Archived Events 2022

January 2022

  • Vitae Effective Researcher: The Next 90 Days
    • Tuesday 11 January, 1.00 pm-5.00 pm, and Wednesday 12 January, 9.00 am-1.00 pm
    • These two online sessions offer participants in the first year of their doctorate a chance to develop the skills required to manage this phase of their doctorate during these unprecedented times and to action plan accordingly
    • The learning outcomes of the course are to enable researchers to:
      • acknowledge the progress they have made to date and recognise the skills they have developed
      • identify people who can contribute to the success of their doctorate
      • develop techniques to effectively communicate with their supervisor and develop this relationship now and in the future
      • explore the importance of communicating their research and its impact
      • practice communication techniques to a range of audiences
      • develop their individual plan for the coming year and recognise that there are things they need to and can do now in order to secure the job they want
  • Introduction to R: 3 day online course 
    • Wednesday 26 January – Friday 28 January, 9.00 am-5.00 pm daily
    • This course is primarily aimed at PGRs who require a practical introduction to R, and will provide you with the opportunity and support to start learning R at your own pace. By the end of this course, you will have sufficient confidence and familiarity with the basics of the R programming language for:
      – Manipulating and exploring different types of data
      – Importing and summarising your own data in R
      – Producing exploratory and publication quality graphics
      – Performing your own statistical analyses
      – Writing your own functions in R (optional)
    • Sign up to attend here. By signing up via this form you commit to attending all three days of the course and paying the maximum sum of £336 from your SUPER Training Support Grant. The course will only run if we have a minimum of 10 PGRs interested in attending
  • Graduate School Tea Break 
    • Thursday 27 January, 10.30-11.30 am
    • Socialise with fellow SUPER students on Zoom
    • Sign up by email via superdtp@st-andrews.ac.uk

February 2022

  • Vitae Effective Researcher: Effective Progress
    • Tuesday 1 February and Wednesday 2 February, 9.30 am-1.00 pm daily
    • This programme offers participants in the second year of their doctorate, a chance to focus on the detailed critical success factors and management skills required to successfully complete their doctorate. The course addresses the requirements of a doctorate, including the hypothesis, the thesis structure, the assessment criteria and to action plan accordingly. It will also help you to plan for the coming year and give you perspective to think beyond your PhD
  • Evidence Synthesis to Inform Policy and Business Decision-Making, a UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) Online Training Course 
    • Tuesday 15 February.
    • This one-day course will introduce you to evidence synthesis, evidence review, systematic reviews, and rapid evidence assessment. It will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to carry out an evidence review synthesis for an area of natural environment research of your personal interest.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • Whales, their song, their culture: another intelligence on Earth, a SETI Talk 
    • Tuesday 15 February, 7.00 pm.
    • Two renowned whale biologists describe their research and discuss the culture of whales, the understanding of their song, and the ambitious Project Cetacean Translation Initiative (CETI).
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • More Than Just Fish Food: The Ecosystem Services Provided by Aquatic Insects, part of the Natural History Live webinars collection by The Field Studies Council 
    • Friday 18 February, 1.00 pm.
    • The ecosystem services and benefits provided by freshwater insects are diverse and unexpectedly wide-ranging including decomposition and nutrient cycling, food for a wider range of species including humans, and the inspiration for art, music, and literature. This talk will explore some of these services and benefits with examples from around the world.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Biodiversity from a Systems Perspective, an International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Webinar with NERC 
    • Monday 21 February 2022, 3.00 pm.
    • This webinar brings together researchers to exchange perspectives on biodiversity research and highlight how this research could benefit from systems thinking, the process of understanding how systems influence one another within a whole.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • The Foundations of Financial Wellbeing and Financial Futures, two Money Advice Scotland (MAS) Webinars
    • Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 February, 3.00 pm daily.
    • For National Student Money Week, MAS are running two webinars to help with your financial wellbeing, including topics such as budgeting, mortgages, and pensions.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Combatting Scotland’s regional climate change challenges, a The Royal Society of Edinburgh Webinar
    • Tuesday 22 February, 4.30 pm.
    • This panel event will look at the effects of climate change in Scotland with a view to providing possible solutions to tackle them in future.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Seagrass at risk: Historical declines predict global hotspots of future risks, a Global Wetlands Project Webinar
    • Tuesday 22 February, 7.00 pm.
    • Coastal development and water quality have been identified as the top two drivers of seagrass loss. Through mapping seagrass and quantifying human threats, vulnerable sites and regions likely to be undergoing declines can be identified and subsequently managed. Marine managers, scientists, and policy makers can use global risk mapping of seagrass meadows to improve outcomes for this important coastal habitat.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Beginners QGIS for Ecologists and Conservation Practitioners, a Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Online Training Course 
    • Tuesday 22 February 2022 to Friday 25 February, 9.00 am-12.30 pm daily.
    • The course is designed to enable you to become a competent GIS operator with a practical focus on producing survey maps and analysing data derived from your surveys.
    • Find out more and join the waiting list here.
