Calendar of activities for SUPER students

SUPER retains centrally-held funds to cover training costs. Read more via our Finance FAQ SUPER-DTP-Finance-FAQ-v1.pdf (st-andrews.ac.uk).

Graduate School Activities

Recurring 2022

  • Graduate School ‘Two Golden Hours’ Writing Retreat
    • Thursday 21 July, 9.30 am-11.30 am, Tuesday 23 August 2.30 pm-4.30 pm.
    • These online sessions provide dedicated time to spend on writing, supported by your colleagues.
    • Sign up to attend any or all sessions here.
    • Register your interest in an in-person Retreat here!
  • Graduate School Tea Break 
    • Thursday 30 June, 10.30-11.30 am, Thursday 28 July, 10.30-11.30 am, and Thursday 1 September, 2.30-3.30 pm.
    • Socialise with fellow SUPER students on Zoom.
  • The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) Seminar Series
    • The last Wednesday of the month, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • MASTS fosters a culture of research innovation and cooperation across the marine science community and government in Scotland. MASTS webinars work to promote open and accessible marine science discourse.
    • Sign up to attend any or all seminars here.  
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Opportunities
    • The SUPER DTP is pleased to announce that it was awarded funding from NERC under its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) CDT/DTP Flexible Funding Award 2022.
    • Read more about the free training courses, events, and opportunities we will be hosting as a result of this funding award here, including First Aid for Mental Health and Deaf Awareness.

November 2022

  • MASTS 12th Annual Science Meeting
    • Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 November.
    • Glasgow.
    • The ASM is the largest marine science conference in the UK, a key event in the Graduate School calendar, and a core element of the PG Cert programme. The Theme this year is ‘Supporting The Blue Economy Vision’. 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.
    • Including Understanding and Supporting DEI in Academia workshop for students and supervisors as part of the NERC DEI CDT/DTP Flexible Funding Award 2022.
    • More information is available here. Call for abstracts is open until Friday 19 August.

Ongoing Online 

  • NERC Student Network
    • A dedicated, student-led space for NERC PhD students to connect and collaborate.
    • Hosted through online platform ‘Slack’, the network has been set up with channels for specific research areas and fieldwork locations, DTPs, host institutions and cohorts.

External Opportunities

Recurring 2022

  • Coding Club Statistical Tutorials
    • Every Wednesday, 3.00 pm-5.00 pm. To restart after the Summer.
    • Free online tutorials in various topics relating to coding, data science, and statistics with examples in R, JavaScript, and Python.
    • Find out more here. No need to sign up, join the Zoom meeting on the day.
  • Ecological Forecasting Initiative (EFI) Statistical Methods Webinar Series
    • Every first Monday, 4.00 pm-5.00 pm. To restart after the Summer.
    • EFI and the Ecological Society of America Statistical Ecology Section are hosting a virtual seminar series that will demonstrate a variety of quantitative methods applied within Ecology and Environmental Science in the R programming language.
    • Find out more, sign up for upcoming seminars, and watch recordings of previous seminars here.
  • Institute for Policy Research ‘Our Oceans: A Deep Dive’ Webinar Series
    • Wednesday 29 June, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm.
    • Through public lectures and panel debates, this series engages with experts, advisors, policymakers, and the public, to address the role our oceans can play in our collective action to reach net zero, how we can protect indigenous communities and our oceans from pollution, overfishing, and fish farming, the role and opportunities of nature-based and geoengineering solutions, and the geopolitics of our oceans.
    • Find out more, sign up for upcoming seminars, and watch recordings of previous seminars here.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Seminar Series
    • Often daily, various times in Eastern Standard Time (ET).
    • NOAA host hundreds of webinars throughout the year on topics such as climate and the marine environment.
    • Find out more, sign up for upcoming seminars, and watch recordings of previous seminars here.
  • Marine & Freshwater Research Centre ‘Join the Pod’ Webinar Series
    • Every last Friday of the month, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm. To restart after the Summer.
    • Join passionate researchers and explore the world of marine mammal research.
    • Find out more, sign up for upcoming seminars, and watch recordings of previous seminars here.
  • European Marine Board (EMB) Science Webinar Series
    • Every third Thursday of the month, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm BST.
    • These webinars showcase the research that is done at EMB’s member institutes and by the authors of EMB publications.
    • Find out more, sign up for upcoming seminars, and watch recordings of previous seminars here.
  • EMB Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Wednesdays
    • Every first Wednesday of the month, 11.00 am-12.00 pm BST.
    • These events will give attendees a chance to learn more about the complex European and international marine science policy landscape and interact with research and policy professionals and other stakeholders working within it.
    • Find out more, sign up for upcoming seminars, and watch recordings of previous seminars here.
  • Open Communications for the Ocean (OCTO) Webinar Series
    • Often biweekly.
    • OCTO webinars aim to help ocean professionals stay current on research and tools in the sector.
    • Find out more, sign up for upcoming seminars, and watch recordings of previous seminars here.
  • International Cooperation in Ocean Floor Studies (InterRidge) Webinar Series
    • Monthly.
    • InterRidge is concerned with promoting all aspects of ocean floor research (its study, use, and protection) which can only be achieved by international cooperation.
    • Find out more, sign up for upcoming seminars, and watch recordings of previous seminars here.

