BGS currently has active links with over 50 PhD students at about 40 universities. All the students share a common thread in that they are undertaking projects that are of interest to the BGS' mission. As a result topics are diverse and distributed and the students rarely get a chance to interact and use the diversity of BGS' science to benefit their own research.
As part of BGS' commitment to the training and personal development BUFI sponsored PhD students also have the opportunity to attend BGS sponsored workshops — either meetings to encourage exchange of scientific ideas and experiences, or field-based courses.
All workshops are open to all BUFI sponsored PhD students irrespective of scientific background. These are equally about seeding new ideas and research directions through interactions at the boundaries of personal knowledge as specific training in any one research area.