Systems training in maths informatics and computational biology (SySMIC)

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Cell and Developmental Biology

Abstract

Amongst others Sir Martin Rees, the President of the Royal Society, has stated that 'the problems of physics are the problems of scale, the problems of biology are the problems of complexity.' This keen insight captures a profound truth about the traditional divide between scientific disciplines. Traditionally mathematics and computing have been powerful allies in the elucidation of the problems of physics but while effective in biology they are not so widely used. For most of modern history the complexity in living systems has not been routinely unapproachable with mathematics and computing - either too little biology was well enough described, the appropriate maths tools did not exist or the performance of computers was too slow. This has all changed recently and now it is time to take maximum advantage. While the BBSRC and other agencies in the UK and institutions around the world have made great investments in specialist research centres it is now time to mobilise the larger mass of UK bioscientists. Biologists of all disciplines, working from the scale of atoms and molecules to that of living ecosystems, must make their contribution and provide their hard-won biological insight to complement the efforts of mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists and engineers who are already exploring the new territory in the emerging discipline of systems biology. To be effective biologists must learn to speak the common language of the physical and engineering science - applied mathematics and computing. They must learn to apply their skills without hesitation and to engage with the other scientific disciplines enthusiastically - SysMIC will start to make this possible. The SysMIC project's over riding aim is to enable rapid and effective 'up-skilling' of a large body of biologists and to accelerate their entry into systems biology and drive the successful study and manipulation of complex biological systems.

Technical Summary

We will create a programme consisting of three distinct modules and deliver them via a bespoke Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), customised for the BBSRC, using Moodle. The aim is to allow 'students' from all levels of research activity - from new graduate students to senior PIs and lab or institute heads - to grasp the power of mathematical and computationally-driven model building to clarify biological problems of great complexity. We wish systems modelling to become routine in UK bioscience research with investigators at all levels readily creating and refining 'first-pass' or 'toy' models whenever they are faced with biological problems composed of the interaction of distinct parts. There is no other way to uncover the rules governing the emergent properties that define living systems from the molecular to the ecological scale. We will combine unique resources and expertise embedded in the member institutions of the SysMIC consortium - unsurpassed expertise in the teaching of mathamatics at a distance from the Open University; high-powered systems biology research and teaching from the BBSRC/EPSRC Systems Biology Centre in Edinburgh; mathematical and systems biological insight embedded at the first-rate bioscience and biomedical research environment at UCL and the backbone of expertise at Birkbeck College London in the delivery of high-level, technically oriented, biology through the web. Through training to use Mathematica routinely in order to lighten the burden of attacking complex problems our 'graduates' will be accelerated into systems biology study and its application to research. During the course students will move from mathematical basics to encounter their application to complex systems biological analysis through open-ended modelling projects based on real-world problems and previously validated studies.

Planned Impact

Systems biology approaches allow the analysis of complete system behaviour, identifying robust and sensitive components and so targeting experimental power to areas with greatest potential impact and limiting wasted analysis. Some of society's current research challenges, from sustainable bioenergy to food security will only be solved by integrated research and so supporting bioscientists in developing these capabilities has the potential to yield very significant research impact. Interestingly, experience also teaches that the wider application of modelling techniques will yield new computational and mathematical challenges and drive forwards the pace of research in informatics and computer sciences. A major output from this learning initiative will be a trained cadre of mathematically literate biologists. The training provided by the SysMIC programme has the potential to reach a significant number of bioscience researchers at all levels of the career pathway. Our use of cutting edge case studies, developed in complexity through the staged learning materials, will give 'graduates' exposure to the real world application of modelling. We aim to equip researchers to develop their own preliminary models for any and all systems of interest. In the longer term this training will deliver impact identified by an increasing number of multiple Principal Investigator, potentially multiple institution, but definitely cross-disciplinary funding applications submitted to the BBSRC in responsive mode. Furthermore, developing researchers to adopt and understand systems approaches to their research will increase the opportunities for junior researchers interested in systems biology. Equipping these researchers with the ability to interact, collaborate and operate successfully across traditional discipline boundaries will drive a culture change in the employment trajectories of postdoctoral researchers. As the funding environment continues to evolve we expect that researchers who have undertaken the SysMIC programme will be better able to compete and deliver complex interdisciplinary research programmes, skills which will directly enhance their career progression. This consortium has also developed plans for private sector training, compatible with primary BBSRC responsibilities. Through relationships with Knowledge Transfer Networks, existing systems-based industry collaborations and leveraging the vast expertise of institutional Technology Transfer Offices we will promote controlled industry access to the training programme. Overall, this consortium represents a strategically significant grouping of institutional expertise, an exciting link between a Centre for Integrative Systems Biology and the wider UK research and teaching community and is an unparalleled opportunity to deliver a cost-effective e-learning initiative with far-reaching and transformative impact.

