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Training

Core training consists of rotation projects and thesis, tutorials, practical lab course, LMCB retreat, advice and supervision (see PhD programme). In addition, annual student conferences are organised with a partner institute where students give a talk or present a poster. Previous locations include Barcelona, Sorrento, and Paris. 
 
High profile speakers are invited once a year by students to give a seminar at the LMCB. Students are given the opportunity to discuss their work individually with the speaker. Previous speakers have included Thomas Sudhof and Bruce Alberts. Students also take turns to have lunch with our external seminar speakers. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your work with a prominent scientist. Please look at our Seminars page for a list of current speakers.
 
There is an active student committee, with representatives from each year from both the LMCB programme and non-programme students. The committee discusses student life at the LMCB and reports their views to the Postgraduate Committee. The committee chair also represents students at group leader meetings. 
 
Demonstrating for UCL undergraduate practicals and tutorials can be undertaken by PhD students. Students are paid for their time as a PGTA. This is an excellent experience for future careers.
 
Skills exchange workshops provide training on a variety of experimental techniques. They are run by internal or external staff with the appropriate expertise. 
 

Outreach

Each year PhD students arrange for school students to visit the LMCB and learn about the work we do through hands on sessions in the lab. The LMCB and UCL also offer many other opportunities to get involved in volunteering and public engagement activities. These include In2Science participation and the Brilliant Club. Please see our Engagement pages for more information about our activities with the public.

Social events

Student evenings are designed by and for students and cover a wide variety of topics including bioethics, careers, and scientific research and communication skills. These are usually evening sessions, with food and drink, and take the form of debates, discussions or talks. 
 
An annual LMCB Christmas party is organised by first year PhD students. Typically, this is a drinks reception at the LMCB followed by a party at an external venue.
 
LMCB themed cocktail evenings happen once a month and are organised by labs on rotation. These include food, drink, and activities and are a good opportunity to socialise and have fun.   
 
Health and fitness activites occur on a regular basis, including in-house yoga classes and a casual LMCB football club. A running club meets regularly at Regent's Park nearby. For more resources, see Wellbeing.