Pathogen Informed Resistance to Oomycete Diseases in Ecosystems, Agriculture and Aquaculture (PROTECTA).

The PROTECTA consortium is composed of nine academic and private sector beneficiaries, who each host one or more early stage researchers (ESRs), most of whom are also registered as PhD students at our academic institutions.

The project is further supported by ten associated partner organisations that provide collaboration opportunities, host the students for short-term research exchange secondments and or offer inter-sectoral mentoring. We draw on expertise from across Europe, as you can see from our map.

locations of PROTECTA institutions in Europe. Red arrows represent beneficiaries (who host the ESRs) and green arrows represent partners in the project

The consortium is lead by the Department of Plant Protection Biology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, (SLU), at the Alnarp campus in Southern Sweden and consists of the following nine beneficiaries:
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier
University of Aberdeen
Oxford University
Wageningen University and Research
The Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Tuscia University
Maribohilleshog AB

What will PROTECTA do?

We will train the next generation of scientific innovators and future European Research Leaders – 15 Early Stage Researchers- many of whom are also registered as PhD students at our participating universities.

We offer:
-Multi-sectorial and interdisciplinary training for every ESR
-Industry mentors embedded in every supervisor team
-Up to 10 months abroad on secondment for each student
-A four phase integrated, collaborative, doctoral training programme

The four stage PhD training plan includes foundation level, research, translation and completion courses alongside individual research projects leading to PhD degrees for each ESR.

PROTECTA is an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions Innovation Training Network (ITN) Project financed by the EU through H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 under grant agreement number 766048.