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Description The UK has a large and highly proficient work force for the discovery of new and useful facts about living organisms and systems. However the school and university training pathways for the majority of these scientists excluded the formation of a strong foundation in mathematical, computational and statistical sciences. In the 21st Century the research landscape has changed dramatically. In some cases data is become increasingly inexpensive to acquire and problems arise in translating this into new knowledge. Alternatively data can be extremely difficult to obtain and consume large resources yet remain incomplete or otherwise compromised. In both scenarios the increased ability to bring powerful mathematical and statistical tools to bear on a bioscience problem - facilitated by modern computational tools - is extremely desirable. In order to put these skills and approaches into the hands of the bioscientists nearest the experiments and best placed to interpret the data the SysMIC project was sponsored by the BBSRC. So far we have reached over 1,400 researchers - equivalent to about 30% of all BBSRC researchers) with our advanced training. Outcomes include: new scientific papers of higher impact; new or expanded research collaborations that include mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists, engineers and statisticians; an expanded skills base in industry and academia. A four year delivery plan 2013-2016, with a target of reaching 1,250 scientists was envisaged for SysMIC training - we achieved this well ahead of schedule as demand was much stronger than expected and reflected a deep appreciation of the need for these skills at the research frontline. Particularly noteworthy is the almost universal adoption of SysMIC by BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships through to 2023 (our resources allowing). Lastly, we are moving towards sustainability from 2017 onwards and have piloted training derived from SysMIC for the UK bioscience industry sector. We have also offered SysMIC to other UK research sponsors including Research Councils and charities and are investigating the formation of a spin-out company to deliver world-leading SysMIC training internationally.
Exploitation Route Researchers sponsored by UK Research Councils besides BBSRC have successfully completed SysMIC training.
Researchers sponsored by UK charities have successfully completed SysMIC training.
Researchers sponsored by companies in the UK biosciences community have successfully completed SysMIC training.
UK civil servants have successfully completed SysMIC training.
New university courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students have been developed.
Outreach materials for UK schools have been developed and used by the SysMIC team.
New materials are now being developed for healthcare and clinical science researchers in collaboration with the NIHR UCLH Biomedical Research Centre .
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Other

URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description The SysMIC project has provided a nationally (and potentially internationally) significant strategic training platform in mathematics, computing and statistical training for interdisciplinary research in the life sciences.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Other
Impact Types Economic

 
Description SysMIC Module 1
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact By December 2015 approximately 1400 bioscience research professionals at all levels of seniority from PhD students to professors and their equivalents in academia, institutes and industry will have improved their mathematical, computational and statistical skills directly through engagement with SysMIC Module 1.
URL http://www.sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Module 2
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact By March 2016 approximately 200 bioscience research professionals at all levels of seniority from PhD students to professors and their equivalents in academia, institutes and industry will have improved their mathematical, computational and statistical skills directly through engagement with SysMIC Module 2.
URL http://www.sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Module 3
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact By March 2016 approximately 30 bioscience research professionals at all levels of seniority from PhD students to professors and their equivalents in academia, institutes and industry will have improved their mathematical, computational and statistical skills directly through engagement with SysMIC Module 3.
URL http://www.sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description Excellence with Impact
Amount £19,900 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2013 
End 01/2014
 
Description Follow-on Funding Pathfinder
Amount £18,700 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P023819/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 05/2017
 
Description Impact Accelerator Account
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/IAA/UCL/15 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2015 
End 06/2016
 
Description Internal Investment
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description Internal Training Investment
Amount £55,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Department UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Champion
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2013 
End 05/2014
 
Description Modular Training Partnership
Amount £23,534 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/M017451/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 02/2016
 
Description knowledge Transfer Champion
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 07/2016
 
Description SysMIC consortium 
Organisation Birkbeck, University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The members of the SysMIC consortium based at UCL are responsible for the integration of existing background components and software needed for SysMI Modules 1, 2 and 3. We are also responsible for the creation of new materials with collaborators (including new software) the delivery of the SysMIC materials and the hosting and maintenance of all web tools and applications. UCL partners also provide workshops and site visits to UK and overseas research and training centres and are closely involved in the management of SysMIC. In addition we have collaborated with colleagues in UK Bioscience industry to investigate the customisation of SysMIC to see their needs and experimented with trial cohorts and dedicated workshops. Contributions to collaborations with partners in healthcare focus on creating showcase case studies of the impact of SysMIC-delivered skills on real world research activities. Contributions to Institute collaborations aim to utilise SysMIC core materials and training know-how to create resources to better enable effective use of public databases and resources.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide background materials and some bespoke materials for the creation of the SysMIC courses. Our partners are also closely involved in the management of SysMIC and also provide workshops and site visits to UK research and training centres. Our collaborators from industry are now partners in the development of bespoke SysMIC materials for the pharmaceutical industry. Partners in healthcare are contributing research data and methodologies to create new SysMIC materials. Institute collaborators will provide access to database content for the creation of training materials and support integration and interoperability of systems.
Impact The outputs with academic partners are development of SysMIC Modules 1, 2 and 3 and their continued delivery. The output with industry partners is the joint development of modules on Good Statistical Practice for Bioscience Industry (GSPBI) covering simulation to aid experimental design and robust analysis of the results. All collaborations are multi-disciplinary and draws on expertise in biochemistry, genetics, mathematics, computing, statistics, systems biology and synthetic biology.
Start Year 2011
 