  • Intellectual Property (IP) for Research Live Lecture, a Vitae event with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) 
    • Thursday 24 February, 10.00-11.30 am.
    • This event aims to increase the IP knowledge and skills of doctoral and early career researchers, help researchers create greater impact through the IP generated in their research, and clarify how, why, and when researchers should engage with their institution about IP.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • Shining a Light on Deep-Sea Mining, an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Webinar
    • Thursday 24 February, 2.00 pm and repeated at 8.00 pm.
    • In preparation for Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15, the upcoming CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice meeting and other Deep-Sea Mining-related events in 2022, the discussion will cover the latest updates on the science, legal context, governance, social license, and alternatives for a decarbonised future as they relate to the debate around deep seabed mining.
    • Find out more and sign up here (2.00 pm) and here (8.00 pm).

March 2022

  • Soft Skills for Career Development, a The Data Lab Community Event
    • Tuesday 1 March, 3.00 pm. 
    • Soft skills help you stand out at job interviews, you are more likely to succeed and thrive in your role if you possess the correct communication and teamwork skills, and these types of skill are fundamental if you are to be considered for a leadership positions. With this in mind, a panel of experts will be discussing the importance of soft skills, how you can develop them to your benefit your career, and their top tips from their careers so far.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • How to write highly cited papers, a UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) Online Training Course  
    • Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 March.
    • This interactive online workshop will boost your confidence and ability to write a great science paper that will be cited again and again. There is currently a last-minute discount.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • How Technology can Support the Marine Community to Deliver FAIR Data, a Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) Open Meeting 
    • Thursday 3 March, 9.00 am.
    • MEDIN is a partnership of UK organisations committed to improving access to marine data. By providing a standardised way to find marine data and specialist data archives to store it, MEDIN has opened up access to large volumes of previously unavailable data from both the private and public sectors. MEDIN wants to ensure the marine community can harness appropriate technology to achieve their vision of all UK marine data being Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). 
    • Find out more and sign up here by Friday 18 February.
  • Ecological Science Communication Conference, hosted by Diversity of Nature and the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR)
    • Saturday 5 March, 2.00 pm-8.45 pm (10.00 am-4.45 pm AST).
    • EcoSciComCon 2022 provides a free and interactive virtual conference to connect you with ecologists who are also experts in science communication and outreach. Learn directly from early-career and diverse scholars, grow your network, and gain skills to facilitate your own scicom initiatives.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Students Futures & Research Conference, hosted by the Linnean Society of London and the British Ecological Society
    • Monday 7 March to Friday 11 March.
    • The conference will provide up to 3 hours daily live content each day, as well as pre-recorded content, competitions, reflective exercises, and opportunities for sharing. Full programme to come.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Friday 4 March.
  • Climate change: lessons from Earth’s past for our future, a Centre for Energy Ethics Webinar
    • Tuesday 8 March, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm.
    • This webinar will discuss how the chemistry of sediments, ice, and fossils are used to investigate long-term changes in the earth’s CO2 levels.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • FathomNet: an open-source image database for understanding our ocean and its inhabitants, a NOAA Science Seminar
    • Tuesday 8 March, 8.00 pm-9.00 pm. 
    • NOAA demonstrate how machine learning models trained on FathomNet data can be applied to other institutional video data, and enable automated acquisition and tracking of midwater animals by underwater vehicles.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
    • A two day course on FathomNet will be held at the end of March, see details below. 
  • PEPtalk: Receiving and engaging with research evidence, a Centre for Energy Ethics Webinar
    • Wednesday 9 March, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm. 
    • In this PEPtalk, two speakers will address their experience of engaging with research evidence from their respective positions within the Scottish Government. How do they identify, receive, and engage with research evidence in the policy development process?
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • A Healthy and Resilient Ocean, a UN Ocean Decade ‘Laboratory’
    • Wednesday 9 March from 3.00 pm to Friday 11 March at 4.30 pm UTC. 
    • The Ocean Laboratory aims to catalyze action for the Ocean Decade and to strengthen dialogue and outreach. It will cover topics related to challenges to a healthy and resilient ocean, and will explore the key elements required for the change we need to see over the course of the Decade.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • The UK’s Net Zero Journey – A Marine Perspective, a Crown Estate Hybrid Event
    • Wednesday 9 March, 6.00 pm-7.00 pm. 
    • Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA and online.
    • This lecture will outline the UK’s achievements to date in developing what is one of the world’s largest offshore wind markets. It will share the journey that the UK is taking towards achieving its 2050 net zero target, and outline some of the existing and future challenges and opportunities that this journey presents, for policy and planning, technology and supply chain, habitat and environment.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Getting the most out of your Network, an Equate Scotland Workshop 
    • Thursday 10 March, 5.30 pm-6.30 pm. 
    • For those who identify as women in STEM, this event will help you to explore the benefits of a network, compare networking pre and post-Covid, evaluate your current network, and understand the benefits of LinkedIn.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • Amplifying Women’s Voices for Climate Change, a University of Aberdeen Hybrid Event
    • Thursday 10 March, 6.00 pm-7.30 pm.
