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

23 May : Decelaration: A horse - assisted seminar

Deceleration is an essential aspect for anyone who aims to maintain both health and purpose in their professional lives. The objective of this workshop is to discover the ability to decelerate through human-animal interaction at eye level.

19-21 June: yDiv annual retreat

The yDiv annual retreat is an overnight event where you get together to meet 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.

1-5 July: yDiv Welcome Week

The yDiv Welcome Week will introduce doctoral researchers to all the information and tools needed in order to successfully start their PhD career in integrative biodiversity science at iDiv. The yDiv Welcome Week is mandatory for doctoral researchers who joined yDiv in 2019.

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).

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