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GSLS Training 2014-15

Programme of events provided by Graduate School of Life Sciences
(Mon 20 Oct 2014 - Wed 30 Sep 2015)

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Mon 20 Oct 2014 – Mon 9 Feb 2015

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October 2014

Mon 20
Design and Analysis of Ecological Experiments (Seminar) Finished 16:00 - 17:00 Department of Plant Sciences, Tom ap Rees Room

The design and analysis of experiments is an essential first step before doing any research; this short seminar will help you develop a clear understanding of what you need to consider when planning experiments and will help to maximize your productivity. Please note that this course is aimed at ecologists but the principles can be applied to experimental design in many other areas.

Wed 22
An Introduction to R: Software For Statistical Analysis new (1 of 3) Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Clinical School, Herchel Smith Building for Brain and Mind Sciences, Large Seminar Room

An Introduction to R: Software For Statistical Analysis, with Dr Simon R. White, MRC Biostatistics Unit, and Dr Adam P. Wagner, University of Cambridge.

GNU R is (freely) available for all major platforms (Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac, etc.) and is growing in popularity in academia and beyond for carrying out statistical analysis and data manipulation.

The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the basics of statistical analysis and the open source statistical software GNU R.

Participants will actively use R throughout the course, during which they will be introduced to principles of statistical thinking and interpretation by example, exercises and discussion about a range of problems. The examples will be used to present a variety of statistical concepts and techniques, with no focus on any specific discipline.

Participants Without a Raven Password: If you do not have a Raven's account and would like to attend this course, or have other booking queries, please email Adam Wagner (apw40@medschl.cam.ac.uk).

Thu 23
An Introduction to R: Software For Statistical Analysis new (2 of 3) Finished 14:30 - 17:30 Clinical School, Herchel Smith Building for Brain and Mind Sciences, Large Seminar Room

An Introduction to R: Software For Statistical Analysis, with Dr Simon R. White, MRC Biostatistics Unit, and Dr Adam P. Wagner, University of Cambridge.

GNU R is (freely) available for all major platforms (Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac, etc.) and is growing in popularity in academia and beyond for carrying out statistical analysis and data manipulation.

The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the basics of statistical analysis and the open source statistical software GNU R.

Participants will actively use R throughout the course, during which they will be introduced to principles of statistical thinking and interpretation by example, exercises and discussion about a range of problems. The examples will be used to present a variety of statistical concepts and techniques, with no focus on any specific discipline.

Participants Without a Raven Password: If you do not have a Raven's account and would like to attend this course, or have other booking queries, please email Adam Wagner (apw40@medschl.cam.ac.uk).

Fri 24
Skills To Get You Started Finished 09:00 - 11:00 New Museums Site, Small Examination Hall, Arts Building

A 2 hour event for new PhD students to begin developing the skills and knowledge that will be an essential part of their PhD in the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Skills To Get You Started Finished 11:30 - 13:30 New Museums Site, Small Examination Hall, Arts Building

A 2 hour event for new PhD students to begin developing the skills and knowledge that will be an essential part of their PhD in the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Skills To Get You Started Finished 14:15 - 16:15 New Museums Site, Small Examination Hall, Arts Building

A 2 hour event for new PhD students to begin developing the skills and knowledge that will be an essential part of their PhD in the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

An Introduction to R: Software For Statistical Analysis new (3 of 3) Finished 14:30 - 17:30 Clinical School, Herchel Smith Building for Brain and Mind Sciences, Large Seminar Room

An Introduction to R: Software For Statistical Analysis, with Dr Simon R. White, MRC Biostatistics Unit, and Dr Adam P. Wagner, University of Cambridge.

GNU R is (freely) available for all major platforms (Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac, etc.) and is growing in popularity in academia and beyond for carrying out statistical analysis and data manipulation.

The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the basics of statistical analysis and the open source statistical software GNU R.

Participants will actively use R throughout the course, during which they will be introduced to principles of statistical thinking and interpretation by example, exercises and discussion about a range of problems. The examples will be used to present a variety of statistical concepts and techniques, with no focus on any specific discipline.

