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Upcoming open courses

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

Date: 15th December 2020, 0930 – 1230

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 15th January 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Designing publication quality figures & graphics

Date: 19th February 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 23rd March 2021, 0930 – 1600

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Careers outside academia: expectations, skills & preparation

Date: 13th April 2021, 0930 – 1230

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To book a place on any of the courses listed above, or to find out more information about the course structure and content, please click on the “more information” button below each course title.

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Upcoming open courses

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 2nd & 3rd November 2020, 1400 – 1700

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Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

Date: 15th December 2020, 0930 – 1230

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 15th January 2021, 0930 – 1230

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To book a place on any of the courses listed above, or to find out more information about the course structure and content, please click on the “more information” button below each course title.

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Upcoming Open Courses

The following upcoming courses are open to all researchers and can be booked directly through our website. We also accept batch bookings for groups.

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Communicating research: An introduction to designing & preparing figures

6th October 2020

For PhD students & early career researchers

Displaying information in a visual format is an excellent way for researchers to communicate their work. Figures, tables and diagrams are key components of a published research paper (and a PhD thesis), and readers are often drawn to these before turning to the main text of the article.

It is therefore important to plan, organise and design your figures carefully, considering aspects such a diagram type, titles, legends and the best way to visualise the data. Journals have specific requirements for figures so understanding what is expected of authors and preparing your graphics correctly can increase your chances of publication success (read more).

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

2nd – 3rd November 2020

For PhD students & early career researchers

November is academic writing month (#AcWriMo)! Scholars from all over the world participate in #AcWriMo, writing millions of words and sharing their progress over the month.

Researchers are writers. We communicate our results via articles, discuss the findings of others in reviews and use the literature as an immortal record of science from both past and contemporary research, therefore, developing our writing skills must be given the same time and dedication as other phases… (read more)

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

15th January 2021, 0930 – 1230

For PhD students (2nd year onwards) & postdoctoral researchers

A career in research is exciting, varied and gives you the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discovery in your chosen field. It is also a highly competitive environment and researchers from all over the world aspire to reach the top of the profession.

How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship? There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project…(read more)

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Your professional profile & networking

Start anytime (online)

For PhD students & early career researchers

Building and maintaining a professional network, both offline and online, is a key requirement for all researchers and an effective network can have a very positive effect on your career, whether it is in academic research or beyond. In addition, taking the time to ensure that your professional profile presents you, your skills and experience, your values and your interests in the way that you would like to be perceived by others is worth the effort.

  • An introduction to professional profiles (both offline and digital) and networking strategy
  • Can be completed in one day or at the individual’s own pace over a longer period of time
  • Consists of case studies, videos, optional activities and further resources

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Intellectual property essentials

Start anytime (online)

For PhD students & early career researchers

Intellectual property (IP) is considered to be a “creation of the mind” and a considerable amount of IP is created in universities. It is now essential for researchers to equip themselves with an elementary knowledge of the subject because IP is relevant to scholarly publishing, teaching materials, patents and much more.

  • An introduction to the various types of intellectual property and how these apply to scholarly pursuits
  • Can be completed in one day or at the individual’s own pace over a longer period of time
  • Consists of case studies, videos, multiple choice quizzes and further resources

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Build your own website in a day

Start anytime (online)

For PhD students & early career researchers

A website is an effective way to communicate your research, make it visible to a larger audience and summarise your research activities in one central online location. You may wish to create a website for yourself, for a research group, for a specific project, for a teaching topic or any other reason – this short course will enable you to do that.

  • An introduction to the WordPress platform and a step by step walkthrough of how to build your own website.
  • No coding involved
  • Can be completed in one day or at the individual’s own pace over a longer period of time
  • Consists of case studies, videos, multiple choice quizzes and further resources

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Coming soon: An introduction to R

Introduction to the R statistical software & data visualisation

(coming soon – autumn 2020)

A series of four introductory courses to the freely available R statistics software, now the most commonly used software for statistics in academia. An essential skill for researchers in quantitative subjects (read more)

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Training course:

Writing for publication in scientific journals

23rd March 2021

For PhD students & early career researchers

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Dates & times

This course is a full day, live online session taught via Zoom. Participants will also be given access to an additional self-paced online course on the Electv Training Platform.

Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 0930 – 1600*

*All times are UK time.

Overview

Researchers are writers. We communicate our results via articles, discuss the findings of others in reviews and use the literature as an immortal record of science from both past and contemporary research, therefore, developing our writing skills must be given the same time and dedication as other phases of the research process. Writing is challenging, but it is an important skill that is developed and honed over time, it is a key component of the researcher’s skillset and one that they will use more than most.

Manuscripts must be clear, concise and written in a manner that is appropriate for that particular style of document. This course covers how to structure an original scientific research paper, designing and planning your article, how to articulate your argument, designing publication quality figures & tables. The session will use selected examples from the existing literature and will also include sections on the scholarly publishing process, selecting journals and peer review.

The course includes a set of resources that participants can explore in their own time and consists of short lectures, discussions, individual exercises and anecdotes from the instructor’s own experience of writing, publishing and reviewing articles. Participants will also be given access to an additional self-paced online course that they can complete in their own time.

At the end of this course participants will:

  • have been introduced to the scholarly publishing process;
  • understand what is expected of them regarding writing style and structure;
  • have analysed and discussed examples of clear, concise scientific writing;
  • have been given a range of resources to explore in their own time.

 

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for PhD students and early career postdocs working in scientific disciplines. No prior experience of publication is necessary and the course is open to all. Please note that this course will be online only.

 

Course content

Part 1 (morning)

  • An introduction to the publishing process
  • Being an author – what is expected
  • Selecting a journal
  • Outlining & planning your article
  • The structure of a scientific research paper

Part 2 (afternoon)

  • Writing style & language
  • Presenting data: preparing figures & tables
  • Navigating the peer review process
  • Copyright & open access
  • Post-publication actions & metrics

The above content will be delivered as a live webinar via Zoom.

 

Who is the instructor?

This course is delivered by Electv Training, a division of The Scientific Editing Company. We are based in the UK and we deliver training courses to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at universities and research institutes around the UK & Europe. The company was founded in 2011 and we specialise in both face to face and online training. We also organise and manage the popular annual scholarly publishing event, the ReConEvent Conference, in Edinburgh every year and have done so since 2013; the conference attracts hundreds of delegates and we have hosted speakers from a range of scholarly journals, universities, funding agencies and companies over the years.

The instructor for this course will be Dr Joanna Young: Joanna obtained a BSc in Microbiology, an MSc in Informatics and a PhD in Neuroscience and Informatics from the University of Edinburgh, prior to completing her postdoctoral work there. She has published several papers of her own and she has been training researchers for the last ten years.

 

Testimonials from previous participants

“This was really helpful and helped me to understand what was expected of me regarding writing. Highly recommend!”

“Excellent course. Really clear overview and useful exercises throughout. I am now much more confident about writing.”

“This was really useful! I wish I had done it earlier!”

“This was a thorough overview of the publishing process with useful insights from first hand experience of the process.”

“Very informative & clearly presented, much of the content was new to me.”

“Thank you for delivering such a great course online!”

“Excellent! This course should be taken early on in a PhD, how a paper is constructed helps to organise our approach to research.”

“A great introduction into writing for publication with insights and inspiration into planning prior to writing.”

 

Course fees

We are offering a special, discounted early bird rate for PhD students and postdocs if you book your place before the 10th March. The course fees are as follows:

  • PhD student or postdoc – early bird rate:         £59 + VAT *
  • PhD student or postdoc – standard rate:          £95 + VAT
  • Corporate rate:                                                      £130 + VAT

* Early bird rate – book before 10th March.

You can book your ticket by clicking the “Register for the course” button above. Registration will give you access to the full course including: the full day, live taught online session, extra resources, an invitation to join the Electv community and an additional online course that you can complete in your own time.

Funding

Several of the previous participants on our courses have had their places funded/ reimbursed by their institutions. If you are a PhD student or member of staff at a university or research institute then you may be able to ask your department or institute to pay for your place on the course. You may wish to contact your superviser or training and skills department directly to ask about this. Please note we cannot manage these queries on your behalf.