June 2022

  • Disability inclusion in science careers, an EnDISC Webinar
    • Monday 27 June, 2.00-5.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Join panelists for a thought-provoking discussion about enabling the inclusion of disabled scientists in science careers.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • UN Ocean Conference
    • Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July.
    • Lisbon Altice Arena Convention Center, Parque das Nações, Rossio dos Olivais, Lisbon. Lots of side events online.
    • Free!
    • To mobilize action, the Conference will seek to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The Evolution of Enzymes and Metabolic Pathways in Marine Organisms: analysis, understanding and implications for biotechnology Summer School
    • Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 June.
    • Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples.
    • 180€ (~£153.60).
    • The program will include theoretic lectures on function and evolution of enzymes and metabolic pathways integrated with practical tutorials on the use of public databases and softwares, as well as high-throughput analyses.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • ialeUK Postgraduate Workshop 2022
    • Thursday 30 June to Friday 1 July.
    • Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, Reading.
    • Free for members. Membership £15/yr.
    • A two-day workshop for students with an interest in habitat creation, restoration and conservation, or a general interest in environmental policy.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Wednesday 22 June.
  • Discovering Tracks and Signs, a Field Studies Council Training Course
    • Thursday 30 June to Thursday 28 July.
    • £30.
    • This introductory online course will introduce the skills needed to confidently identify a variety of mammal and bird activities when you are out in the field. Wildlife tracking is a crucial skill within conservation management and key for species identification.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Discovering Seabirds: Identification, Ecology, and Conservation, a Field Studies Council Training Course
    • Thursday 30 June to Thursday 4 August.
    • £45.
    • This beginner/intermediate course is a starting guide to the skills required to begin identifying and observing native seabirds in the field. You will learn observational field identification tips, life history characteristics, and general ecology of the different groups of seabirds found around the British coast.
    • Find out more and sign up here.