Description SysMIC consortium 
Organisation EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL - EBI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The members of the SysMIC consortium based at UCL are responsible for the integration of existing background components and software needed for SysMI Modules 1, 2 and 3. We are also responsible for the creation of new materials with collaborators (including new software) the delivery of the SysMIC materials and the hosting and maintenance of all web tools and applications. UCL partners also provide workshops and site visits to UK and overseas research and training centres and are closely involved in the management of SysMIC. In addition we have collaborated with colleagues in UK Bioscience industry to investigate the customisation of SysMIC to see their needs and experimented with trial cohorts and dedicated workshops. Contributions to collaborations with partners in healthcare focus on creating showcase case studies of the impact of SysMIC-delivered skills on real world research activities. Contributions to Institute collaborations aim to utilise SysMIC core materials and training know-how to create resources to better enable effective use of public databases and resources.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide background materials and some bespoke materials for the creation of the SysMIC courses. Our partners are also closely involved in the management of SysMIC and also provide workshops and site visits to UK research and training centres. Our collaborators from industry are now partners in the development of bespoke SysMIC materials for the pharmaceutical industry. Partners in healthcare are contributing research data and methodologies to create new SysMIC materials. Institute collaborators will provide access to database content for the creation of training materials and support integration and interoperability of systems.
Impact The outputs with academic partners are development of SysMIC Modules 1, 2 and 3 and their continued delivery. The output with industry partners is the joint development of modules on Good Statistical Practice for Bioscience Industry (GSPBI) covering simulation to aid experimental design and robust analysis of the results. All collaborations are multi-disciplinary and draws on expertise in biochemistry, genetics, mathematics, computing, statistics, systems biology and synthetic biology.
Start Year 2011
 
Description SysMIC consortium 
Organisation Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution The members of the SysMIC consortium based at UCL are responsible for the integration of existing background components and software needed for SysMI Modules 1, 2 and 3. We are also responsible for the creation of new materials with collaborators (including new software) the delivery of the SysMIC materials and the hosting and maintenance of all web tools and applications. UCL partners also provide workshops and site visits to UK and overseas research and training centres and are closely involved in the management of SysMIC. In addition we have collaborated with colleagues in UK Bioscience industry to investigate the customisation of SysMIC to see their needs and experimented with trial cohorts and dedicated workshops. Contributions to collaborations with partners in healthcare focus on creating showcase case studies of the impact of SysMIC-delivered skills on real world research activities. Contributions to Institute collaborations aim to utilise SysMIC core materials and training know-how to create resources to better enable effective use of public databases and resources.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide background materials and some bespoke materials for the creation of the SysMIC courses. Our partners are also closely involved in the management of SysMIC and also provide workshops and site visits to UK research and training centres. Our collaborators from industry are now partners in the development of bespoke SysMIC materials for the pharmaceutical industry. Partners in healthcare are contributing research data and methodologies to create new SysMIC materials. Institute collaborators will provide access to database content for the creation of training materials and support integration and interoperability of systems.
Impact The outputs with academic partners are development of SysMIC Modules 1, 2 and 3 and their continued delivery. The output with industry partners is the joint development of modules on Good Statistical Practice for Bioscience Industry (GSPBI) covering simulation to aid experimental design and robust analysis of the results. All collaborations are multi-disciplinary and draws on expertise in biochemistry, genetics, mathematics, computing, statistics, systems biology and synthetic biology.
Start Year 2011
 
