ALFF researchers are encouraged to take part in a range of events as part of their PhD, including conferences, workshops and courses. The European Phychological Congress (EPC 6) – which hosted ALFF’s first workshop – took place in London in August 2015. The next major conference our researchers will have the opportunity of taking part in will be the 11th International Phychological Congress which will take place in Szczecin, Poland from 13 to 19 August 2017.
Regular, specialised courses are run for ALFF researchers – usually on a 6-monthly basis – at the various universities and research centres of the Consortium. These courses, organised by leading experts in their respective scientific field, bring all researchers together in a supportive and collaborative environment. The courses cover specialized areas such as algal culturing, systems biology and bioinformatics, regulatory water quality monitoring, and the study of symbiotic interactions with metabolomics. So far 3 dedicated ALFF courses have taken place:
- Deciphering Symbiotic Interactions with Metabolomics, Friedrich Schiller University, September 2016 – An introduction to metabolite processing – theory, experimental design, sample processing, derivatisation and data analysis. Further details of this course are available here
Commercial Algal Culturing: Technologies, Markets and Business Skills, February 2016 at A4F, Algae for Future – An introduction to business skills in the algal biotechnology field. Further details of this course are available here
- Algal Culturing: From the Field to the Lab, September 2015 at the Station Biologique de Roscoff – An introduction to field work and microbiology practices. Further details of this course are available here
The next ALFF course will take place from 3 to 7 July 2017 in Ghent and will be organised jointly by Applied Maths, VIB and UGent. This course will focus on bioinformatics skills.
As researchers progress their PhD and specialise in their chosen fields, we shall increasingly tailor the course and type of mentoring to their individual needs. Places on these courses are sometimes open to other research/PhD students – information on our next courses will be available here.