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European Crucible: a leadership and development programme for “research leaders of the future” taking place online in February and March 2021

Early/mid-career researchers working in European Universities and institutions are encouraged to apply for a place on this virtual programme by the deadline of 13th January 2021. Further details are available on the European Crucible webpages: and, for those awarded a place, all training costs of participating in the virtual programme will be covered.

Only 25 researchers from Europe will be competitively selected for the prestigious European Crucible 2021 programme. They will join the 25 outstanding researchers from Scotland who have already been selected (prior to Covid): and

European Crucible is sponsored by the Scottish Government via the Scottish Funding Council and is being run in collaboration with the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), University of Luxembourg and other partner organisations in Scotland and Luxembourg:

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On behalf of Scottish Crucible, the University of Luxembourg, Scottish Research Pools and partner institutions, you are cordially invited to apply for a place on the forthcoming ‘European Crucible’ event which will gather Scottish future research leaders with their counterparts from across Europe.

Recognising the importance of international research collaboration, and following the success of Scottish Crucible over the past decade, this European Crucible will stimulate new international research collaborations between Scottish and European researchers. The meeting will create a new network for research leaders between Scotland and Europe, and enable international collaboration on interdisciplinary research and innovation topics with additional engagement with policy-makers and industry. This first European Crucible event will have an emphasis on innovative collaborations at the interfaces between Life Sciences and other disciplines.

European Crucible – Scottish researchers (call for applicants complete).We are proud to announce that researchers from Scottish institutions have already been selected by a committee of leading academic experts. To find out more about the Scottish researchers attending the European Crucible, visit the Scottish Cohort page.

A bespoke Crucible event: This ‘Crucible-style’ programme is sponsored by the Scottish Government via the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Luxembourg National Research Fund (LNRF), and Luxembourg groups LCSB C2DH LIST SnT LISER and the LIH (see our partners page) to explore the scope and potential for an ambitious expansion of Scottish-European research collaboration through the creation of new interdisciplinary partnerships that address global challenges. The virtual workshops will comprise four half-day events involving a range of inspiring speakers, collaborative discussions, and networking sessions. The expert facilitators include writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry, OBE, a UKRI Board member; and science journalist and facilitator Quentin Cooper. Keynote speakers include Prof Rory Duncan, Director of Talent and Skills, UKRI (UK Research and Innovation).

This inaugural European Crucible event is organised by the Research Futures Academy of Heriot-Watt University (home of Scottish Crucible), and the University of Luxembourg on behalf of the network of Scottish Research Pools and their institutional partners. Research Pooling has created research alliances of Scottish universities and research institutes with the aim of enhancing world class research competitiveness and advanced training through strategic cooperation.

Dates and Timings: The main platform for the European Crucible will be Zoom. The programme will comprise of four half days of activities, and to maximise positive outcomes of the Crucible, participants must commit to attend all four meetings as follows:

European Crucible – Virtual Lab 1: Tuesday 23rd February 2021; 13:00-16:00 (UK time)

European Crucible – Virtual Lab 2: Thursday 25th February 2021; 13:00-16:00 (UK time)

European Crucible – Virtual Lab 3: Wednesday 3rd March 2021; 13:00-16:00 (UK time)

European Crucible – Virtual Lab 4: Wednesday 10th March 2021; 13:00-16:00 (UK time).

Further logistical/programme details will be provided beforehand to those who have been selected to participate on this occasion.

Applying to join the European Crucible: We are keen to bring together a broad cross-section of researchers from different disciplines in academia and industry to identify collaborative research opportunities that span disciplines and sectors. Priority will be given to those who show evidence of being capable of contributing to building an ambitious European-Scotland network across disciplines and organisations. Applicants should be at senior postdoctoral level and above, with experience of leading projects and securing funding, or have relevant industry/research institute experience.

If you would like to be considered for a place on the European Crucible, please complete and submit this short application form briefly explaining your subject area(s), any experience you may have in collaborating across sectors or disciplines, and why you should be invited to participate in this event. Please also prepare a copy of your CV including a key publications list (publications list should be no longer than 3 sides), and send these to:

[If you have not received an acknowledgement of receipt from us of your application with 3 working days of sending it, please email us to enquire in case there has been a technical problem].

To enhance interaction, participation will be limited to 50 in total, with half of this number coming from Scotland.

The deadlines for applications are:

For Scottish Participants: Applications are now closed.

For European Participants: 10:00am (UK time) on Wednesday 13th January 2021.

We aim to confirm whether we have been able to allocate you a place on the programme by 29th January 2021. Links to the application form can be found on the European Crucible website:

For any further queries, please contact us at the Research Futures Academy: