PGCert Events List

Events that can be considered for inclusion in your PG Cert are listed below.

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Date & Location Title of Event Details Contact for more details
Ongoing 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.  CPD certified - An electronic certificate is provided for completion of each module.  The course is for any scientist, whether you look after your own data or are guided by an organisation. The course is especially aimed at PhD students and early career researchers but is for anyone who wants to get the right data habits now, including thinking of end-users of your data.

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Coding Club A POSITIVE PEER-LEARNING COMMUNITY. We are an enthusiastic group of ecology and environmental science students and researchers. Coding Club is for everyone, regardless of their career stage or current level of R knowledge. Our mission is to create a diverse learning community where we help each other to attain fluency in statistics and programming

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Datalab online courses Includes courses such as “Data Science for Ecologists and Environmental Scientists” which is a broad introduction and you can enrol anytime and “Data Science for Environmental Modelling and Renewables” Find out more here

18-20 March 2020

Loch Insh Outooor Centre, Aviemore

MASTS Graduate School Annual Retreat The goal of the retreat is to bring together the geographically dispersed MASTS and SUPER postgraduate population and to create a tight-knit student community, while providing useful and informative training sessions and seminars. Further details of the 2020 programme coming soon! Emma Defew for more details or download the programme here

30th March - 4th April 2020 at the University of Manchester

Advanced scripting and computing techniques: become more efficient and productive

You will learn techniques of advanced UNIX shell scripting, automation of numerical modeling, big-data analysis techniques, and cloud computing.  Students are encouraged to bring their own examples of research datasets to explore these problems.

Contact Julie Sampson for details and an application form. Deadline is 1/3/2020.

7-8th April, Inverness

Scottish Ecology, Environment and Conservation conference

The Scottish Ecology, Environment and Conservation conference is a conference organised by students, for students, and this years theme is Scotland's year of coasts and waters. You are invited to apply for and attend the conference. 

Here is the link to the conference website:

23/24 June 2020

Wallingford, near Oxford

Transforming Environmental Data in R

This 2-day course will help you understand the benefits of data transformation tools (such as R). You will learn about 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. The course also covers cleaning and validation of datasets and best-practice for documentation of scripts and workflows.

Student course costs £399. Sign up here

7-9 Oct 2020

Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

MASTS Annual Science Meeting


More details to follow! Contact Emma Defew for more details


Past events:

  • Turing PhD Enrichment Scheme
  • Communicating Science to make an impact (CREW, AM) & Evidence-based marine planning (MSS, PM). Policy day in Edinburgh, 20th Nov 2019.
  • SNH Policy & Advice Seminar for Graduate Students (20 Nov 2019). More details here.
  • Intellectual Property - perspectives from innovators and industry event (Oct 2019, run by IBioIC)
  • MASTS Annual Science Meeting (2-4 Oct 2019), which include workshops on data management and modelling, plus the option to join the Lunch with Leaders event.
  • Best practice in Training, Teaching & Interactive Learning(September 2019, organised by CEH)
  • Using drones to map habitats (July 2019, organised by CEH)
  • Evidence synthesis to inform policy and business decision-making (July 2019, organised by CEH)
  • How to further your career in Marine Science talks at the local ECSA meeting (30th April 2019 at Heriot Watt)
  • SAIC Aquaculture Innovation & Industry Engagement Programme
  • Logical and Critical Thinking - free online course
  • MASTS 2019 Grad School Retreat. See Programme here.
  • Writing retreat (19-23 Nov 2018)
  • MASTS-SNH Marine Policy Seminar(14 Nov 2018). Click on the titles to download the powerpoint presentations from this event. •Introduction to Scottish Natural Heritage (Carol Hume) •Mobilising marine benthic survey datasets - The Sound of Barra (Rona Sinclair) •Marine Protected Areas – A walk through the site selection process (Sam Black) •Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) – Stakeholder engagement to reduce animal entanglement in fishing gears (Dr Kirstie Dearing) •Overview of SNH marine & coastal placement opportunities available for Masters/PhD students (Carol Hume)
  • Embrace your inner marine planner (14 Nov 2018)
  • MASTS Annual Science Meeting (31 Oct - 2 Nov 2018)
  • Time series models for ecologists(1-5 October 2018)
  • ECR Workshops: Vegan package in R and Leadership Skills in academia(20th Sept 2018)
  • Whalefish Professional Development Course - Marine Research Techniques & Conservation (Millport 10-12 August 2018)
  • Blueprint: The Future of Our Seas. Opportunity for public engagement training and practice (Oban, 30/31 July 2018)
  • Advanced Course - Living Oceans and Climate Change(7-13 July 2018, Portugal)
  • Communicating with the media and public, as part of the NERC Data Tree data management training course(21 June 2018, Edinburgh)
  • MASTS Grad School Retreat (14-16 March 2018)
  • SAGES Grad School Retreat (29/30 Nov 2017)
  • MASTS-SNH Marine Policy & Advice Seminar for Graduate Students (22 Nov 2017)
  • MEDIN guidelines and standards workshop (15/16 Nov 2017)
  • Understanding science policy in Scotland (9 Nov 2017)
  • MASTS Marine Renewable Energy & Marine Planning & Governance Forums Writing Retreat (5-10 Nov 2017)