Participants Without a Raven Password: If you do not have a Raven's account and would like to attend this course, or have other booking queries, please email Adam Wagner (apw40@medschl.cam.ac.uk).

Fri 31
Skills To Get You Started Finished 09:00 - 11:00 New Museums Site, Small Examination Hall, Arts Building

A 2 hour event for new PhD students to begin developing the skills and knowledge that will be an essential part of their PhD in the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Skills To Get You Started Finished 11:30 - 13:30 New Museums Site, Small Examination Hall, Arts Building

A 2 hour event for new PhD students to begin developing the skills and knowledge that will be an essential part of their PhD in the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Skills To Get You Started Finished 14:15 - 16:15 New Museums Site, Small Examination Hall, Arts Building

A 2 hour event for new PhD students to begin developing the skills and knowledge that will be an essential part of their PhD in the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

November 2014

Tue 4
Designing Creativity and Innovation in Research new Finished 09:30 - 12:30 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room

This new half-day workshop has been designed to explore the ideas and techniques to unlock your hidden potential as a researcher with clarity, vision and creative leadership. We willl explore the importance of a creative approach to your research - and its communication - by understanding the nature of creativity, how and where to apply creative thinking and activities (for instance, by setting a new dynamic in departmental meetings!) and finally how creative practices lead to personal change and technical and scientific innovation.

You are encouraged to attend with an open mind 'beginners mind' and a willingness to discuss real issues and problems that would benefit from a creative solution. You will be encouraged to compete a short action plan to focus on next steps in the creative process.

Research Projects by Design: An Alternative Project Management Course new Finished 14:00 - 17:00 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room

This new half-day workshop has been designed to explore the ideas and techniques of the new discipline of Design Thinking as applied by companies such as IDEO www.ideo.com and the D-School at Stanford University in California www.dschool.stanford.edu

In this half-day course we will explore new ways to project manage that are personally authentic, quick and motivational. We won’t do GANTT charts (they have their place!) but we will look at daily habits such as setting iterative goals and having purpose and vision. We’ll also explore individual and collaborative 'modeling' techniques that allow a more creative and responsive approach to the complexities of our research projects (and their communication). Finally we will look at how creative companies use techniques such as 'prototyping' to test through activity rather than just thinking.

This course is for you if you want to understand how to design your projects to reflect your personality and the complexity and creativity involved in their design, implementation and outcomes.

You are encouraged to attend with an open mind 'beginners mind' and a willingness to discuss real issues and problems that would benefit from a creative solution. You will be encouraged to compete a short action plan to focus on next steps in the design, prototype and feedback process.

Tue 11
Professional Relationships (for 1st year PhD students) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 New Museums Site, Small Examination Hall, Arts Building

An introductory workshop for 1st year PhD students to explore the working relationships you will encounter during your PhD with emphasis on how to work well with your supervisor.

Mon 17
Scientific Writing (lecture) Finished 14:30 - 16:30 Department of Biochemistry, Thomas Lecture Theatre

A crash course in what you need to know about scientific writing. This lecture is aimed at those writing scientific papers, but many of the principles apply equally to writing a doctoral dissertation. The examples given are mostly in the area of of Biochemistry research, but applicable to many others.

Thu 20
Professional Relationships (for 1st year PhD students) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 New Museums Site, Small Examination Hall, Arts Building

An introductory workshop for 1st year PhD students to explore the working relationships you will encounter during your PhD with emphasis on how to work well with your supervisor.

Mon 24

This evening seminar will focus on what it takes to be a good leader and team manager in a research group – from recruiting the right people, through communication skills, building professional relationships and motivating others, to problem and conflict resolution. Researchers at different stages of their career will share their own experiences and Sharon Saunders will describe training available for University members as well as sharing preliminary findings of what advice new group leaders give to postdocs. The questions and discussions will be followed by a drinks reception, providing the opportunity for ongoing discussion with the speakers and attendees.

