EASTBIO Thematic Research Training 2016-2017

Thematic Research skills training 2017-18

EASTBIO student projects starting in 2017-2018 are designed around four key research themes:

Agriculture and Food Security (AFS)

Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBB)

Bioscience for Health (BfH)

World Class Underpinning Bioscience (WCUB)

Details of which research theme students belong to and how the thematic discussion groups  operate were given at Induction Day on 6 October 2016.

During this training, you will take part in 4 face-to-face meetings taking place every two months at different locations across the partnership, starting in December 2017. These meetings will be based on group discussions, presentations and literature review aiming to introduce challenges, questions and tools that are key in students' theme-specific research area and to develop critical reading skills. The thematic groups will also provide students with an excellent opportunity to get to know other EASTBIO students and supervisors working in complementary research areas, to share expertise and establish collaborations.

Attendance at each meeting carries 10 training points (a total of 40 points if attending all four). First-year students are expected to attend at least three of the four meetings in their first year of study.

Programming details are published below, following the EASTBIO Induction Day. Please check this page regularly for updates. Students and supervisors are contacted separately by each meeting organisers and EASTBIO with information about the programme and the details of each meeting.

Training Schedule 2017-2018 by priority area - Please check this page for updates frequently.

Agriculture and Food Security (AFS)
2017-18 draft schedule here.

  • AFS first schedule: "Disease control & pest management" - 11 December 2017, 10:30-16:00; Easter Bush, The Roslin Institute, Room B-006, Edinburgh - campus map.
  • AFS second meeting schedule; "Food quality and sustainability" - 7 February 2018; The Rowett Institute,  Aberdeen.
  • AFS third meeting schedule; "Climate change" - April 2018, Dundee, The James Hutton Institute.
  • AFS fourth meeting schedule; "Tools for agricultural food security and Cultural changes" - June 2018, King's Buildings, Edinburgh.


Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBB)
2017-18 draft schedule here.

  • IBB first meeting schedule: "Microscopy" - 22 November 2017, 9:45-16:00. The first IBB session will be held at the conclusion of the Scottish Microscopy Group Symposium in the Beatson Institute, Glasgow
  • IBB second meeting schedule; Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre 4th Conference 2018 (IBioIC). There will be a lunch-time EASTBIO-specific session, on ‘How to make the most of conferences,’ with Dr Deborah Fowlis (University of Edinburgh Careers) (Café at Technology and Innovation Centre):  from11 am, Thursday 25 January (mandatory) - Friday 26 January 2018 (optional); Technology and Innovation Centre, Strathclyde University, Glasgow.
  • IBB third meetings schedule: “Transition from academia to industry” - last week of April 2018 TBC; St Andrews.
  • IBB fourth meeting schedule: “Title” - June 2018; Edinburgh.


Bioscience for Health (BfH)
2017-18 draft schedule here.

  • BfH first meeting schedule: "Project presentations" - 24 Novembre 2017, 9:30 [10:00 start]-16:00; Dalhousie Building, Room 1LGO3 (till 13:00) and Room 2F15 (from 13:00 onwards), Dundee.

    BfH second meeting schedule: "Maths, Models and Measurements" - New date 6 April, 10:30-16:00 (2 March 2018, 10:30–16:00-cancelled due to adverse weather); Edinburgh.
    BfH third meeting schedule, jointly with the WCUB group: "Translation and impact of research" - 20 April 2018; Aberdeen, old Aberdeen campus.
    BfH fourth meeting schedule, jointly with the WCUB group: "Public Engagement" - 13 June 2018; Edinburgh.


World Class Underpinning Bioscience (WCUB)
2017-18 draft schedule here.

WCUB group - Roslin, 23 February 2018

  • WCUB first meeting schedule: "Ethics" - 4 December 2017, 10:00 (10:30 start)-15:00; Old Library, School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. Registration link here. Travel information here.
  • WCUB second meeting schedule: "CRISPR gene editing technologies" - 23 February 2018, 10:30-16:00; The Roslin Institute, Easter Bush campus, Edinburgh.
  • WCUB third meeting schedule, jointly with the BfH group: "Translation and impact of research" - 20 April 2018; Aberdeen, old Aberdeen campus.
  • WCUB fourth meeting schedule, jointly with the BfH group: "Public Engagement" - 13 June 2018; Edinburgh.

For queries, please email EASTBIO.

Click on the following links for examples of past training per year:

  • Thematic Research Training 2016-2017 here.
  • Thematic Research Training 2015-2016 here.