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Provided by: Graduate School of Life Sciences

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How to Keep a Lab Notebook


Your lab notebook is one of the most important and precious objects you, as a scientist, will ever have. This course will explore how keeping an exemplary laboratory notebook is crucial to good scientific practice in lab research. The course will consist of a short talk, a chance to assess some examples of good and bad practice, with plenty of time for questions and discussion. You might like to bring along your own lab notebook for feedback. (Please note that issues relating to protection of Intellectual Property Rights will not be covered in this course).

Target audience

MPhil students

First and second year PhD students


To examine the role of your lab book in good research practice

Topics covered:

Recording data

Keeping raw data

Keeping and organising electronic data

Labelling research materials


2 hour workshop

Research Management

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