yDiv Welcome Week



Course Dates

Maximum number of participants / Credit Points

Please register via email

Day 1-3: iDiv Leipzig (Puschstr. 4), room Beehive (ground floor);
Day 4-5: Online

22-26 November 2021



The yDiv Welcome Week provides new doctoral researchers with useful information and tools to successfully start their PhD career in integrative biodiversity science at iDiv - of course this is also a great opportunity to meet other new doctoral researchers.

The week contains an introduction to iDiv research and goals. Participants also get to know the yDiv offers and requirements and the doctorate examination regulations at the universities. They will also learn tools to manage their PhD project and to communicate with their supervisors.

We are planning a hybride format:

  • Day 1,2 and 3 take place on site, at iDiv (3G);
  • Day 4-5 take place online.

Please find here the preliminary agenda.

However, the agenda depends on the Covid situation and we will switch online if necessary.

    Day 1: Introduction to iDiv (22 November)

    The first day of the Welcome Week starts with an introductory talk about iDiv and yDiv. Then you will get the chance to get to know each other. We are planning to offer a guided tour through the Botanical Garden Leipzig.

    Schedule day 1

    Lecturer: Nicole Sachmerda-Schulz (yDiv coordinator)

    Day 2: Introduction to Integrative Biodiversity Science (23 November)

    In this course, you will learn about the iDiv missions and research questions. Together with several iDiv research group leaders, you will discuss and evaluate different approaches to overcome the integration challenges (Integration across time and space, Integration across complexity levels, Integration across disciplines). Every participant should present their project and discuss the integration challenges in their project with the other participants and teachers.

    Find the course programme and information on your preparation here.

    Preparation for participants

    • Read parts of the iDiv proposals on integrative biodiversity science and the iDiv challenges (will be sent to you via email)
    • Prepare elevator talks, time per elevator talk: 3 minutes
    • Structure:
      • Name and Research Group
      • Main research question of your PhD project
      • How your project is related to the respective challenge (if you think your project is not connected to the challenge, please also explain this)

    Day 3: Introduction to yDiv (24 November)

    In this event, you will learn about the yDiv regulations, PhD advisory committees and the doctorate examination regulations at the universities. There will be also a round of talk with the PhD representatives about pitfalls during the PhD time and how to deal with them.

    Schedule day 3

    Lecturer: Nicole Sachmerda-Schulz (yDiv coordinator)

    Day 4 & 5: Project Management for PhDs (25-26 November)

    The workshop is aimed at assessing the strengths and challenges of PhD candidates in terms of managing their project. In the workshop individual work approaches and their efficiency for each participant are assessed. Building on these assessments strategies for handling challenges are developed and starting points for improvement identified. The participants also learn about basic tools and common approaches in project management.
    The workshop aims to give a broad introduction to the topic as well as space for those with some experience of project management techniques to share what has worked well for them in the past.
    We will consider the working styles of ourselves and others and explore what this means for collaborating with our colleagues and peers with the aim of improving communication and collaborative working outcomes.
    We will explore what work-life balance means for the participants and look at ways to establish and maintain a sustainable working schedule for the long term.

    • Assessment of individual work strategies – strengths and challenges
    • Development of efficient strategies in managing a PhD
    • Basic concepts of project management
    • Different approaches to project management
    • Typical project dynamics
    • Typical mistakes and challenges in project management and how to avoid them
    • Work-life balance

    Lecturer: Dr. Síofra McSherry

    Síofra has a PhD in American Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin. She graduated from Oxford University with a first in English and completed her MA at University College London. She has worked as a researcher and lecturer in Germany and the UK, with extensive experience delivering lectures, talks, seminars, and workshops to international audiences.

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