External Opportunities

If you are looking for Graduate School activities, see our events page: Upcoming Events.

SUPER retains centrally-held funds to cover costs for PGRs to take advantage of external opportunities which would benefit their studies or future career. Read more here: Finance Information.

Recurring 2022

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Webinar 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 webinars, and watch recordings of previous webinars here.
  • Coding Club Statistical Tutorials
    • Every Wednesday, 3.00 pm-5.00 pm.
    • 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.
  • MASTS-Scottish Funding Council Webinar Series
    • Every other Wednesday, 1.00 pm-1.30 pm.
    • For 2023, the speakers are exclusively awardees of the Saltire Emerging Researchers Scheme which was funded by a joint collaboration between the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and MASTS. Each webinar will focus on an awardee and their funded project.
    • Find out more, sign up for upcoming webinars, and watch recordings of previous webinars here.
  • Ecological Forecasting Initiative (EFI) Statistical Methods Webinar Series
    • Every first Monday of the month, 4.00 pm-5.00 pm.
    • 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 webinars, and watch recordings of previous webinars here.
  • European Marine Board Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Wednesdays
    • Every first Wednesday of the month, 11.00 am-12.00 pm.
    • These events present a chance to learn more about the 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 webinars, and watch recordings of previous webinars here.
  • European Marine Board (EMB) Science Webinar Series
    • Every third Thursday of the month, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm.
    • 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 webinars, and watch recordings of previous webinars here.
  • Open Communications for the Ocean (OCTO) Webinar Series
    • Various dates and times.
    • OCTO webinars aim to help ocean professionals stay current on research and tools in the sector.
    • Find out more, sign up for upcoming webinars, and watch recordings of previous webinars here.

