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Postgraduate & Professional Skills Development Courses

NERC is pleased to announce the training courses for 2013-2014 funded as part of the pilot Postgraduate & Professional Skills Development Awards initiative.

These cover a wide range of topics within the environmental sciences, developed and delivered by experts from the UK and leading academic institutions from across the world. We are delighted to offer more than 500 fully-funded places available for both NERC-funded PhD students and early-career environmental science researchers.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found in the brochure below.

PPSD courses brochure (707KB)

Please note that closing dates for courses vary, and may be several weeks before the course start date.

Eligibility and funding

Places are fully funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. Please note that, unless otherwise stated, places will be allocated preferentially to current NERC-funded PhD students and early career environmental scientists. However, depending on demand, a limited number of funded places on offer may be available to applicants who do not meet these criteria.

Training calendar

Date Course
November 2013
26-29 November Survey, taxonomic and data analysis skills in aquatic ecology - freshwater taxonomy and surveying
December 2013
Dates TBC Scientific diving techniques and technologies
2 December Agri-informatics: Applications of big data in delivering food security (virtual lectures begin - course workshop to be held in March)
2-6 December Soil matters
11-12 December Statistics for environmental evaluation: Quantifying the environment (advanced workshop)
17-19 December NCAS training for environmental sciences: Advanced statistics training for climate research
January 2014
Dates TBC Insect taxonomy and field sampling skills
6-10 January Statistics for environmental evaluation: Quantifying the environment course
8-10 January Understanding uncertainty in environmental modelling
9-15 January Data analysis with R statistical software
13-17 January Introduction to mathematical modelling for the environmental and biological sciences
17-18 January MDIBL environmental genomics: A short course to guide genomics research applied to environmental sciences
February 2014
11-14 February Understanding and communicating environmental risk and uncertainty
3-4 February Spatio-temporal modelling workshop
3-14 February Keystone skills in bioinformatics
4-6 February Modelling structure and dynamics in complex networks
7-14 February Re-boot camp: Statistical methods in ecology and evolution
16-20 February Practical use of mini- and micro-unmanned aerial vehicles for the environmental sciences
17-20 February Multivariate ecological statistics: Exploring tools for ecologists
17-21 February Molecular techniques for taxonomy
24-27 February Data analysis for aquatic ecologists
24-28 February Field techniques in the coastal margin: In co-operation with CBESS and MASTS
25-27 February Bayesian methods to fit statistical models in environmental science
25 February - 6 March Population genomics and metagenomics short-course
March 2014
Dates TBC GIS for environmental management
1-7 March Geophysical skills development for environmental scientists
3-7 March Understanding the soil underfoot: A soil science training school for postgraduate researchers
3-7 March Molecular techniques for taxonomy
3-14 March Plant taxonomy, identification and field skills
10-14 March Taxonomic principles and tools in botanical research
10-16 March Sea ice field training: Deployment of sensor and implement technology for data collection and monitoring in a critical and vulnerable environment
11-12 March Agri-informatics: Applications of big data in delivering food security
11-13 March Ecosystem based management using Ecopath with Ecosim
11-14 March Marine taxonomy and habitat survey
17-18 March Core and advanced environmental statistics training: Functional data analysis workshop
17-20 March NCAS training for environmental sciences: Introduction to scientific computing
17-21 March CATSCI: Multidisciplinary training in soil and freshwater catchment
17-21 March Taxonomic skills and field techniques for freshwater ecology and quality
18-20 March Developing your own mathematical models in R
25-26 March NCAS training for environmental sciences: Modelling unified model (UM) course
27-28 March NCAS training for environmental sciences: modelling UKCA course

Postgraduate & Professional Skills Development Awards

This is a pilot scheme and funded training initiatives must be completed by March 2014. The call closed on 30 August 2013.

Please see the Announcement of Opportunity document below for full details of the call.

Announcement of Opportunity (83KB)