For researcher developers & graduate schools: block bookings are available for this course. If you would like to book places for several students you can do so via the ticketing page or we can send you an invoice (please email us at enquiries@electv.net if you would prefer to pay via invoice.)

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Designing publication quality figures & graphics

Training course:

Designing publication quality figures & graphics

19th February 2021

For PhD students & early career researchers

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Dates & times

This course will run as a live online workshop session taught via Zoom on:

Friday 19th February 2021, 0930 – 1230*

*All times are UK time.

Overview

Displaying information in a visual format is an excellent way for researchers to communicate their work. Figures, tables and diagrams are key components of a published research paper (and a PhD thesis), and readers are often drawn to these before turning to the main text of the article. It is therefore important to plan, organise and design your figures carefully, considering aspects such a diagram type, titles, legends and the best way to visualise the data. Journals have specific requirements for figures so understanding what is expected of authors and preparing your graphics correctly can increase your chances of publication success.

Creating high quality figures can be challenging and there are many different ways to display data, from charts and tables to microscopy photographs and flowcharts. Data and information visualisation is a vast and rapidly growing field and creating good graphics takes time and practice. This course is designed to introduce participants to the subject & pique their interest, providing them with a set of resources that can be explored in their own time; it will not cover every aspect of information graphics, nor will it demonstrate any particular software (though a list of relevant software will be introduced and discussed), as these go beyond the scope of this short course.

This short course will introduce participants to the principles of creating figures for publication, including examples of good visualisations, common pitfalls and figures from the instructor’s own publications. The course includes a set of resources that participants can explore in their own time and consists of short lectures, discussions, individual exercises and anecdotes from the instructor’s own experience. 

At the end of this course participants will:

  • understand what is expected of them regarding creating publication quality figures;
  • have been introduced to the principles of good information visualisation;
  • have considered appropriate types of figures for using in their own research;
  • have been given a range of resources to explore in their own time;
  • have a list of relevant software to explore in their own time.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for PhD students and early career researchers from any discipline. No prior experience is necessary and the course is open to all. Please note that this course will be online only. 

Course content

Agenda  

  • The importance of figures
  • Initial considerations
  • Journal & thesis expectations
  • Planning & designing figures 
  • Types of graphics
  • Common pitfalls
  • Copyright & Creative Commons
  • Relevant visualisation software
  • Resources & references

The above content will be delivered as a live webinar via Zoom. At the end of the session, participants will be given access to an additional, optional online training course, Intellectual Property Essentials, which they can complete in their own time on the Electv Online Training School

Who is the instructor?

This course is delivered by Electv Training, a division of The Scientific Editing Company. We are based in the UK and we deliver training courses to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at universities and research institutes around the UK & Europe. The company was founded in 2011 and we specialise in both face to face and online training. We also organise and manage the popular annual scholarly publishing event, the ReConEvent Conference, in Edinburgh every year and have done so since 2013; the conference attracts hundreds of delegates and we have hosted speakers from a range of scholarly journals, universities, funding agencies and companies over the years.

The instructor for this course will be Dr Joanna Young. Joanna obtained a BSc in Microbiology, then proceeded on to a four year Medical Research Council scholarship, gaining an MSc in Informatics and a PhD in Neuroscience and Informatics from the University of Edinburgh. After her PhD, Joanna completed a three year postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh, prior to being awarded a Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship in 2010. She has published several papers and has been training researchers for the last ten years.

Testimonials from previous participants

“Thank you for this wonderful workshop! It was really helpful.”

“Excellent. A useful introduction to displaying information in academia. Highlights what to do and what not to do.”

“It was very informative with easy to understand slides. I learnt a lot of things I did not know about how data can be presented.” 

“I really enjoyed the webinar, thank you Joanna!” 

“Excellent. Very insightful webinar providing helpful tips as well as providing useful resources.”

“Enjoyed it very much! Great exercises that get you thinking!”

“Very useful! Presented with energy and enthusiasm, sets valuable context & emphasises the value of figures. Many quality resources provided to think about.” 

“Great course, would recommend to anyone who actively presents information and data.”

