The NBIC Doctoral Training Centre

Bringing together research, training and entrepreneurship

The NBIC Doctoral Training Centre in Biofilms Innovation, Technology and Engineering (BITE) was established in early 2019. It is a world class integrated pipeline of interdisciplinary training, involving a partnership between the universities of Southampton, Liverpool, Nottingham and Edinburgh, alongside international institutes and industry partners. It is the UK’s first graduate training centre to address the skills and knowledge gap in the biofilm field. The first cohort of 12 students will start in October 2019.

The Doctoral Training Centre draws on over 70 academic supervisors from physical, mathematical, engineering, life and clinical sciences within the partner universities to provide a unique, multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial training experience to the next generation of research leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, to deliver breakthrough science and technologies in this field. Graduates are supported to develop broad innovation horizons and seamlessly transition from research into technology and impact arenas. Entrepreneurship Bootcamps are also offered, with the most promising commercial projects progressed to the ICURe accelerator programme, part of SETsquared, rated the world’s best university business incubator. We also partner with Alderley Park and their Accelerator Programme, to provide bespoke entrepreneurial training to our students.

The Doctoral Training Centre provides a unique and diverse environment to students, with opportunities to network with experts in other disciplines, engage in peer-to-peer learning and participate in collaborative problem solving, as well as partake in student exchanges with international centres of excellence, attend summer schools, joint-nature conferences, and secondments and masterclasses showcasing frontier thinking. By combining the expertise of four partner universities, the Doctoral Training Centre provides the synergy, critical mass, and the breadth and depth required to deliver an ambitious training programme in biofilm science, engineering and technology.

Areas of specialisms

University of Southampton
Microbial Ecology & Evolution; AMR; Hybrid Biodevices; Nanoelectronic and photonic devices; Bioenergy.

University of Liverpool
Functional surfaces and materials; Smart nanotechnology; Plasma engineering; Imaging; ’Omics and Bioinformatics; Microbiorefinery; Infection Control; Modelling for healthcare.

University of Nottingham
Quorum Sensing and signaling; molecular recognition; drug discovery; polymer discovery; biomedical engineering; AMR; modelling; Synthetic Biology; Advanced Microscopy.

University of Edinburgh
Soft and active matter biological physics; complex fluids and rheology; HPC modelling; biofilms architecture; Synthetic and Systems Biology.


Building Entrepreneurial Skills

NBIC provide entrepreneurial training for early career researchers and established academics.

We have strong links to:

Alderley Park Accelerator

On-site incubation and acceleration team specialises in the start-up and scale up of biotech and life science businesses by providing the programmes, networks and support required for success.

ICURe Innovation-to-Commercialisation Programme

The ICURe Innovation-to-Commercialisation programme offers university researchers with commercially- promising ideas the ability to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate their ideas in the marketplace. From idea to scale-up, SETsquared offer a comprehensive range of programmes to help boost businesses to the next level.