Here are all the current cohort training events for our DTP and associated students. Please register using the links in each event description.  Further information can be found here.

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Super-resolution Microscopy – Imaging Course for BBSRC-funded students

Tues 14th and Wed 15th November – University of York (overnight accommodation provided on 15th Nov for students from outside York)

Thurs 16th November – University of Leeds

Fri 17th November – University of Sheffield

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Please note that priority for this course will be given to 2017 starters. However, if you were unable to attend previous courses then you are welcome to apply.

If you are BBSRC-funded then you are eligible to attend this imaging course free of charge.  Normally the course would cost ~£350 to attend and a maximum of 15 places are available.

All students attending the course will need to make, and cover the cost of, their own travel arrangements. Overnight accommodation (in York) on the night of 15th Nov will be provided free of charge to students from Leeds and Sheffield.



This 4 day course on super-resolution microscopy will give you the chance to try the new iSIM, PALM/STORM microscopy and the new Zeiss Airy Scan (all three different types of super–resolution). This course will take you into a much deeper understanding of what you can do with confocal/super–resolution imaging than simply taking pretty pictures, and is highly recommended.

The Course

Days 1 and 2 in York will cover the fundamentals of confocal and then swiftly move on to cover more advanced techniques such as FRAP, and spectral unmixing (for multicolour imaging of fluorophores with similar emission spectra).

Day 3 (Leeds) will introduce the very latest technologies involved with Super-Resolution microscopy and microscopy. Over the three days, all participants will have the opportunity to use many different microscope set-ups. To demonstrate each technique, a wide range of both samples (plants to cell culture) and labels (antibody to fluorescent proteins) will be used.

Day 4 (Sheffield) will provide the opportunity to work with Light-Sheet and see the available facilities at Sheffield as well as find out more about other techs not covered in Days 1-3.  A lecture on light sheet microscopy will be followed by small-group demos of the self built light sheet in Physics and commercial system in the Wolfson Light Microscopy Facility.

The course is taught by academic and research staff of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York with specialist input from Carl Zeiss.

This intensive, four-day training course will be of value to anyone wanting to gain hands-on experience of modern confocal and emerging microscopy techniques. In addition to the hands-on component, the course will include tutorials on the theory and practice of all the techniques and methods covered, as well as many other relevant topics in the field.

An essential feature of our course is the unique combination of practical, laboratory-based work with both taught and tutorial-style classroom sessions. The three lead Universities are all extremely well equipped to meet the demands of microscopy in research. This course will enable the delegate to realise the potential that microscopy can bring to their science and help ensure that their work flows and data output will be of the highest standards.

This is an ideal opportunity to start a unique network of scientists looking to exploit microscopy at this early stage of their careers. Attending the training will provide opportunities for students to develop collaborations throughout the White Rose network, with planned annual meetings to showcase their own work whilst also gaining critical expert feedback.


White Rose DTP Annual Research Symposium 2017

Please reserve the date for our Annual Research Day.  Attendance is mandatory for all BBSRC funded students and supervisors are cordially invited to attend the Research Day.  We expect that all supervisors with a BBSRC funded PhD student will make every effort to attend.

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This student-led symposium will showcase the research of students in their third and fourth year and will include a selection of talks from keynote speakers (Programme to be made available shortly, please check back again in early November).  This 1 day meeting will provide you with the opportunity to find out more about the DTP and meet other academics involved in the DTP from the universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield for potential cross-institution collaboration.


Molecules to Market Module – 2 day Training Event in Sheffield

As part of your mandatory training, all Oct 2016 starters are required to attend this DTP training module, which will take place over 2 days.

Delivered in collaboration with Dr Kevin Parker in Sheffield.

Your participation will be required throughout each day as it will involve a lot of discussions and group work. The Molecules to Market programme is organised in 3 parts:

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Structure of programme

1-    Initial Introduction to commercialisation, Formation of Teams and preliminary group work – 23/24 Oct 2017 (Sheffield)

2-    Self-directed and team work during Oct/Nov 2017, with remote support

3-    Presentation of a business opportunity pitch at Induction/Training Day at Fera (20 Nov 2017)

Aims & Objectives

The main aim of this module is designed to increase commercial awareness of early career scientists, in particular in relations to the BBSRC’s remit in supporting the Biotechnology Sector. This is achieved through a programme of self directed team work centered around the formation of a virtual company.

