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 or Dr. Björn Rall, 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
September - December 2019 Scientific Writing Clinic Andrew Davis

Upcoming Courses

Date Course Lecturer CP
12.30 - 2.00 PM
Seminar series Various 1
2-6/23-27 September 2019 Theoretical Ecology and Computer Simulation
Björn Rall 2/2
23-24 September 2019 Alexander Zizka, Steffen Ehrmann 1
27 September 2019 Supervision of Master Students
Matthias Schwarzkopf 0.25
10 October 2019 Critical Reasoning and Debating in Science
Romy Jaster 0.25
14-15 October R-Markdown Björn Rall 0.5
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

Previous Courses

Date Course Lecturer CP
5 September 2019 Git Basics - For Beginner-Level Git UsersDirk Sarpe, Christian Krause 0
12-16 August 2019 Introduction into Ecometabolomics
Henriette Uthe 2
9 July 2019 How to achieve a healthier research environment within your lab (f or Postdocs and Junior Group Leaders) Fernando T. Maestre n.a.    
8-12 July 2019 Advanced Statistics 1 - Non-linear modelling
Björn Rall 2    
4 July 2019 Media Training - How to give Interviews (postdocs only)
Volker Hahn n.a    
1-5 July 2019 yDiv Welcome Week Various 1.5    
7 June 2019 Writing about your Research for the Public
Tabea Turrini 0.2    
4 June 2019 Write Publications using Pandoc Papers
Christian Krause n.a.    
29 May 2019 Media training – How to give interviews (f or Postdocs)
Volker Hahn n.a.    
23 May 2019 Deceleration- A Horse-assisted Seminar
Sandra Mader 0.25    
14 May 2019 Writing About Your Research for the Public
Tabea Turrini 0.25    
1-3 April 2019 Bayesian Statistics
Benjamin Rosenbaum 0.5    
21 March 2019 Git Basics - For Beginner-Level Git Users Dirk Sarpe, Christian Krause n.a.    
11, 18/19 & 21/22 March 2019 Biodiversity and Niche Theory
Stan Harpole 2    
7-8 March 2019 Professional Presentations for PhD Researchers
Kay Strauß 0.5    
26-27 February 2019 Agent-based Modeling with NetLogo: a Short Introduction Volker Grimm 0.5    
18-22 February 2019 Science Policy
Aletta Bonn 2
4-5 February 2019 Scientific Writing Workshop Brian Cusack 0.5
22-23 November 2018 Ignite Training Daniel Mertens 0.5
12 November 2018 How to Become a Junior Group Leader Alexander Schiller 0.25
5-9 November 2018 Spatial Analysis and Modelling for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes Isabel MD Rosa, Carlos Antonio Guerra 1
15-16 October 2018 Introduction to Biodiversity Data Management Jitendra Gaikwad, Roel van Klink 0.5
11 October 2018 Git Basics - For Beginner-Level Git Users Dirk Sarpe, Christian Krause no CP
24-25 September 2018 Good Scientific Practice (Mandatory Course) Julia Verse 0.5
21 September 2018 Project Management for Doctoral Students - an Introduction (yDiv Welcome Days - Day II) Claudia Bade 0.25
20 September 2018 yDiv Welcome Days-Day I Nicole Sachmerda-Schulz n.a.
27-31 August 2018 Introduction to Ecometabolomics for Ecologists MIE Group 2
29 June 2018 Designing Effective Academic Posters Birgit Lukowski 0,25
21-22 June 2018 Ecological Networks and Coexistence Tiffany Knight, Stan Harpole, Ulrich Brose 0,5
20 June 2018 Measurements of Biodiversity Dan McGlinn, Joathan Chase, Shane Blowes 0,25
15 May 2018 Leadership Training with Horses Sandra Mader 0,25
4 May 2018 Writing Sweat Shop
Ingrid Scherübl 0,25
17-18 April 2018 Writing of Scientific Publications
Volker Grimm 0,5
11-12 January 2018 Teaching in Higher Education-Advanced Course Dr Matthias Schwarzkopf 0,5
21 September, every Thursday until 14 December 2017 Introduction to Integrative Biodiversity Science Core and junior group heads 1,5
11-14 December 2017 yDiv/ HIGRADE course: Introduction to Generalized Linear Models and Mixed Effect Models in R Dr Mick Wu, Dr Felix May 1,5
7-8 December 2017 Good Scientific Practice Helga Nolte 0,5
5 December 2017 FCF/ yDiv course: Career and Competencies Development for Female Scientists Susanne Skoruppa 0,25
30 November - 1 December 2017 Teaching in Higher Education - Basic course Dr Matthias Schwarzkopf 0,5
27-28 November 2017 yDiv/HIGRADE course: Mycorrhizal symbiosis Dr Ainhoa Martinez-Medina, Dr Iván Fernández López 0,5
23-26 October 2017 yDiv/HIGRADE course: Meta-analysis in biological and environmental sciences
Dr Dylan Craven, Dr Katharina Gerstner 1,5
28-29 September 2017 Pattern and process of coexistence and biodiversity scaling in metacommunities Prof. Jonathan Chase, Dr D. Viana, Dr A. Jeliazkov, Dr F. May, Dr S. Blowes, Dr P. Keil, Dr K. Gerstner 0,5
25-29 September 2017 Advanced Statistics 1 - Non-linear modelling Dr Björn C. Rall, Dr Benjamin Rosenbaum 3
28 August-1 September 2017 Introduction to Ecometabolomics for Ecologists Prof. Nicole van Dam 2
12-16 June 2017 Biodiversity Conservation Prof. Henrique Pereira 2
23-24 May 2017 Project Management
Prof. A. Schiller & Dr D. Mertens 0,5
1-3 March 2017 Introduction to maximum likelihood and Bayesian statistics for ecologists
Dr Petr Keil 0,5
25-27 January 2017 Writing of Scientific Publications / Article peer-reviewing
Prof. Volker Grimm, Prof. Robert Paxton 0,5
12-16 December 2016 Basic Plant Molecular Techniques
Dr Ainhoa Martinez-Medina, Anne Mädicke, Rebekka Sontowski 1
28-30 November 2016 Introduction to Python
Florian Wolf 0,5
21-24 November 2016 Measuring and comparing biodiversity facets
Prof. Jon Chase, Dr Felix May, Dr Shane Blowes 2
19-20 September 2016 Mapped: Planning and managing a PhD Prof. Alexander Schiller & Dr Daniel Mertens 0,5
12-15 September 2016 Biodiversity Experiments
Prof. Nico Eisenhauer 2

11-12 July 2016

Career Planning and Application in German universities and research institutes

Dr Matthias Schwarzkopf 0,5
29 June - 1 July 2016 Big-data spatio-temporal analyses using open source GIS software  Dr Giuseppe Amatulli 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

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
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
Prof. Stan Harpole 2
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
Dr Björn Rall, Dr Ellen Latz, Yuanheng Li 2
14-16 October 2015 Working at the Science-Policy Interface
Prof. Aletta Bonn 1
23 September, 13 November, 9 December 2015 Scientific Writing Consultation Dr Brian Cusack, Science Craft 0,25
14-18 September 2015 Ecological Population Models

Prof. Ulrich Brose, Myriam Hirt 2
24+25 August 2015 Data Visualization

Dr Rick Scavetta, Science Craft 0,5
16-19 June 2015 Ecological Statistics in R - Part 1
Dr Björn Rall, Dr Ellen Latz, Yuanheng Li 2
 – Biodiversity Patterns –  Biodiversity Processes
 – Biodiversity Function – Biodiversity and Society
  – Transferable Skills – Methods

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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