The SELECTA winter school entitled “Gateway to industry: Introducing materials to market. Practical aspects” was organized by UCAM (University of Cambridge) on 7-12 January 2018. The network members gathered together aiming to provide training to the ESRs (Early Stage Researchers). The training in soft skills included a presentation on how to apply for Marie S. Curie Individual Fellowship (MSC-IF) and a whole day training on how to prepare for a job interview. The main goal of this session was to prepare the ESRs for their future job interviews. For this, ‘mock’ job interviews were performed. Each ESR delivered a 12 minutes presentation to apply for one of the three job offers proposed (industry, publishing or university). Afterwards, the ESR was interviewed by a panel of three senior researchers who provided feedback at the end of the interview. The scientific lectures of the event were scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday. Among the activities of the winter school, visits to GRANTA and to Cavendish Lavoratory were also arranged by the UCAM organizing team. During the management session several network issues were tackled, such as financial aspects, reporting, dissemination and future steps of the project. To get further information on the training in soft skills, scientific lectures and activities organized during the SELECTA winter school, see below the programme of the event.