Archived Events 2021

January 2021

  • Foundation online statistics course
    • Starts Wednesday 13th January 2021
    • This is a foundation stats course and might be the kind of thing some of you are looking for, and can provide a good refresher on the foundations of stats. This course introduces some of the key ideas and concepts of statistics, the discipline that allows us to analyse and interpret the data that underpins modern society. In this course, you will explore the key principles of statistics for yourself, using interactive applets, and you will learn to interpret and evaluate the data you encounter in everyday life.
    • Register here
  • Vitae Effective Researcher: The next 90 days
    • Two on-line sessions via zoom (0930-1300), Tue 19th & Wed 20th January, 2021
    • Recognizing the challenges presented by the current social distancing situation, you are invited to take part in two Effective Researcher training sessions. These two on-line sessions offers 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.
  • Grad School Teabreak
    • Monday 25th January (1530-1630) via Zoom
    • 1530-1600 will be a general/informal chat session, and 1600-1630 will focus on any questions people have around TNA (training needs analysis).
  • Homestretch: creative workshops for social, recuperative space during Lockdown
    • 2:00-2:45 every Wednesday until 10 March 2021 – come to as many or as few as you can manage.
    • This winter with increased lockdown measures, research and studies can begin to feel like a marathon. The natural breaks we could often take that re-energised the focussed work we do occur less frequently in our current circumstances and this can take a toll. These sessions are designed to help get you through the homestretch. They are an opportunity for some creative playful time off task that can bring us back better in mind and body and even inspired.
    • We are very grateful to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities who have opened up these sessions to MASTS PhD students. Find out more and get joining details here.

February 2021

  • Effective Researcher: Effective Progress
    • Two on-line sessions via zoom (0930-1300), Tue 2nd & Wed 3rd February, 2021
    • 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.
  • Grad School Networking
    • Monday 17th February 2021 (1030-1130)
    • Using the networking function within HopIn, we will use different themed sessions in order to get to know one another a little better, both on a personal and professional basis. If you would like to participate, please accept the calendar invitation and register for the event on HopIn here – (if you didn’t join us for the ASM, you will need to create a HopIn account too).

March 2021

  • Leader Conversation with Luc Bas
    • 1300 on Thursday 11th March, 2021
    • 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 Luc Bas. Currently Luc is the European Regional Director for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature(IUCN)
    • Set the context by watching this short video.
  • Grad School online Retreat
    • This event will be spread out over four half day sessions (Wed 17th March, 0855-1300; Fri 19th March, 1400-1700; Tue 23rd March, 0855-1300; & Thurs 25th March, 1400-1700).
    • The retreat will include optional social activities too.

April 2021

  • An introduction to mapping in R
    • Friday 9th April (0930-1130) – online via zoom
    • Learn what’s possible when it comes to creating maps in the (FREE) R programming environment. No experience of coding required! This 2 hour workshop will cover:
      • How to describe different types of maps.
      • Map projections.
      • Map objectives.
      • The benefits of using R.
      • Useful R packages.
    • At the end of the workshop you will have access to the teaching materials. This includes the code used to create examples of different types of maps. There will also be a chance to discuss any plans you might have for making maps in the future.
    • Sign up to attend this course here
  • Grad School Teabreak
    • Wednesday 7th April (1500-1600) via Zoom
  • Virtual Community Science Camp (19 April – 24 May 2021)
    • 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
  • Grad School Teabreak including discussion topic
    • Wednesday 28th April (1500-1630) via Zoom
    • An informal chat for the first half hour and then a bite sized look and discussion about Imposter Syndrome.

2021 Two Golden Hours – writing retreats

14th May; 10thJune; 7th July; 3rd August; 2nd September; 13th October; 9th November & 10th December 2021. These online sessions will provide some dedicated time to spend on writing, supported by your colleagues.

