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

21-22 January: Writing of Scientific Publications

This course provides a practical introduction to writing scientific publications. The aim is to give you a clear understanding of how to write papers, and come up with the most important elements of a first draft of your scientific paper. Recommendations of useful literature on scientific writing will be given, as well as practical advice on how to organise and improve your writing.

3-6 February: Fire Ecology

This course is about understanding of how fire affects plant community patterns and dynamics, overview of basic methods in fire ecology, critical thinking about fire-climate change feedbacks.

24-25 February: Thesis Defense Training
During the defense of their thesis, doctoral students have to give a presentation of 10 to 30 minutes which is followed by a discussion. This workshop is designed to prepare doctoral students optimally for this situation.

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