Courses and Training

As a member of yDiv, you are given the chance to profit from a wide variety of biodiversity-related courses. These courses seek to strengthen your skills and key competencies in the field of biodiversity research. On top of that, yDiv also offers a range of courses with the aim to enhance professional skills. The yDiv curriculum requirements are specified in the PhD Guide (PDF).

This section offers information on upcoming and previous yDiv courses, as well as links to the course websites of yDiv partners. Courses on biodiversity or professional skills completed outside of yDiv can be accounted for in the yDiv curriculum.

Once the registration on the course site is open, yDiv members and PhD students of the associated graduate schools and academies can apply. The application is done via the link on the respective course page. If you have any difficulties during the application process, please contact the yDiv coordination team.

Further opportunities: Statistics consultancy and courses

The Theory in Biodiversity Science (TiBS) group offers a consultation in theory, maths and statistics, happening each Wednesday from 3 - 4 pm. Please write an email in advance with a brief description of your problem to Dr. Benjamin Rosenbaum, if you are planning to take part in the consultation.

Each HIGRADE statistics course has two seats reserved for yDiv doctoral researchers. To register and see when the next courses will happen, just click the link.

Counselling and Training

Date Content Coach

3 September 2019

Career Consultation (outside academia), in cooperation with the Agentur für Arbeit Leipzig (Leipzig Employment Agency)

Julia Weien

Upcoming Courses





12.30 - 2.00 PM
Seminar series Various 1
12-16 August 2019 Introduction into Ecometabolomics
Henriette Uthe 2
2-6/23-27 September 2019 Theoretical Ecology and Computer Simulation Björn Rall 2/2
23-24 September 2019Alexander Zizka, Steffen Ehrmann1
27 September 2019 Supervision of Master Students
Matthias Schwarzkopf 0.25
10 October 2019 Critical Reasoning and Debating in Science
Romy Jaster 0.25
21-23 October 2019 Bayesian Statistics
Benjamin Rosenbaum 1
28-29 October 2019

Making sense of high-throughput sequencing (short read) data

Chris Barratt 1
18-19 November 2019 Good Scientific Practice
Andrea Kliewer, Dorit Schmidt 0.5
28-29 November 2019 yDiv Career Days

Various n.a.
2-4 December 2019 Introduction to Python
Florian Wolf 0.5
21-22 January 2020 Writing of Scientific Publications
Volker Grimm 0.5
20 and 23 March 2020 Doing creative research
Alba Polo 1
tba The Earth System Data Lab
Miguel Mahecha, Fabian Gans 0.25
 – Biodiversity Patterns –  Biodiversity Processes
 – Biodiversity Function – Biodiversity and Society
  – Transferable Skills – Methods

