Year 2: Advanced Training

Year 2 comprises the following training elements:


Click on each heading above to see more details about each component and options offered. Please check this page regularly for updates on training.

Click on the image on the right to view an overview of the training for each cohort.
2017-2018 EASTBIO Training calendar (all cohorts).

Advanced core bioscience skills (optional)

Some of the optional courses under (I) and (II) below aim to build on the skills developed in Year 1 through the foundation masterclasses; such courses are open to Year 2, as well as Year 3 cohorts.

(I) Mathematics and data analysis

(II) Multidisciplinary approaches to understanding biological systems

  • Synthetic Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Chemical Biology
  • Physical Techniques in Chemistry

We are currently updating these details with our partner universities, so do check the page regularly for updates or email EASTBIO if you wish to register your interest in any of the above.

Transferable skills: 2 workshops on Leadership and on Science Communication (mandatory for second-year students)

1 Leadership – Using an enterprising mind set to get things done
Date: 16 November 2017, 10.00 – 16.00
Venue: Strawberry Bank Ideas Lab, Library and Learning Centre, University of Dundee (link on the registration page, below). Visitor passes will be issued for participants on the day as the venue is restricted access.

Course leader: Dr Mhairi Towler (University of Dundee)

Leadership workshop 2017

Course description:
This session is designed to give you the tools to maximise the opportunities an EastBIO PhD offers and increase your employability on graduation by developing your transferable skill set. We’ll discuss together what is involved in leading an event and how to sustain the network that you have formed with others from the EastBIO cohort.  We'll explore what leadership qualities you have and how to apply them. A case study of leadership will be exemplified.

By the end of the workshop you will have had the chance to explore:

1. Steps you should take to lead an event

2. How to take an active role among your peers

3. The value of networks and building the EastBIO community, including use of social media tools

4. How to identify and develop your own leadership qualities



Last time the workshop run, our students said...

"It was fun working in groups within our cohort of our own choice and working to design an event. It gave us a chance to chat in a group and get to know each other, while also bouncing ideas off each other and allowing us to fall into the natural roles that we're good at within a team."

"I found particularly interesting the personality test to discover some characteristics of my personality that I didn't acknowledge and I can understand better the role I can play in a work group."

"The idea to aim for an event really helped focus ideas and made it good fun to discuss with fellow eastbio students. It helped introduce me to students I had not previously met at other eastbio events too."

2 Science Communication – "Telling Tales: The Importance of Narrative in Science" (mandatory)
Date: Wednesday 14th March 11.30–5pm (the closing time may be slightly earlier).
Venue: Rowett Institute, Foresterhill Campus, University of Aberdeen, Building No. 15 on the campus map.

Event leader: Dr Jonathan Pettitt

An under-appreciated aspect of science communication, regardless of the audience, is the importance of story telling. The data rarely “speak for themselves”. Through a series of exercises, we will explore how to build a narrative thread, based on the features common to all stories. These techniques will help make your talks clearer, more accessible and more engaging.

Last time the workshop run (in a different format than the 2018 training, emphasising public outreach), our students said...

"Informal, very approachable presenters"

"The public engagement event for British Science week was very enjoyable"

"I really enjoyed the speed science event. It is always useful to learn about different techniques for improving your ability to engage with the public, but it was incredibly useful to actually put this into practice. I think this was especially useful for those of us (like myself) who have not had much public engagement experience - being 'forced' to have a go has really given me the confidence to sign up for more opportunities like this in the future!"

Research skills training
As second-year students, you will have undergone research training relevant to your research priority area offered in Year 1. However, we expect you to attend at least one of the four thematic group meetings delivered in 2016-2017. You will be sent reminders and information about the meetings by EASTBIO.

Please check here for updates on the thematic training schedule - schedule details will be developed and publicised in mid-October 2017 following the Induction Day.

Contact EASTBIO for any queries.