Transdisciplinary Programmes

The first-year doctoral Students of ICT International Doctoral School have a possibility to enrol to transdisciplinary programmes promoting cross-disciplinary research.

A transdisciplinary programme is a training path that complements the doctoral program (primary program) with an educational and research component on an additional discipline (secondary programme). The secondary programme integrates the primary one without changing regulations and constraints. 

At the end of the programme, the doctoral student will receive the title of PhD in Information Communication Technology, Expertus/Experta in the discipline of the secondary programme.

Doctoral students can apply for the programmes within 2 months from the enrollment in the PhD course.

Available transdisciplinary programmes:

Transdisciplinary programme in Computational Biology

The programme - in collaboration with the International PhD Program in Biomolecular Sciences of the CIBIO - aims at training PhDs with complementary competences in Computational Biology. The rationale is that deep biological knowledge is required in order to craft innovative systems and to offer research contributions relevant to the field. The doctoral student enrolled in the ICT course joining the transdisciplinary programme receives specific education and guidance to develop relevant research in Computational Biology. The transdisciplinary programme offers elements of cellular biology, biotechnology and bioinformatics. Specific attention is paid to fostering interactions and communication across the disciplines.

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Transdisciplinary programme in Space Data Science and Technology (SpaDaST)

The Programme “Space data science and technology” (SpaDaST) aims at giving doctoral students in Physics and Engineering a shared background in space sciences and technology, with specific emphasis on data acquisition, processing and instruments, as well as on other fields of relevance for scientific space missions.

The SpaDaST programme leverages on significant research activities, carried out in Trento in several fields of space science and technology, mostly under the umbrella of the Trento Space Center.

These activities contributed to gain expertise in a diverse set of space applications: science data analysis, development of instrumentation for cutting edge missions in multi-messenger astrophysics, planetology and Earth observation.

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Transdisciplinary programme in Quantum Science and Technologies (QST)

The doctoral student enrolled in this programme will receive a state-of-the-art education in the basic ideas of quantum science, in the main material platforms used in experiments, and in the mathematical concepts used for their description, as well as in the information and computation science concepts that aim at exploiting QST for applications. She/he will be expected to carry out cutting-edge research on subjects of interest of the Q@TN consortium, possibly in collaboration with our international project partners.

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