    • A panel discussion as part of the University of Aberdeen’s International Women’s Day and British Science Week programme. This panel will discuss and offer ideas on how women’s voices can be amplified in the climate emergency arena.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Metabarcoding for Diet Analysis and Environmental DNA, a NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) Bioinformatics Course 
    • Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 March, 9.00 am-4.00 pm daily.
    • Sequencing DNA barcodes from mixed sources of DNA is an increasingly used way to survey biodiversity, whether analysing dietary content from faecal-derived DNA or monitoring aquatic species from water-derived DNA. This course will give an overview of metabarcoding with different barcoding genes to target particular taxa. Using an example data set we will go from raw sequence data through to assigning taxonomy to the sequence variants.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Monday 28 February.
  • Energy Café, a Centre for Energy Ethics Webinar
    • Tuesday 15 March, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm.
    • This Café will discuss critical element deposits in rift-related magmatism – elements vital to renewable energy technologies. Including how to find these elements, how they form, and how they are modified by geological processes.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • From individual variation in behaviour to inference on personality, a Centre for Biological Diversity Webinar
    • Tuesday 15 March, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • The relatively recent advent of aquatic animal tracking has resulted in a hurdle in the knowledge on movement of marine animals over multiple scales. This talk will present results and anecdotes from movement studies on European lobster, Atlantic cod, and anadromous brown trout.
    • Contact superdtp@st-andrews.ac.uk for the meeting link.
  • Graduate School 11th Annual Postgraduate Retreat (online)
    • Wednesday 16 March from 2.00 pm to Friday 18 March at 1.00 pm.
    • The Retreat will include speakers, presentations, networking, skill sessions, and various training courses. This is a key event in the Graduate School calendar and a core element of the PG Cert programme. View the full programme via the link above. 
    • All SUPER students are expected to attend, sign up here.
    • Join an optional bowling social event in Aberdeen on Friday 18 March at 7.30 pm, or a morning hill walk in Oban or Edinburgh on Saturday 19 March! Email superdtp@st-andrews.ac.uk for all the details. 
  • Verra Standards for Sustainability, Resilience, and Carbon (including Blue Carbon, Coastal Resilience, and Plastic Waste Reduction), an Open Communications for the Ocean (OCTO) Webinar
    • Wednesday 16 March, 5.00 pm.
    • Verra is a nonprofit organisation that develops and provides standards that drive investment toward high-impact activities addressing environmental and social challenges across the globe. The rigorous process to meet Verra’s standards include independent verification and issuance of claims and credits. Verra’s standards are employed by a broad variety of governments, corporations and other private actors, and NGOs around the world.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • What Can We Learn From Strandings?, a Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust Webinar
    • Wednesday 16 March, 7.00 pm.
    • This talk will take a closer look at cetacean strandings with the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme, and explain more about why it is important to look at stranded animals.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • An insight into INSITE (INfluence of Structures In The Ecosystem), a European Marine Board Webinar
    • Thursday 17 March, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm.
    • This webinar will build on the science presented in EMB’s Policy Brief No. 2 on ‘Decommissioning of offshore man-made installations: taking an ecosystem approach’, and will include a presentation and discussion session with Prof. Dickon Howell, INSITE Programme Director.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • Environmental DNA: New possibilities and challenges for biodiversity monitoring, a GW4 Water Security Alliance Webinar
    • Thursday 17 March, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis is transforming biodiversity monitoring in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems with immense potential to inform their conservation and management. This talk will present possibilities and challenges associated with eDNA analysis for biodiversity monitoring.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Realising the benefits of Scotland’s waters, a World Water Day Hybrid Event hosted by the Hydro Nation International Centre
    • Tuesday 22 March, 9.30 am-4.00 pm with optional evening event, 5.00-7.00 pm.
    • Dynamic Earth, 112 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS and online.
    • This event will bring together Scotland’s water sector and water users in their various forms to understand the benefits of Scotland’s water as a resource and the key issues in its management.
    • Find out more and sign up here. Sign up for the optional evening event here
  • Integrated Land Use Conference
    • Wednesday 23 March from 6.30 pm to Thursday 24 March at 2.00 pm.
    • The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Road to Net-Zero’. The event will include an online screening of the documentary ‘Scotland: Our climate journey’ presented by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Followed by a range of talks around the theme including UNESCO and the Flow Country, Wild Affric and Rewilding Centre in the north-west of Scotland, Nature-based solutions laboratories, sustainable meat initiatives and more.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Spot that boat! Studying Ships and Whales, a Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust Webinar
    • Wednesday 23 March, 7.00 pm.
    • Find out how you can help our understanding of the interactions between vessels and marine mammals around Scotland’s coast.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Closing the Climate Adaptation Gap and Unlocking Transformative Change Virtual Conference
    • Thursday 24 March from 9.00 am to Friday 25 March at 3.30 pm.
