Thematic training


The DTP3 Thematic Collaborative training in 2022/23 is structured around 5 key themes of strategic importance for UKRI BBSRC. This training involves 4 one-day student-led sessions across the first year of the programme, structured around five thematic areas of EASTBIO research and delivered online. At the Induction (3 October), each group will convene to discuss and decide on likely topic and hosts for each session, with scheduling and planning to follow as a collaborative/group project. For detailed guidance and advice, consult the 2022 Student Handbook, as well as past programmes.

EASTBIO supervisors are expected to offer guidance and be actively involved in the group interactions. You can also contact second-year student reps as they will have some sharable experience of having planned thematic group sessions. As the sessions are organised on an ad hoc basis and confirmed by the student hosts, please check this page here regularly for updates.

Confirmed details will be shared directly with each group. EASTBIO can provide logistical help, as and when necessary.

Second-year students are expected to attend at least one of these sessions.

2022/23 Thematic Programme

Clean Growth

Crops and Soil

  • Schedule 2022/23
  • Session 1 - Data Management (Online, 5 December 2022)
  • Session 2 - Omics (Including genomics, pangenomics and proteomics) (University of Dundee, 21 February 2023, 9:45-17:00)
  • Session 3 - Science in Society (University of Aberdeen, 17 April 2023, 10:00-16:00)
  • Session 4 (14 June 2023, Edinburgh)

Integrated Understanding of HealthSchedule for Thematic Training at Roslin for Health Group, alternatve accessible versions available

Schedule 2022/23

Livestock and Aquaculture

Understanding the Rules of Life

2021/22 Thematic Programme

Clean growth

(within Bioscience for renewable resources) 
The group will organise and run a single session open to all EASTBIO students and will then merge with other thematic groups based on individual research & professional development interests.

Session 1 - Research Sustainability (18 January 2022, 9-15:30, with an hour lunch break)

Crops and Soil

(within Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food)

Schedule 2021/22

Session 1 - Tools in agricultural sciences (9:30-16:30, 13 December 2021)
Session 2 - Adapting to a changing climate (9:40-16:00, 24 February 2022)
Session 3 - Impact of agriculture on biodiversity (10:00 - 15:00, 28 April 2022)
Session 4 - Interacting with society (8 June 2022)

Livestock and Aquaculture

(within Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food – encompassing Livestock, Production Biology, Health and Aquaculture)

Schedule 2021/22

Session 1 - COP26, Climate Change and Agriculture (10 January 2022, 10:00-14:30)
Session 2 - Breeding objectives (3 March 2022)
Session 3 - One Health approaches to livestock: Research, implementation & outcomes (18th May 2022, 10:00-15:10)
Session 4 - Research, policy, and engagement: A journey of rewilding in Britain (online, 30 June 2022, 10:00-15:30)

Integrated Understanding of Health

Schedule 2021/22
Session 1 - One Health: Many Experimental Techniques (21 January 2022, 10:00-15:50)
Session 2 - Data Processing: How to Choose and Apply Different Analyses (9:30-16:30, 22 February 2022)
Session 3 - Future-Proof Research (3 May 2022, 10:00-13:00)
Session 4 - Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (8 June 2022,10.00-15.30, Edinburgh)

Understanding the Rules of Life

Schedule 2021/22
Session 1 - New techniques ancient problems (25 January 2022, 10:00-17:00)
Session 2 - Science communication (25 February 2022, 10:45-17:15)
Session 3 - Evolution (25 April 2022, 10:00-17:00)
Session 4 - Sustainability and Innovation in Science  (Edinburgh, 8 June 2022, 9:50-16:30)

Quick Guide about this online training:

  • Mandatory -- we expect all first-year students to attend 4 thematic sessions during year 1 and actively engage in its planning and delivery; each session counts towards 10 training points.
  • Not ready-wear -- the alternating 4 sessions (December-February-April-June) are led by local supervisory teams, rotating across the partnership; dates and host teams are confirmed at the Induction; final schedules to be confirmed at least one month before the session by the host team.
  • Planning -- each session is hosted and planned by a local team (student and supervisor); EASTBIO central and local administrators provide logistical help, as needed.
  • Past training -- for information only; past choices should not limit the new cohort's plans.
  • Feedback -- each year we review this training and feed recommendations into plans for the following year.

Past thematic training:

Email EASTBIO if you have any queries about this training.