Training

Collaborative training programmes

I work with internationally-renowned training partners including the GRADE Working Group, SYRCLE at Radboud UMC, the US National Toxicology Program, and the Center for Open Science to deliver bespoke training programmes. Clients include EU research agencies and World Health Organisation research teams, covering international audiences of policy-makers, scientists, and NGOs, for early career researchers all the way through to senior scientists. Training and education formats vary from short webinars, to multi-day courses, to extended PhD-level supervision. I organise or engage in 3-4 trainings per year; contact me to find out more.

List of Trainings and Courses

2020

Courses and trainings in 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19. Planned courses included working with the World Health Organisation Chemical Risk Assessment Network and sessions at EUROTOX 2020.

2019

ISEE 2019 (Utrecht, NL). A Journal Editors’ Guide to Successful Systematic Reviews: Common Challenges Faced by Submitting Authors, and How to Address Them. Training workshop about recent developments in systematic review methods, for environmental epidemiologists.

Yordas Group (webinar). Systematic reviews for chemical risk assessment: what, why and how? General industry audience, explaining what SR is and why regulators are interested in them.

SOT 2019 (Baltimore, MD, USA). Continuing Education Session PM11: Conducting Systematic Review in Toxicology—Why, When, How? Contributing training presentation: “Reporting and Reviewing Systematic Reviews.” General toxicology audience. Selected to be recorded and available as part of SOT on-line CE offering.

2018

Project supervision in machine learning methods for chemical risk assessment. Lancaster University School of Computing and Communications. Co-supervising with industry partner 3rd Year Undergraduate research project, developing automated compliance assessment tool for MSDS.

IV International Congress on Safety and Health at Work (Bilbao, Spain). Training on systematic approaches for Assessment of Scientific Evidence session. Contributed training presentation on common issues in systematic reviews and practical exercise in appraising a SR. Epidemiology audience.

Elsevier Researcher Academy (webinar). Education webinar Systematic Reviews 101. Introduction to SRs, editorial handling thereof, and advice on successful SR project planning. Varied early-career audience.

EU Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy). Hired to conduct in collaboration with SYRCLE research group a 2-day training on how to conduct and appraise SRs, with a focus on value for research commissioners. Research agency scientist audience.

2017

Appraisal of study quality in environmental health systematic reviews should be based on risk of bias and eschew scores and scales (Zurich, Switzerland). World Health Organization Global Burden of Disease Estimation Planning Meeting. Audience of WHO researchers.

Introduction to systematic review of toxicological data (Parma, Italy). WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network. Contributed session on history of SR methods and their new application in chemical risk assessment, with guided walk-through of a SR. Audience mainly LMIC CRA network members.

Systematic review methods for environmental health research. (Debrecen, Hungary) DIMOPEX Training School. Debrecen, Hungary. WHO-contracted research team of epidemiologists.

Developing Environmental Standards. (London) Sustainability Network for Standardisation. London, UK. Live role-play training in argument and persuasion for NGO audience.

PhD supervision support. Systematic mapping methods for chemical risk assessment (ongoing through to end 2019). Close collaboration with PhD student, ensuring scientific value of research output, impact and interface with international organizations. Lancaster University

2016

Systematic review as an approach to advancing the transparency and scientific robustness of chemical risk assessment. European Parliament ECR Group. Audience of MEP policy advisers.

2015

LEC.471: Chemical Risk Assessment. Third year undergraduate module, contributed session on systematic review methods as part of programme. Lancaster University

MSc Supervision. Contemporary Reporting Standards for Environmental Health Systematic Reviews. Co-supervised MSc research dissertation. Lancaster University