EASTBIO Induction Day

Induction Day 2019 

The EASTBIO Induction Day 2019 will be held in Dundee, West Park Conference Centre (319, Perth Road, Dundee DD2 1NN), on Tuesday the 8th of October, followed by a Training Day with a Foundation Masterclass on "Statistics and Experimental Design", delivered by Dr Margo Chase-Topping (same venue, Wednesday the 9th of October, 9:00-13:00). We will circulate an online link for registration with details about the practical arrangments for all attending new students and their supervisors.

Free en-suite accommodation is arranged for all attending students for the night of the 8th of October at the Best Western Invercarse Hotel. A coach will take Edinburgh-based students to the venue on the morning of the 8th of October; other arrangements will be made for the Aberdeen and St-Adnrews-based students. 

Check this page regularly for updates or email EASTBIO for any queries.


Induction Day 2018

The EASTBIO Induction was held in Dundee (West Park Conference Centre, 319, Perth Road, Dundee DD2 1NN) on Wednesday the 3 October 2018, 10:00-17:00, followed by a Training Day with a Foundation Masterclass on Statistics and Experimental Design, delivered by Dr Margo Chase-Topping (same venue, Thursday 4 October, 9:00-13:00). This is an informal welcome event that brings together all new students and supervisors from across the partnership and provides ample opportunity to meet, interact, and learn more about EASTBIO.

Induction included sessions on Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) by Dr Caroline Pope and the online SysMIC course by Dr Gerold Baier, break-out sessions for each of the four priority areas and separate student and supervisor sessions (see Schedule, below).

Induction schedule.

Information for attendees.

Guide for the break-out session.

Email EASTBIO if you have any further questions.

Induction Day 2017

2017 group cohort - Induction Day (Dundee, 5 October 2017)
The EASTBIO Induction was held in Dundee on Thursday the 5 October 2017, 10:00-17:00, followed by a Training Day with a Foundation Masterclass on Statistics and Experimental Design, delivered by Dr Margo Chase-Topping (same venue, Friday 6 October, 9:00-13:00).
Induction Day 2017 - Coffee break


Practical information for all delegates is found here.
 The EASTBIO Management Group and administrative team was delighted to welcome the new cohort of students who start their PhD in autumn 2017, along with their supervisors. At the Induction delegates are provided with detailed information about EASTBIO training, the PIPS scheme (Professional Internships for PhD Students), the online SysMIC course, and other aspects of the EASTBIO programme and training opportunities. The day featured break-out thematic sessions and a Q&A session, chaired by current student reps from the second, third and fourth year; we were particularly happy to have an EASTBIO alumni, Magali Sivakumaran who shared her own perspective on EASTBIO and PIPS. All students and supervisors are given an updated hard copy of the EASTBIO Student Handbook.
EASTBIO student reps at the 2016 Symposium
The event was held at the West Park Conference Centre in Dundee and students who will be staying for the Training Day on the 6 October are offered free accommodation at the Invercarse Hotel (371 Perth Road, Dundee), within walking distance from West Park. Attending supervisors are only joined the Induction. EASTBIO arranged for transport for delegates based in Edinburgh for the Induction Day; students made their own return travel arrangements on the Friday.
Scroll below for information on previous EASTBIO Induction Days.

The EASTBIO Induction for students who started their PhD studies in autumn 2016 took place in Dundee on Thursday 6 October 2016, 10:00-17:00, followed by a training day on 'Statistics and Experimental Design' on Friday 7 October, 9:00-13:00 (West Park Conference Centre).

EASTBIO wishes to thank all EASTBIO students and supervisors who have joined the team at this event. We are looking forward to seeing all at the next EASTBIO event and offering best wishes to all students with their PhD studies!
Induction Day schedule.
Training Day schedule.
Practical information for Induction attendees.
Induction provides the opportunity for the EASTBIO Team to welcome the new cohort of students and supervisors. Expect to be given information about the EASTBIO programme, training and PIPS, meet the other students and supervisors and get a copy of the revised Student Handbook. Students and supervisors will also be asked to hold preliminary discussions about the 2016-2017 thematic training, hosted across the partnership along the four priority research areas.
Induction is mandatory for all students while supervisors are strongly encouraged to attend. Students only are expected to attend the Training Day on the 7 October.
EASTBIO provides dinner and accommodation for all students on the night of the 6 October. Read carefully the practical information sheet above for further details.
For any queries, please email EASTBIO.


Induction Day 2015

We welcomed our new students and supervisors at our Induction Day 2015, hosted by the University of Dundee on Monday the 28th of September 2015 at the West Park Conference Centre.

Induction programme.
Please email EASTBIO to request the slides for each presentation below:

  • Interdisciplinary skills in bioscience
  • EASTBIO Training Programme 2015
  • Introduction to Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS)


The Induction Day was followed by an EASTBIO Training Day with a masterclass on "Statistics and Experimental Design" on Tuesday the 29th September 2015, 9:00-13:00, mandatory for all starting students. Course timetable here.

General information for all attendees here.

For general info about the Induction, see here.

Induction Day 2014

The EASTBIO Induction 2014 was hosted by the University of Dundee (West Park Conference Centre) on Tuesday 21st of October.

EASTBIO supervisors Naomi Nakayama and Ryo Sekido

EASTBIO supervisors Megan Davey and EASTBIO DTP Co-director Judith Sleeman

EASTBIO students Erika Abbondati, Christopher McNeill and Amy Fraser

EASTBIO Induction Day (general)

Each October, fully matriculated EASTBIO students are expected to attend a day of Induction hosted by one of the EASTBIO partners. This event officially launches the EASTBIO training programme for the new intake. A series of talks and workshops provide a comprehensive introduction to key aspects of the partnership (click here for the Induction Day 2013 programme). Break-out sessions enable students and supervisors in each of the four priority areas to discuss the specifics of their research, common ground between the different projects, opportunities for furthering collaboration and expectations and provisions for the theme training sessions.

EASTBIO Induction 2013

Attended by the EASTBIO Management Group and the administrative team, as well as first supervisors, Induction Day is a great opportunity for everyone to get acquainted, ask questions and set the foundations for relationships that are to be developed throughout the duration of the studentships.