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).

The main components of the yDiv PhD programme are:

PhD Advisory Committee (PAC)

Emphasising exchange between theoreticians and empiricists


Biodiversity-related courses, with emphasis on interdisciplinary learning as well as professional development

Research stay abroad

Allow early-career networking and internationalisation at a laboratory abroad


If you have any questions concerning yDiv, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Sachmerda-Schulz, the scientific coordinator of yDiv.

Email: ydiv@idiv.de
Phone: +49 341 97 33125

yDiv News

15.09.2017 | TOP NEWS, yDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology
04.09.2017 | yDiv, iDiv, Research, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS

Upcoming events

21 Jun yDiv course: Ecological Networks and Coexistence Location: Red Queen
29 Jun yDiv course: Designing Academic Posters Location: room Metamorphosis in Interim III
20 Aug yDiv Summer School Location: iDiv Leipzig

Partners of yDiv

Research Academy Leipzig
Leipzig University
Graduate School HIGRADE
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Helmholtz Interdisciplinary GRADuate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE)
International Graduate Academy (InGrA)
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
InGrA – International Graduate Academy
The Graduate Academy (JGA)
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Friedrich Schiller University Jena – Graduate Academy
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