The UK is globally renowned for its excellence in life sciences, chemistry and engineering technical capabilities, and both industry and academia benefit from the capability of graduates from UK universities. However, there is a shortage of graduates with the relevant skills that would allow them to step into an Industrial Biotechnology role.
”The aim of the CBMNet IBBE Skills Development Programme is to build Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy skills in the UK and inform early career scientist’s on the possible career paths available in IBBE. We carried out a review of the evidence for the skills gap in IBBE in the UK in late 2015 and found that there is currently very little training available that is directly related to the use of biological membranes in IBBE.”
Dr Jen Vanderhoven, CBMNet Manager
The CBMNet IBBE Skills Development Programme will tackle the remaining skills gaps by providing the following free of charge to our members:
Crossing Biological Membranes – Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology – Short Course
We are extremely excited to announce our 3 day short course, hosted at The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), which will provide delegates with a foundation understanding of the science behind the CBMNet remit and chance to see it in action in real life on-site at 2 different industrial organisations (CPI and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies). In 2016 the course will take place in November. We intend to run this course again in 2017 and 2018.
In September 2016, we have created an opportunity for our PhD students and Post Docs to present their research to academics and industry. This event also features career-development workshops and activities, as well as sessions from individuals in academia, industry and outside the lab highlighting various career paths and opportunities. Registration is now open.
CBMNet Early Career Researcher (ECR) Grants Scheme
We provide bursaries to allow ECRs to work with academic and industrial partners and to attend and present at relevant conferences and training events. The successful grants funded to date can be viewed here.
CBMNet Vacation Scholarship Scheme
We provide scholarships for undergraduate students to carry out research projects of up to 10 weeks and which fall within the CBMNet remit. To date we have had two successful rounds and have just awarded seven scholarships for 2016. Our next call will open in spring 2017. Successful vacation scholarships can be viewed here.
NIBBs Joint workshop: Beyond the lab: developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career
CBMNet have sponsored 12 of its ECR members to attend this two day joint NIBBs event, developed in conjunction with Cogent Skills and The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum. This is an excellent opportunity for PhD students and Post Docs to find out about possible career paths in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy outside the lab.