Biological Sciences

About the Programme

A free two day, industry-relevant, skills school to progress the careers of PhD and postdocs in the field of Bioscience/Biotechnology, Leading Edge Healthcare and Accelerating Therapeutics sectors

When is it?

The BBSRC Skills School ‘Broadening Horizons: Cultivating an Innovative Mind Set’ will be held in Edinburgh on 4th - 5th June 2018. 

Industry Partners - Edinburgh Genome Foundry, Roslin CT, IBioIC, Bioascent, National Phenotypic Screening Centre

Who is it for?

PhD and postdocs from multiple UK institutions and industry programmes, covering a range of subjects  including Biochemistry, Synthetic Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Engineering, Computing and Software Development.

Including PhD students and postdocs from the following programs:


  • To learn and build links with students from other Doctoral Training Partnerships, Centres for Doctoral Training, early career stage researchers and senior industry professionals.
  • To encourage researchers to think in an inter-disciplinary way about their short and longer-term career ambitions. 
  • To tackle industry-identified needs and skills gaps by drawing on expertise and know-how from complementary partners.

Benefits of Attending

Gain an understanding of the UK Bioscience/Biotechnology, Leading Edge Healthcare and Accelerating Therapeutics sectors. Senior industry professionals will provide insights, including current research and innovation challenges.  

Raise awareness of career opportunities and trajectories . Find out how skills gained in doctoral/postdoctoral training could transfer into a range of industry careers, and what additional skills would be required for entry. 

Undertake practical skills training. Training will take place at one of the five industry facilities and will address needs clearly evidenced by our industry partners and contacts.

Initiate academia-industry networks. This will inform future research directions and career choices and may translate into future training offers. 

Industry Partners 

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

Industry Facility Description Location
iBioIC Flexible Downstream Bioprocessing Centre  (FlexBio) Located at Heriot-Watt University, links to the Rapid Bioprocess Prototyping Centre by taking the most promising bio-processes and proving they work at a scale that allows the move to commercialisation.  Edinburgh
National Phenotypic Screening Centre A collaborative centre of excellence in phenotypic screening applied to human, animal and plant health. Dundee
BioAscent / the European Screening Centre A collaborative public-private partnership aiming to deliver innovative drug discovery starting points.  Biocity, Newhouse
Edinburgh Genome Foundry A research facility specialised in the assembly of large DNA fragments using a highly automated platform. Edinburgh
Roslin CT Ltd GMP facility A UK-based contract manufacturing organisation focused on providing tailored process development services and robust GMP manufacturing solutions for companies developing cell-based therapeutics for clinical trials. Edinburgh


Dr Caroline Pope

East of Scotland Doctoral Training Partnership

Collaborating Partners

BBSRC, EastBio Doctoral Training Partnership, IBioIC

Industry Involvement

GSK, AstraZeneca, Bioascent, Ingenza, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Exscientia, Horizon Proteins, Eurofins, VWR

Related Links

BBSRC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF)

BBSRC East of Scotland Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership  

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC)