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The European PhD Hub

About the project

The European PhD hub is an online electronic platform that will provide PhD students, Researchers and Universities with new cooperation and funding opportunities from both the public and private sectors, both in direct research funding and commissioned research from enterprises.

The project consists of three specific outputs aiming at:

1) Establishing a quality framework for university-business cooperation: Each University-Business tandem will establish their local PhD Hub strategy, aimed at representing the interest of both academic and corporate fields and finding a joint approach for triggering research and ensuring its transferability to the society at large. The Consortium will also develop two guides for respectively international and business cooperation for doctoral studies to lay the foundations of the both local and European research activities. The business cooperation guide will also entail guidelines for PhD Business mentors.

2) Building an online infrastructure to increase research opportunities and their transferability: The local PhD Hubs will share information both at local and European level thanks to an innovative online platform connecting the local IT platforms among themselves: this will allow to find partners interested in applying research results, search for public/private research partners or open calls for applications to vacant PhD positions. The local and European dimension of this community will substantially increase the number of research and knowledge transfer opportunities

3) Applying and mainstreaming the European PhD Hub: The University-Business tandems will be responsible for implementing their local PhD Hub strategy and informing/training both academic and corporate staff members and potential PhD students on the opportunities offered by the European PhD Hub. The project will support stakeholders to register on the European PhD Hub, present themselves and open calls for cooperation.


European University Foundation (coordinator), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Euroconsultants SA, Hellenic Petroleum SA, University of Alcala, Advantic Systemas SL, Birmingham City University, Microsoft Research Ltd, University of Lodz, LSI Software SA.


Started: 2017

Funding: Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Knowledge Alliances. Project budget: 997,528.76 €

Length: 3 years



Staff Profiles

Dr Esther Palomar is Reader in Cyber Security at Birmingham City University since September 2013. She has a PhD in Computer Science (2008) from the University Carlos III of Madrid where she worked as Assistant Lecturer for nine years. Esther was invited as Visiting Professor at INRIA in Paris (2009) and Simula Research Laboratory in Oslo (2012) for 6-month periods. Her main research interests include design, analysis and implementation of cooperation-based cryptographic protocols for fully decentralised networks and applications in emerging areas ranging from Internet of Things, smart cities, assisted living, and smart transportation. She regularly serves as reviewer for a number of international journals and, technical program committee member of conferences on computer science. She has published a number of peer reviewed conference and journal articles.

Rehan Bhana, Associate Professor at Birmingham City University, is the founder of Innovation Fest, formulating a community of practice, servicing the regional economy and international partners with creative digital mind-sets and the next generation of technology. Rehan has sparked a productive ecosystem in teaching and learning for contemporary research, with 20 years of practice-led experience in the digital arena. He is orchestrating innovative journeys and co-designing STEAMlabs with start-ups and businesses as a focal lead. His impactful direction on internationalising entrepreneurship as part of the European Union project Living Labs Application (LILA) is shaping the ideology of learning experiences in higher education and has received accolades through academic publications.

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