. The candidates presented drafts of their thesis proposals and received feedback from the EDIM faculty. During the second day of the workshop, speakers from the Spanish industry and policy units presented the structure and state of Spanish industry, as well as the economic and technological structure of Spain.
The workshops have so far been great successes and lay the basis of the creation of an EDIM-culture.