Description SysMIC consortium 
Organisation MedImmune
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The members of the SysMIC consortium based at UCL are responsible for the integration of existing background components and software needed for SysMI Modules 1, 2 and 3. We are also responsible for the creation of new materials with collaborators (including new software) the delivery of the SysMIC materials and the hosting and maintenance of all web tools and applications. UCL partners also provide workshops and site visits to UK and overseas research and training centres and are closely involved in the management of SysMIC. In addition we have collaborated with colleagues in UK Bioscience industry to investigate the customisation of SysMIC to see their needs and experimented with trial cohorts and dedicated workshops. Contributions to collaborations with partners in healthcare focus on creating showcase case studies of the impact of SysMIC-delivered skills on real world research activities. Contributions to Institute collaborations aim to utilise SysMIC core materials and training know-how to create resources to better enable effective use of public databases and resources.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide background materials and some bespoke materials for the creation of the SysMIC courses. Our partners are also closely involved in the management of SysMIC and also provide workshops and site visits to UK research and training centres. Our collaborators from industry are now partners in the development of bespoke SysMIC materials for the pharmaceutical industry. Partners in healthcare are contributing research data and methodologies to create new SysMIC materials. Institute collaborators will provide access to database content for the creation of training materials and support integration and interoperability of systems.
Impact The outputs with academic partners are development of SysMIC Modules 1, 2 and 3 and their continued delivery. The output with industry partners is the joint development of modules on Good Statistical Practice for Bioscience Industry (GSPBI) covering simulation to aid experimental design and robust analysis of the results. All collaborations are multi-disciplinary and draws on expertise in biochemistry, genetics, mathematics, computing, statistics, systems biology and synthetic biology.
Start Year 2011
 
Description SysMIC consortium 
Organisation Open University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The members of the SysMIC consortium based at UCL are responsible for the integration of existing background components and software needed for SysMI Modules 1, 2 and 3. We are also responsible for the creation of new materials with collaborators (including new software) the delivery of the SysMIC materials and the hosting and maintenance of all web tools and applications. UCL partners also provide workshops and site visits to UK and overseas research and training centres and are closely involved in the management of SysMIC. In addition we have collaborated with colleagues in UK Bioscience industry to investigate the customisation of SysMIC to see their needs and experimented with trial cohorts and dedicated workshops. Contributions to collaborations with partners in healthcare focus on creating showcase case studies of the impact of SysMIC-delivered skills on real world research activities. Contributions to Institute collaborations aim to utilise SysMIC core materials and training know-how to create resources to better enable effective use of public databases and resources.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide background materials and some bespoke materials for the creation of the SysMIC courses. Our partners are also closely involved in the management of SysMIC and also provide workshops and site visits to UK research and training centres. Our collaborators from industry are now partners in the development of bespoke SysMIC materials for the pharmaceutical industry. Partners in healthcare are contributing research data and methodologies to create new SysMIC materials. Institute collaborators will provide access to database content for the creation of training materials and support integration and interoperability of systems.
Impact The outputs with academic partners are development of SysMIC Modules 1, 2 and 3 and their continued delivery. The output with industry partners is the joint development of modules on Good Statistical Practice for Bioscience Industry (GSPBI) covering simulation to aid experimental design and robust analysis of the results. All collaborations are multi-disciplinary and draws on expertise in biochemistry, genetics, mathematics, computing, statistics, systems biology and synthetic biology.
Start Year 2011
 
Description SysMIC consortium 
Organisation University College London
Department Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The members of the SysMIC consortium based at UCL are responsible for the integration of existing background components and software needed for SysMI Modules 1, 2 and 3. We are also responsible for the creation of new materials with collaborators (including new software) the delivery of the SysMIC materials and the hosting and maintenance of all web tools and applications. UCL partners also provide workshops and site visits to UK and overseas research and training centres and are closely involved in the management of SysMIC. In addition we have collaborated with colleagues in UK Bioscience industry to investigate the customisation of SysMIC to see their needs and experimented with trial cohorts and dedicated workshops. Contributions to collaborations with partners in healthcare focus on creating showcase case studies of the impact of SysMIC-delivered skills on real world research activities. Contributions to Institute collaborations aim to utilise SysMIC core materials and training know-how to create resources to better enable effective use of public databases and resources.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide background materials and some bespoke materials for the creation of the SysMIC courses. Our partners are also closely involved in the management of SysMIC and also provide workshops and site visits to UK research and training centres. Our collaborators from industry are now partners in the development of bespoke SysMIC materials for the pharmaceutical industry. Partners in healthcare are contributing research data and methodologies to create new SysMIC materials. Institute collaborators will provide access to database content for the creation of training materials and support integration and interoperability of systems.
Impact The outputs with academic partners are development of SysMIC Modules 1, 2 and 3 and their continued delivery. The output with industry partners is the joint development of modules on Good Statistical Practice for Bioscience Industry (GSPBI) covering simulation to aid experimental design and robust analysis of the results. All collaborations are multi-disciplinary and draws on expertise in biochemistry, genetics, mathematics, computing, statistics, systems biology and synthetic biology.
Start Year 2011
 