Course fees

We are offering a special, discounted early bird rate for PhD students and postdocs if you book your place before the end of January. The course fees are as follows:

  • PhD student or postdoc – early bird rate:         £30 + VAT       (£36) *
  • PhD student or postdoc – standard rate:          £50 + VAT       (£60)
  • Corporate rate:                                                      £100 + VAT     (£120)

*Early bird rate is available for booking before end of January only.

You can book your ticket by clicking the “Register for the course” button above. Registration will give you access to the full course including: the live taught online session, extra resources, an invitation to join the Electv community and an additional online course that you can complete in your own time.

Funding to attend

Several of the previous participants on our courses have had their places funded/ reimbursed by their institutions. If you are a PhD student or member of staff at a university or research institute then you may be able to ask your department or institute to pay for your place on the course. You may wish to contact your superviser or training and skills department directly to ask about this. Please note we cannot manage these queries on your behalf.

For researcher developers & graduate schools: block bookings are available for this course. If you would like to book places for several students you can do so via the ticketing page or we can send you an invoice (please email us at enquiries@electv.net if you would prefer to pay via invoice.)

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Upcoming open courses

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 2nd & 3rd November 2020, 1400 – 1700

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Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

Date: 15th December 2020, 0930 – 1230

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 15th January 2021, 0930 – 1230

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To book a place on any of the courses listed above, or to find out more information about the course structure and content, please click on the “more information” button below each course title.

More courses are coming soon! To receive notifications of upcoming courses, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

Training course:

Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

15th December 2020

For PhD students & early career researchers

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Dates & times

This course will run as:

A live online workshop session taught via Zoom on the morning of 15th December 2020 (0930 – 1230*)

*All times are UK time.

Overview

Are you interested in pursuing an academic career? Many early career researchers are attracted to the academic life and consider it to be the next logical step in their career, however they may be unsure as to how to plan and prepare so that they can optimise their chances for success. Academic research is an exciting and challenging career choice that gives you the opportunity to build your own research group and be at the cutting edge of your field; it is also a highly competitive environment and researchers from all over the world aspire to reach the top of the profession. In order to succeed, you will need to publish regularly, apply for funding, plan strategically, network and develop a long term plan for your research. This course aims to demystify the academic career pathway, it encourages you to consider your ambitions and plan a career strategy that works best for you. 

If you are interested in continuing in academia then it is never too early to start planning your career trajectory and thinking about what direction you want to go. This workshop will give an insight into the realities of academic careers, including case studies and examples from the instructor’s own experience. Participants will be asked to consider their career strategy going forward, regarding their research field, their accomplishments to date and their next steps.

The course includes a set of resources that participants can explore in their own time and consists of short lectures, discussions, individual exercises and anecdotes from the instructor’s own experience. Participants will also be given access to an additional online course (part 2 of this course) that they can complete in their own time.

At the end of this course participants will have:

  • an overview of research careers and an understanding of the pathway to being an independent academic group leader;
  • what is expected of early career researchers;
  • an understanding of the next steps that they need to take to enhance their career prospects; 
  • an understanding of the skills they have and those that they would like to develop further.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for PhD students (2nd year onwards) and early career postdocs working in scientific disciplines. No prior experience is necessary and the course is open to all. Please note that this course will be online only.

Course content

Agenda  (0930 – 1230)

  • Academic career paths 
  • Planning your research strategy
  • Expectations
  • Your skills & motivation
  • Networking
  • Resources

The above content will be delivered as a live webinar via Zoom in the morning (0930 – 1230) of 15th December. At the end of the session, participants will be given access to an additional, optional online training course for them to complete in their own time on the Electv Online Training School

Who is the instructor?

This course is delivered by Electv Training, a division of The Scientific Editing Company. We are based in the UK and we deliver training courses to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at universities and research institutes around the UK & Europe. The company was founded in 2011 and we specialise in both face to face and online training. We also organise and manage the popular annual scholarly publishing event, the ReConEvent Conference, in Edinburgh every year and have done so since 2013; the conference attracts hundreds of delegates and we have hosted speakers from a range of scholarly journals, universities, funding agencies and companies over the years.

