WWU, UNL and UJI will jointly award the doctorate degree, providing a joint diploma and diploma supplement. The joint degree is recognized at the three sites. The three-year education and training programme is structured into six phases, each containing specific milestones, and a 30 credit point (CP) course programme.
Is an intentionally short preparation phase. It begins with the orientation camp and the interdisciplinary block course. Its purpose is to familiarize ESR with the research environment and to refine the dissertation topic. Milestones: preliminary course program (M1), quarterly progress reports (M3, M6), dissertation proposal, including an assessment of the state-of-the-art and publication plan (M5), plan for exchange period (M6).
Produces the first scientific results of the dissertation. Major steps during this phase are to defend an updated dissertation proposal and to submit a publication to an international conference. Milestones: quarterly progress reports (M9, M12, M15, M18), defense of revised dissertation proposal (M12), publication submitted to international conference (M18), optional: additional publications.
Is the main production phase in terms of final scientific results. The key result is the submission of a journal paper. Milestones: quarterly progress reports (M21, M24, M27, M30), publication submitted to international journal (M30), optional: additional publications.
Focuses on the doctoral researchers finishing the writing of their theses. Milestones: quarterly progress report (M33), thesis synopsis (M33), thesis (M36).
Contains a 6-months mobility measure to one of the other partners, supervised by the thesis co-supervisor at that university. One aspect is to attend the course program at the partner university, experiencing different teachers and learning styles. Even more significant is the work in a different research group, at the same time linking the research tracks and serving the coherence of the entire research programme. Milestones: quarterly progress report, exchange report.
In order to prepare for professional live, phase 6 is a mandatory one-month internship with different tracks at the associated partners from Industry and Government. Since these partners are potential users of the open cities toolset, the doctoral researchers will further use the internship to receive input for their research. Milestone: training report.