    • To effectively adapt and keep pace with the rising impacts of climate change we cannot maintain business-as-usual. This free conference will bridge the gap between research and practice as we collectively try to accelerate adaptation to climate change. 
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Test the Virtual Labs – Zoo & Phytoplankton EOV Products, a Blue-Cloud Webinar
    • Thursday 24 March, 10.30 am-11.30 am UTC.
    • This webinar invites the marine research community to test the Blue-Cloud Virtual Labs, developed by the Flanders Marine Institute in collaboration with the University of Liège. The Virtual Lab provides a description of the current state of the plankton communities and forecasts their evolution, representing valuable information for the modelling, assessment and management of the marine ecosystem.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • British Intertidal Marine Isopods, part of the Natural History Live Webinars Collection by The Field Studies Council 
    • Friday 25 March, 7.00 pm.
    • Intertidal marine isopods are an extremely under-recorded group in Britain and Ireland. This talk will cover some of the species you can find, how to find them, and how to go about identifying and recording them. The new British Myriapod & Isopod Group Intertidal Marine Isopod recording scheme is also introduced.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Thinking Careers Course
    • Monday 28 March to Friday 1 April – rescheduled to Autumn 2022
    • Fully residential at a hotel TBD in Glasgow, including meals and accommodation.
    • The QUADRAT DTP have kindly offered SUPER third year students the chance to join this course at a subsidised cost. You will come away with an understanding the key elements of a career and identifying what it is that you want from your own career, improving your CV and interview skills, and much more. View more information via the link above.
    • Sign up to attend here by Monday 14 March at 5 pm. Only 25 spaces available!
  • The Politics of Science, a University of New South Wales Webinar
    • Tuesday 29 March, 8.30 am.
    • This talk will explore the enduring challenge of what scientists can do to maintain public trust in their work, and how the community can be more discerning about what they choose to believe. 
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The Critical Case for Reforming Land-Based Carbon Accounting, an Oxford Biodiversity Network Event
    • Tuesday 29 March, 4.00 pm-5.30 pm.
    • Oxford and online.
    • This talk will argue that in various ways standard national IPCC reporting guidance, national laws, carbon offset rules and lifecycle approaches all fail to count or fully count opportunity costs.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs), a European Marine Board Networking Event
    • Wednesday 30 March, 8.30 am to 10.00 am UTC.
    • Through this event, ECOPs will have an opportunity to meet each other, find out who EMB are and what they do, how to engage with EMB, find out what is being proposed for the EMB ECOP network, and propose ideas for activities for the network.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Long-term studies of coastal minke whales in the Moray Firth, a University of Exeter Webinar
    • Wednesday 30 March, 3.00 pm-4.00 pm.
    • Join on the day here.
  • Exploring Narratives in Environmental Challenges, a York Environmental Sustainability Institute Workshop
    • Thursday 31 March, 2.00 pm-4.00 pm.
    • BS/104 Meeting Room (Tree House), Berrick Saul Building, University of York, and online.
    • This hybrid workshop builds on a previous webinar (watch here) and will explore ideas introduced, using case studies to demonstrate an approach from literary studies to help incorporate critical awareness of the limitations of narratives into our communicative strategies.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Invertebrates Modify Soil Microbial Processes in Managed Grass Systems, a Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Webinar
    • Thursday 31 March, 4.00 pm-5.00 pm.
    • This seminar will discuss ongoing research examining the impacts that soil invertebrates have on microbial activity and organic matter cycling in residential lawns and other managed grasses.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Microplastics in our marine environment: Prevalence, problems & solutions, a University of Exeter Webinar
    • Thursday 31 March, 1.00 pm
    • Join on the day here.
  • The Joy of Birds, a National Museum of Scotland Webinar
    • Thursday 31 March, 7.30 pm-8.30 pm.
    • Celebrate birds with this online discussion on the threats they face and the work being done to protect them.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • FathomNet, a NOAA Workshop
    • Thursday 31 March and Friday 1 April, 11.00 am daily.
    • FathomNet is an open-source image database that can be used to train, test, and validate state-of-the-art AI algorithms to help understand our ocean and its inhabitants. This workshop will show how you can contribute to and benefit from the FathomNet ecosystem.
    • Find out more and sign up here.

April 2022

  • Wind energy and Wildlife impacts Conference 
    • Monday 4 to Friday 8 April.
    • Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 1931 VL and online.
    • For this 6th conference, the programme will stress the importance of scientific knowledge for policy and wildlife management related to wind farms.
    • Registration fees cover the welcome reception, beach BBQ, attendance of scientific program and information market, conference materials, coffee and lunch on conference days and a field excursion. The fee for the conference dinner is an additional cost. 
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • ORCA OceanWatchers, a Field Studies Council Training Course
    • Monday 4 to Monday 25 April. Repeated in May and June.
    • During this course, you will learn how to identify over 25 different species of whale, dolphin, and porpoise, plus learn the skills to be able to survey for these animals from land or at sea.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Climate change: lessons from Earth’s past for our future, an Energy Café by The Centre for Energy Ethics
    • Tuesday 5 April, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm.