February 2023

  • Evidence Synthesis to Inform Policy and Business Decision-Making, a UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) Online Training Course 
    • Wednesday 1 February.
    • Wallingford, near Oxford.
    • £264.
    • This course will introduce 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.
    • Find out more and sign up here
  • Challenging Upland Futures, a Perthshire Society of Natural Science Seminar
    • Wednesday 1 February, 7.30 pm.
    • Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, Perth.
    • Free!
    • Hear from Dr Rosalind Bryce, Director, Centre for Mountain Studies, UHI, about some of the sustainability challenges in the uplands including deer management, tourism, future of crofting etc.
    • Find out more here.
  • 5th International MPA Congress (IMPAC5)
    • Friday 3 to Thursday 9 February.
    • Vancouver, Canada.
    • $75 (~£61.81) for youth virtual attendance.
    • A global forum that brings together ocean conservation professionals and high-level officials to inform, inspire and act on marine protected areas. IMPAC5 is an opportunity to bring together Indigenous peoples and cultures from around the world to embrace a collaborative approach and learn from Indigenous leadership in ocean conservation too.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Thursday 2 February.
  • Secret World Wildlife Rescue 4th Caring for British Wildlife Conference
    • Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February.
    • East Huntspill Village Hall, Somerset.
    • £80 for one day, £150 for both days. All proceeds go to SWWR.
    • The two days will cover all aspects of wildlife conservation, rehabilitation, and release.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • No Brain, No Problem? 20 Years of the National Jellyfish Survey, an entoLIVE Webinar from the Biological Recording Company
    • Monday 6 February, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Thousands of jellyfish spotters are helping better understand these fascinating marine invertebrates and their turtle predators.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Putting behaviour change evidence into practice: lessons from environmental and transport policy, an Institute for Policy Research Masterclass
    • Tuesday 7 February, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • This masterclass will provide detailed insights on behaviour change, drawing both on theory and practice, with examples of what works in environmental and transport policy.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Soil Health in the Age of Antibiotics, an Earth Matters Webinar from the Dutchess Land Conservancy
    • Tuesday 7 February, 11.00 pm-12.30 am UTC.
    • Free!
    • Find out the work being taken to uncover the hidden complexity of microbial life, primarily in soils, from tropical forests to farmlands around the world. Using field studies and new molecular tools to examine how livestock antibiotics affect soil microbes, soil carbon storage, nitrogen cycling, and the rise of antibiotic resistance. A central question: How are people impacting the composition and function of microbial communities found within our soils?
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The work of the Tayside Raptor Study Group, a Perthshire Society of Natural Science Seminar
    • Wednesday 8 February, 7.30 pm.
    • Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, Perth.
    • Free!
    • In the 20th year of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme, an overview of it’s actions in Perthshire including field work with the Golden Eagles.
    • Find out more here.
  • Environmental Health, Justice, and Leadership, a WE ACT for Environmental Justice Training Course
    • Every Wednesday from Wednesday 8 February to Wednesday 1 March.
    • Free!
    • Participants in this award-winning training program will learn about environmental and climate justice issues and how to advocate for equitable solutions to address them as a leader on behalf of their community.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Project Planning for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeams Training Course
    • Wednesday 8 February to Wednesday 22 March.
    • £220.
    • Project planning is probably the most important conservation skill there is to achieving conservation impact and sustaining conservation teams financially. That is why project planning is such a crucial skill for anyone. This course will help you to develop an impact-focused conservation strategy for any type of conservation project.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Impacts of Climate Change on Aquatic Insects, an entoLIVE Webinar from the Biological Recording Company
    • Thursday 9 February, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • This talk will explore the vulnerability of freshwater invertebrates to climate change, and what mitigation measures can be used to minimise the impacts on their populations.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The Planetary Nature of Water Resilience and how it relates to Africa, a Leadership for Conservation in Africa Unlocking Nature Webinar
    • Thursday 9 February, 5.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Interview Skills, an Equate Scotland Workshop
    • Thursday 9 February, 6.00 pm-7.30 pm.
    • Free!
    • This event is for Women and Non-Binary people studying STEM subjects in Scotland. The purpose is to ensure that you are given the best possible chance to stand out in an interview that showcases your skills and personal attributes to the actual job requirements.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Dive into the Deep, a Dundee Science Festival Virtual Experience
    • Thursday 9 and Thursday 16 February, 4.30 pm.
    • Free!
    • Presented by Cerebral Ape LTD, this is an online interactive experience that allows participants to control a robotic rover over our custom-built Deep Sea landscape.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • CE2COAST Winter School
    • Monday 13 to Friday 17 February.
    • Lisbon, Portugal.
    • The winter school will provide the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas on the latest approaches in climate change downscaling and determining coastal service thresholds to deliver targeted, relevant, and understood scenarios of coastal change.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Discovering QGIS, a Field Studies Council Training Course
    • Monday 13 February to Monday 27 March, every Monday at 2.30 pm.
    • £75, 20% off using code BioStudent20.
    • This beginner online course will teach you how to use the QGIS interface and begin to build, style, and present maps.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • How to speak whale, a Turing Lecture from the Royal Institution
