IBioIC in conjunction with EASTBIO are delivering a BBSRC Skills School; ‘Broadening Horizons: Cultivating an Innovative Mind Set’.

‘BBSRC Skills School ‘Broadening Horizons: Cultivating an Innovative Mind Set’

BBSRC EASTBIO DTP and the BBSRC IBioIC CTP will be hosting the BBSRC Skills School ‘Broadening Horizons: Cultivating an Innovative Mind Set’ in Edinburgh on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June 2018.

This free two day Skills School aims to progress the careers of doctoral / postdoctoral scientists in the field of Bioscience/ Biotechnology, Leading Edge Healthcare and Accelerating Therapeutics sectors. It is a unique opportunity to learn and build links with students from other Doctoral Training Partnerships, Collaborative Training Partnerships, early career stage researchers and senior industry professionals while encouraging them to think in an inter-disciplinary way about their short and longer-term career ambitions.

The programme has been developed by the BBSRC EASTBIO DTP and the BBSRC IBioIC CTP in partnership and close collaboration with 5 industry facilities:

• IBioIC Flexible Downstream Bioprocessing Centre, Edinburgh (FlexBio): scaled up fermentation and downstream processing in action;
• National Phenotypic Screening Centre, Dundee: drug discovery by effective phenotypic screening;
• BioAscent / the European Screening Centre, Biocity, Newhouse: drug discovery using target based screening;
• Edinburgh Genome Foundry: exploring the use of highly automated platforms in synthetic biology; and
• Roslin Cell Therapies Ltd GMP facility, Edinburgh: Manufacturing the future.

Each workshop draws on expertise and know-how from these complementary partners to address industry-identified needs and skills gaps.

Participants can expect to:
• Gain an understanding of the UK Bioscience/Biotechnology, Leading Edge Healthcare and Accelerating Therapeutics sectors, including current research and innovation challenges, through direct engagement with senior industry professionals;
• Raise awareness of career opportunities and trajectories, how skills gained in doctoral / postdoctoral training could transfer into, and what additional skills would be required for competitive entry into, a range of industry careers;
• Undertake practical skills training at one of the five facilities that will address needs clearly evidenced by our industry partners and contacts; and
• Initiate academia-industry networks that may translate into future training offers and that will inform inform future research directions and facilitate career choices.

Application is by competition and by invitation only.  If you would like further information or to request an invitation, please contact skills@ibioic.com