Curriculum Development of Human Clinical Trials for the Next Generation Biomedical PhD Students and Early Career Researchers in Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Project Number 2021-1-CZ01-KA220-HED-000023177

CONSCIOUS II is a project aimed at training postgraduate students and early-career researchers in clinical trials. This is where there is a particular weakness in the educational process. The previous CONSCIOUS project aimed to fill this gap partially; however, this project focused on undergraduate students and a more general perspective. In contrast, postgraduate students and junior researchers have pretty different requirements concerning the need, if not necessity, to plan a clinical trial as part of their own research activity. The CONSCIOUS II project is thus complementary, follow-up, and more in-depth. The project will be implemented from 11/2021 to 10/2024.

The CONSCIOUS II project is supported by ECRIN, an associate partner and reviewer of the prepared materials, and its national nodes. Thus, existing both national and international expertise will be used. This time Masaryk University is the coordinator, and all the universities involved in the preparation of the previous CONSCIOUS project – University of Pécs (Hungary), University College Cork (Ireland), University of Paris (France), Nova University Lisbon (Portugal) – remain partners, and the University of Széged (Hungary) is a new partner.

In the project, e-learning materials will be developed in international collaboration, focusing on practical aspects of planning and organizing clinical trials, complemented by several chapters on interdisciplinary skills.

Topics of e-learning lessons:

Lifecycle of the Trial

Trial methodology

Trial management

Quality and regulatory affairs and sources of regulatory information

Pharmacovigilance and study medication

Data management and statistical analysis

Early phase trials

Pediatric clinical trials

Medical Devices

Chapters within the interdisciplinary curriculum:

Leadership, team management and networking skills in research

Scientific Publishing and open Research

Teaching the teachers: innovative pedagogical methods in health education

* All 12 e-learning lessons will be published and made available freely on the learning platform, which will allow the enrichment of the materials with interactive and application elements. The outlines of the individual chapters can be accessed in turn on the project website.


International online classes are also planned to be piloted in the project – one lecturer gives a class to students from different universities and countries at the same time. In this way we want to deepen the cooperation between universities and students. The pilot teaching will take place online from January 9, 2024, to April 2, 2024, always from 18.00 to 19.30 (CET/CEST). To gain access, you must register in advance – registration opened in September 2023 and will run until the end of November 2023. The link to register can be found on the CONSCIOUS II website or directly here.

The pilot teaching will take place online from January 9, 2024, to April 2, 2024, always from 18.00 to 19.30 (CET). To gain access, you must register in advance – registration will open in September and run until the end of November, and the link to register will be possible to find on the CONSCIOUS II website from September. The schedule for the pilot, the topics of each lesson, and further information can be found here. A more detailed summary of the content of each lesson can be found here.

You can receive a certificate for attending more than 60% of the online sessions to demonstrate the deepening and broadening of your knowledge and skills in clinical trials. For any changes and updates, please visit the project website:

You can also get acquainted with all the project materials, content, and format of the lessons in the planned Multiplier Events:

  • in October 2023 in Pécs (Hungary) – the event took place on October 20, 2023
  • in February 2024 in Lisbon (Portugal) – the tentative date is February 7, 2024; please check the project website for updates
  • April 2024 in Paris (France) – date to be confirmed
  • September 2024 in Brno (Czech Republic) – date to be confirmed

Are you interested in the project? Would you like to know more? Would you like to receive regular information about planned events and published materials? Would you like to participate in the pilot training?

Do not hesitate to contact us:

PharmDr. Jitka Rychlíčková, Ph.D., BCPS, Principal Investigator

Project website:

Project Identification: 2021-1-CZ01-KA220-HED-000023177

Project Period: 11/2021 – 10/2024

Investor/Program/Project type: European Union – Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices; Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth

Masaryk University Faculty or unit: Faculty of Medicine

Project Principal Investigator: PharmDr. Jitka Rychlíčková, Ph.D.

Cooperating Organization:

  • University of Pécs
  • University College Cork
  • Nova University Lisbon
  • University of Paris
  • University of Szeged