    • Tuesday 14 February, 2.00 pm-3.15 pm.
    • Pay what you can.
    • This talk will break down what it will take to speak to a whale, in a whistlestop tour covering the biology and lives of whales, new discoveries about their communications, what AI is and how it can help, and updates from the latest research expeditions.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • INSITEs Into – Marine Biodiversity, an INSITE Webinar
    • Wednesday 15 February, 11.30 am-1.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • The first event in INSITE Webinar Series will uncover the range of marine species that form complex associations with the man-made structures and new inter-connected communities across the North Sea.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Parasites in Biodiversity Conservation: Friend or Foe?, a Linnean Society Webinar
    • Wednesday 15 February, 12.30 pm-1.30 pm.
    • Free!
    • Certain conservation actions (such as translocating species) without considering possible parasites and diseases could render the conservation action less effective, and even transport pathogens to new locations and other vulnerable, naïve species. On the other hand, parasites play crucial roles in ecosystem structure and function, linking food webs and supporting the coexistence of different species. If a species or ecosystem is to be appropriately restored, the parasites of those organisms need to be conserved too.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Exploring the interacting effects of thermal fluctuations and habitat complexity on stickleback behavioural adaptation, a MASTS-SFC Webinar
    • Wednesday 15 February 1.00 pm-1.30 pm.
    • Free!
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Introduction to the bash shell (Unix/Linux), a National Centre for Atmospheric Science Training Course
    • Friday 17 February.
    • £97, all modules £617.
    • Available as a full Introduction to Scientific Computing course also including ‘Introduction to Git/GitHub’, ‘Introduction to Python programming’, and ‘Python programming – working with data’.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Introduction to Git/GitHub, a National Centre for Atmospheric Science Training Course
    • Monday 20 February.
    • £11, all modules £617.
    • Available as a full Introduction to Scientific Computing course also including ‘Introduction to the bash shell (Unix/Linux)’, ‘Introduction to Python programming’, and ‘Python programming – working with data’.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • The PhD Viva Course, a Dr Bedwell and Dr Butcher Training Course
    • Monday 20 February to Monday 6 March.
    • £50.
    • The range of sessions will give you an insight into the viva experience, preparing for the viva, debunk some viva myths and give you the opportunity to practice some key viva skills.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Introduction to Python programming, a National Centre for Atmospheric Science Training Course
    • Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 February.
    • £293, all modules £617.
    • Available as a full Introduction to Scientific Computing course also including ‘Introduction to the bash shell (Unix/Linux)’, ‘Introduction to Git/GitHub’, and ‘Python programming – working with data’.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Python programming – working with data, a National Centre for Atmospheric Science Training Course
    • Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 February.
    • £293, all modules £617.
    • Available as a full Introduction to Scientific Computing course also including ‘Introduction to the bash shell (Unix/Linux)’, ‘Introduction to Git/GitHub’, and ‘Introduction to Python programming’.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Celebrating the Legacy of Black Environmental & Climate Justice Activists, a Baltimore Green Justice Workers Cooperative Webinar
    • Wednesday 22 February, 2.00 pm-4.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • The Baltimore Green Justice Workers Cooperative is committed to hosting conversations that stimulate thought, discussion, dialogue and out-of-the box thinking while building personal connections with stakeholders on Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Energy, Economic and Social Justice issues.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Assuring the Integrity of Offshore Carbon Capture and Storage, an EMB Brown Bag Lunch
    • Thursday 23 February, 12.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • Helmholtz Association, 8th Floor, Brussels.
    • Free!
    • Looking at the STEMM-CCS (Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage) using existing and newly developed approaches for monitoring offshore carbon capture and storage reservoirs.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Wednesday 15 February.
  • North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission Student Symposium
    • Friday 24 February.
    • Teorifagbygget hus 1, Tromsø, and online.
    • This year’s theme is “Marine mammals in a changing Arctic: Finding a pathway for users, scientists, and policymakers to navigate new challenges”. The symposium represents an opportunity for students with common interests from various fields in natural, social, and legal sciences to share their ideas, knowledge, and experience.
    • Abstract submission deadline is Friday 10 February.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Friday 17 February.
  • Business in the Blue Economy, a Scottish Forum on Natural Capital Workshop
    • Monday 27 February, 11.00 am-4.00 pm.
    • Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews.
    • Free!
    • A workshop exploring natural capital approaches to help marine industries deliver Scotland’s Blue Economy Vision.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • An Introduction to Using GIS/QGIS In Biological Research, a GIS in Ecology Online Training Course
    • Monday 27 February to Thursday 2 March, 10.00 am-1.00 pm or 7.00 pm-10.00 pm daily.
    • £245.
    • Each session will consist of a background talk covering a specific topic, followed by practical exercises based on instructions from a workbook.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Wellbeing in Conservation, a Conservation Careers Webinar
    • Tuesday 28 February, 7.30 pm-9.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • A special interactive event to explore wellbeing in conservation, how it affects conservationists and how you can enjoy a happier, healthier career.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Metabarcoding for diet analysis and environmental DNA, a NEOF Training Course
    • Tuesday 28 February and Thursday 2 March.
    • Free!
    • 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 13 February.