July 2022

  • Mapping Ocean Change, an Orca Watch Workshop
    • Friday 1 July, 1.00 pm-2.30 pm.
    • Scottish Oceans Institute, St Andrews.
    • Free!
    • Collect micro-organism samples at East Sands Beach before drawing them under the microscope with artist Jennifer Argo, marine biologists from Strathclyde University and the SOI. Then you will discuss and piece together observations of changes to local marine and coastal wildlife, and create ecosystem collages with our shared knowledge.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Economics, Policies and legal framework on Marine Renewable Energy, a University of Plymouth Training Course
    • Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 July.
    • Free!
    • This course aims to introduce participants to the existing economics, policies, and legal framework in the MRE field.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Thursday 30 June.
  • IMarEST Annual Conference 2022
    • Monday 4 to Friday 8 July.
    • £210 in-person, free online.
    • The conference will explore key topics across marine engineering, science & technology, and will provide delegates with an opportunity to participate in debates, to learn about subjects outside their day-to-day work, and to make new professional connections.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Visual Storytelling with Infographics, a Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (SMMR) Online Training Course 
    • Tuesday 5 July, 9.30 am-4.30 pm.
    • Free!
    • Nigel Hawtin was the graphics editor at New Scientist for 20 years and companies including BBC, the UN, the NHS and many more have all been clients of his infographic content. In this training, Nigel will help you to learn how to take your own research and tell a story and how to visualise you research from a brief to finished graphic.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Grant Writing for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeams Training Course
    • Every Wednesday from Wednesday 6 July to Wednesday 17 August, 10.30 am or 6.00 pm BST.
    • £195
    • Learn how to raise more funds for your conservation work by:
      • Selecting the right grant.
      • Preparing a well written, well presented, high-impact, evidence-based grant application. 
      • Creating log frames that match donor criteria. 
      • Processing your grant application effectively.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The Hidden World of Parasites, a Linnean Society of London Webinar
    • Thursday 7 July, 6.00 pm-7.15 pm.
    • Free!
    • This talk will discuss the challenges in understanding parasite diversity, life history, distribution, and evolution.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Marine Robotics Summer School
    • Monday 11 to Friday 22 July.
    • Faial Island, The Azores.
    • A travel and accommodation sponsorship can be applied for.
    • Attendees will acquire expertise in marine robotics and oceanography, more specifically in applications for ocean observation, archaeology, and mapping of ecosystems.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Monday 18 April. Only 20 spaces available.
  • Constructing a Digital Environment Conference
    • Monday 11 to Tuesday 12 July.
    • The Gisbert Kapp Building, Pritchatts Rd, Birmingham, B15 2SA, and online.
    • Free!
    • The conference aims to bring together the NERC research community to highlight the increasing role of digital technologies in environmental research, including spotlighting the outcomes from the Digital Environment Projects, which explored methodologies and tools for assessing, analysing, monitoring and forecasting the state of the natural environment at higher spatial and temporal resolutions than previously possible, and the activities of the Digital Environment Expert network
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • RNA-seq gene expression and pathway analysis, a NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) Training Course
    • Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 July.
    • Free!
    • At the end of this course you will be able to align the transcriptomes of samples to a reference genome to determine gene expression levels.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Monday 27 June.
  • NERC Student Careers Intensive
    • Wednesday 13 to Thursday 14 July.
    • Conference Aston, Birmingham, and online.
    • Free for SUPER DTP students! Accommodation included for in-person.
    • NERC are bringing together employer organisations, skills specialists, and experienced alumni to deliver an exciting, informative two-day careers event for PhD students and recent graduates.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Integrating Environmental, Organismal and Community Complexity into Ocean Global Change Research Conference
    • Sunday 17 to Friday 22 July.
    • 56 Packard’s Road, Waterville Valley, NH, United States.
    • From $755 (~£610.53).
    • Key goals of the conference are to stimulate discussions on how to integrate the inherent complexity of biology into ocean global change research, by highlighting challenging topics such as life histories, intraspecific diversity, and top-down effects on marine populations.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Sunday 19 June.
  • CIEEM 2022 Summer Conference: Facilitating Nature’s Recovery through Environmentally-friendly Land Management
    • Tuesday 19 July.
    • £50.
    • This online conference examines the role of the farm environment adviser and how it is evolving in line with emerging national and regional environmental and agricultural policies, priorities and funding opportunities.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Machine Learning in Science Conference
    • Wednesday 27 July, 9.30 am-5.30 pm.
    • Advanced Research Centre, University of Glasgow, Off Church Street, Glasgow.
    • Free!
    • The aim is to bring scientists and programmers to the same table and encourage free discussion about how ML is being used for scientific discovery and how science can shape the future of artificial intelligence with scientific informed models.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Policy Engagement for Researchers, a Sense about Science Online Workshop
    • Friday 29 July.
    • Free!
    • Meet researchers who have engaged with politicians, find out how researchers can inform policymakers and get hints and tips from policy experts.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Monday 4 July at 5.00 pm.
  • The World Congress of Soil Science 2022
    • Sunday 31 July and Friday 5 August.
    • Pricing TBD.
    • The Congress theme, ‘Soil Science – crossing boundaries, changing society’ will focus on the link between soil and society, with sessions covering soil systems, soil processes, soil management and how we interact with and use soils around the world.
    • Find out more and sign up here.