Previous Courses

Date Course Lecturer CP
9 July 2019 How to achieve a healthier research environment within your lab (for Postdocs and Junior Group Leaders)Fernando T. Maestren.a.
8-12 July 2019Advanced Statistics 1 - Non-linear modelling
Björn Rall2
4 July 2019Media Training - How to give Interviews (postdocs only)
Volker Hahnn.a
1-5 July 2019yDiv Welcome WeekVarious1.5
7 June 2019Writing about your Research for the Public
Tabea Turrini0.2
4 June 2019Write Publications using Pandoc Papers
Christian Krausen.a.
29 May 2019Media training – How to give interviews (for Postdocs)
Volker Hahnn.a.
23 May 2019 Deceleration- A Horse-assisted Seminar
Sandra Mader0.25
14 May 2019Writing About Your Research for the Public
Tabea Turrini0.25
1-3 April 2019Bayesian Statistics
Benjamin Rosenbaum0.5
21 March 2019Git Basics - For Beginner-Level Git UsersDirk Sarpe, Christian Krausen.a.
11, 18/19 & 21/22 March 2019 Biodiversity and Niche Theory
Stan Harpole2
7-8 March 2019 Professional Presentations for PhD Researchers
Kay Strauß0.5
26-27 February 2019 Agent-based Modeling with NetLogo: a Short IntroductionVolker Grimm0.5
18-22 February 2019Science Policy
Aletta Bonn2
4-5 February 2019Scientific Writing WorkshopBrian Cusack0.5
22-23 November 2018Ignite TrainingDaniel Mertens0.5
12 November 2018How to Become a Junior Group LeaderAlexander Schiller0.25
5-9 November 2018Spatial Analysis and Modelling for Biodiversity and Ecosystem ProcessesIsabel MD Rosa, Carlos Antonio Guerra1
15-16 October 2018Introduction to Biodiversity Data ManagementJitendra Gaikwad, Roel van Klink 0.5
11 October 2018Git Basics - For Beginner-Level Git UsersDirk Sarpe, Christian Krauseno CP
24-25 September 2018Good Scientific Practice (Mandatory Course)Julia Verse0.5
21 September 2018Project Management for Doctoral Students - an Introduction (yDiv Welcome Days - Day II)Claudia Bade0.25
20 September 2018yDiv Welcome Days-Day INicole Sachmerda-Schulzn.a.
27-31 August 2018 Introduction to Ecometabolomics for EcologistsMIE Group2
29 June 2018Designing Effective Academic PostersBirgit Lukowski0,25
21-22 June 2018Ecological Networks and CoexistenceTiffany Knight, Stan Harpole, Ulrich Brose0,5
20 June 2018Measurements of BiodiversityDan McGlinn, Joathan Chase, Shane Blowes0,25
15 May 2018Leadership Training with HorsesSandra Mader0,25
4 May 2018Writing Sweat Shop
Ingrid Scherübl0,25
17-18 April 2018Writing of Scientific Publications
Volker Grimm0,5
11-12 January 2018Teaching in Higher Education-Advanced CourseDr Matthias Schwarzkopf0,5
21 September, every Thursday until 14 December 2017 Introduction to Integrative Biodiversity ScienceCore and junior group heads1,5
11-14 December 2017yDiv/ HIGRADE course: Introduction to Generalized Linear Models and Mixed Effect Models in RDr Mick Wu, Dr Felix May1,5
7-8 December 2017Good Scientific PracticeHelga Nolte0,5
5 December 2017FCF/ yDiv course: Career and Competencies Development for Female ScientistsSusanne Skoruppa0,25
30 November - 1 December 2017Teaching in Higher Education - Basic courseDr Matthias Schwarzkopf0,5
27-28 November 2017yDiv/HIGRADE course: Mycorrhizal symbiosisDr Ainhoa Martinez-Medina, Dr Iván Fernández López0,5
23-26 October 2017 yDiv/HIGRADE course: Meta-analysis in biological and environmental sciences
Dr Dylan Craven, Dr Katharina Gerstner1,5
28-29 September 2017Pattern and process of coexistence and biodiversity scaling in metacommunitiesProf. Jonathan Chase, Dr D. Viana, Dr A. Jeliazkov, Dr F. May, Dr S. Blowes, Dr P. Keil, Dr K. Gerstner0,5
25-29 September 2017 Advanced Statistics 1 - Non-linear modellingDr Björn C. Rall, Dr Benjamin Rosenbaum3
28 August-1 September 2017Introduction to Ecometabolomics for EcologistsProf. Nicole van Dam2
12-16 June 2017Biodiversity ConservationProf. Henrique Pereira2
23-24 May 2017Project Management
Prof. A. Schiller & Dr D. Mertens0,5
1-3 March 2017Introduction to maximum likelihood and Bayesian statistics for ecologists
Basic Plant Molecular Techniques
Dr Petr Keil0,5
25-27 January 2017Writing of Scientific Publications / Article peer-reviewing
Prof. Volker Grimm, Prof. Robert Paxton0,5
12-16 December 2016Basic Plant Molecular Techniques
Dr Ainhoa Martinez-Medina, Anne Mädicke, Rebekka Sontowski1
28-30 November 2016Introduction to Python
Ecological Statistics in R - Part 3
Florian Wolf0,5
21-24 November 2016 Measuring and comparing biodiversity facets
Prof. Jon Chase, Dr Felix May, Dr Shane Blowes2
19-20 September 2016 Mapped: Planning and managing a PhD Prof. Alexander Schiller & Dr Daniel Mertens 0,5
12-15 September 2016Biodiversity Experiments
Prof. Nico Eisenhauer2

