InnovaXN

A doctoral programme training PhD students on innovative projects

The programme

InnovaXN is a doctoral training programme bringing together the expertise of large-scale research infrastructures with the R&D needs of European industry.

Supported by an H2020 MSCA COFUND Programme, 40 PhD students will study a wide variety of subjects driven by industrial challenges. The programme is also focussed on exploiting the advanced characterisation techniques of the large-scale European facilities in Grenoble: the ESRF and ILL.

The equal opportunity policies of the ESRF and ILL have been in place for many years. These policies focus on
gender balance, cultural diversity and inclusion of disabled staff.

Why InnovaXN ?

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    Train young researchers in advanced synchrotron X-ray and neutron techniques in an international, innovative and multidisciplinary environment

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    To bridge the knowledge gap between Europe’s world-leading research infrastructures and the industrial world

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    To create a community of uniquely-skilled ambassadors to industry by recruiting and training 40 international PhD students

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    To contribute to the development of breakthrough technologies for science, industry and society

Why InnovaXN ?

  • A network icon

    Train young researchers in advanced synchrotron X-ray and neutron techniques in an international, innovative and multidisciplinary environment

  • A community icon

    To create a community of uniquely-skilled ambassadors to industry by recruiting and training 40 international PhD students

  • A chip icon with purple background

    To bridge the knowledge gap between Europe’s world-leading research infrastructures and the industrial world

  • A graph icon

    To contribute to the development of breakthrough technologies for science, industry and society

News & Events

Student symposium 2021

InnovaXN student symposium

The InnovaXN round 1 and 2 students were brought together for a half-day symposium on 6 December 2021 at the ESRF. Francesco Sette and Paul Langan, Directors General of the ESRF and ILL respectively, welcomed the students in the ESRF auditorium, while the majority of participants connected by zoom (with 117 virtual participants). Harald Reichert […]

InnovaXN football team

InnovaXN team wins the EPN-Campus PhD football tournament!

The EPN-campus football tournament took place on Sunday 7th November 2021 at the football ground in Sassenage. Four teams of seven players participated composed mostly of PhD students from ILL and ESRF. The InnovaXN team won the tournament. The team was composed of six students from ILL and ESRF and a visiting student from EPFL […]

Student Welcome Day, InnovaXN Round 2

The InnovaXN round 2 students were brought together on 19 October 2021 for a series of presentations to introduce the programme. Ed Mitchell, Caroline Boudou, Luce Chabert, Henry Fischer and Gary Admans represented the ESRF and ILL organisers of the InnovaXN programme. Ed and Caroline described how the two facilities work with industry, and highlighted […]

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Research Areas

InnovaXN is a Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND programme providing an opportunity for 40 industrial companies to work with 40 PhD students, performing advanced research and exploiting the unique characterisation techniques of the ESRF and ILL.

Project round 1 and 2 _ industrial sectors