August 2022

  • Stakeholder Engagement for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeams Training Course
    • Every Tuesday from Tuesday 2 August to Tuesday 6 September, 10.30 am or 6.00 pm BST.
    • £195.
    • 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.
  • Marine Data Management, Governance and the MEDIN toolset, a Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) and OceanWise Training Course
    • Monday 8 to Friday 12 August. Repeated in November and February.
    • Free!
    • This course is suitable for anyone responsible for collecting or managing marine environmental data. There will be live lessons in the morning and independent learning in the afternoons, featuring interactive training and discussion sessions, quizzes, and assignments. The course can be taken as a whole, or attendees can select modules in two streams: Marine Data Governance or Practical MEDIN.
    • Find out more and sign up here (enrolment key: Medin774).
  • First Steps Into a Green Career, a Field Studies Council Workshop Series
    • Every Wednesday from Wednesday 10 August to Wednesday 7 September, 6.00 pm-7.30 pm daily. Repeated in October.
    • £30.
    • This 5-week series is an opportunity for individuals either interested in a career in the environmental sector or those thinking about their next steps. These engaging and interactive online workshops have been developed and will be delivered by FSC staff from a range of backgrounds and experiences.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Project Management for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeams Training Course
    • Every Wednesday from Wednesday 17 August to Wednesday 28 September, 10.30 am or 6.00 pm BST.
    • £195.
    • 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.
  • International Seabird Group Conference 2022
    • Monday 22 to Thursday 25 August.
    • University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.
    • €185 (~£158.73) until 31 July, €295 (~£253.11) thereafter.
    • Promoting the study & conservation of seabirds.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • GIS in R: Fundamentals and applications for ecologists, a Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Training Course
    • Monday 22 August to Sunday 16 October.
    • $500 (~£405.92).
    • This asynchronous online course aims to provide an introduction to the powerful and flexible range of tools for working with spatial data in the R environment. The course will review core GIS concepts and the basics of R programming and build skills in raster and vector import and manipulation.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Monday 27 June.
  • Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeams Training Course
    • Every Thursday from Thursday 25 August to Thursday 6 October, 10.00 am or 5.30 pm BST.
    • £195.
    • 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.

September 2022

  • Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) Conference 
    • Monday 5 to Thursday 8 September.
    • Kursaal Congress Centre, San Sebastian, Spain.
    • 338.80€ (~£291.04)
    • ‘ECSA 59: Using the best scientific knowledge for the sustainable management of estuaries and coastal seas’ will bring together a global multi-disciplinary community of researchers, educators, and practitioners to address issues of outstanding importance in the science (both natural and social) and management of estuaries and coastal seas.
    • The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 1 April. Early bird registration closes on Friday 24 June. 
    • Find out more and sign up here.
    • The AZTI Summer School 2022 will be held in conjunction with the conference, addressing the cumulative impacts of multiple human pressures in marine systems. Thursday 8 to Friday 9 September. Aquarium of San Sebastian, Spain. Additional 96.80€ (~£83.15).
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • Environmental Engagement in Practice: Ethics of engagement and dealing with controversy, part of a National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Training Course Series
    • Tuesday 6 September, 10.00 am-4.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Through case studies and discussion, delegates will have the opportunity to explore the nature of controversy, and how these can be managed in an appropriate way.
    • Find out more here. Applications currently not open.
  • The Challenger Society Conference 2022
    • Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 September.
    • Royal Geographical Society, Natural History Museum and Imperial College in South Kensington, London.
    • £220 for non-members with banquet.
    • The conference will cover the latest research in physical, biological and chemical oceanography, marine conservation and biodiversity, and marine geology and geophysics.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The International Conference for Young Marine Researchers
    • Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 September.
    • Bremerhaven, Germany.
    • Pricing TBD.
    • ICYMARE is a bottom-up initiative completely organised by volunteers and offers an international networking opportunity, and perhaps some first conference experience for ECRs.
    • Deadline to submit an abstract is Tuesday 31 May, or to propose a workshop is Wednesday 15 June.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Metabarcoding for diet analysis and environmental DNA, a NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) Training Course
    • Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 September.
    • University of Sheffield.
    • Free!
    • This course will give an overview of metabarcoding with different barcoding genes to target particular taxa. Using an example data set you will go from raw sequence data through to assigning taxonomy to the sequence variants.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Wednesday 3 August.
  • Introducing Mapping, Spatial Data and GIS, a University of Oxford Online Training Course
    • Wednesday 14 September to Friday 25 November. Repeated in January.
    • £324.
    • Investigate the power of maps and spatial data to document and illustrate local and global issues. Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore the world around you and share ideas. Apply GIS principles and tools to create your own maps from freely-available online spatial data.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Consideration of Underwater Sound During Offshore Wind Developments, a Discovery of Sound in The Sea Webinar
    • Wednesday 14 September, 5.00 pm-6.00 pm BST.
    • Free!
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • 55 European Marine Biology Symposium
    • Monday 19 to Friday 23 September.
    • University of Gdańsk, Gdynia, Poland.
    • 330€ (~£281.59).
    • The main topics of the symposium are main stressors and their impact on ecosystem health, marine molecular ecology – new tools and new findings, diversity and physiology of marine organisms – is there still anything to discover?, and marine living resources – environmental significance.
    • The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 15 July. There is a student and early bird discount running until Tuesday 7 July.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Transforming Environmental Data in R, a UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Online Training Course
    • Monday 19 September from 2.00 pm to Thursday 22 September at 4.30 pm.
    • £409.
    • This interactive online course will help you understand the benefits of data transformation tools. The course also includes an “Introduction to R” session for those not familiar with the software.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Introduction to Statistics in R for Biologists and Ecologists, a Physalia Training Course
    • Monday 19 September from 2.00 pm to Thursday 22 September at 8.00 pm.
    • 450€ (~£384.78).
    • The course is for beginners with no prior knowledge in statistics, programming, and R language, but with a keen interest in using R as a platform for statistical analyses.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Field Electronics and Sensors, a UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Online Training Course
    • Monday 28 to Tuesday 29 September, 9.00 am-5.00 pm daily.
    • UKCEH Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB.
    • £219.
    • This one-day beginner course will give you an introduction to electronics as applied to environmental sensors in the field.
    • Find out more and sign up here.