Description SysMIC consortium 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department School of Informatics Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The members of the SysMIC consortium based at UCL are responsible for the integration of existing background components and software needed for SysMI Modules 1, 2 and 3. We are also responsible for the creation of new materials with collaborators (including new software) the delivery of the SysMIC materials and the hosting and maintenance of all web tools and applications. UCL partners also provide workshops and site visits to UK and overseas research and training centres and are closely involved in the management of SysMIC. In addition we have collaborated with colleagues in UK Bioscience industry to investigate the customisation of SysMIC to see their needs and experimented with trial cohorts and dedicated workshops. Contributions to collaborations with partners in healthcare focus on creating showcase case studies of the impact of SysMIC-delivered skills on real world research activities. Contributions to Institute collaborations aim to utilise SysMIC core materials and training know-how to create resources to better enable effective use of public databases and resources.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide background materials and some bespoke materials for the creation of the SysMIC courses. Our partners are also closely involved in the management of SysMIC and also provide workshops and site visits to UK research and training centres. Our collaborators from industry are now partners in the development of bespoke SysMIC materials for the pharmaceutical industry. Partners in healthcare are contributing research data and methodologies to create new SysMIC materials. Institute collaborators will provide access to database content for the creation of training materials and support integration and interoperability of systems.
Impact The outputs with academic partners are development of SysMIC Modules 1, 2 and 3 and their continued delivery. The output with industry partners is the joint development of modules on Good Statistical Practice for Bioscience Industry (GSPBI) covering simulation to aid experimental design and robust analysis of the results. All collaborations are multi-disciplinary and draws on expertise in biochemistry, genetics, mathematics, computing, statistics, systems biology and synthetic biology.
Start Year 2011
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 eleventh on-line cohort started - October 2018 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Over 190 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 fifth on-line cohort started May 2015 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Over 100 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL http://www.sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 first on-line cohort 
Description The materials for the SysMIC Module matching the agreed content and syllabus were added to the SysMIC e-learning environment 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Approximately 150 students entered SysMIC Module 1 between October 2012 and January 2013 and studied until June 2013. Approximately 55% of entrants had completed the module and received their completion certificate by August 2013. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 fourth on-line cohort started November 2014 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Over 300 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 nineth on-line cohort started - May 2017 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Over 40 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 second on-line cohort started November 2013 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Over 300 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 seventh on-line cohort started - May 2016 
Description Over 200 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 sixth on-line cohort started October 2015 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Over 250 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 tenth on-line cohort started - May 2018 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Over 40 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority in UK HEIs, research institutes and businesses - largely from the UK began in this cohort. 
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 tenth on-line cohort started - October 2017 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Over 180 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 third on-line cohort started April 2014 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Over 300 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. This cohort also included the first pilot group of 35 researchers from leading UK bioscience companies. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 training materials completed and published 
Description A complete e-learning environment for the delivery of over 6 months of part-time learning has been created and launched with the agreed Module 1 syllabus components. This would be the equivalent of a very large interactive textbook of over 700 pages of PDF documents if produced in a conventional format. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact The SysMIC Module 1 materials form the foundation the entire SysMIC project. By November 2014 over 1,000 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community - will have used these training materials to improve their research effectiveness. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 1 training materials revised and republished 
Description Following completion by the first Module 1 cohort and evaluation of performance and feedback the SysMIC materials were updated, revised and improved. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact The SysMIC Module 1 materials form the foundation the entire SysMIC project. By November 2014 over 1,000 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community - will have used these training materials to improve their research effectiveness. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 eigth on-line cohort started - May 2017 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Over 30 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 fifth on-line cohort started - October 2015 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Over 50 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 first on-line cohort started 
Description The materials for the SysMIC Module matching the agreed content and syllabus were added to the SysMIC e-learning environment. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Approximately 50 students entered SysMIC Module 1 between January 2013 and January 2014. Approximately 65% of entrants had completed the module and received their completion certificate by June 2014. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 fourth on-line cohort started January 2015 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Over 50 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 nineth on-line cohort started - May 2018 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Over 30 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 ninth on-line cohort started - October 2017 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Over 30 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 second on-line cohort started January 2014 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Over 50 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 seventh on-line cohort started - October 2016 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Over 30 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 sixth on-line cohort started - May 2016 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Over 50 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 tenth on-line cohort started - October 2018 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Over 30 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 third on-line cohort started July 2014 
Description The next biannual course start got underway on schedule with a mature and well-tested set of training materials. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Over 50 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community began in this cohort. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 2 training materials revised and republished 
Description Following completion by the first Module 2 cohort and evaluation of performance and feedback the SysMIC materials were updated, revised and improved. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The SysMIC Module 2 materials form the advanced training component of the SysMIC project. By November 2014 over 100 research bioscientists at all levels of career seniority - largely from the UK and largely from the BBSRC community - will have used these training materials to improve their research effectiveness. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Title SysMIC Module 3 training materials completed 
Description A structured project proposal and development pathway delivered and managed through an e-learning environment for completion during 6 months of part-time learning. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact The SysMIC Module 3 materials form the independent project component of the SysMIC project. 
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description  
Type Of Technology  
 
Description BBSRC People and Skills Expert Working Group - second meeting 2013. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A report was created that suggested next steps in BBSRC training policy.