29 June - 1 July 2016

Big-data spatio-temporal analyses using open source GIS software
Dr Giuseppe Amatulli 0,5
11-12 July 2016 Career Planning and Application in German universities and research institutes

Dr Matthias Schwarzkopf 0,5
9-10 June 2016 yDiv/HIGRADE course: Plan B - How to find your career outside academia

Dr Matthias Schwarzkopf 0,5
18 May 2016 Introduction to phylogenetic comparative methods in R
Big-data spatio-temporal analyses using open source GIS software
Prof. Luke Harmon 0,25
4 April 2016 yDiv/HIGRADE course: Finish It! How to Finalize Your Dissertation

Dr Matthias Schwarzkopf 0,25
14-18 March 2016 Meta-analysis in Biology and Environmental Science
Prof. Jessica Gurevitch, Prof. Julia Koricheva 2
25-27 January 2016 Bayesian Biostatistics
Big-data spatio-temporal analyses using open source GIS software
Dr Petr Keil 0,5
14-17 December 2015 Environmental Economics
Dr Tsegaye T. Gatiso, Dr Alexandra Marques 2
7-11 December 2015 Biodiversity and Niche Theory
Big-data spatio-temporal analyses using open source GIS software
Prof. Stan Harpole 2
23 September, 13 November, 9 December 2015 Scientific Writing Consultation
Dr Brian Cusack, Science Craft 0,25
26+27 November 2015 Voice and rhetoric training for female scientists
Dr Martina Kloepfer 0,5
11 November 2015 yDiv/HIGRADE Workshop Day 2:
Embedding impact in research
Prof. Mark Reed, Dr. Ana Attlee, Rosmarie Neumann (Project Maya)
10 November 2015 yDiv/HIGRADE Workshop Day 1:
Skills and techniques in biodiversity research
Dr Joona Lehtomäki, Christian Krause, Tilo Arnold, Dr Felix May, Prof. Walter Jetz
26-30 October 2015 Ecological Statistics in R - Part 2
Meta-analysis in Biology and Environmental Science
Dr Björn Rall, Dr Ellen Latz, Yuanheng Li 2
14-16 October 2015 Working at the Science-Policy Interface
Prof. Aletta Bonn 1
14-18 September 2015 Ecological Population Models
Meta-analysis in Biology and Environmental Science
Prof. Ulrich Brose, Myriam Hirt 2
24+25 August 2015 Data Visualization
Meta-analysis in Biology and Environmental Science
Dr Rick Scavetta, Science Craft 0,5
16-19 June 2015 Ecological Statistics in R - Part 1
Meta-analysis in Biology and Environmental Science
Dr Björn Rall, Dr Ellen Latz, Yuanheng Li 2

Course Offers by Affiliated Institutions and Programmes

InGrA – International Graduate Academy

For the courses of the InGrA Halle check this link.

Friedrich Schiller University Jena – Graduate Academy

Find the JGA course offers here.

Research Academy Leipzig (ral)

Find the ral course offers here.

Helmholtz Interdisciplinary GRADuate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE)

All HIGRADE courses are available here.

Courses offered by AquaDiva are to be found here.

Online Courses

To complement the extensive course programme of yDiv there is always the possibility to take courses online. We compiled a list of high profile online course platforms that offer free or low cost courses in the fields of scientific knowledge, scientific skills and professional skills. Please note that these courses are not accredited in the yDiv curriculum.

Stanford online
Scientific Knowledge | Scientific Skills | Transferable Skills

Scientific Knowledge | Scientific Skills

Harvard Online Learning
Scientific Knowledge

Khan Academy
Scientific Knowledge

MIT open courseware
Scientific Knowledge

Transferable Skills

Scientific Knowledge | Scientific Skills | Transferable Skills

Open Education Database
Scientific Knowledge

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