Techniques Workshops

The Physiological Society sponsors a range of techniques workshops to enable physiologists to develop their practical laboratory skills, whilst also gaining a theoretical understanding. The workshops are primarily aimed at postgraduates and recently qualified postdoctoral workers. 

Members of The Society are encouraged to apply for travel grant funding to support their attendance at these workshops.

The Physiological Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

The Society is supporting the following workshops in 2017:


CGR Advanced Course: "Genome-wide Expression Profiling", 10- 13 April 2017

University of Liverpool, UK.

This workshop is designed to provide an introduction to the conceptual, practical and interpretational issues involved in large-scale gene expression profiling.

Organised by Professor Steve Paterson and Dr Sam Haldenby, University of Liverpool.

Apply by 14 February 2017

An Introduction to Molecular Biology, 25-28 April 2017

University College London, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, UK

An introduction to molecular biology, designed for scientists with limited knowledge. Training will include techniques in cloning, transfection and functional studies.

Organised by Caroline Pellet-Many (University College London).

Apply by 6 February 2017

Live-Cell Imaging, 20-22 June 2017
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

This three-day workshop provides theoretical and practical guidance on imaging live cells and tissues using widefield, confocal and multi-photon microscopy. The final day focuses on image analysis software.

Organised by Dr Paul Thomas (University of East Anglia).

Apply by 14 April 2017

34th Workshop: Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology, 30 August - 13 September 2017
The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK

This is an intensive residential workshop teaching the practical application of microelectrode, patch clamp and optical techniques to single cells and tissues.

Organised by David Ogden, Colin Brownlee and Alexandra Street, Marine Biological Association.

Apply by 5pm, 31 March 2017

Other training opportunities

In our survey last year, one in five Member respondents expressed an interest in bioinformatics training. Please see a list of bioinformatics and related training below:

Protein modelling and its applications in current science, 6-7 April 2017
Keele University, UK
Generate 3D models of proteins where no structural data is available and evaluate their usefulness for solving scientific problems.
Apply by 6 March 2017

Summer School in Bioinformatics, 26-30 June 2017
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Cambridge, UK
Use of bioinformatics in biological research using publicly available data resources and tools.
Apply by 14 March 2017

Postgraduate training in bioinformatics and computational biology, throughout 2017
Held in Cambridge, these courses cover: basic skills and programming, databases and services, and specialised training.

Train Online with EMBL-EBI
A free online training service to guide researchers through EMBL-EBI's public molecular data resources.

If you have any ideas for workshops that we should run in future, or have feedback on recent workshops, please email