Thu 27
Data Management Finished 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 5

Over the course of a PhD, students will create and use large amounts of different types of data. This course is designed to help students manage their data effectively, and to make them aware of some of the legal and ethical issues involved in dealing with data.

December 2014

Wed 3
Presentation and Performance Training Workshop Finished 09:30 - 17:00 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room

Clear, effective and professional communication skills are absolutely essential to any aspiring academic. While students are taught the essentials of how to research, less emphasis is placed on how to present their work either in the lecture hall, in the seminar room or even the viva. This course is unique in that it fuses academic skills with acting training.

Fri 5
Neuroscience Crash Course (1 of 3) Finished 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 9

This series of lectures provides a basic introduction to neurobiology. If you are a new graduate student working in another area but think your research might benefit from some understanding of neurobiology, this is for you. If you have done an undergraduate course in neuroscience of any kind, this is NOT for you.

Mon 8
Neuroscience Crash Course (2 of 3) Finished 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 9

This series of lectures provides a basic introduction to neurobiology. If you are a new graduate student working in another area but think your research might benefit from some understanding of neurobiology, this is for you. If you have done an undergraduate course in neuroscience of any kind, this is NOT for you.

Tue 9
Neuroscience Crash Course (3 of 3) Finished 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 9

This series of lectures provides a basic introduction to neurobiology. If you are a new graduate student working in another area but think your research might benefit from some understanding of neurobiology, this is for you. If you have done an undergraduate course in neuroscience of any kind, this is NOT for you.

Fri 12
RSVP: wRiting, Submitting, Viva, emPloyment Finished 09:30 - 17:00 Clinical School, William Harvey Lecture Theatre

How to succeed in your PhD! A one day course which prepares final year PhD students for finishing the writing up, surviving the viva and moving on into postdoc or other employment. All research students in the Graduate School of Life Sciences are expected to attend this highly-recommended course at some point in their final year.

Wed 17
Innovation; a commercial perspective new Finished 09:30 - 16:45 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room

A one-day workshop to introduce and practice skills needed for innovative working relationships with business. This is a workshop full of discussion and activity around the practical implementation of the following:

The learning aims are.

  • An insight into UK plc expectations following the 2012 Wilson report
  • Project management skills that turn an idea into a reality
  • Technical skills that test scientific and commercial project viability
  • Behavioural skills that build and maintain relationships

Participants will learn about:

  • The changing landscape of UK and European funding
  • The UK’s drive towards business – academic collaborations
  • Expectations from industry. Differences and similarities to academia
  • How to manage academic – business differences
  • Core project management techniques including: Project Initiation documents; Impact measurement; Risk management; Project tracking and reporting
  • Effective working in complex teams including: Creating team buy in; Managing and sharing your knowledge; Communications skills

January 2015

Mon 19
How to Keep a Lab Notebook Finished 14:00 - 16:00 Department of Genetics, Room G1

Your lab notebook is one of the most important and precious objects you, as a scientist, will ever have. This course will explore how keeping an exemplary laboratory notebook is crucial to good scientific practice in lab research. The course will consist of a short talk, a chance to assess some examples of good and bad practice, with plenty of time for questions and discussion. You might like to bring along your own lab notebook for feedback. (Please note that issues relating to protection of Intellectual Property Rights will not be covered in this course).

February 2015

Mon 9
An Introduction to Scientific Writing (workshop) Finished 09:30 - 17:30 Arts School, Room C (No longer in use)

This course will focus on the structure of good scientific writing, first at the micro-level of sentences and paragraphs and then at the macro-level of abstracts and entire papers. Writing exercises will form an important part of the day. We will look at into the practical process of writing, the nature of scientific publishing and the importance of editing. The day will finish with a group editing session in which the students apply the ideas they've learnt to editing each other's work. For this students will write a 300-word abstract about their mini-dissertation in advance. The course instructors are Mark Buchanan and Justin Mullins, two highly experienced scientific writers/editors.

Because pre-course work is required, bookings must be made by 9 Jan 2015 and cancellations cannot be accepted thereafter.