Proper evaluation of the immediate impacts of SysMIC and formal feedback to BBSRC on the foreseeable consequences of demand for SysMIC far exceeding expectations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description CALT 2014: SysMIC Live Training of Interdisciplinary Skills via the Internet 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The talk led a rise in the profile of the New SysMIC initiative and of the consortiums involvement in advanced interdisciplinary e-learning in the postgraduate STEM sector.


A significant increase in enquiries from London-based eduction experts and leaders of post-graduate training programmes. Significant impact on the support for the SysMIC project within UCL. Emergence of champions within UCL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Centre for Advanced Learning and Teaching conference - UCL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk led a rise in the profile of the New SysMIC initiative and of the consortiums involvement in advanced interdisciplinary e-learning in the postgraduate STEM sector.

A significant increase in enquiries from London-based eduction experts and leaders of post-graduate training programmes. Significant impact on the support for the SysMIC project within UCL. Emergence of champions within UCL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://www.sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description Computational biology for schools workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Three workshop events were held in 2014 with City and Islington College, London in 2014. New insights and skills were developed amongst sixth-form students. In addition a new course in Python programming using biological examples as motivation was developed for the students.

Considerable increase in the awareness of students of the roles and usefulness of computing in modern biosciences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description HEA-STEM 2014 conference: SysMIC - An eCourse for Systems Skills Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The talk led a rise in the profile of the SysMIC initiative and of the consortiums involvement in advanced interdisciplinary e-learning in the postgraduate STEM sector.

A significant increase in enquiries from UK-based eduction experts and leaders of post-graduate training programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://wales.heacademy.ac.uk/stem-conference-2014
 
Description Neurohorizons2025: The role of mathematics and informatics in neurosciences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion of the increasing role of mathematics and computing in neurosciences and the need for generalised uplift in skills base of researchers.

Expanded collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Quantitative eTraining in the Biosciences - Open University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A presentation was made to staff at the Open University by Dr Gerold Baier on the successes, challenges and findings of the SysMIC team concerning quantitative bioscience skills training for bioscientists delivered at a distance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - BBSRC Cambridge DTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 and 2 were described and their content and scope and motivations for creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - BBSRC EastBio DTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 and 2 were described and their content and scope and motivations for creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - BBSRC LIDo DTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 and 2 were described and their content and scope and motivations for creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk/
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - BBSRC Liverpool, Newcastle Durham DTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 and 2 were described and their content and scope and motivations for creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - BBSRC Manchester DTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 and 2 were described and their content and scope and motivations for creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - BBSRC Nottingham DTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 and 2 were described and their content and scope and motivations for creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - BBSRC Oxford DTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 and 2 were described and their content and scope and motivations for creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - Babraham Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk led a rise in the profile of the SysMIC initiative and of the consortiums involvement in advanced interdisciplinary e-learning in the postgraduate STEM sector.

Enrolment of non-BBSRC PhD students and institute workers in SysMIC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.babraham.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - Food Security 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience.

There has been a improved performance from Food Security DTP PhD students in their SysMIC training outcomes compared to their peers at other DTPs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014
URL http://www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/dtcsandgrants/gs-bbsrcdtp.aspx
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - Imperial DTP Away Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC team manned a display and question and answer desk and described SysMIC Module 1 and it's content and scope.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/bbsrc-doctoral-training-partnership
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - LIDo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.lido-dtp.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - MIBTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 and 2 were described and their content and scope and motivations for their creation discussed at length with the audience.

There has been a much improved performance from the Midlands Integrative Biology Training Partnership DTP PhD students in their SysMIC training outcomes compared to their peers at other DTPs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - MRC DiMeN DTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 and 2 were described and their content and scope and motivations for creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - NLD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nld-dtp.org.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for DTP - SWBio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.swbio.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for Nottingham DTP - 2013 and 2014  
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience. The meeting was held at the University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonnington Campus on 26/09/2013 and again on 25/09/2014.

Improved engagement and performance from Nottingham DTP PhD students in their SysMIC training outcomes compared to their peers at other DTPs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
URL http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/graduateschool/bbsrc-doctoral-training-programme-in-biosciences/index.as...
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for Rothamsted Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 and 2 were described and their content and scope and motivations for their creation discussed at length with the audience. The meeting took place at Rothamsted Research Harpenden campus and was relayed by video link to the Devon outstation on 10/10/2014.

