Training Schools

 1st Training School 

“Waste biorefineries: feedstocks, conversion technologies, products and applications”

15-19th July, Lisbon & Portalegre, Portugal

Welcome to WIRE´s 1st Training School, an initiative aimed at fostering collaboration and advancing expertise in the field of biorefineries and the bio-based economy. Throughout this intensive program, participants will delve into the core themes of the WIRE COST Action, spanning the intricate realms of raw materials procurement (WG1), innovative biorefinery conversion technologies (WG2), diverse biorefinery applications (WG3), and strategic communication and dissemination strategies (WG4). With a focus on European funding schemes, participants will gain invaluable insights into accessing vital resources to propel their research endeavors forward. Additionally, sessions dedicated to the dissemination and exploitation of scientific results will equip attendees with essential skills for effectively translating research findings into real-world applications. Furthermore, discussions on European patents and intellectual property rights (IPR) will illuminate the complexities of protecting and commercializing innovative technologies in a rapidly evolving landscape.

Join WIRE on this journey as we harmonize knowledge, catalyze innovation, and pave the way towards a sustainable bioeconomy future!

Paulo Brito, Action Chair

Program available here

Training School evaluation methods here

Information on location, accomodation and transportation can be found here

Who can apply?

Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) and PhD students, involved in COST Actions. Please note that applying for the training school does not automatically guarantee access to it. 


Participants affiliated to an academic institution or company from a COST Full Member Country, a COST Cooperating Member Country or from a COST Near Neighbor Country may apply for reimbursement. The exact value depends on the expected travel and accommodation costs. The maximum travel amount is 250 €, and Portugal’s daily allowance rate is 195 €. 

How to apply?

Important dates

Deadline for application: May 28th, 2024

Notification of acceptance & sending of e-COST invitations: June 4th, 2024

Confirmation of participation (acceptance of e-COST invitations): June 10th, 2024

After the training school:

  • All attendees shall submit a completed online travel reimbursement request via e-COST within 15 calendar days after the end date of the training school.
  • All attendees shall upload legible copies of all invoices / receipts and relevant supporting documents onto e-COST and archive the original invoices / receipts for four (4) years after the end of the Grant Period in which the meeting takes place.