The instructor for this course will be Dr Joanna Young. Joanna obtained a BSc in Microbiology, then proceeded on to a four year Medical Research Council scholarship, gaining an MSc in Informatics and a PhD in Neuroscience and Informatics from the University of Edinburgh. After her PhD, Joanna completed a three year postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh, prior to being awarded a Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship in 2010. She has published several papers and has been training researchers for the last ten years.

Testimonials from previous participants

“The session was great! It was very enlightening, practical and implementable.” 

“It’s great to go to training events where you can share your experiences in such a supportive atmosphere! Thanks for all of the tips and suggestions Jo!” 

“I highly recommend this course. Understanding that what to do after your PhD is a common concern for early career researchers and that I am not “alone” in this indecision was really good to know, also liked how openly we talked about the topic among the group.” 

“The course was great, very clear and engaging. I loved the activities, they were very helpful!”

Course fees

We are offering a discounted early bird rate for PhD students and postdocs if you book your place before the 8th December. The course fees are as follows:

  • PhD student or postdoc – early bird rate:         £30 + VAT       (£36) *
  • PhD student or postdoc – standard rate:          £50 + VAT       (£60)
  • Corporate rate:                                                      £100 + VAT     (£120)

*Early bird rate is available for booking before 8th December only.

You can book your ticket by clicking the “Register for the course” button above. Registration will give you access to the full course including: the live taught online session on the 15th December, an additional online course that you can complete in your own time, extra resources and an invitation to join the Electv community.

Funding to attend

Several of the previous participants on our courses have had their places funded/ reimbursed by their institutions. If you are a PhD student or member of staff at a university or research institute then you may be able to ask your department or institute to pay for your place on the course. You may wish to contact your superviser or training and skills department directly to ask about this. Please note we cannot manage these queries on your behalf.

For researcher developers & graduate schools: block bookings are available for this course. If you would like to book places for several students you can do so via the ticketing page or we can send you an invoice (please email us at enquiries@electv.net if you would prefer to pay via invoice.)

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Recently completed open courses

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Communicating research: An introduction to designing & preparing figures

Date: 6th October 2020, 1330 – 1630

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 9th September 2020, 0930 – 1230

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 11th & 12th August 2020, 1400 – 1700

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To book a place on any of the courses listed above, or to find out more information about the course structure and content, please click on the “more information” button below each course title.

More courses are coming soon! To receive notifications of upcoming courses, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Attracting funding: writing & applying for postdoctoral fellowships

Training course:

Attracting funding: writing and applying for postdoctoral fellowships

15th January 2021

For PhD students & early career researchers

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Dates & times

This course consists of two components: 

1) A live online workshop session taught via Zoom on the morning of 15th January 2021 (0930 – 1230*)

2) An asynchronous online course that participants can complete after part (1) in their own time on the Electv Online Training Platform.

The second component is optional and participants can choose to fit it around their own schedules. Once they finish the second component, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion.

*All times are UK time.

Overview

A career in research is exciting, varied and gives you the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discovery in your chosen field. It is also a highly competitive environment and researchers from all over the world aspire to reach the top of the profession. If you are aiming for a career in research it is crucial to publish regularly, be independent, grow an international network of contacts and attract funding for your own unique projects. You can start to do this early in your research career: if you are awarded a postdoctoral fellowship, not only will you stand out from the crowd, but you will demonstrate that you can propose innovative projects that attract research funding – this is a key requirement for a successful academic career. 

How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship? There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project, identify a senior researcher to advise you and approach them about being involved in your project, convince the application reviewers that you are the right person, name referees and much more. To be successful requires planning and preparation and you will need to use your network and be proactive.This workshop is suitable for PhD students (from 2nd year onwards) and will include information on what to expect, a walkthrough of a relevant application form, individual exercises and the instructor’s own experience of successfully obtaining a postdoctoral research fellowship.

The course includes a set of resources that participants can explore in their own time and consists of short lectures, discussions, individual exercises and anecdotes from the instructor’s own experience of obtaining a fellowship. Participants will also be given access to an additional online course that they can complete in their own time.

