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

9 May: The Earth System Data Lab

The “Earth System Data Lab” is a novel infrastructure for scientists. It not only provides a set of harmonized data cubes, but also developed a strong data analytics toolkit in tandem with access to computational facilities to jointly analyze the datasets.
During the workshop we will introduce the Earth System Data Lab in a hands-on session. Participants will learn how to access the data cube, how to apply user-defined functions on the data cube and how to visualize the results.

14 May: Writing about your Research for the Public

The main focus of this course will be on gaining skills for writing a plain language science news item. Therefore, this course is especially tailored towards PhD researchers who are interested in publishing news items about their research results under “News” on the iDiv website. We will talk about aspects like: formulating your main message, text structure and information to include, easy-to-understand and vivid language, finding a title, including quotes.

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.

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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