External Opportunities

If you are looking for Graduate School activities, see our 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 in our Finance Information document.

Recurring

  • MASTS ‘Delve Deeper’ Webinar Series
    • Every other Wednesday, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • With themes spanning Environmental Impact, Resource Exploration, Technological Advancements, and Coastal Sustainability, each episode promises an exciting dive into the ever-evolving world of marine science.
  • Ocean Partnerships Speed Networking, a SMMR-Net Event Series
    • Various dates, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • Ocean Partnerships recognises the need for practitioners from different disciplines to interact, exchange experiences and ideas. After a 10 minute introduction, the speed networking begins and you will be paired up for 7 minutes at a time over the course of the hour.
  • Practice your presentation skills, an ICES Webinar Series
    • Various dates and times.
    • This series will provide an informal and supportive forum for ECRs to give oral presentations. Presenters can get constructive feedback while using the opportunity to get rid of their ‘nervous jitters’ before their actual presentation. A secondary outcome is the facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration.

February 2024

  • For the Love of Whales, a SAMS Wild SciArt Event
    • Wednesday 14 February, 3.00 pm-5.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • This event will bring scientists and artists together to explore how SciArt collaborations can enhance the research, conservation and greater understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoises.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation, a WildTeam Online Training Course
    • Tuesday 20 February to Tuesday 26 March.
    • £220, bursaries available.
    • Monitoring and evaluation are essential for assessing if a conservation project is successful or not and also to report on conservation impact to stakeholders such as donors, communities, and project partners.
  • Balance and Beauty of Science and Humanities, a SMMR-Net Webinar
    • Wednesday 21 February, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Science or humanities acting alone cannot deal successfully with all issues. Despite the differences, both are constrained in their creativity by their contexts. This webinar will offer a few simple – even naïve – perspectives on this age-old dichotomy, in the hope of promoting a little more unity and mutual respect.
  • Project Planning for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeam Online Training Course
    • Monday 26 February to Monday 8 April.
    • £220, bursaries available.
    • If a conservation project does not have a strong conservation strategy it can waste years of effort and thousands of pounds. Conversely, having a strong strategy will ensure that there are clear, justified links between activities and the impact the project aims to achieve. A strong strategy will also provide the basis for developing compelling grant applications and pitches to private donors.
  • Scientific Visual Communication: Creating Figures using Adobe Illustrator, an MBA Online Training Course
    • Wednesday 28 February, 12.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • From £35, bursary available.
    • Participants will gain an insight into a new methodology for the creation of scientific figures and an understanding of how that methodology can help them create their own figures. Participants will gain hands-on experience of the basic functionality in Adobe Illustrator software and an understanding, and experience, of drawing a figure from scratch.

March 2024

  • Spatial analysis in QGIS and R – An introduction for environmental scientists, a UKCEH Online Training Course
    • Monday 4 to Friday 8 March.
    • £399, early bird discount ends Tuesday 31 October 2023.
    • Running over four half-day sessions, this 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.
  • Introduction to Distance Sampling, a CREEM Online Training Course
    • Monday 4 to Friday 15 March (weekdays), 2.00 pm-4.30 pm.
    • £225, scholarship available.
    • Distance sampling concepts to be discussed include line transects, point transects, survey design, detection function models, estimation of uncertainty and its sources, stratification for variance reduction, and indirect (dung or nest) surveys.
  • Grant Writing for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeam Online Training Course
    • Wednesday 13 March to Wednesday 1 May.
    • £220, bursaries available.
    • The competition for every grant is huge, so you have to get a lot of things right to have any chance of success. You will have to present an impact-focused application that aligns exactly with donor requirements and you also need to create a well structured application filled with compelling, well-written content, in which all key points are either justified and/or backed up with hard evidence.
  • Why Not Scotland?, a SCOTLAND: The Big Picture Event
    • Friday 15 to Saturday 30 March.
    • Scotland.
    • Free!
    • This film showcases many of the transformational changes already happening elsewhere in Europe and presents the exciting possibility of Scotland enjoying a similar revival.
  • Introduction to programming in R, an MBA Online Training Course
    • Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 March, 10.00 am-4.30 pm daily.
    • £325.
    • This course will start with the basics of working in R as well as introduce basic programming concepts like iteration, writing functions, and controlling execution flow. Then you will dive into data analysis, focusing on what consists of 80% of work involved in analysing data, data wrangling.
  • Arctic Science Summit Week
    • Thursday 21 to Friday 29 March.
    • From £180.
    • Edinburgh and online.
    • Organised annually by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between the various scientific organisations involved in Arctic research.
    • Register by Thursday 7 March.
  • YCSEC 2024
    • Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March.
    • Wallingford.
    • £125 early bird pricing until Tuesday 5 March, £175 afterwards.
    • YCSEC brings together ECRs and practitioners with expertise and interests in the coastal environment. It provides a welcoming and supporting environment to present and discuss research and share good practice. It is a great opportunity to interact with a small community of researchers, allowing you to expand your knowledge and network.

April 2024

  • British Ecological Society Policy Training
    • Thursday 4 April, 11.00 am-3.00 pm.
    • ECCI, Edinburgh.
    • £15 incl. lunch.
    • This training workshop will provide an overview of the science policy interface, how evidence feeds into the process, and how ecologists and other scientists can contribute.
  • Scotland’s Nature Student Conference
    • Tuesday 9 to Wednesday 10 April.
    • Inverness.
    • Free!
    • This is the fifth instalment of the conference previously known as the Scottish Ecology, Environment and Conservation Conference (SEECC), geared towards advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students. It offers fantastic opportunities to present the very best of research work and to meet with government staff, agencies, NGOs and researchers keen to make the best use of excellent research.
    • Abstract submission deadline is Friday 15 March.
  • Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewables Conference
    • Monday 15 to Friday 19 April.
    • Orkney.
    • £300 early bird pricing until Monday 11 March, £370 thereafter.
    • The heart of the conference is the sharing of new ideas and insights into the interactions between marine renewable energy and the environment (in the broadest sense of the word), a field which continues to grow from strength to strength. With growth comes inevitable conflict, and the theme of this conference is balance; balance between ecosystem effects and reducing carbon-emissions, balance between societal impacts and economic growth, balance between national goals and resilient coastal communities.
  • Stakeholder Engagement for Wildlife Conservation, a WildTeam Online Training Course
    • Tuesday 16 April to Tuesday 21 May.
    • £220, bursaries available.
    • Stakeholder engagement is an essential skill required to achieve conservation impact, while protecting the rights of vulnerable groups. Once you are certified, you will feel confident in, and be able to demonstrate your ability to carry out stakeholder engagement effectively and ethically in any conservation situation.
  • Marine Biological Association Postgraduate Conference
    • Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 April.
    • Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
    • £70.
    • The MBA PG Conference is run for and by ECRs, and not only provides a supportive environment to share your work but also acts as a catalysis for networking and building collaborations.

May 2024

  • Managing Your Scientific Code using Git & GitHub, an MBA Online Training Course
    • Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May, 4 hours daily.
    • £149.
    • This course will introduce you to the most popular open source software for version control, Git, and the most popular platform for sharing and collaborating on projects online, GitHub. The course is designed to get researchers started with version control and demonstrate how to collaborate effectively as well as introduce version control best practices.

July 2024

September 2024

  • 57th European Marine Biology Symposium
    • Monday 16 to Friday 20 September.
    • Naples, Italy.
    • Pricing TBD.
    • Save the date. Topic: facing the challenges of marine biodiversity loss.