At the end of this course participants will have:

  • been introduced to the funding application process;
  • an understanding of what steps are involved, time frames, what a fellowship involves, international options, how to apply, the different types of fellowships available;
  • planned out a project and application strategy using the unique Electv® funding planning tool.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for PhD students (2nd year onwards) and early career postdocs working in scientific disciplines. No prior experience of writing funding applications is necessary and the course is open to all. Please note that this course will be online only.

Course content

Part 1: Live online workshop  (0930 – 1230)

  • Expectations of the applicant
  • The application process
  • Your project idea
  • Walkthrough of a sample application form 
  • Mapping out your application with the Electv® funding planning tool
  • List of relevant fellowships

The above content will be delivered as a live webinar via Zoom in the morning (0930 – 1230) of 15th January. At the end of the session, participants will be given access to Part 2 of the course: an additional, optional online training course for them to complete in their own time on the Electv Online Training School

Who is the instructor?

This course is delivered by Electv Training, a division of The Scientific Editing Company. We are based in the UK and we deliver training courses to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at universities and research institutes around the UK & Europe. The company was founded in 2011 and we specialise in both face to face and online training. We also organise and manage the popular annual scholarly publishing event, the ReConEvent Conference, in Edinburgh every year and have done so since 2013; the conference attracts hundreds of delegates and we have hosted speakers from a range of scholarly journals, universities, funding agencies and companies over the years.

The instructor for this course will be Dr Joanna Young. Joanna obtained a BSc in Microbiology, then proceeded on to a four year Medical Research Council scholarship, gaining an MSc in Informatics and a PhD in Neuroscience and Informatics from the University of Edinburgh. After her PhD, Joanna completed a three year postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh, prior to being awarded a Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship in 2010. She has published several papers and has been training researchers for the last ten years.

Testimonials from previous participants

“Competent, encouraging and inspiring! Thank you for sharing your own experience of getting a fellowship too, very useful!” 

“Approachable, knowledgeable, well delivered and facilitated. Thank you!” 

“Excellent. Practical, hands-on mentorship that gets you into the fellowship funding rationale and provides you with the tools to proceed. I would recommend it to all early-career researchers.”

“Joanna was an excellent facilitator – the best online training session I have attended!”

Course fees

We are offering a special, discounted early bird rate for PhD students and postdocs if you book your place before the 31st December. The course fees are as follows:

  • PhD student or postdoc – early bird rate:         £30 + VAT       (£36) *
  • PhD student or postdoc – standard rate:          £50 + VAT       (£60)
  • Corporate rate:                                                      £100 + VAT     (£120)

*Early bird rate is available for booking before 31st December only.

You can book your ticket by clicking the “Register for the course” button above. Registration will give you access to the full course including: the live taught online session on the 15th January (part 1), an additional online course that you can complete in your own time (part 2), extra resources and an invitation to join the Electv community.

Funding to attend

Several of the previous participants on our courses have had their places funded/ reimbursed by their institutions. If you are a PhD student or member of staff at a university or research institute then you may be able to ask your department or institute to pay for your place on the course. You may wish to contact your superviser or training and skills department directly to ask about this. Please note we cannot manage these queries on your behalf.

For researcher developers & graduate schools: block bookings are available for this course. If you would like to book places for several students you can do so via the ticketing page or we can send you an invoice (please email us at enquiries@electv.net if you would prefer to pay via invoice.)

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Communicating research: An introduction to designing & preparing figures

Training course:

Communicating research: An introduction to designing & preparing figures

6th October 2020

For PhD students & early career researchers

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Dates & times

This course will run as a live online workshop session taught via Zoom on the afternoon of 6th October 2020:

Tuesday 6th October, 1330 – 1630*

*All times are UK time.

Overview

Displaying information in a visual format is an excellent way for researchers to communicate their work. Figures, tables and diagrams are key components of a published research paper (and a PhD thesis), and readers are often drawn to these before turning to the main text of the article. It is therefore important to plan, organise and design your figures carefully, considering aspects such a diagram type, titles, legends and the best way to visualise the data. Journals have specific requirements for figures so understanding what is expected of authors and preparing your graphics correctly can increase your chances of publication success.

