Year 1: Foundation training

Year 1 comprises the following training elements:


Click on each heading above to see more details about each training component. Find here the calendar of all EASTBIO training activities in 2016-2017.

All Year 1 students must finalise their training plans by filling in the online EASTBIO Training Plan & Record form by the 16 October of Year 1. Further details will be circulated to all first year students by EASTBIO at the Induction Day (5 October 2017).

The online Training Plan should be updated throughout the first year of studies and a Record of it submitted in the summer of Year 1. Information and reminders will be circulated by EASTBIO.

Click on the image on the right for an overview of the training calendar 2016-2017 per year cohort.

Core Bioscience Skills Training
Conducting cutting-edge bioscience research in the 21st century requires you to develop a broad
understanding of multidisciplinary approaches that are used for addressing complex biological
problems, as well as strong quantitative skills to analyse the vast datasets that are the output of
contemporary bioscience research. The EASTBIO training will enable you to build the foundation of your multidisciplinary and quantitative skillset in Year 1 and develop it further in subsequent years.

Induction Day (Dundee, 6 October 2016): more information here.

The EASTBIO Foundation Masterclasses include:

  1. Statistics and Experimental Design (Friday 7 October 2016, 9:00-13:00; West Park Conference Centre, Dundee) - Please note: first year students attending the Induction Day are expected to attend this masterclass. Students do not need to register separately but please keep a record of your attendance on your training plan.
  2. Dynamic Modelling for Systems Biology (28 March 2017, 10:00-15:30; WTB Seminar Rooms, Dundee)
  3. Introduction to Matlab (13 January 2017; Dundee)
  4. Imaging Workshop (13 March 2017, 9:00-17:00; CTIR MR 2.84, Sir Kenneth & Lady Noreen Room, Dundee)
  5. Genomic approaches (3 July 2017, Small Lecture Theatre, Life Sciences, Dundee) - Please note: this Masterclass is also being attended by second-year students registered for it in 2016-17.
  6. Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry (18 May 2017, 9:00-17:00; Dalhousie Building, Room 2F15, Dundee)
  7. Primer for Synthetic Biology (23 May 2017, 9:00-15:00; WTB Seminar Room (front), Dundee)


SysMIC course

SysMIC is an outstanding online course, which provides extensive training in mathematics, statistics and computational methods used in life sciences. The course is put together and delivered by scientists from University College London, The Open University and the University of Edinburgh.

In 2016-2017, EASTBIO offers a total of 6 funded spaces to first-year students on a competitive basis. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application at the end of October 2016.
For more information, please click here.


Presentation Skills Workshop for EASTBIO students (Transferable skills training: Strand 3)
This workshop is open to both first and second-year students and carries 10 training points for first-year students only.

The workshop took place in St Andrews, on 8 March 2017, 10:00-16:30. For a summary, please see here. Click here for a map.

Research Skills Training

Subject-specific theoretical training
EASTBIO student projects starting in 2016 are designed around four key research themes:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
  • Bioscience for Health
  • World Class Bioscience

Details of which research theme you belong to and how the thematic discussion groups will operate were given at Induction 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 (suggested December 2016, February, April and June 2017). These meetings will be based on group discussions, presentations and literature review aiming to introduce challenges, questions and tools that are key in your theme-specific research area and to develop your critical reading skills. The thematic groups will also provide you with an excellent opportunity to get to know other EASTBIO students and supervisors working in complementary research areas, to share expertise and establish collaborations. Students and supervisors are encouraged individually or as a group to host at least one meeting at their university/department. Attendance of these meetings are mandatory for all first year students.

Details about the schedule, hosts and content of each thematic meeting will be published on our website soon. EASTBIO will notify students via email about upcoming meetings and issue reminders.

For examples of thematic group training activities in 2015-2016, see here and for the 2014-2015 schedules, please click here.

Advanced technology training

Most courses offered by the partner universities are available to EASTBIO students across the partnership. These include, but are not limited to:

Microscopy: Locations - UoE, UoD and UoA.
Proteomics and protein purification: Locations – UoE.
Protein crystallography: Location - UoStA.
Mass spectrometry: Location - UoE.
Flow cytometry: Location - UoA, UoD, UoE.

Professional Skills Training (Professional Internships for PhD Students; PIPS)

The EASTBIO DTP 2016 PIPS QA Event was held in Dundee (LT2, Dalhousie), on 24 February 2017, 9:00-16:00. See here for the event schedule.

Attendance is mandatory for first-year students, with the exception of CASE students. Contact the PIPS administrator if you are unable to attend and make sure to check your training plan for your total training credit points.

Annual Symposium (King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen, 11-12 June 2017)

The EASTBIO Symposium 2017 on Societal Impact was held in Aberdeen, at King's College Conference Centre on the 11 and 12 June 2017. Please click here for further information.

The event is student-led, with second- and first-year student reps deciding on the content and structure, the speakers to invite and the type of engagement for each cohort. We ask all our students to input their opinions by contacting their local student reps.