For Early Career Researchers: The Bioprocessing Skills School

Do you want to find out how your career might develop working for industry, the differences between industrial- and academic-driven research and how the industrial environment matches your career ambitions?  Here’s your opportunity to answer these questions and find out much more about your ability to work in teams and how the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit drives research translation.

At our week-long, intensive residential training programme, designed around the insights and advice of senior industrialists, you will take part in group-based activities and work with real-life industrial case studies. The programme is designed to engage with the process of entrepreneurship, focus on the development of the ability to promote research ideas and their value to audiences and the key importance of the societal impact of industrial biotechnology.

Are you interested? If you are (a) an Early Career Researcher (normally undergoing PhD training or on first Post-doctoral positioning in an academic environment but potentially in the early stages of an industrial career), (b) working in the area of bioprocessing of biopharmaceuticals or novel biological therapeutics (c) on a project that has an industrial collaborator then this could be an ideal opportunity for you.

The week-long residential programme is funded by the BBSRC (accommodation, meals and all training activities) to eligible applicants but will be limited to no more than 18 participants each year.  Each participant will be asked to make a £150 non-returnable contribution for registration once their acceptance of a place is confirmed. Formal registration will open on April 23rd but informal enquiries can be made to Dr Jo Flannelly (

The programme will be held on 9th-14th September 2018, inclusive, at the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (NBMC, Centre for Process Innovation, CPI, Darlington) and the week will start with a delegate networking dinner on the evening of Sunday 9th at the hotel. 

The BioProcessing Skills School has been developed by the Universities of Manchester and Kent, in collaboration with the NBMC and BioProNET, and is funded by the BBSRC Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS).

Details of the full programme will follow and the sessions will include : molecular design and development of biological therapeutics, generating the tools for self awareness, industrial-scale manufacturing process, drug formulation and delivery embedded within a series of industrial site visits and presentations from industrial practitioners and entrepreneurs.

* 1. First name

* 2. Surname

* 3. Company or University

* 4. Email address

* 5. In no more that 10 lines outline why it is important for you to attend the Skills School?

* 6. Do you have the approval of both your academic and/or industrial supervisor - please email supporting statement as part of application (

* 7. This is a BBSRC funded residential course, that includes accommodation, all meals and activities. However, there will be a nominal charge of £150 once your place has been confirmed.  Successful registrants will need to pay for their own travel.

* 8. Can you please indicate if you have any dietary or special requirements.

* 9. You will not receive an acknowledgement from this system.
The application closing date is 29th June 2018 so please do not make travel arrangements until your registration has been confirmed. We will aim to let you know by 13th July 2018 and you will then also receive details on how to pay the £150 fee to secure your place.

If you have any questions about registration please contact Jo Flannelly (