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  1. The objectives

The aim of the GOTP (Goal Oriented Training Program)  is to prepare engineers and scientists for activities to support the ITER project and the long-term fusion program within the Associations, Fusion for Energy (F4E) and ITER Organization.

In the specific case of this training, the objective is to develop, among the Associations, knowledge of “Quality in Project Management” at an adequate level for them to participate in projects proposed by F4E.

To reach this goal, the training will be organized in the European Training Network for Quality in Project Management structure, developing Quality and Project Management knowledge through proven traditional practices that are widely applied in other fields. The ETN-QPM will provide the means for a large number of Associations (15) to sufficiently increase their knowledge of Quality and Project Management in order to develop their quality system to a level at which they are able to implement an appropriate Quality Plan (Project Management Plan) for different fusion projects. Integrating such a number of Associations will help to harmonize the practices in Europe and share a common technical vocabulary.
The developed Quality System has to :

At the end of the training, the Associations should have the possibility to hire experienced people to carry out the QA tasks related to the ITER project or the Broader Approach projects in order to raise the general level of quality and project management knowledge across the European Fusion community.


  1. The consortium

In order to fulfill theses objectives, the network will be based on six ITER related programs that are organized through consortia :

  1. Relevance to ITER project and F4E requirements

The ETN-QPM network will have several levels of relevance to the ITER project and F4E requirements:

The direct one is the support for the implementation of the quality management system for each consortium project, consistent with the F4E and IO quality systems, through the provision of the highly motivated  Early-Stage Researchers (ESR, or trainees). During a 3 years period the consortium will implement and improve the different systems with the full involvement of the ESR. At the end of this training period the ESR will be available to support further ITER/Broader Approach projects.

In a second instance, there is the opportunity to share different experiences and to explore new solutions through the Network and the activities of the trainees. Indeed, as each project undertakes new product development in a multicultural environment some constructive deviation from standard practices can be expected thanks to differences in know-how and communication skills.

The Network can also have an indirect relevance to the ITER project and F4E requirements since the training program and the training workshops are opened to the whole fusion community (F4E, EFDA, Associations and related laboratories). To maximize this, a direct support of EFDA  is excepted in order to help to get a large participation of the Fusion community in the training program. In that sense, the Network will help to establish a kind of reference that the different labs can be inspired.

  1. The organization

The organization : the ETN-QPM management structure will be driven by a management committee. This management committee is composed of one institutional representative per organization involved in the network.

The Management committee will meet once a year with the EFDA  Representative Officer for a progress meeting. Internal network meetings will be organized at mid term between progress meetings.




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