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Events that can be considered for inclusion in your PG Cert are listed below.

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Ongoing Datatree online course

A free online course with all you need to know for research data management, along with ways to engage and share data with business, policymakers, media and the wider public.  The self-paced course will take 15 to 20 hours to complete in eight structured modules. The course is packed with video, quizzes and real-life examples of data management, along with plenty of additional background information.  CPD certified – An electronic certificate is provided for completion of each module.  The course is for any scientist, whether you look after your own data or are guided by an organisation. The course is especially aimed at PhD students and early career researchers but is for anyone who wants to get the right data habits now, including thinking of end-users of your data.

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Coding Club A POSITIVE PEER-LEARNING COMMUNITY. We are an enthusiastic group of ecology and environmental science students and researchers. Coding Club is for everyone, regardless of their career stage or current level of R knowledge. Our mission is to create a diverse learning community where we help each other to attain fluency in statistics and programming

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Datalab online courses Includes courses such as “Data Science for Ecologists and Environmental Scientists” which is a broad introduction and you can enrol anytime and “Data Science for Environmental Modelling and Renewables” Find out more here

4 week free online course

Career Management for early career academic researchers Explore different career options, learn what you want out of a career and understand how to implement good career decisions. Join the course here

Various dates and times depending on the courses

Mathematical Sciences Training

SMSTC’s prime aim is to provide high-quality broad training in fundamental areas of mathematics and statistics for beginning PhD students at a level comparable to that of first-year PhD courses in North America or mainland Europe. Teaching is by video-conference lectures in two semesters, from October to March, as shown in our timetable. There are sixteen 10-week core modules (organised in four “themes”) plus a varying number of supplementary modules. The about us page has more information on SMSTC.

We welcome participating PhD students from any place and discipline (provided you meet the pre-requisites).

Contact Johanna McBryde for information on how to register and registration fees.

19 April – 24 May 2021

Virtual Community Science Camp

Are you an early career researcher in environmental science? Are you interested in public engagement especially working with people affected by climate change and ecological crises? Would you like to work toward social and sustainability goals?

Virtual Community Science Camp is a 5 week interactive online learning programme exploring the concept and practice of community-centred approaches to research as seen through a diverse set of case study examples. 

Applications open 9 February and the deadline for applications is 5pm, 8 March.

We highly recommend you sign up to the introduction event on 8 February (2.30pm-4pm), which will give you an opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into how the course can support your professional and personal development.

Please join us for NERC’s Virtual Community Science Camp (19 April – 24 May 2021)

6-7 May 2021

Online event

MEDDLE training – Multiple Environmental Driver Design for Lab Experiments This course will help you define research questions, identify responses and drivers and help you to design a great experiment! Contact Emma Defew for more details

14 May, 13.00

Leader & Influencer Conversations

These informal discussion are organised to help you meet people from various walks of life, including research, industry, and policy, who are in the position to influence and make a difference.  The event will take place on-line, using Zoom, and is facilitated by two students (so please let us know if you would like to volunteer to lead such a conversation).

At this event, chat with Anna Metaxas of Dalhousie University.

If you are interested in this event, please SIGN UP HERE

19 May, 1900

Social event and screening of “Trapped by Plastic”

You are invited to a special Grad School screening of ‘Trapped by Plastic’ on Thursday 20th May at 7pm.

Trapped by Plastic is a short documentary film by First Move Productions about the extraordinary work of award-winning photographer Mandy Barker, highlighting the devastating and far-reaching impact of marine plastic pollution. The film shows how Mandy developed a distinctive ‘call to action’ using strikingly colourful, intricate images following an expedition with scientists to Henderson Island (South Pacific Ocean).

Have your popcorn at the ready for the private screening, discussion time and chance to socialise 19:00 – 20:00 within video chat platform (as used for the recent Grad School Retreat evening dinner event).

Please sign up here to attend.

24 November 2021

Online event

NatureScot & MASTS Policy day for Grad Students

Graduate students (MSc students, MASTS/SUPER PGRs) are invited to spend the afternoon with NatureScot policy & advice colleagues who will deliver a number of interactive sessions.

Contact Emma Defew for more details

5-7 Oct 2021

MASTS Annual Science Meeting

More details to follow! Contact Emma Defew for more details

March 2022

Grad School Retreat

More details to follow ContactEmma Defewfor more details
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