A solid scientific training that allows to conduct independent research in all areas of visual science, including project conception, to data collection and analysis, publication and technology transfer (regulations, patent examination and patent writing).
Skills to communicate research results to the scientific community but also to the general public.
Skills to better manage their career development in aspects such as ethics in research and innovation context, employability, entrepreneurship, decision making and time management, among others.
The large, networked context of OBERON also provides the ESRs with a broad external support base in addition to their supervisors, consisting of experts in physics, optics, biomechanics, statistics, and ophthalmology. This forms a natural base to develop their professional network, which is a major advantage over other students that receive the more common, single-centre training. ESRs are also expected to present their work at a minimum of two international scientific conferences, other than those organised within OBERON, and to disseminate their work to non-expert audiences once a year in an outreach event.
To successfully conclude the project all ESRs must have obtained their PhD degree while acquiring a set of unique skills in the process, optimally positioning them to apply for positions at leading research institutions in vision science.