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).

2+8 April: Stay productive in your home office – online workshop for doctoral researchers

Doing everything now in home office can be a real challenge. This online workshop will support you to stay productive and motivated.

2+8 April: How to organize your team in home office – working with distributed teams – online workshop for supervisors

The corona situation forces teams to change from in-room collaboration to online cooperation. How to guide your team and stay productive now?

21 April: Online-seminar: R and teamwork for better science in less time
R has demonstrable potential to accelerate scientific research, since it not only provides powerful analytical tools that increase reproducibility but also creates a new frontier for communication when combined with the open web. The question this semianr seeks to answer is how do we harness this power as teams in science, within and beyond the research group?

7 May: 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.

10-12 June: yDiv annual retreat "Science & Art"

The yDiv annual retreat is an overnight event where you get together with other yDiv doctoral researchers and learn about a commonly agreed, important topic related to science. Retreat topics included career planning, team working and science communication so far.

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