TRACES is a European Joint Doctorate network that aims to provide high-level training in the field of in-flight icing to deliver a new generation of high achieving Doctoral Researchers (DR) in the diverse disciplines necessary for mastering the complexity of ice accretion and its mitigation in aircraft and aeroengines.

TRACES will provide the transferable skills necessary for thriving careers in academia, research centres and industry, and it will allow DRs to impact on diverse sectors in addition to aviation: wind energy, ground and maritime transportation, civil engineering. This goal will be achieved by a unique combination of hands-on research training, non-academic secondments and courses and workshops on scientific and complementary soft skills facilitated by the academic/non-academic composition of the consortium

Four objectives:

  • Every doctoral researcher will enrol in a double-PhD programme between the recruiting Host Institution and the Joint Institution, located in a different Country to deliver an international perspective. In addition, one or more industrial partners or research centres will be involved in each project for supervision and training. An Individual Research Committee composed by academic and industrial partners will supervise the doctoral researches throughout the development of his PhD project.
  • All doctoral researchers will have a mandatory Academic Secondment at the Joint University providing the double-PhD degree. The doctoral researchers will also do a secondment at one non-academic partner organisations to gain experience working in different environments in complementary research areas.
  • Four network training school are organized to build a common background knowledge among doctoral researchers and to bring everyone up to date with the state of the art on in-flight ice accretion. Training on transferrable skills is also provided during these training schools.
  • Three Project Working Groups (PWGs) composed by 5 DRs are defined to train the DR on transferrable skills such as: leadership, entrepreneurial capabilities, time management, organization skills, working to deadlines, decision making and motivating people through practical experience. Each Research Project of the PWGs is aimed at finalizing a project design to be assessed by industries and the certification authorities EASA and FAA during the Design and Certification Exercise, which will mimic the certification procedure of aircraft components in icing conditions.


TRACES | TRAining the next generation iCE researcherS