    • This Café will discuss some lessons provided by paleoclimatology about the ways our climate system works, and the governing role of CO2 in climates both past and future.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Career Changers: Planning and Exploration, an Equate Scotland Webinar
    • Tuesday 5 April, 2.00 pm-4.00 pm.
    • This workshop is for those who identify as women in STEM who are considering a career change and want to build confidence in their strengths and plans.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Coastal and Marine GIS, an ABPmer Training Course
    • Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 April. Repeated in October.
    • Online or in Southampton.
    • Using ArcGIS v10.x, the course is structured around 11 modules that cover various GIS concepts and techniques. As well as introducing marine data and GIS, the course considers common problems faced when mapping coastal and offshore environments.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • A Safe Ocean, a UN Ocean Decade ‘Laboratory’
    • Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 April. 
    • The Ocean Laboratory aims to catalyze action for the Ocean Decade and to strengthen dialogue and outreach. It will cover topics related to challenges to a safe ocean, and will explore the key elements required for the change we need to see over the course of the Decade.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • 33rd Conference of the European Cetacean Society
    • Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 April.
    • Ashdod Youth Centre, Ha-Tsiyonut St 4, Ashdod, Israel and online.
    • The theme is ‘Marine mammal research and conservation effort – Are we on the right path?’. In this conference, the conventional approach to marine mammal science will be challenged, and critical questions on the past, present, and future will be asked to ensure that the shared goal – marine mammal conservation – is being aptly pursued.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • Zoom into Soil: Peatlands of Scotland, a British Society of Soil Science Webinar 
    • Wednesday 6 April, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm.
    • With strong Government backing, peatland restoration in Scotland has made major progress in the last decade. This presentation will consider what we can learn from this and with Climate Change impacts increasing, what we can do to respond more quickly in the future.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Imposter Syndrome, an Equate Scotland Workshop 
    • Wednesday 6 April, 4.00 pm-5.00 pm.
    • For those who identify as women in STEM, this workshop offers the chance to find out more about Imposter Syndrome, how it holds us back, and what we can do to address it.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The Role of Aquatic Food Webs in Contaminant Cycling, Transport, & Toxicity, a Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Webinar
    • Thursday 7 April, 4.00 pm-5.00 pm.
    • This presentation will explore the influence of biota on contaminant dynamics in aquatic ecosystems through an overview of two recent projects: 1) the spatial and temporal patterns of selenium cycling in the Gunnison River, Colorado, and 2) spawning migrations of Pacific salmon as biological pumps of nutrient and contaminant subsidies.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • What does the IPCC say about carbon dioxide removal?, a Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment Webinar
    • Tuesday 12 April, 2.00 pm-3.00 pm.
    • A chance to hear the key messages from the latest IPCC report directly from the authors themselves, and ask them your questions.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • From micro- to nanoplastics: what we don’t know but should, a Persistent, Emerging, and Organic Pollution in the Environment Network Webinar
    • Wednesday 13 April, 4.30 pm-5.20 pm.
    • This seminar will share recent findings on the environmental occurrence, exposures, biological effects, and toxicity mechanisms of ubiquitous micro-and nanoplastics, highlighting what is not but should be known to stimulate research in this field.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Bird Surveying: talk by British Trust for Ornithology, a RSPB Webinar
    • Wednesday 13 April, 6.50 pm-9.00 pm.
    • Why do we need to track population changes and how is this information used to make a real difference to the birds we treasure? Find out, with a tour of the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey and Wetland Bird Survey(WeBS).
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Amphibians, an Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute Webinar
    • Wednesday 13 April, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm.
    • This talk will discuss new model results that describe habitat associations for four species based on acoustic recordings. It will also highlight a recent collaboration that explored using eDNA to detect amphibians.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of Ecological Grief and Loss, a Sustainability Council (University of Alberta) Webinar
    • Wednesday 13 April, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm.
    • This webinar will discuss the rationality of feeling climate grief, and explore its political and ethical ramifications.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Examining Scotland’s marine habitats through a camera lens: uncertainty and change, a Scottish Seabird Centre Webinar
    • Wednesday 13 April, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm.
    • Using underwater images to reflect on studying and conserving Scottish marine habitats and species.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Wildlife of our peatlands: birds, botany and beasts!, an Ulster Wildlife Webinar
    • Wednesday 13 April, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm.
    • Find out more about the rare and iconic species found on our peatlands.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Eco-Anxious in St Andrews: Comparing climate anxiety in university and community populations, a St Andrews Network for Climate, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Webinar
    • Thursday 14 April, 11.00 am-12.00 pm.
    • This event presents findings from two studies, allowing for comparative cross-disciplinary dialogue regarding approaches, and methods, in addition to comparisons between University and community populations on the topic of climate anxiety.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • River stories: Using aquatic signals to detect change in Arctic watersheds, a Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Webinar
    • Thursday 14 April, 4.00 pm-5.00 pm.
