In partnership with Oxford University's Maths, Physical and Life Sciences Division the Smith School recently held its second Enterprise and the Environment training programme for doctoral students. The course included a residential week in Oxford from 8-12 January, and one day in London on 25 January.
The course was attended by 21 PhD students with multidisciplinary research backgrounds that included: controlling changes in Arctic freshwater content; the natural capital implications of bioenergy policy; and the economic cost of health implications caused by air pollution. Students came from a number of Universities including Oxford, Manchester, Reading, Nottingham and Heriot-Watt.
The course was intended to develop students understanding of the significance and potential impacts of making their research relevant and accessible to business, and demonstrate the transferability of 'hard sciences' to corporate contexts. Learning was provided in a range of formats including lectures, case studies and debates, undertaken by the Smith School academics and resarchers, expert practitioners and industry professionals working at the forefront of enterprise and the environment.
The feedback provided by attendees was excellent and reflected the efforts made by all parties to make the course a success.
"This has been absolutely fantastic in terms of delivery and the cohort. I've really loved the engagement levels and diversity of the discussions, and managing to create a space where so many people were willing to openly contribute... thanks so much, it has been literally amazing!"
I already have so much food for thought after only the first day of Enterprise and the Environment training at @TheSmithSchool. It's really inspiring to be with a bunch of people who all think the future is multidisciplinary!— Jake Launder (@Jake_Launder) January 8, 2018
"Of the number of short courses I have attended this was the best structured and paced. An enormous amount of information was conveyed but in manageable sessions... content-wise it was fantastic. All environmental scientists need to be exposed to this especially from an impact perspective."
The Smith School would particularly like to extend its thanks to NERC whose funding made this initiative possible.