Creating high quality figures can be challenging and there are many different ways to display data, from charts and tables to microscopy photographs and flowcharts. Data and information visualisation is a vast and rapidly growing field and creating good graphics takes time and practice. This course is designed to introduce participants to the subject & pique their interest, providing them with a set of resources that can be explored in their own time; it will not cover every aspect of information graphics, nor will it demonstrate any particular software (though a list of relevant software will be introduced and discussed), as these go beyond the scope of this short course.

This short course will introduce participants to the principles of creating figures for publication, including examples of good visualisations, common pitfalls and figures from the instructor’s own publications. The course includes a set of resources that participants can explore in their own time and consists of short lectures, discussions, individual exercises and anecdotes from the instructor’s own experience. 

At the end of this course participants will:

  • understand what is expected of them regarding creating publication quality figures;
  • have been introduced to the principles of good information visualisation;
  • have considered appropriate types of figures for using in their own research;
  • have been given a range of resources to explore in their own time;
  • have a list of relevant software to explore in their own time.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for PhD students and early career researchers from any discipline. No prior experience is necessary and the course is open to all. Please note that this course will be online only. 

Course content

Agenda  (1330 – 1630)

  • The importance of figures
  • Initial considerations
  • Journal & thesis expectations
  • Planning & designing figures 
  • Types of graphics
  • Common pitfalls
  • Copyright & Creative Commons
  • Relevant visualisation software
  • Resources & references

The above content will be delivered as a live webinar via Zoom. At the end of the session, participants will be given access to an additional, optional online training course, Intellectual Property Essentials, which they can complete in their own time on the Electv Online Training School

Who is the instructor?

This course is delivered by Electv Training, a division of The Scientific Editing Company. We are based in the UK and we deliver training courses to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at universities and research institutes around the UK & Europe. The company was founded in 2011 and we specialise in both face to face and online training. We also organise and manage the popular annual scholarly publishing event, the ReConEvent Conference, in Edinburgh every year and have done so since 2013; the conference attracts hundreds of delegates and we have hosted speakers from a range of scholarly journals, universities, funding agencies and companies over the years.

The instructor for this course will be Dr Joanna Young. Joanna obtained a BSc in Microbiology, then proceeded on to a four year Medical Research Council scholarship, gaining an MSc in Informatics and a PhD in Neuroscience and Informatics from the University of Edinburgh. After her PhD, Joanna completed a three year postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh, prior to being awarded a Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship in 2010. She has published several papers and has been training researchers for the last ten years.

Testimonials from previous participants

“Thank you for this wonderful workshop! It was really helpful.”

“Excellent. A useful introduction to displaying information in academia. Highlights what to do and what not to do.”

“It was very informative with easy to understand slides. I learnt a lot of things I did not know about how data can be presented.” 

“I really enjoyed the webinar, thank you Joanna!” 

“Excellent. Very insightful webinar providing helpful tips as well as providing useful resources.”

“Enjoyed it very much! Great exercises that get you thinking!”

“Very useful! Presented with energy and enthusiasm, sets valuable context & emphasises the value of figures. Many quality resources provided to think about.” 

“Great course, would recommend to anyone who actively presents information and data.”

Course fees

We are offering a special, discounted early bird rate for PhD students and postdocs if you book your place before the 30th September. The course fees are as follows:

  • PhD student or postdoc – early bird rate:         £30 + VAT       (£36) *
  • PhD student or postdoc – standard rate:          £50 + VAT       (£60)
  • Corporate rate:                                                      £100 + VAT     (£120)

*Early bird rate is available for booking before 30th September only.

You can book your ticket by clicking the “Register for the course” button above. Registration will give you access to the full course including: the live taught online session on the 6th October, extra resources, an invitation to join the Electv community and an additional online course that you can complete in your own time.

Funding to attend

Several of the previous participants on our courses have had their places funded/ reimbursed by their institutions. If you are a PhD student or member of staff at a university or research institute then you may be able to ask your department or institute to pay for your place on the course. You may wish to contact your superviser or training and skills department directly to ask about this. Please note we cannot manage these queries on your behalf.

For researcher developers & graduate schools: block bookings are available for this course. If you would like to book places for several students you can do so via the ticketing page or we can send you an invoice (please email us at enquiries@electv.net if you would prefer to pay via invoice.)

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