The first BUC workshop took place in CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico in the week beginning Monday 9th November 2015. A team of two academics, one PDRA and 4 PhD students from the University of Bath travelled to CIMAT to deliver a short-course, participate in a PhD conference and to engage with colleagues from UNAM and CIMAT in participating in the first BUC executive meeting and to plan the future of the BUC series. The first workshop was a great success with over thirty students and staff attending the short-course and twelve PhD students presenting their research during the conference. The result of a meeting with colleagues from UNAM (in Mexico City) and the executive meeting (in CIMAT) was enthusiastic buy-in to the overall concept of the BUC series from all parties involved and led to detailed planning of BUC2 (February 2016, UNAM), BUC3 (May 2016, CIMAT) and BUC4 (June 2016, Bath) and advanced planning of BUC5 (Q4 2016, 2016).
Figure 1: The short-course held during BUC 1
The PhD conference
Within the conference held on the 11th November, four students from CIMAT and 5 from Bath presented their research. Sessions were chaired by students from CIMAT. The conference was well attended, with almost fifty people in the audience over the day.
Figure 2: CIMATEL, where Bath students were hosted
The short-course was the first in a series of three (BUC1, BUC2 and BUC4) in the field of Statistics and Big Data in Environmental Research. The title was `When populations and hazards collide: modelling exposures and health risks’. It was led by GS from Bath and JZ from the University of British Columbia and comprised of a series of lectures and practical, hands-on, computer labs. SAMBa students DF and MT were heavily involved in the successful delivery of the course. In addition to preparing much of the material, they ran the software training labs.
They were kept very busy, with thirty-two students and staff attending the course and labs in the first two days and over 15 staying for an optional lab on Saturday morning!
Figure 3: Participants at the end of the Saturday morning lab session