    • The Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, releasing terrestrially-stored carbon and nutrients that were previously frozen in permafrost soils and leading to an enhanced delivery of nutrients and carbon from land to water. This webinar will explain how using changes in river chemistry can be a major indicator of broad ecosystem-level change.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Stakeholder Engagement for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeams Training Course
    • Every Tuesday from Tuesday 19 April to Tuesday 17 May, 10.30 am or 6.00 pm BST.
    • Learn how to engage stakeholders to enhance your conservation work by:
      • Applying key principles to ensure you engage with stakeholders effectively and ethically.
      • Initiating the relationship to build trust and understanding and set expectations.
      • Managing the relationship to progress the project and adapt to changing conditions.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The Marine Biological Association (MBA) Postgraduate Conference 
    • Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 April.
    • Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom St, Liverpool, L1 2SF and online.
    • The MBA‘s upcoming postgraduate conference titled ‘Turn of the Tide; Marine organisms in an ocean of change’ focuses on the past, present, and future change at the species level (e.g. genetic, behavioural) and/or ecosystem level (e.g. trophic ecology, hydrology). There are also some talks on media presence and citizen science.
    • The conference will be the first hybrid MBA conference offering both in-person and online access to all three days of the event. Online access registration is free and in-person tickets are now available. You can become an MBA member to get a discount, and apply for financial help with travel costs to attend in-person.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Do We Need to Remove Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere to Meet our Climate Targets?, a University of Aberdeen Webinar
    • Thursday 21 April, 4.00 pm-5.15 pm.
    • This webinar will present some of the options available now, or in development, that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will discuss how this fits with our “net zero” ambitions.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Raising your Game: Developing Mathematical Modelling Skills Summer School
    • Monday 25 April from midday to Friday 29 April at midday.
    • Fully residential at the University of Strathclyde’s Ross Priory Conference Centre, including meals, travel, and accommodation. 
    • This Summer School will help you develop core skills in model development and numerical implementation in ecological modelling. Run by our partner, the University of Strathclyde, you will leave the course equipped with worked examples and the knowledge to apply these methods to your own research. View more information via the link above. 
    • Sign up to attend here.
  • Seaweed Academy Official Launch, a Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) Hybrid Event
    • Tuesday 26 April, 9.30 am-5.30 pm.
    • SAMS, Oban, and online.
    • The official launch of the new UK Government-funded Seaweed Academy which will support a developing seaweed industry in the UK and beyond.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Science advice under pressure, a European Commission Conference
    • Wednesday 27 to Thursday 28 April.
    • Brussels and online.
    • The European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism invites those at the science-policy interface to explore the key challenges of delivery science advice under pressure through a series of panel debates, interactive sessions, and networking opportunities.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Changing the system – a new approach for ocean conservation, a Zoological Society of London Symposium
    • Wednesday 27 to Thursday 28 April.
    • Thinking systemically about how to tackle a global environmental threat and major conservation challenge, this event will explore the much talked about, much researched, and often polarising topic of ocean plastic pollution.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Using Regulatory Data to Inform Marine Spatial Planning Efforts, an Open Communications for the Ocean (OCTO) Webinar
    • Thursday 28 April, 5.00 pm.
    • The ProtectedSeas Navigator mapping project is a one-stop resource to find out where MPAs are located as well as discover the existing regulations and evaluate their various levels of protection. This regulations-based tool can be used to inform protection analyses and aid in forecasting other areas that need protection. This webinar will be of special interest to those interested in assessing ocean conservation regulations and protection metrics.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Conservation of Marine Mammals, a Field Studies Council Training Course
    • Thursday 28 April to Thursday 9 June.
    • During this course, you will learn about the important role marine mammals play within the ecosystem and how we are now trying to protect them for future generations.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Can you use earthworms to indicate healthy soil?, a Natural History Live Webinar by the Field Studies Council
    • Friday 29 April, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • This talk will discuss whether finding earthworms in soil is a good indicator of a healthy soil, and what factors control the presence of earthworms.
    • Find out more and sign up here.

May 2022

  • Population Modelling for Wildlife Conservation and Management Workshop
    • Monday 2 to Friday 6 May.
    • The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Bedford Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3AA, and online.
    • Run by our partner, the University of Aberdeen, this free hybrid workshop will review simple models of population dynamics, but the primary focus will be on the construction and analysis of discrete-time stage-structured matrix population models (based on age classes, size, location, or life history stage). View more information via the link above.
    • Sign up to attend here by Friday 15 April. Limited spaces available.
  • ORCA OceanWatchers, a Field Studies Council Training Course
    • Monday 2 to Monday 23 May. Repeated in June.
    • During this course, you will learn how to identify over 25 different species of whale, dolphin, and porpoise, plus learn the skills to be able to survey for these animals from land or at sea.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Aquaculture UK, a Tradeshow 
    • Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 May. 
    • MacDonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore, Scotland, PH22 1PN.