October 2022

  • International Conference in Marine Biotechnology (i-CoMB) 2022
    • Monday 3 to Tuesday 4 October.
    • $100 early-bird student tickets (~£81.54), $150 after Friday 1 July (~£122.30).
    • i-CoMB 2022 provides a platform to exchange knowledge in marine biotechnology to address the betterment of marine ecosystems and societal well beings.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • International Year of Salmon Synthesis Symposium
    • Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 October.
    • The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, Canada, and online.
    • $325 CAD (~£198) to attend in person, free online.
    • This symposium will have a strong focus on forward-looking perspectives, with the ultimate goal of developing a Roadmap for the resilience of salmon and people through to 2030. Presentations will be organized under five themes: Status of Salmon, Information Systems, Salmon in a Changing Salmosphere, New Frontiers, and Human Dimensions.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The International Conference on the Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewables (EIMR)
    • Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 October.
    • £10.
    • EIMR is a major forum to come together and present the latest research, results, and ideas. EIMR aims to strengthen relationships between the emerging marine renewable energy industry, research centres, universities, government agencies, and other stakeholders.
    • Deadline for abstracts is Monday 23 May.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • PRIMER 7, a PRIMER-e Online Course
    • Monday 10 to Friday 14 October.
    • $580 with 10.31% discount for UK residents, $520.20 (~£428.18).
    • This course will provide an intensive and extensive overview of statistical methods in non-parametric analysis of multivariate data, encapsulated in PRIMER version 7. Suitable for beginners and experienced users.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Coastal and Marine GIS, an ABPmer Training Course
    • Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 October.
    • Online or in Southampton.
    • £695.
    • 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.
  • Signal Processing 101 & Soundscapes, a Discovery of Sound in The Sea Webinar
    • Wednesday 12 October, 5.00 pm-6.00 pm BST.
    • Free!
    • Find out more here. Sign ups not currently open.
  • First Steps Into a Green Career, a Field Studies Council Workshop Series
    • Every Wednesday from Wednesday 12 October to Wednesday 9 November, 6.00 pm-7.30 pm daily.
    • £30.
    • This 5-week series is an opportunity for individuals either interested in a career in the environmental sector or those thinking about their next steps. These engaging and interactive online workshops have been developed and will be delivered by FSC staff from a range of backgrounds and experiences.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • PERMANOVA+, a PRIMER-e Online Course
    • Monday 31 October to Friday 4 November.
    • $580 with 10.31% discount for UK residents, $520.20 (~£428.18).
    • PERMANOVA+ allows analysis of multivariate data in response to complex designs, partitioning variation in multivariate data on the basis of a resemblance measure of choice, with rigorous inferences via permutation methods. The tools in PERMANOVA+ provide formal models, tests and predictions for multivariate (or univariate) ecological (and other) systems that are over-parameterised (i.e., have too many variables) or that demonstrate substantial non-normality.
    • Find out more and sign up here.