May 2021

  • MEDDLE training
    • This event will be spread out over two half day sessions (Thurs 6th May, 0900-1230 & Fri 7th May, 0900-1230) and will be on zoom.
    • Multiple Environmental Driver Design Lab for Experiments
    • This course will help you define research questions, identify responses and drivers and help you to design a great experiment!
  • Leader Conversation with Anna Metaxas
    • Friday 14th May (13:00-14:00)
    • 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 events also offer the opportunity for one or two students to act as hosts and to gain experience in facilitating.
    • At this event chat with Anna Metaxas, Professor in the Dept of Oceanography at Dalhousie University, Canada. View video here.
  • Climate Exp0
    • Organised by the COP26 Universities Network, this Climate Exp0 event is taking place virtually between 17th and 21st May.
    • Each day is dedicated to one of five conference themes: Green Recovery; Mitigation Solutions; Adaptation & Resilience; Finance; and Nature & Nature-based Solutions.
    • The conference will focus on three audience groups, with separate strands of activity geared towards each one over the duration of the conference: policy, academics and students.
  • Grad School Teabreak
    • Wednesday 26th May (11:00-12:00) via Zoom

June 2021

  • Grad School Teabreak, including discussion topic (Having an online presence)
  • Tuesday 29th June (11:00-12:00) via Zoom

August 2021

  • SGSAH GREEN / GRADUATE Hackathon
    • Tuesday 24th August (afternoon), Wednesday 25th August (morning), and Thursday 26th August (morning), via Zoom
    • In the build-up to COP26 in November, the SGSAH (Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities) is seeking participation from PhD students, whose research or general interests intersect with climate change, for its interdisciplinary hackathon event. The event will introduce three ‘Climate Challenges’ set by ‘Challenge Leads’ as the basis for participatory breakout sessions using a range of approaches.
    • More information here.
  • NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) bioinformatics course
    • ‘Bacterial genome assembly and annotation’
    • Tuesday 24th & Thursday 26th August (register by Monday 8th August)

September 2021

  • Youth Climate Summit: Let’s Talk COP26
    • Saturday 4th September (10:00-15:15)
    • 2050 Climate Group’s Youth Climate Summit is a free online event, open to all young people aged 18-35 from across Scotland and beyond.
    • An opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers and participate in workshops covering a range of climate change and sustainability topics; led by youth activists, community groups, and industry leaders from organisations such as Friends of the Earth, the Black Environmental Network, and Loss and Damage Youth Coalition.
    • More information and registration here.
  • Scottish Energy Innovation Emporium webinar- marine renewables 
    • Monday 20th September (13:00 – 14:30)
    • This online webinar ‘The importance of environmental science for marine renewables’ is part of the Scottish Energy Innovation Emporium COP26 series and will be showcasing marine renewable energy research being carried out across MASTS; hearing the perspectives of MASTS ecological researchers, industry engineers, and a range of international collaborators.
    • More information here.
  • Women in STEM, Reimagined 
    • Monday 20th – Sunday 26th September
    • A free, online masterclass series.
    • More information and registration here.
  • NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) bioinformatics course
    • ‘RNA-seq gene expression and pathway analysis’
    • Tuesday 21st & Thursday 23rd September (register by Monday 6th September)
    • More information and sign up here.
  • NERC digital technologies hackathon
    • A three-week online ‘hackathon’ event, 20th September – 15th October (teams to register by 15th September)
    • Teams will develop solutions using digital technologies to improve equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the environmental sciences. At the end of the event, teams can then apply for pilot project funding to develop their idea.
    • More details (including a forum to help form teams under ‘how to apply’) here.
  • Demystifying Policy
    • Wednesday 22nd September 09:30–12:30 (register by 15th Sept, 17:00)
    • This free, half day online training session, hosted by the British Ecological Society and SPRE, will provide an introduction to policy and how to communicate your research effectively.
    • More information and sign up here.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering, Frontiers symposium
    • Monday 27th September to Friday 8th October
    • This symposium ‘From seeds to needs: Regenerating ecosystems services to halt the biodiversity crisis’will scope out global biodiversity challenges that would most benefit from engineering solutions, as part of interdisciplinary collaborations, and will explore this within the context of 1) Marine, 2) Freshwater and 3) Terrestrial environments.
    • More information and sign up here.
  • The Super Year for Nature?
    • Tuesday 28th September 17:00–19:00
    • This virtual ‘Pie and a Pint’ session, hosted by the British Ecological Society and CIEEM, is free and targeted towards students and ECRs; exploring what ‘COP’ is, the effect it has on the science policy interface in Scotland and how it will be implemented in practice.
    • Find out more and register here.
  • SeaTember
    • A collaboration between MASTS, the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES), and Dynamic Earth, SeaTember offers a jam-packed month of marine-themed activities.
    • The events programme is available at the SeaTember webpage.

