Welcome to yDiv – the Graduate School of iDiv

yDiv is a graduate school 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).

Corona-related information for doctoral researchers

Upcoming events

Since physical meetings and seminars have been suspended due to the government’s regulations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19, we had to cancel and postpone almost all of our planned courses. However, we are continually trying to offer online courses where it is possible, as well as other types of courses, like outdoor seminars with a limited amount of participants if this can be done within the boundaries of current regulations.


5 June: Online Talk: Third Party Funding Opportunities

The seminar gives an overview of possibilities for third-party funding of research projects. The funding programs of the German Research Foundation (DFG), EU, German ministries and selected foundations will be presented.

9, 11+12 June: Grant Writing

Participants will learn how to apply for successful third-party funding in order to acquire their own scientific positions and projects. If required there is also the opportunity of a one-to-one coaching after the workshop.

10 June: Online Talk: Where science meets society
Exhibition curator Linda Gallé gives an insight into the work of the exhibition department at the Museum of Natural History Berlin and takes the participants on a fast journey from the renewal of the exhibitions in 2007 to the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.

18+19 June: Media Training for PhDs

This course aims to train postdocs on how to explain their science in plain language (accurate, brief, clear), how to “sell” themselves in interviews and other situations and on how to deal with journalists. The training consists of a lecture and repeated practice in front of a camera including feedback rounds. The participants receive a video file of their performance in front of the camera.

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