    • Discover the latest advancements in robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, smart fish farming systems, and biomass counting by connecting with over 200 global companies. Hear from experts at the new free innovation and sustainability conference and learn about recent scientific breakthroughs in fish health and welfare, genetic selection, cleaner fish breedings, and more.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • Conservation in the Climate Emergency, an Oxford Biodiversity Network Event
    • Wednesday 4 May, 4.00 pm-5.00 pm.
    • Oxford and online.
    • This talk makes the case that climate change is, or soon will, be the greatest threat to biodiversity, and consequently that conservation will be unable to meet its goal of maintaining biodiversity unless the climate threat is addressed.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeams Training Course
    • Every Wednesday from Wednesday 4 May to Wednesday 8 June, 9.30 am or 5.30 pm BST.
    • Learn how to develop a stronger conservation strategy by:
      • Assessing the current situation to better understand and document the situation you are trying to change.
      • Planning the impact you want to achieve and the work you will carry out to achieve that impact.
      • Adapting your strategy to your needs and situation.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications, a Challenger Society for Marine Science Webinar
    • Thursday 5 May, 1.00 pm-2.30 pm.
    • Fellowships help ECRs build their research profile and independence. Whether you’re planning to apply to a fellowship scheme, or just want to learn about what fellowship opportunities might be available in the future, join this webinar to discuss some of the main UK schemes, gain advice for developing an application, and a Q&A.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (SMMR) 1st Annual Conference
    • Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 May.
    • Mercure Hotel, Bristol and online.
    • This transdisciplinary conference brings together members of the UK marine science community, with the aim of promoting and communicating research and policy excellence.
    • Three interdisciplinary workshops, Transdisciplinary Use of Coastal Data, Behavioural change (Pyramids of Life), and Quest – A Digital Storytelling Scavenger Hunt (Diverse Values), will be held on the Wednesday.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Project Management for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeams Training Course
    • Every Monday from Monday 9 May to Monday 13 June, 10.00 am or 6.00 pm BST.
    • Learn how to manage any conservation project by:
      • Applying a set of practical and ethical principles to guide your project.
      • Defining roles to clarify decision-making.
      • Splitting the project into clear phases.
      • Setting up effective administrative processes.
      • Adapting the project to changing conditions.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The Aquaculture Careers Event 2022
    • Tuesday 10 to Wednesday 11 May, 9.00 am-5.00 pm.
    • Pathfoot Lecture Theatre, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling.
    • Hear direct from industry, make important connections, and explore different career paths.
    • There are up to 30 travel bursaries for students based across the UK.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • An Accessible Ocean, a UN Ocean Decade ‘Laboratory’
    • Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 May. 
    • The Ocean Laboratory aims to catalyze action for the Ocean Decade and to strengthen dialogue and outreach. It will cover topics related to an accessible ocean with good governance, open access to data, information and technologies, and will explore the key elements required for the change we need to see over the course of the Decade.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • Rebalancing Climate Finance, a Centre for Energy Ethics Webinar
    • Tuesday 10 May, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm
    • This webinar will discuss the transition towards a low-carbon economy and how it requires the fundamental reallocation of financial capital from current technologies towards green innovation.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Symposium on Marine Carbon Sequestration
    • Wednesday 11 May, 9.15 am-4.00 pm.
    • Ostend Science Park, Bluebridge, Belgium.
    • By bringing scientists, political, industrial, and non-governmental parties together the symposium aims to identify the potential of negative emission technologies and the required knowledge development that is still needed.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Climate change and great ape conservation, a Leadership for Conservation in Africa Webinar
    • Thursday 12 May, 6.00 pm BST
    • Conservation managers need to integrate climate change mitigation and adaption measures in conservation and land use planning to protect the already endangered great apes.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Introduction to Python, a Code Labs Academy Workshop
    • Tuesday 17 May, 5.00 pm-6.30 pm.
    • Eager to learn about programming, but don’t know where to start? This workshop will teach you Python fundamentals as well as go over some practical exercises.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Florida Manatees, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Webinar
    • Tuesday 17 May, 9.00 pm-10.00 pm.
    • This presentation will cover some interesting facts about the Florida manatees, evolutionary adaptations of this magnificent aquatic herbivore, their present conservation status, and what you can do to help this marine mammal.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Introduction to R, a NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) Bioinformatics Course 
    • Tuesday 17, Thursday 19, Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 May, 10.00 am-4.00 pm daily.
    • R is a highly-used programming language for visualisation of data and statistical analysis. There are many R packages for the analysis of biological datasets. This course is aimed at beginners and novices to R. It will give an in depth overview of the foundations of R and Rstudio plus introduce data sorting, visualisation and statistical analysis.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Friday 29 April.
  • Invasive River Species with the Environment Agency, a Groundwork East Webinar
    • Wednesday 18 May, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm.
    • By taking part in this webinar you will learn about the invasive river species of the UK and find out how they impact our local wildlife and what you can do to help.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • A traveller’s tales: From Kolkata to the deep-sea, a SAMS Seminar
    • Thursday 19 May, 5.30 pm-7.00 pm.
    • Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, PA37 1QA, or online.
    • This lecture will take us on a journey providing insights into various elements of fundamental research from understanding how biodiversity changes in various areas of the deep-sea from our own doorstep of the Faroe-Shetland Channel, the North-east Atlantic through to the polar realms of the Weddell Sea and Barents Sea.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Citizen Science, the smart way to Biodiversity Conservation, a Leadership for Conservation in Africa Webinar
    • Thursday 19 May, 6.00 pm BST.
    • Can ordinary people participate in conservation and research?
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Riverwoods, a The Big Picture Documentary 
    • Various dates until Friday 20 May.
    • Various theatres in Scotland.
    • Three years in the making, Riverwoods is a feature-length documentary that shines a light on the perilous state of Scotland’s salmon and tells the compelling story of an inextricable relationship between fish and forest. This documentary is a rallying call for restoring more of Scotland’s river catchments and all the life they support.
    • Find out more and order your free tickets here.
  • Standing up for Science, a NERC Workshop
    • Friday 20 May, 5.00 pm.
    • Norwich Research Park, Norfolk, England.
    • Join us to find out how to contribute research findings to public discussions and engage effectively with journalists and policymakers.
    • Find out more here and sign up here by Monday 18 April.
  • From a Meme to a Movement: 25 Years of Biomimicry, a Biomimicry Institute Webinar
    • Friday 20 May, 6.00 pm-7.00 pm.
    • Biomimicry, an emerging discipline that emulates nature’s designs and processes (e.g., solar cells that mimic leaves) to create a healthier, more sustainable planet.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • EU4OCEAN Summit Ocean Literacy Festival
    • Saturday 21 May.
    • This Ocean literacy festival will take place following the EU4Ocean coalition Ocean Literacy Summit ‘Let’s Make Europe Blue!’ at the EU Maritime Day conference (19-20 May), and will be part of its SeaSide festival in Ravenna (21-22 May). 
    • If you have an idea for an activity/event to raise awareness about our oceans during the time of the festival: it can be onsite in Ravenna, onsite in your area, or online. Deadline to apply for onsite activities in Ravenna is Friday 15 April and onsite activities elsewhere or online activities Sunday 1 May.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Career Development Workshop: Preparing Scientists for Industry Careers
    • Monday 23, Wednesday 25, Friday 27 and Tuesday 31 May, 9.00 pm-1.00 am BST daily (contact aylin@lswinstitute.org to discuss alternative times due to time zone).
    • SciPhD provides training for scientists who want to transition from academia to non-academic careers.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Environmental Engagement in Practice: Public engagement skills, part of a National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Training Course Series
    • Wednesday 25 May, 10.00 am-4.00 pm.
    • This event is intended for anyone working in environmental research with an interest in engagement and knowledge exchange.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Monday 23 May.
  • The Baltic Harbour Porpoise, an EMSEA Online Meeting
    • Wednesday 25 May, 11.00 am-12.00 pm BST.
    • Estimated at 500 animals, the Baltic population of the harbour porpoise is categorized as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Join this event to learn more about the Baltic harbour education and conservation challenges.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • A (clumsy) Journey of a Biologist in the World of Mathematics, a Linnean Society of London Webinar
    • Wednesday 25 May, 12.30 pm-1.00 pm.
    • Do you need be a whiz at math to win at biology? Many biologists are tripped by numbers in their academic paths. Here some lessons from a veteran.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Plymouth Marine Science & Education Foundation (PlyMSEF) Annual Spring Public Lecture
    • Wednesday 25 May, 6.00 pm.
    • National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth.
    • The event features a series of mini-lectures from Plymouth’s marine institutes, showcasing current research in Plymouth Sound, the home of the UK’s first National Marine Park.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • How do butterflies help us understand climate change?, a Museum of Zoology Webinar
    • Wednesday 25 May, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm.
    • This webinar will explain how well recorded butterfly data can be used to reveal the ‘fingerprint’ of climate change – that species are disappearing from some sites but colonising others, and that range shifts northwards and uphill are slowed or halted in highly-transformed landscapes.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Nature-based Solutions to address societal challenges, a CIEEM Webinar
    • Thursday 26 May, 11.00 am-12.00 pm.
    • This webinar will introduce what Nature-based Solutions are, provide a range of successful UK based examples, explore some of the barriers to their widespread implementation, and consider solutions to addressing these obstacles.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Behaviour Change Principles for Environmental & Climate Changemakers, a Sustainable Sidekicks Webinar
    • Thursday 26 May, 12.30 pm-2.00 pm and repeated at 5.00 pm-6.30 pm.
    • Engage people outside the eco echo-chamber!
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Discovering UK Seals: Identification, Ecology and Conservation, a Field Studies Council Training Course
    • Friday 27 May to Friday 8 July.
    • From this course you will learn valuable observational field identification tips, life history characteristics, and general ecology of the different seal species found around the British coastline plus some of our more obscure visitors.
    • Find out more and sign up here.