Autumn 2022

  • Spatial Analysis in QGIS and R – An Introduction for Environmental Scientists, a UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) Online Training Course 
    • Dates TBD.
    • £399.
    • This hands-on and interactive course will give you an introduction to spatial data analysis in an open-source environment. The course will focus on the use of QGIS and R as well as providing a theoretical background to working with spatial data and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). This is a beginner’s course for spatial analysis and QGIS. Basic knowledge of R is beneficial.
    • Find out more here. Applications currently not open.

November 2022

  • Data Summit, by Data Fest
    • Thursday 3 to Friday 4 November.
    • EICC, Edinburgh.
    • £300-£450. Earlier you buy a ticket, the cheaper they are.
    • The summit welcomes quantum computing professors, nanotechnologists, entrepreneurs, data ethicists, philosophers, musicians and artists, and many more, to talk on the overarching theme of ‘hope’ – focusing on how data and AI can be used to create a better world and society.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • CIEEM 2022 Autumn Conference: Delivering a nature positive, carbon negative future
    • Wednesday 23 to Thursday 24 November.
    • Pricing TBD.
    • This conference will explore how the work we do is changing (must change) in response both to the need to make sure we are contributing to addressing environmental imperatives and the opportunities we have to do so because of the greater political, social, and economic awareness of those we work with. 
    • Find out more here. Applications currently not open.

December 2022

  • How to write highly cited papers, a UKCEH Training Course
    • Tuesday 6 to Wednesday 7 December.
    • UKCEH Office, Wallingford, Crowmarsh Gifford, Oxfordshire.
    • £179.
    • This interactive workshop will boost your confidence and ability to write a great science paper that will be cited again and again. 
    • Find out more and sign up here.

January 2023

  • Environmental Engagement in Practice: Evaluation, sustainability and making a case, part of a National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Training Course Series
    • Thursday 12 January, 10.00 am-4.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • This workshop covers three main challenges for those seeing to embed engagement into their work: how to evaluate your programme effectively; if and how to sustain your work; and how to advocate for the value of engagement within your research.
    • Find out more here. Applications currently not open.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Introduction to Machine Learning, a University of Oxford Online Training Course
    • Monday 23 January to Friday 14 April. Repeated in April.
    • £324.
    • This course sheds light on the methods at the heart of the AI revolution, introducing fundamental concepts motivating Machine Learning, and differentiating types of Machine Learners.
    • Find out more and sign up here.