March 2023

  • Health and Wellbeing in Coastal Communities, a University of Exeter Event
    • Wednesday 1 March 2023, 3.30 pm-6.00 pm.
    • Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, and online.
    • Free!
    • On one hand, our coastal environments can provide excellent opportunities for recreation, healthy and sustainable food, and good quality of life. On the other, these places are under threat from rapid environmental and social change, and present specific challenges for public health and wellbeing. This event will explore these issues in the context of research and collaborations in Cornwall and globally.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Insects and Pollination, a Perthshire Society of Natural Science Seminar
    • Wednesday 1 March, 7.30 pm.
    • Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, Perth.
    • Free!
    • Hear from Althayde Tonhasca, NatureScot.
    • Find out more here.
  • Life in the uplands: Tanzania and Malawi, a Perthshire Society of Natural Science Seminar
    • Wednesday 1 March, 7.30 pm.
    • Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, Perth.
    • Free!
    • Hear from Martin Robinson.
    • Find out more here.
  • Introduction to molecular phylogenetics, a NERC and Natural History Museum Training Course
    • Monday 6 to Friday 10 March. Online version later in March.
    • Natural History Museum, London.
    • Free! includes accommodation in London and limited travel costs within the UK.
    • This course will benefit anyone wishing to gain expertise in molecular diagnostics and phylogenetic analysis for systematic, taxonomic and ecological studies.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Socio-Oceanography Workshop, a National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton, Hampshire
    • Tuesday 7 March to Thursday 9 March.
    • Chesil House, Winchester.
    • Socio-oceanography is an emerging area of research which takes a “whole system” approach to the marine environment by explicitly factoring in human society. It focuses on the challenges which require advancement of both natural and social science components, especially on those where the feedbacks between these components are beginning to emerge. The 2023 Workshop will focus on four highlight topics bringing together a mix of natural and social scientists, each working towards producing an output such as opinion papers, funding proposals and innovative multidisciplinary forms of communication.
    • Find out more and sign up here, and submit an expression of interest by Tuesday 7 February.
  • Global Science Biodiversity Conference
    • Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 March.
    • Save the date!
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Movement Ecology, a PR Statistics Training Course
    • Monday 13 to Friday 17 March, 12.00 pm-8.30 pm daily.
    • £435.
    • The course will cover the concepts, technology and software tools that can be used to analyse movement data (from ringing/CMR to VHF/GPS) in ecology and evolution.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Flying Squids: Their Life Story and Relationships With Each Other, an entoLIVE Webinar from the Biological Recording Company
    • Thursday 16 March, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Flying squids exist in the mesopelagic realm, where they attain huge biomasses and are crucial for energy and matter cycles in the water column. Besides their ecological importance, they are also important economically, as they sustain almost 50 % of current cephalopod landings in the world.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Understanding the importance of soil health, a Leicester Lit&Phil Webinar
    • Monday 20 March, 7.30 pm-9.00 pm.
    • £3.
    • This talk will aim to provide an overview of the fascinating life found within the soil, how soil management changes the structure, chemistry and biology of the soil, and overall what this means in regards to “soil health”. This talk will also include how changing land use and climate change will have an impact on healthy soils, maintaining food security and improving biodiversity within the soil habitat.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Introduction to molecular phylogenetics, a NERC and Natural History Museum Online Training Course
    • Monday 20 to Friday 24 March.
    • Free!
    • This course will benefit anyone wishing to gain expertise in molecular diagnostics and phylogenetic analysis for systematic, taxonomic and ecological studies.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Powerful Posters, a SMMR Training Course
    • Tuesday 21 March, 1.00 pm-4.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • In this half day interactive workshop Dr Jamie Gallagher (winner of multiple Best Poster prizes) will take you through all you need to know to design and share an award-winning poster. Discover tips and tricks to put your work in the spotlight useful not only for posters but talks, public engagement and much more.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Streams To Spiders: How Aquatic Insects Interconnect Our Ecosystems, an entoLIVE Webinar from the Biological Recording Company
    • Monday 27 March, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Freshwaters and forests might seem like definitively separate habitats, but they are in fact tightly interconnected by insects. This talk will delve into how these largely overlooked insects create an interconnected world in ways we don’t always expect.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Biodiversity Net Gain Virtual Symposium 2023
    • Wednesday 29 March, 10.00 am-1.00 pm.
    • £25.
    • Biodiversity Net Gain will be mandated at a minimum of 10% for development in England from next year. This event will bring together professionals from a range of sectors to discuss their experience and lessons learned from working with BNG. 
    • Find out more and sign up here.

April 2023

  • Marine Biological Association Postgraduate Conference 2023
    • Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 April.
    • Aberystwyth University, Wales.
    • From £60.
    • During this event you will have the opportunity to share and learn about current early career research from across Europe and beyond. All current postgraduate students to attend to share their research as either a presentation or poster.
    • Abstract deadline is Wednesday 1 March.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Unlocking Invertebrate Genomes: Trying to Sequence Every Species, an entoLIVE Webinar from the Biological Recording Company
    • Thursday 13 April, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • This webinar will introduce the science of genomics, exploring methods such as whole genome sequencing and DNA barcoding. It will also explore current ambitious projects attempting to sequence all life and discuss some of the many applications of this knowledge, the Darwin Tree of Life Project.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Introducing Mapping, Spatial Data and GIS, an Oxford University Training Course
    • Wednesday 19 April to Friday 30 June.
    • £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. This online course provides directed readings and tutor-guided, text-based discussions and debate. There are no live meetings so you can study whenever suits you.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • An Introduction to Programming in R, an Oxford University Training Course
    • Every Friday from Friday 21 April to Friday 30 June, 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
    • £260.
    • In this course you will learn the basics of the R programming language and how to use it to manipulate data and perform calculations. You will be taught through pre-recorded lectures with live online meetings where discussion and debate will take place between students and the tutor.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Friday 14 April.  
  • Policy Engagement for Researchers, a SMMR Training Course
    • Thursday 27 April, 1.00 pm-4.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Through this interactive workshop you will explore the legislative process and how you can work to influence both policy and policy makers.
    • Find out more and sign up here.