Following the introduction workshop, students will work in small groups and are expected to carry out the following tasks:

1) Establish a team with other PhD students from the BBSRC DTP cohort

You will work with PhD students from across the BBSRC DTP. Having spent time together during the Molecules to Market workshop, you will establish a team of individuals to work on this project. We are requesting students to form teams across institutions to provide you with the experience and challenges of working with remote teams. You will make use of video-conferencing/Skype, but also take the time to meet face-to-face to develop your project. The size of teams will be limited by programme organisers, to ensure that all team members are able to contribute to the project.

Each team will develop a business idea that draws on some aspect of Biotechnology, ranging from a service business, to a drug discovery organisation, or a genome related business.

2) Between October and November, your task will be to prepare a business plan for an hypothetical start-up company

You will form a viable Life Science (related) company and devise an outline business proposal, which you will pitch to the BBSRC DTP students, a panel of scientists/industry professionals and Kevin Parker. The company must have a reasonable scientific base, can be IP-centric, or service based (or other), should have a unique name and domain address. You should draw on publications and patents in order to examine the conflicts and opportunities associated with your proposal. You should have allocated roles and responsibilities within your company and looked closely at how an investor might perceive your proposal in terms of return on investment and your offering in terms of equity and the levels of investment required to establish the business. Finally you should consider the logistics behind start up and sustainability of your business and its exit strategy from the investors’ perspective.

Your team will work independently in order to bring the ideas and the financial proposals together in the form of a business plan. You may want to go and talk to business managers in your faculty to ask questions you may have. I would like to strongly encourage you to be proactive and ask people who are working in this area as you will learn a lot from these conversations. This could be academics you know in your department who have already set-up Spin-out companies or members of professional services who are expert in commercialisation and intellectual property. Make use of the knowledge resources you have access to at the University.

Please consider that team working is challenging and can be frustrating. You will need to ensure that you meet regularly during the development of this project. You may want to consider how you are keeping track of who is doing what. You may want to reflect on how you are contributing to the group and what you are learning in taking part in this group work.

You do not need to submit a written document on the day, just the presentation.

Things to consider:

  • The Business proposal (initial outline followed by refinement)
  • The underlying Science (detailed description of the core IP or methodology)
  • The Business model (i.e. service industry, IP-centric etc.)
  • The financial requirements and funding/revenue generating strategy (forecasts in XL)
  • The competitive landscape
  • The 1,3,5 year plans and exit strategy
  • The number and type of employees
  • Business location and infrastructure requirements
  • Anticipated margins with evidence
  • Public safety and image issues: PR etc.

3) On the day of the Dragon’s Den at Fera you will pitch your idea by giving a 10 min presentation.

The virtual companies will pitch their ideas to external investors and commercial scientists as a final stage in the process. The panel will choose a winning team who will receive a prize.


Bioscience Insights Day

As part of your mandatory training, all new 1st Year DTP students (Oct 2017 intake) will be required to attend this DTP training module.

University of York, Biology Department, Registration on Tues 7th Nov at 09:30

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The Insight Day provides an opportunity to refresh or extend your knowledge about the latest bioscience technologies.  The day will cover the following topics with in-house experts providing lectures on how the techniques work and are utilised along with some of the latest advances in the field.

  • Imaging and Flow Cytometry;
  • Genomics and bioinformatics;
  • Proteomics;
  • Protein overexpression, fermentation and purification;
  • Protein properties and interactions;
  • Computing systems for biologists.

After the above presentations there is an additional session for White Rose students on the additional facilities available to them at Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Attendees to the day will include PhD Students (including all White Rose DTP Students from Leeds, Sheffield & York), Post-Doctoral Researchers and Staff from York, other Universities and Commercial Companies.


Induction and Cohort Building Day at FERA

Is this event compulsory?

Yes, for Year 1 (2017 entry), 2 (2016 entry) and 3 (2015 entry) students

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Who should attend this event and what activities are planned for each cohort?

Year 1 (2017 intake) – Introduction to the DTP + Induction activities

Year 2 (2016 intake) – Dragon’s Den Pitch (2nd part of the Molecules to Market Module)

Year 3 (2015 intake) – Careers Planning with Sarah Blackford (go here for more info)

This event is an opportunity for the year 1, 2 and 3 cohorts to meet and interact throughout an informative and rewarding day.

Everyone will be involved in activities both specific to their year group and across cohorts.  There will be a networking lunch for all, where students can also find out more about the PIPS opportunities offered by Fera.