The Thematic Working Groups (TWG) will be loosely based on IBioIC’s thematic areas and the format of the meetings will allow for talks by leading academic and industry experts in topics relevant to the thematic area together with presentations from the students and their academic or industrial supervisors. These cross-institution meetings will complement local seminars, journal clubs, training and meetings that take place in the students’ home institutions. The TWG meetings aim to develop a student’s critical reading, develop their knowledge of areas relevant to their projects and help develop a ‘bigger picture’ view of the role of research in society.

Thematic group meetings will be student-led, are compulsory for all first and second year students and will focus on general topics in their thematic areas. In Year 3, students will be required to present on their research work to at least one of the student-led thematic groups organised by Year 1 and 2 students. This will give the student the opportunity to develop their commercial presentation skills and build on the training received in previous years. 

2017/2018 Thematic Groups:

​Sustainable Feedstocks: Circular Economy – Winners and Losers. 14th December, Edinburgh


2:00 – 2:20 Utilization of CO2 – Stefan and Ally
2:20 – 2:40 Alternative Applications of Lignin – Mark and Tim
2:40 – 3:00 Food Waste Reduction – Katie and Jessica
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 3:30 Identifying Biggest Loser
3:30 – 5:00 Discussion panel – Shifting to a Winner

Biocatalysis/Biotransformation: Introduction to biocatalysis. 14th December, Edinburgh


10.00: Introductory talk.

10.05: 2017 cohort presentations.

11.00: What is Biocatalysis and what are Biotransformations? Two case studies delivered by:
• Joan Cortada Garcia (Whole Cells vs Enzymes as catalysts).
• Ashley Mattey (Use of enzymes for well-known names reactions).

12.00:  2016 cohort presentations.

12.30: Presentation delivered by Luca Dalponte.

13.00: Lunch.

14.00: Presentation delivered by Johan Belfrage.
14.45: 15 minute break.

15.00: Presentation delivered by Martina Daute

15.45: Discussion about the following thematic meeting of Biocatalysis and Biotransformation.

16.00: Close.