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).

Upcoming Events and Courses

12-16 August: Introduction into Ecometabolomics

This course seeks to offer an introduction on the application of metabolomics in ecological and biodiversity research. Tools and approaches that are used to obtain, process and analyze metabolomics data will be extensively explored. The course will partially take place on green houses/botanical garden and the laboratories of the Molecular Interaction Ecology group.

21-28 August: iDiv Summer School 2019 "Citizen Science – Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy"

The course will address different aspects of citizen science as an innovative tool for open science, society and policy. We will deliver new insights into the values and tools of and in citizen science. Participants will work on two research projects with the opportunity to present results at the iDiv conference that takes place immediately after the summer school (29 to 30 August 2019).

2-6 & 23-27 September: Theoretical Ecology and Computer Simulation

This two week course is about mathematical modelling of ecological systems. The course is NOT about statistical modelling. The course requires basic knowledge in using R, a laptop to install specialized R-packages, a pen, paper, and an open mind towards mathematics.

23-24 September: Building R packages with Rstudio and GitHub

The course guides through the process of building and R package using the RStudio tool chain, starting from conceptualization until publication. We will provide example data and code, but encourage the students to bring their own data and code.

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