May 2023

  • Community analysis in R, a NEOF Training Course
    • Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May.
    • Free!
    • A lot of different analysis and visualisations can be carried out with community data. This includes taxonomy and functional abundance tables from 16S rRNA and Shotgun metagenomics analysis. This workshop will introduce you to the phyloseq R object; a specialised object containing an abundance, taxonomy, and metadata table. You will learn how to import your data into a phyloseq object, analyse your data and produce bespoke visualisations in R with the packages qiime2R, phyloseq, and microbiome.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Monday 24 April.
  • Restoration, Rearing & Reintroductions: Saving the Freshwater Pearl Mussel, an entoLIVE Webinar from the Biological Recording Company
    • Thursday 11 May, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Since 2007 the Freshwater Biological Association has been captive breeding one of the most endangered freshwater invertebrates in Europe, trying to save local populations.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Wildlife and People: Conflict and Conservation, an Oxford University Training Course
    • Saturday 13 May, 9.45 am-5.00 pm.
    • Ewert House, Banbury Road, Oxford.
    • £85.
    • This course will explore two principal subject areas: human-wildlife conflict, and overexploitation.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Marine Mollusc Recording Scheme: Discoveries from the Conchological Society, an entoLIVE Webinar from the Biological Recording Company
    • Monday 15 May, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • The Conchological Society’s marine recording scheme will be 100 years old in 2023 yet is as relevant now as it has ever been. This talk will outline what is involved and how data is gathered, verified, stored and shared.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Marine Data Management, Governance and the MEDIN toolset, a MEDIN Training Course
    • Monday 15 to Friday 19 May.
    • Free, using code Medin842!
    • The workshop consists of a series of talks, demonstrations, and a large practical element to help users become familiar with MEDIN Data Guidelines, the MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard, controlled vocabularies, and tools to create and validate MEDIN discovery metadata.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions
    • Monday 15 to Friday 19 May.
    • Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
    • ICMB is an international forum where scientists and policy makers from around the world meet to review current challenges in the global management of invasive marine organisms and to share new developments in science and policy.
    • Submissions for the second call for abstracts are due Tuesday 31 January.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Scientific writing and publishing for marine scientists, an ICES Training Course
    • Tuesday 30 May to Thursday 1 June.
    • ICES Headquarters, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    • 450 € (~£393.65).
    • To help students improve their skill in writing manuscripts for peer reviewed journals and in understanding the scientific publishing environment, including insights from the perspectives of a research journal editor and the author of a very successful book about scientific writing, both of whom have also published several hundred peer reviewed articles.
    • Find out more and sign up here by Tuesday 18 April.

June 2023

  • What it takes to write a winning Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship proposal, an Outstanding Research Grants Training Course
    • Thursday 1 June.
    • Free!
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Skills for Collaborative Inter-Disciplinary Research, a SMMR Training Course
    • Tuesday 6 June, 1.00 pm-4.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • The course will cover 4 main sections: disciplines and interdisciplinarity, understanding drivers of, and barriers to, IDR, practices and skills part 1 and 2, and conclusion.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Sea Scotland Conference 2023: From Land to Sea
    • Thursday 8 June.
    • Edinburgh Climate Change Institute.
    • Save the date!
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • World Ocean’s Day, a Fair Seas Conference
    • Thursday 8 June.
    • Cork City Hall, Ireland.
    • 75€ (~£66.26).
    • Join ocean advocates, fishing community, government, industry and key stakeholders together to map out Ireland’s next steps for designating and managing a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • PlasticsFuture 2023
    • Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 June.
    • Portland Building, University of Portsmouth.
    • Early bird rate is £110, ends Friday 14 April, £165 after this.
    • PlasticsFuture 2023 is a mission-driven conference which aims to inspire new solutions to end plastic pollution. It will be an opportunity to share global research and innovation across disciplines and communities, and forge future collaborations.
    • Find out more and sign up here.

