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Europe is currently a major player of these two key markets, as a leading producer but also consumer. However, its leadership can only be maintained by training a creative, entrepreneurial and innovative next generation of researchers who can push towards new eco-friendly polymerisation processes, plastic materials and applications. There is currently a shortage of well-trained and talented young researchers in the sector of plastics and polymers. According to ManpowerGroup’s most recent Talent Shortage Survey, there are already today large mismatches between the actual supply and demand of key work-related skills. As noted earlier, the business model disruptions are resulting in a need for new core skill sets, and finding talent for many key specialist roles is expected to become much more difficult by 2020. PHOTO-EMULSION aims to narrow the widening skills gap by re-thinking doctoral education. To this end, our innovative doctoral research training programme targets skills that are relevant, not just today, but that will remain or become so in the future to meet polymer industry and academic demands for talents. Our primary strength, and originality, is a demanding technical knowledge basis bringing together, for the first time, all disciplines related to both photopolymer science and polymerisation in dispersed systems, two strategic fields which are poised to re-shape the polymer economy in the future. Going beyond hard skills, we will broaden traditional academic training through exposure to industrial culture, and by targeting specific skill set combinations sought after by the employers of this sector:7 transferable skills (which include ICT literacy, language learning, and teaching others) and specialized skills (such as IP, safety in the lab).