Rothamsted Research is a partner in a number of BBSRC DTPs but does not lead a DTP as a result staff, post-doctoral researchers and some PhD students were largely unaware if SysMIC. The event raised the profile of SysMIC and opened pathways for engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for White Rose DTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience. The meeting took place at the University of Leeds on 19/12/2013.

PhD students from a DTP that was not formally enrolling its students in SysMIC now enrolled themselves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whiterose-mechanisticbiology-dtp.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Introduction for the WestBio DTP - 2013 and 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience. The meeting took place at the University of Glasgow on 04/10/2013 and again on 06/11/2014.

There has been a much improved performance from WestBio DTP PhD students in their SysMIC training outcomes compared to their peers at other DTPs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/mvls/graduateschool/bbsrcwestbiodtp/
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Content Support webinar series 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Core content support webinars and problem solving meetings. Six sessions in this year.
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) May 2014
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) June 2014
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) July 2014
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (2) July 2014
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) August 2014
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) September 2014
All content is available on-line via YouTube
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Content Support webinar series 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Core content support webinars and problem solving meetings. Twelve sessions in this year.
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) January 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) February 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (2) February 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) March 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) May 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) June 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (2) June 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) July 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) August 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (2) August 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) September 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) October 2015
All content is available on-line via YouTube
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Content Support webinar series 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Core content support webinars and problem solving meetings. Seven sessions in this year.
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) January 2016
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) February 2016
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) March 2016
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) April 2016
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) June 2016
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) November 2016
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) December 2016

All content is available on-line via YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMRA3HTgbBs&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMRA3HTgbBs&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMRA3HTgbBs&feature=youtu.be
https://youtu.be/f7MWS6SO2wg
https://youtu.be/sjVxluH3lNs
https://youtu.be/hL6XrJ1J6iQ
https://youtu.be/I8J9Rr_uM9c
https://youtu.be/U2g1ZzqhVdE
https://youtu.be/tUba-8Wh9j0
https://youtu.be/m1KuQX0MYAI
https://youtu.be/i0fv-ySEprM
https://youtu.be/rbsD3PtkoMk
https://youtu.be/d06EjGhz7BU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IknP1Itv-UM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlCMCEq5QtY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MR1Ws8eqpo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uACQm8J6VC4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU8Wg8G3UxQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWsb-mT2ZOI&feature=youtu.be
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Content Support webinar series 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Core content support webinars and problem solving meetings. Seven sessions in this year and the following have already been delivered:
SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) January 2017 SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1) February 2017 SysMIC Module 1 Webcast (1)
March 2017.

All content is available on-line via YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMRA3HTgbBs&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMRA3HTgbBs&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMRA3HTgbBs&feature=youtu.be
https://youtu.be/f7MWS6SO2wg
https://youtu.be/sjVxluH3lNs
https://youtu.be/hL6XrJ1J6iQ
https://youtu.be/I8J9Rr_uM9c
https://youtu.be/U2g1ZzqhVdE
https://youtu.be/tUba-8Wh9j0
https://youtu.be/m1KuQX0MYAI
https://youtu.be/i0fv-ySEprM
https://youtu.be/rbsD3PtkoMk
https://youtu.be/d06EjGhz7BU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IknP1Itv-UM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlCMCEq5QtY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MR1Ws8eqpo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uACQm8J6VC4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU8Wg8G3UxQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWsb-mT2ZOI&feature=youtu.be
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Content Support webinar series 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Core content support webinars and problem solving meetings. Nine sessions in this year and the following have already been delivered. All content is available on-line via YouTube.
We estimate an audience of 51-100 above but this is for each the nine sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Introduction webinar 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described in an introductory broadcast and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience using submitted text questions and live answers.

Improved engagement and performance of SysMIC participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
URL http://www.sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Developed and then successfully tested face-to-face training materials and exercises to supplement on-line SysMIC materials. The workshop provided direct, tailored support for SysMIC participants.
SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - London January 2013
SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - London November 2013
SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - London April 2014
SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - London November 2014
SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - London May 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - London October 2015
SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - London January 2016


There was improved performance from the participants compared to their non-attending peers in the SysMIC programme. The event also raised the profile of the SysMIC initiative and of the consortiums involvement in advanced interdisciplinary e-learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk/workshop250714.php
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Developed and then successfully tested face-to-face training materials and exercises to supplement on-line SysMIC materials. The workshop provided direct, tailored support for SysMIC participants.

