Research skills training

For a comprehensive table of all thematic training 2016-2017 see here.

Subject-specific thematic training 2016-2017 (Research Skills: Training strand 1)

EASTBIO student projects starting in 2016-2017 are designed around four key research themes:

Agriculture and Food Security (AFS)

Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBB)

Bioscience for Health (BfH)

World Class Bioscience (WCUB)

Details of which research theme students belong to and how the thematic discussion groups  operate are 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 2016. 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 2016-2017 by priority area - Please check this page for updates frequently.

Agriculture and Food Security (AFS)
2016-17 comprehensive schedule here.

  • AFS first schedule: "Introductory meeting" - Monday 12 December 2016, 11:00-16:00, University of Edinburgh.
  • AFS second meeting schedule; "CrisR Technology" - Thursday 23 February 2017; Dundee, The James Hutton Institute.
  • AFS third meeting schedule; "Public Perceptions of Genetically Modified Organisms" - 11 May 2017, 12:00-15:00, Dundee, The James Hutton Institutie.
  • AFS fourth meeting schedule; "Beyond Biotechnology" - 13 June 2017, 10:00-14:30, Aberdeen (please note that EASTBIO offers accommodation in Aberdeen for the 12 June to all registered for the meeting). Venue is @1 on the map.


Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBB)
2016-17 comprehensive schedule here.

  • IBB first meeting schedule: "Introduction & Academic/Commercial Research Interface" - Tuesday 6 December 2016, 10:50-16:00; University of St Andrews (Biomedical Sciences Research Complex). Directions to the venue here.
  • IBB second meeting schedule: "MS and the Edinburgh Genomic Foundry" - 12 February 2017, 10:00-16:30; University of Edinburgh, Chemistry (Joseph Black Building).
  • IBB third and fourth meetings schedule:“Visit to Metabolomics Suite in SynthSys and Fermentation Suite & Session on metagenomics” - 29 August 2017, 10:15-16:00; University of Edinburgh (Roger Land Building, King's Buildings)


Bioscience for Health (BfH)
2016-17 comprehensive schedule here.

  • BfH first meeting schedule: "Translational Research" - 2 December 2016, 11:00-16:15; The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.
  • BfH second meeting schedule (jointly with the WCUB group, Dundee - campus map): "Interdisciplinary Research in Biomedicine" - 10 February 2017, 10:30-16:00.
  • BfH third meeting schedule (jointly with the WCUB group) : "Bioethics" - 25 April 2017, 10:30-16:30; The Rowett Institute, Aberdeen. Click here for directions to the venue.
  • BfH fourth meeting schedule: "Novel Technologies in Bioscience" - 4 July 2017, 10:30-16:00; Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews. Click here for directions to the venue.


World Class underpinning Bioscience (WCUB)
2016-17 comprehensive schedule.

  • WCUB first meeting schedule: "Introductory mini conference" - 1 December 2016, 11:00-17:00, King's Buildings, Edinburgh.
  • WCUB second meeting schedule (jointly with the BfH group): "Interdisciplinary Research in Biomedicine" - 10 February 2017, 10:30-16:00, Dundee - campus map.
  • WCUB third meeting schedule: "Communication in Science" - 28 March 2017, 10:00-16:00, St Andrews, Chemistry - @10 on the campus map.
  • WCUB fourth meeting schedule (jointly with the BfH group): "Bioethics" - 25 April 2017 , 10:30-16:30, The Rowett Institute, Aberdeen. Click here for directions to the venue.

For queries, please email EASTBIO.

Examples of past training can be found here.