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.
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.
|26-29 November||Survey, taxonomic and data analysis skills in aquatic ecology - freshwater taxonomy and surveying|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.