Archived Events 2024

This is for external opportunities only. If you are looking for previous Graduate School activities, please see our Events page.

January 2024

  • Population Genetics Group 57
    • Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 January.
    • St Andrews, Scotland.
    • £150.
    • The Population Genetics Group is an annual meeting of population and evolutionary geneticists held in the UK since 1968.
    • Register by Sunday 10 December 2023.
  • Introducing Mapping, Spatial Data and GIS, an Oxford University Online Training Course
    • Monday 15 January to Friday 5 April.
    • £350.
    • 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.
  • Climate Change Adaptations & Marine Protected Areas with SUPER PGR Caitlin Lamb, a HWDT Webinar
    • Wednesday 17 January, 7.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Caitlin’s PhD is studying the long-term resilience and adaptation of the Scottish MPA network in response to climate change. This research will be carried out through the application of species distribution modelling and social science methods with a focus on five Scottish Priority Marine Features including seagrasses, flame shell beds, flapper skate, basking shark and minke whale.
  • Coastal Futures 2024
    • Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 January, 9.00 am-5.00 pm daily.
    • Only online tickets left.
    • £45.
    • The 2024 programme will cover major themes in estuarine, coastal and marine sectors.
  • Social science methods for natural scientists, an ICES Training Course
    • Wednesday 31 January to Friday 2 February.
    • The Netherlands.
    • 450€ (~£386).
    • This course will provide ‘hands on’ guidance on the basics required to navigate stakeholder participation and engagement. Employing a participant-led ‘learning by doing’ approach the facilitators will guide the participants step by step through the basics of social science methods such as interviewing, participant observation, mapping etc., in a supportive and interactive process designed to develop confidence and capacities.

February 2024

  • 6th ScotMER Symposium
    • Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 February.
    • Free!
    • A virtual symposium showcasing research on offshore energy and the marine environment.
  • The Marine Planning Problem, a SMMR-Net Webinar
    • Wednesday 7 February, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • This webinar will look at introducing the topic of Maritime Spatial Planning, and what is meant by the ‘Marine Planning Problem’, drawing upon some comparisons between MSP and Terrestrial Spatial Planning. 
  • 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.
    • Register by Wednesday 21 February.
  • Socio-Oceanography, a NOC Workshop
    • Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 March.
    • Southampton.
    • Free!
    • The 2024 Workshop will focus on six topics, bringing together a mix of natural and social scientists working towards producing an output such as opinion papers, funding proposals, and innovative multidisciplinary forms of communication: Risks and opportunities of Marine heatwaves for the UK; Navigating the Waters of Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal: From Promise to Practice; Out of sight, out of sound: why we need to start paying attention to the Twilight Zone; Can community engagement solve the ocean plastics problem?; Embedding human behaviour into Environmental Digital Twins; and Navigating coastal change: Inclusive decision-making through technology enabled Open Science.
    • Apply by Wednesday 31 January.
  • 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.
  • Bayesian Machine Learning as a tool for Climate Scientists, an Institute of Computing for Climate Science Workshop
    • Monday 25 March at 9.00 am to Wednesday 27 March at 1.00 pm.
    • Cambridge.
    • Free! Including accommodation and meals, plus travel reimbursement up to £160.
    • This workshop will equip the next generation of NERC or UKRI funded climate scientists with the necessary knowledge, skills, and support to integrate machine learning (ML) into their research during their PhDs and future careers. Participants will gain practical experience working with real climate data in a collaborative, project-based environment.
    • Register by 9.00 am on Friday 15 December 2023.
  • Young Coastal Scientist and Engineers Conference 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.
  • Meta-Analysis for Environmental Scientists, a NERC Advanced Training Course
    • Monday 8 to Thursday 11 April.
    • University of East Anglia, Norwich.
    • Free! Including travel and accommodation.
    • The course will involve combination of lectures and practical sessions where students will be trained in methodology and practice of conducting meta-analysis using worked examples in metafor package in R.
    • Register by Friday 23 February.
  • 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.
    • £370.
    • 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.
  • Big Seaweed Search, a STEM Ambassador Webinar
    • Wednesday 17 April, 5.00 pm-6.00 pm.
    • Free!
    • Learn how to correctly identify and survey 14 seaweed species along the shoreline and take part in the citizen science project in partnership with the Natural History Museum.
  • 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.
  • Beginners QGIS for Ecologists and Conservation Practitioners, a CIEEM Training Course
    • Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 April, 9.00 am-12.00 pm daily.
    • £404.
    • This course introduces you to the open source (free) QGIS software which is now an industry standard in the ecological, conservation and consultancy sectors. It is suitable for complete beginners to GIS. The course is designed to enable you to become a competent GIS operator with a practical focus on producing survey maps and analysing data derived from your surveys.

May 2024

  • Imaging Marine Invertebrates, an EMBRC Training Course
    • Monday 6 May to Friday 30 August.
    • Online with one week on site at Marine Station at Villefranche, France.
    • Free!
    • The aim of the course is to provide key background knowledge on how to work with live marine invertebrates and hands-on experience on how to perform imaging studies using live marine invertebrates.  
  • 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.
  • Transforming environmental data in R, a UKCEH Training Course
    • Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 May with optional ‘Introduction to R’ session on Monday 13 May.
    • Edinburgh or online.
    • From £499.
    • You will learn aspects such as auditable workflow, repeatability, time-saving, improving efficiency and reduced risk of data loss. You will participate in practical data transformation tool exercises using real environmental datasets to combine and manipulate datasets in different formats from different sources, leading to analysis-ready data. 
  • Structures in the Marine Environment Conference
    • Wednesday 22 to Thursday 23 May.
    • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
    • £10.
    • Join to hear the latest highlights from the research teams and a review of all the outputs across 4 years of the INSITE programme, plus the practical application of INSITE science.

June 2024

  • United Nations World Oceans Day
    • Friday 7 June.
    • Free!
    • This year’s theme is ‘Awaken New Depths’. Our relationship to the ocean needs to urgently change, and our efforts have only skimmed the surface to date. To motivate widespread momentum for the ocean, we need to “awaken new depths”.

September 2024

  • 22nd Swiss Climate Summer School 2024
    • Sunday 1 to Friday 6 September.
    • Grindelwald, Switzerland.
    • The registration fee of 1350 CHF (~£1,219.86) includes half-board accommodation, excursion, and teaching material.
    • “Climate Change: From the Dawn of the Anthropocene to Options for the Future”, this theme has been chosen due to its paramount importance in terms of both scientific challenges and pressing societal concerns. Always with a focus on understanding the system, mapping the options, and communicating action.
    • Apply by Wednesday 15 January.