There was improved performance from the participants compared to their non-attending peers in the SysMIC programme. The event also raised the profile of the SysMIC initiative and of the consortiums involvement in advanced interdisciplinary e-learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk/workshop100214.php
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - MedImmune/AZ 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop provided direct, tailored support for the first SysMIC cohort from the UK bioscience and pharmaceutical sector.

There was improved performance from the industry cohort compared to their peers in the SysMIC programme. The event also raised the profile of the SysMIC initiative and of the consortiums involvement in advanced interdisciplinary e-learning for the UK industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - Nottingham DTP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Developed and then successfully tested face-to-face training materials and exercises to supplement on-line SysMIC materials. The workshop provided direct, tailored support for SysMIC participants at the BBSRC Nottingham DTP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://sysmic.ac.uk/workshop/
 
Description SysMIC Module 1 Workshop - Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Developed and then successfully tested face-to-face training materials and exercises to supplement on-line SysMIC materials. The workshop provided direct, tailored support for SysMIC participants.

There was improved performance from the participants compared to their non-attending peers in the SysMIC programme. The event also raised the profile of the SysMIC initiative and of the consortiums involvement in advanced interdisciplinary e-learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://sysmic.ac.uk/workshop210114.php
 
Description SysMIC Module 2 Content Support webinar series 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Core content support webinars and problem solving meetings. 2 sessions in this year
SysMIC Module 2 Webcast (1) July 2014
SysMIC Module 2 Webcast (1) August 2014
All content is available on-line via YouTube
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description SysMIC Module 2 Content Support webinar series 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Core content support webinars and problem solving meetings. Four sessions in this year
SysMIC Module 2 Webcast (1) February 2015
SysMIC Module 2 Webcast (2) February 2015
SysMIC Module 2 Webcast (1) March 2015
SysMIC Module 2 Webcast (2) March 2015
All content is available on-line via YouTube
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SysMIC Module 2 Workshop - "The Phenotype Switch" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Developed and then successfully tested advanced face-to-face training materials and exercises to supplement on-line SysMIC materials. The workshop provided direct, tailored support for SysMIC participants undertaking the advanced Module 2.
SysMIC Module 2 Workshop - London September 2013
SysMIC Module 2 Workshop - London July 2014
SysMIC Module 2 Workshop - London January 2015
SysMIC Module 2 Workshop - London October 2015

There was improved performance from the participants compared to their non-attending peers in the SysMIC programme. The event also raised the profile of the SysMIC initiative and of the consortiums involvement in advanced interdisciplinary e-learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description SysMIC briefing event for all BBSRC DTPs - 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact 11 from 14 BBSRC DTPs joined the SysMIC programme in its first year.

The vast majority of all PhD students entering the newly created BBSRC DTPs enrolled for SysMIC in it first year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC briefing event for all BBSRC DTPs - 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact 11 from 14 BBSRC DTPs remained with the SysMIC programme and another DTP joined their students informally to bring the total to 12 from 14.

The vast majority of all PhD students participating in the first round of BBSRC DTPs will have taken part in the SysMIC interdisciplinary training programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC for the Pharmaceutical Industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Modules 1 & 2 were described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience of reseachers and other scientists at MedImmune. The meeting took place at MedImmune, Cambridge 14/03/2014.

A pathfinding cohort of 35 members of MedImmune staff from a wide range of business functions enrolled for SysMIC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.medimmune.com
 
Description SysMIC introduction for CRUK-LRI and MRC-NIMR - 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience. The meeting took place at the CRUK London Research Institute (LRI) on 10/09/2013.

A cohort of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, senior scientists and technical support staff from the two research institutes forming the Francis Crick Institute volunteered to enrol in SysMIC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.sysmic.ac.uk
 
Description SysMIC residential Summer School 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop Title: Biological Rhythms: Dynamics, Mechanisms and Control

Event held at Lane End Conference Centre in Buckinghamshire.

The event was an intensive training workshop in mathematics, computation and engineering concepts for bioscientists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://sysmic2016.bio/
 
Description Systems Skills for the Life and Medical Sciences - Graduate Skills Workshop 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Improved skills training for London-based PhD students either not normally eligible or available for the SysMIC programme.

Application of interdisciplinary techniques to PhD research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2458
 
Description Systems eTraining in the Biosciences - ECUST, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience. The meeting took place at the East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, Xuhui campus on 16/05/2014 and then again at the Fengxian campus on 17/05/2014.

Test deliveries of SysMIC materials and training to small pilot cohort of overseas students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ecust.edu.cn/s/2/t/31/main.htm
 
Description Systems eTraining in the Biosciences - NUDT, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SysMIC programme Module 1 was described and it's content and scope and motivations for its creation discussed at length with the audience.

Test deliveries of SysMIC materials and training to small pilot cohort of overseas students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.nudt.edu.cn/index_eng.htm