Quasar has secured its participation in a new H2020 project. The deadline for submission closed on the 10th of January and the resolution will come later in the year. This time the project was submitted in collaboration with Leeds University (UK) with support from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks (ITN) (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017). This program aims to support the career development and training of researchers – with a focus on innovation skills – in all scientific disciplines through international and intersectoral mobility. By funding excellent research and offering attractive working conditions, the program offers high quality professional opportunities open to researchers of any age, nationality or discipline. In particular, the ITN subprogram, is an innovative doctoral-level training providing a range of skills in order to maximise employability. In May 2017 we found out that the project had not been approved for funding.
The scientific project has the title ‘The Analysis of Young Star Spectra’ (StarSpec), and deals with the analysis of young star spectra where young researchers will work in the area of exploitation, analysis and interpretation of astronomical spectroscopy, specifically within the field of star formation. Quasar’s involvement and commitment to the project is to provide training in the key skills of creating software solutions for scientific projects, from documentation to the definition of software requirements and good programming practices. Also training will be provided in the use of existing tools that are applicable to accessing large databases, and to interface those for data mining activities; understanding how different archives may have different requirements in terms of such data mining. By working in Quasar, young researches will be exposed to a working environment within a small commercial company, and will gain an understanding of how more general user requirements, support and the need to quantify customer satisfaction are developed.