Calendar of Activities

Ongoing – online

  • 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. An electronic certificate is provided for completion of each module.
    • Find out more at https://datatree.org.uk/
  • Coding Club
    • A positive peer-learning community of ecology and environmental science students and researchers helping each other to attain fluency in statistics and programming.
    • Open to all, regardless of career stage or current level of R knowledge.
    • Find out more at: https://ourcodingclub.github.io/

  • Datalab online courses

August 2021

  • Grad School: Two golden hours online writing retreat
    • Tuesday 3rd August (14:30-17:00)
    • These online sessions will provide some dedicated time to spend on writing, supported by your colleagues.
  • 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

  • Grad School: Two golden hours online writing retreat
    • Thursday 2nd September (09:30-12:00)
    • These online sessions will provide some dedicated time to spend on writing, supported by your colleagues.
  • 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
    • Welcome and orientation event for the new cohort of SUPER DTP students
  •  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 (1430-1700)
    • These online sessions will provide some dedicated time to spend on writing, supported by your colleagues.
    • Sign up to attend here.
  • Grad School Autumn School
    • Several half-day sessions on the theme of ‘Environmental Challenges and Leadership’ will be delivered online during the week commencing 25th October.
    • More details to follow soon.
  • 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 (1430-1700)
    • 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 (online)
    • Monday 15th November
    • More details to follow.
  • 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.
  • 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 (0930-1200)
    • 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.