Welcome to yDiv – the Young Biodiversity Research Training Group

yDiv is a graduate programme for young biodiversity researchers from across the world. The interdisciplinary character of iDiv is a challenge that yDiv transfers into an opportunity for doctoral researchers by offering the chance for professional and personal development.

At yDiv, doctoral researchers can approach biodiversity science beyond their specialization. yDiv inspires them to use different approaches for their research (from theory and fundamental science to applied aspects of nature conservation and policy), different investigation objects (single organisms, manipulated communities, ecosystems) and different methodologies (modelling, field experiments, molecular ecology).

Learn how to join yDiv or read more about our programme in the PhD Guide (PDF).

The main components of the yDiv PhD programme are:

PhD Advisory Committee (PAC)

Emphasising exchange between theoreticians and empiricists


Biodiversity-related courses, with emphasis on interdisciplinary learning as well as professional development

Reseach stay abroad

Allow early-career networking and internationalisation at a laboratory abroad


If you have any questions concerning yDiv, please do not hesitate to contact Godefroy Devevey, the scientific coordinator of yDiv.

Email: yDiv@iDiv.de
Phone: +49 341 97 33125

iDiv Summer School 2016 – Biodiversity Synthesis and Integration
iDiv Summer School 2016 – Biodiversity Synthesis and Integration

Upcoming events

24 Oct yDiv Retreat Location: Colditz
21 Nov Measuring and comparing biodiversity facets Location: Symbiosis, Interim II at iDiv Leipzig
12 Dec Basic Plant Molecular Techniques Location: iDiv Leipzig, Red Queen

Partners of yDiv

Research Academy Leipzig (ral)
Leipzig University
Research Academy Leipzig (ral)
Graduate School HIGRADE
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Helmholtz Interdisciplinary GRADuate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE)
International Graduate Academy (InGrA)
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
InGrA – International Graduate Academy
The Graduate Academy (JGA)
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Friedrich Schiller University Jena – Graduate Academy
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