Foundation Masterclasses

In the first year of the EASTBIO PhD, we expect you to establish the foundation upon which you will build the development of your skills in subsequent years. Therefore, most training events in Year 1, such as the thematic group meetings (Research skills), the presentation skills workshop and masterclasses (Bioscience skills), are mandatory and carry training points for attendance at these events. These training events will allow you to interact with experts from different universities and research fields, meet frequently with your fellow EASTBIO students from across the partnership and build your own research and support network.

To progress into Year 2 you have to achieve a minimum of 120 training points within 18 months from your start date (at least 100 points by the end of your first year), in addition to passing successfully the first year assessment at your host university/department.

The following one-day Foundation Masterclasses will be offered to all first-year EASTBIO students (all held in Dundee - campus map):

Statistics and Experimental Design (6 October 2017)
Dynamic Modelling for Systems Biology (3 November 2017)
Imaging Workshop (11 January 2018)
Introduction to Matlab (12 January 2018)
Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry (23 March 2018)
Genomic approaches (7 May 2018)
Primer for Synthetic Biology (18 May 2018)

Presentation Skills Workshop (St Andrews, 8 March 2018)

For more details, click on each workshop title.

All first year students must finalise their choice of masterclasses, and other EASTBIO training, by the 16th of October 2017. The online training plan and record form is available at this link.

On submitting the form, please save the link provided on the final submission confirmation page, as you will need this link to edit your plan in the future.

1 Statistics and Experimental Design
Course leader: Dr Margo Chase-Topping (Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, University of Edinburgh)
Venue: Balbeggie Room, West Park Conference Centre, Dundee
Date: 6 October 2017, 9:00-13:00

2 Dynamic Modelling for Systems Biology
Course leaderProfessor Andrew Millar (University of Edinburgh)
Venue: Dalhousie Building, Room 2F15 , Dundee (no 14 on the campus map)
If you need parking, when you get to the Dalhousie reception, you can ask for a parking permit which you can put on your car. The University car parks are marked in blue on the map above. 
Date: 3 November 2017, 11:00-16:30

3 Imaging Workshop
Course leaders: Drs  Paul Appleton, Graeme Ball (UoD) & Marcus Bischoff (UoStA)
Venue: Dalhousie Building, Room 2S15, Dundee (no 14 on the campus map)
Date: 11 January 2018, 9:00-17:00 (9:30 start) Please note changed date. Contact EASTBIO if you plan to attend the Imaging and the Introduction to Matlab masterclasses (12.01.18) and you will require accommodation in Dundee on the 11th of January.

4 Introduction to Matlab
Course leadear: Dr Søren K. Andersen (University of Aberdeen)
Venue: Room 2F15, Dalhousie Building, Dundee (no 14 on the campus map)
Date: 12 January 2018, 9:30-17:00 (start at 10:00)

Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry
Course leader:
Douglas Lamont (Proteomics Facility Manager, The Discovery Centre, Dundee)
23 March 2018, 9:00-17:00 (start at 9:30)
Venue: Small Lecture Theatre, MSI building, Life Sciences, Dundee (no 21 on the campus map)
Please note: Students are asked to arrive at the CTIR reception (no 49 on the campus map), where they will be taken to the Lecture Theatre. Make sure you arrive promptly at 9:00 to enable a smooth running of the workshop.

Genomic approaches
Course leader: Professor Mick Watson (University of Edinburgh)
Date: 7 May 2018
Venue: Room 2F11, first floor, Dalhousie Building, Dundee (@14 on the campus map)

Primer for Synthetic Biology
Course leader: Professor Susan Rosser (University of Edinburgh)
Date: 18 May 2018
Venue: Room 1G10, ground floor, Dalhousie Building, Dundee (@14 on the campus map)