One of EATRIS’s main priorities is to support early-career biomedical scientists develop scientific knowledge, transversal skills and competences to meet challenges in the Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP) field. High demand for such expertise is causing a major skills shortage in the ATMP sector – there are simply not enough trained experts to fill roles in the industry.
To address this issue, on 5 October 2021 at the Advanced Therapies Congress in London, EATRIS joined Next Phase, CATAPULT, the UK Bioindustry Association and 20 other ATMP industry professionals to discuss this major challenge of tackling the growing skills shortage in the ATMP sector.
At this meeting, EATRIS presented its flagship educational initiative – ADVANCE – which is a 30-month EU training project, supported by Erasmus Plus with the objective to develop a blended learning programme to support early-career ATMP scientists as one initiative to tackle this growing issue. Currently, there are over 400 students from 35 countries signed up to complete the online programme.
Several other initiatives were presented, which resulted in a comprehensive report outlining clear action points to tackle the skills shortage, and also collating several valuable resources.