The joys of running a training course!

“I really enjoyed the training course, it was one of the most useful I have been to. It was really good to keep reinforcing the ideas and I came away feeling like I had learned no end of information”, 2016 course delegate.
The fourth iteration of the Biochemical Society training course on “Quantitative Proteomics” took place on 4th and 5th April 2016. The first time we delivered the course was to precede a conference in Chester in 2010, supported by the Biochemical Society as an Independent Meeting. Subsequently, the course was delivered as one of the first Biochemical Society training events, held at Charles Darwin House in 2012, attached to a workshop on the same topic. In both instances, these were oversubscribed and hugely successful. We continued to deliver this Biochemical Society course in 2014, and most recently, earlier this year.

As in all previous iterations, demand for the 80 places in 2016 considerably exceeded availability. It is easy to see why – real practicing experts as tutors, small group teaching and a friendly environment, all at low cost, particularly for Society student members. Delegates are surrounded by peers who are equally new to the field, creating an environment where questions are tolerated (and positively encouraged). They also receive informal advice and guidance during breaks and the reception, and often in follow up exchanges after the course is over.