October 2021

  • SUPER DTP induction (online)
    • Monday 4th October (13:30-16:30)
    • Welcome and orientation event for the new cohort of SUPER DTP students
    • A user guide for video chat platform Gather Town, for the evening social event, can be found here.
  •  MASTS Annual Science Meeting (online)
    • Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th October
    • The ASM is the largest marine science conference in the UK; a key date in the Grad School calendar and a core element of the PG Cert programmeUnder this year’s theme of ‘Working to reverse the tide on climate and global change’, the ASM will include plenary talks, presentations, workshops, and e-posters, with the chance to present your research and engage with industry, government and NGOs.
    • Deadline for submission of abstracts is 16:00, 23rd August.
    • More information on the ASM here.
  • Grad School: Two golden hours online writing retreat
    • Wednesday 13th October (14:30-17:00)
    • These online sessions will provide some dedicated time to spend on writing, supported by your colleagues.
    • Sign up to attend here.
  • Grad School leadership event
    • 3 half-day online sessions exploring ‘Leadership for environmental challenges’.
    • Monday 25th October, 09:15-13:00 – First steps into leadership
    • Wednesday 27th October, 09:15-13:00 – Complex challenges and nature-based solutions View video
    • Friday 29th October, 09:15-13:00 – Meet the leaders View video
    • Sign up to attend individual/all sessions here
  • NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) bioinformatics course
    • Introduction to Command Line Bioinformatics (1 day)
    • Tuesday 26th October
    • More information and sign up here.

November 2021

  • Grad School: Two golden hours online writing retreat
    • Tuesday 9th November (14:30-17:00)
    • These online sessions will provide some dedicated time to spend on writing, supported by your colleagues.
    • Sign up to attend here.
  • NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) bioinformatics course
    • Introduction to R (4 days over 2 weeks)
    • 9th, 11th, 16th, and 18th November
    • More information and sign up here.
  • SUPER DTP PG Cert induction/ refresher (online)
    • Monday 15th November (14:00-16:00)
  • NatureScot and MASTS Policy Day for Grad Students
    • Wednesday 24th November, online via Zoom
    • 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.
    • More details to follow soon.
  • CIEEM webinar- social media for career development
    • Wednesday 24th November (12:00–13:00)
    • Members of CIEEM’s (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management) Student and Careers Working Group will be discussing the importance of social media for early careers and top tips on how to use social media for your career development.
    • More information and registration here.
  • CIEEM webinar- STEM ambassadors: Inspiring the next generation
    • Thursday 25th November (12:00–13:00)
    • CIEEM are seeking STEM Ambassadors to help increase the representation of ecologists and environmental managers and also to help develop some curriculum linked resources and activities that can be used when engaging with schools.
    • The free webinar will provide an overview of the STEM Ambassador programme and explain how you can become involved.
    • More information and registration here.
  • NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) bioinformatics course
    • Introduction to sequencing data and quality control (held over 2 days)
    • Tuesday 30th November and Thursday 2nd December
    • More information and sign up here.

December 2021

  • Grad School: Two golden hours online writing retreat
    • Friday 10th December (09:30-12:00)
    • These online sessions will provide some dedicated time to spend on writing, supported by your colleagues.
    • Sign up to attend here.
  • NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) bioinformatics course
    • A workshop on eDNA metabarcoding, offered through the British Ecological Society annual meeting.
    • Sunday 12th December
    • Register via the BES website