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

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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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17 September 2019

Best practice in Training, Teaching & Interactive Learning

This interactive and participatory full-day training course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to train other people in formal and informal situations.Student rate is £229. The course will be held in Wallingford, UK.

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2-4 Oct 2019

Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow

MASTS Annual Science Meeting For more detail of the 2019 programme visit Opportunities include presenting an e-poster or talk, taking part in "Leader Conversations" and/or attending the following workshops - "Science & Policy"; "Data management for new scientists";  or "Introduction to Modelling in Scottish Waters" Emma Defew for more details

2 Oct 2019

Conference room 6/7 at the TIC, Glasgow

Lunch with a Leader

The idea is to provide opportunities for MASTS and SUPER PGRs to talk openly with Leaders and Influencers from marine and environmental areas, including academia, business and industry, policy, government, charity and other sectors.

Lois has secured the following three individuals for the first of these opportunities:

  • Colin Moffat – Previously Head of Science and now Chief Scientific Advisor Marine at the Scottish Government, Colin is a hugely enthusiastic and knowledgeable marine scientist, researcher and communicator. Colin’s work with colleagues across Europe has significantly improved scientific knowledge on the impact of human activities on marine ecosystems. In addition to his roles providing advice to both the Scottish and UK Governments, and acting as co-chair of the UK Marine Science Coordination Committee, Colin has worked closely with a number of universities. Out of work, Colin is a British Red Cross volunteer, and this year received a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List as a result of this voluntary work.
  • Moya Crawford – Moya has worked in the field of underwater salvage for over thirty years, beginning as a deckhand salving the White Star Liner. Moya is now Deep Tek's Chairperson and Director of Technology Implementation. Having built this company from scratch, Moya’s tenacity together with her husband’s engineering skills has allowed them to build a family salvage company from nothing into a world record-breaking, major international operator, salvaging wrecks from some of the deepest waters, and taking on large multinationals at their own game (and winning!). Moya's interest in marine science informs many aspects of her work. Currently she sits on the Advisory Board of MASTS; is chairman of the Society for Underwater Technology's, lnternational Salvage & Decommissioning Committee and was appointed as Chairman of SOI Group Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of St Andrews in January 2O12. Moya has interests in scuba diving, marine history and making things happen. Come and find out more!
  • Anton Edwards - Anton has been a marine physicist for most of his life, applying oceanography to issues of ocean circulation, coastal pollution, defence, aquaculture and marine management and regulation. After lecturing, scientific and management careers in the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, he now works as an independent marine consultant. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, member of the Academic College of the Natural Environment Research Council, secretary of his community council, editor of the journal of the Scottish Rock Garden Club, scientific advisor to the Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum, a member of Tay Estuary Forum and in 2006 was made an honorary professor of the University of St Andrews. More recently he has also been the rector for the University of the Highlands and Islands, and is currently serving as a Theme Advisory Panel member for the SUPER DTP. Anton is offering wine at his table!
If you would be interested in having lunch with one of our speakers, please let Jess know by email to as places are limited. If you have a particular preference for a leader to talk to, please also let her know this, otherwise places will simply be allocated amongst interested parties.

24 Oct 2019

Scottish Universities Insight Institute at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Intellectual Property - perspectives from innovators and industry event

This event is being delivered by IBioIC in collaboration with IBioIC Member, Marks and Clerk (, entirely free of charge.  This event is for those who are interested about learning how to deal with IP across innovation journeys.
This event is perfect for innovation active companies who would like to get a better understanding of business commercialisation, at a variety of stages. You will leave with practical tips and hints, as well as inspiration from success stories shared by our excellent speakers who have or are currently going through this journey. We also have an investor speaking at this event who will discuss what investors look for and the processes for vetting potential companies, with a bit of a slant towards IP and the chemistry/bio industries.

This event aims:

  • To increase awareness and understanding of IP as a tool to grow your business
  • To promote the support, services and benefits that the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre can offer the membership
  • To inform attendees of the various expertise that exists within the membership
  • To create a sense of community for IB in Scotland
Register here to attend. This event is free.

20 Nov 2019

SNH Policy & Advice Seminar for Graduate Students Find out how Scottish Natural Heritage delivers its marine advice and policy More details coming soon!

Winter 2019/2020

How to write highly cited papers This interactive half-day workshop will boost your confidence and ability to write a great science paper that will be cited again and again. Find out more here

Winter 2019/2020

Bayesian methods for ecological and environmental modelling This four-day course will run over 5 days. It will be a mixture of presentations and practical exercises. It will give you a solid grounding in Bayesian methods that can be used with any kind of model and data set to compare models, estimate parameters, analyse uncertainties and communicate results. 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 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


Past events:

  • 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)