July 2023

  • Emerging topics in coastal marine ecosystems, a EUROMarine Summer School
    • Tuesday 4 to Thursday 13 July.
    • University of Cadiz, Spain, and online.
    • This course deals with topics closely related to the Decade of the Oceans and the SDGs, especially SDG14 life below water. It will provide a comprehensive training for 25 PhDs face-to-face and others online in broad and cross-cutting topics, thus training the generation of researchers of 2030.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Invertebrate Sentience: Do Invert Experiences Deserve Welfare Protection?, an entoLIVE Webinar from the Biological Recording Company
    • Monday 17 July, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • In the UK, a new law requires all policymakers to have due regard for animal sentience. This law has given new urgency to the question: which other animals are sentient? Might some invertebrates, such as octopuses, crabs, snails, or even insects, have experiences that deserve respect and welfare protection?
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • Mass Marine Die-offs: Searching for the Cause of These Events in NE England, an entoLIVE Webinar from the Biological Recording Company
    • Thursday 27 July, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • A series of mass marine mortality events occurred along the northeast coast in late 2021, with populations of crabs and lobsters particularly badly affected. This talk will set out the background to the mass mortalities and will explore the science behind the investigation.
    • Find out more and sign up here.

October 2023

  • Oceans of Knowledge 2023: Beyond Net Zero: The ocean’s role in climate repair, an IMarEST Conference
    • Wednesday 18 October, 9.00 am-5.00 pm.
    • Institute of Physics, London.
    • Price TBD.
    • How can we make most effective use of the ocean’s capacity to sequester carbon to deliver net zero and beyond, while protecting the ocean environment and the essential ecosystem services it provides?  The conference will set this critical future use of the ocean into the context of associated scientific, engineering, technological, operational, and regulatory challenges.
    • Find out more and sign up here.
  • From Springtails to Pauropods: Soil Biodiversity Monitoring in the UK, an entoLIVE Webinar from the Biological Recording Company
    • Thursday 26 October, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Delve into the underground world of soil biodiversity and how scientists are monitoring the microarthropods that most people don’t even know.
    • 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
    • Connect school students with science outside the classroom, and help them discover STEM careers. Chat with students in live chats, answer their questions about working in science, and compete for votes to win £500 for your engagement projects. The activity is flexible and works around your schedule – you choose to take part at times that suit you over a 4-week activity. It’s all online and text-only (no audio or video). 
    • Sign up on the website Scientists: Engage school students with your work – I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! (imascientist.org.uk).
  • 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
    • Free online courses in CV building, job interviews, project management, programming languages, and many more.
    • Find out more on their website Free Courses & Training | reed.co.uk.
  • 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.
  • Institute for Policy Research ‘Our Oceans: A Deep Dive’ Webinar Series
    • 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 and watch recordings of previous seminars on the University of Bath website Our oceans: A deep dive (bath.ac.uk).
  • Science Communication Tutorials
    • Misinformation, fake news, pseudoscience and conspiracy theories have been spreading all over the world. If you want to do something to bridge the gap between science and society, and help build trust in science, these video tutorials from Science with Society can help you do that.
    • Find out more on their website Science with Society – The SCISO Project – Global Young Academy.
  • Introduction To Statistics Using R And Rstudio
    • From this free online course, you will gain a comprehensive introduction to R, which will serve as foundation for progressing further with R to any kind of data analysis, data science, or statistics.
    • Find out more on the PR Statistics website Introduction To Statistics Using R And Rstudio.
  • Partnerships training for Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Oceans and seas
    • The objective of the course is to provide participants with the fundamental skills and tools to build new, and improve existing, multi-stakeholder partnerships for SDG 14.
    • Find out more and watch recordings of previous seminars on the UN Partnership Accelorator website Partnerships for the Ocean.
  • Marine & Freshwater Research Centre ‘Join the Pod’ Webinar Series
    • Join passionate researchers and explore the world of marine mammal research. Watch recordings of previous seminars here. SUPER PGRs who have been featured are Izzy Langley – Episode 3, and Helen Hiley – Episode 5.
  • PR Statistics Free Seminars
    • This is a great way to get a free insight into different areas of statistics, to ask the experts some questions, and to get a better idea of suitability for any courses that interest you.
    • Find out more and request to watch recordings of previous seminars on the PR Statistics website Free Seminars – PR Statistics.