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 Datatree – Data Training Engaging End-users.
  • Introduction to R Open Book
    • A free digital book that takes you through the foundations of R with exercises at the end of each chapter to test your knowledge. This book assumes that you have no previous experience of using either R or RStudio, and no background in programming or using command-line driven software. 
    • Read the book at An Introduction to R (intro2r.com).
  • Data Lab Online Courses
    • Enroll anytime for courses including “Data Science for Ecologists and Environmental Scientists” and “Data Science for Environmental Modelling and Renewables”.
    • Find out more at Online Learning – The Data Lab.
  • The British Ecological Society (BES) Guidance
    • The BES have produced free Guides to Better Science to promote research excellence. From reproducible code to the peer review process, each guide offers lots of practical tips from a wide range of ecologists.
    • Read them on the BES website Guides to Better Science – British Ecological Society
  • BES Webinar
  • Valuing Nature (VN) Webinar
    • ‘The good, the bad and the unexpected of interdisciplinary endeavour: Demystifying interdisciplinary working’ June 2020
    • To address the complex technical, societal, and environmental challenges we need to break down disciplinary barriers, think outside the usual boxes, and bring a broad range of approaches together to best understand and provide solutions to these challenges. Whilst interdisciplinary working is challenging, the resultant benefits are equally substantial. This webinar explores the why, what, and how of interdisciplinary working, and the benefits, frustrations, barriers, solutions, and challenges. 
    • Watch the recording at any time on the VN website Webinar – The good, the bad and the unexpected of interdisciplinary endeavour: Demystifying interdisciplinary working  | Valuing Nature Network (valuing-nature.net).
  • Coursera Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialisation
    • This five course self-led specialisation is run by the University of California, Davis and ArcGIS developer Esri. Explore the tools, concepts, and terminology of spatial analysis and modelling.
    • Enroll at any time on the Coursera website Geographic Information Systems (GIS) | Coursera.
  • Coursera Global Energy and Climate Policy Course
    • This self-led course, run by the University of London, offers an introduction to the theoretical and practical understanding of how energy and climate change policies are designed, shaped, advocated and implemented. 
    • Enroll at any time on the Coursera website Global Energy and Climate Policy | Coursera.
  • I’m a Scientist, Get me Out of Here! STEM Outreach
  • Pearls of Wisdom for Budding Conservationists Handbook
  • Conservation Careers Stories Podcast
    • An interview series to learn from inspiring early career individuals who work in conservation-related fields. From PhDs to policy-making, the interviews explore a diversity of professions in order to highlight the breadth of pathways conservation careers can take.
    • Listen to them on Spotify Conservation Careers Stories | Podcast on Spotify.
  • AidEx Webinar
    • ‘The situation at the coast – global studies and new initiatives’ September 2021
    • This webinar explores the relationship between people and the sea at the point at which they meet – the coast. What are the effects of climate change, urbanisation, and exploitation at these locations? What work is being done to help sustain and improve coastal health for the wellbeing of many.
    • Watch the recording at any time on the AidEx website AidEx Webinar Series – The situation at the coast – global studies and new initiatives – Crowdcast.
  • Physalia Training Courses and Workshops
    • Physalia provides scientific training in programming languages, statistics, bioinformatics and more, promoting the transfer of new methods and emerging techniques to a broad range of researchers.
    • Find out more on their website Upcoming courses and Workshops – physalia-courses.
  • What is GIS? Field Studies Council Resources
    • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are a great source of secondary data to help find topics and places to investigate. These FSC resources help you to use GIS for Data Collection, Data Analysis, Presentations, Evaluations, and Drawing Conclusions.
    • Find out more on the FSC website What is GIS? – Field Studies Council (field-studies-council.org).
  • Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Webinar
    • ‘The Climate Emergency, Biodiversity Crisis and Mental Health’ July 2021
    • This webinar explores the feeling of eco-anxiety and why we feel it. It discusses the roots of eco-anxiety and gives top tips for coping with climate emergency and biodiversity crisis-related stress.
    • Watch the recording at any time on the CIEEM website The Climate Emergency, Biodiversity Crisis and Mental Health | CIEEM.
  • The St Andrews Network for Climate, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Webinar
  • Marine Training Platform from the European Marine Biological Resource Centre
    • The Marine Training Platform showcases numerous programme and short course offerings from around the world, including maritime safety.
    • Find out more on their website Home | Marinetraining.
  • Wiley Peer Review Resources
  • IUCN Academy Training Courses COMING SOON
    • Free introductory courses on the main IUCN Knowledge tools such as the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species or the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas and many more will be available soon.
    • Find out more on their website Training catalogue | IUCN Academy.
  • Discovery of Sound in The Sea Webinar Series
    • Past webinar series on topics related to underwater sound, including ‘Passive Acoustic Monitoring Overview: Applications for Marine Mammals and Fishes’ and ‘How are Passive Acoustics Data Used to Inform the Decision-Making Process?’.
    • Find out more on their website DOSITS Webinars – Discovery of Sound in the Sea.
  • Communications for Conservation Projects Short Course
    • Within conservation there is a growing realisation that we need to do much more to share our messages and encourage more support and action. As a result, employers are rapidly looking for people with communications skills.
    • This online short course from Conservation Careers will give you the confidence to be able to plan and deliver effective communications activities and so make you more employable, competitive, and better at your job.
    • Find out more on their website Conservation Career-Booster | Communications (conservation-careers.com).
  • NASA Webinar
    • ‘Introduction to Geospatial Analysis in R’ 2019
    • This webinar provides an overview of common geospatial operations in R including: how to import data files into R, overlay layers, reduce spatial extent, select and reclassify values, and make a map.
    • Watch the recording at any time on the NASA website Introduction to Geospatial Analysis in R (ornl.gov).
  • Reed Courses
  • Future Learn
    • Choose from hundreds of free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations on nature and the environment, including Soft Skills for Navigating Global Challenges.
    • Find out more on their website Browse Free Online Courses – FutureLearn.
  • A Guide to Academic Podcasting
    • The Amplify Podcast is on a mission to revolutionize scholarship and to create communities of support for podcasters who want to change the world.
    • This downloadable guidebook is an open educational resource for anyone interested in how to approach academic podcasting, the communication of scholarly knowledge through the digital medium.
    • Find out more on their website Resources – Amplify Podcast Network.