Welcome to the Young Biodiversity Research Training Group – yDiv!

Interdisciplinary research in biodiversity sciences

yDiv is the graduate school (research training group) of iDiv.

The aim of yDiv is to bridge different levels of biodiversity research, from theory to applied aspects of nature conservation. The set of approaches and methods at yDiv is diverse, varying from modelling to field experiments, while the objects of investigation vary from single organisms to manipulated communities and entire ecosystems. Our doctoral researchers accumulate valuable skills in assimilating knowledge and techniques from various disciplines, and combining different approaches in their work. The uniqueness of our programme stems from the exchange between theoreticians and empiricists.

The main components of our programme are:

 1) the PhD Advisory Committee (PAC), emphasising exchange between theoreticians and empiricists,

 2) a curriculum of biodiversity-related courses, with emphasis on interdisciplinary learning as well as professional development, and

 3) a research stay at a laboratory abroad to allow early-career networking and internationalisation.

 We also organise an annual retreat, and a scientific symposium is organised every year by the doctoral researchers themselves.

 As part of iDiv, we offer excellent opportunities for early-career networking and finding the best mentoring and supervision for a career in biodiversity. Our doctoral researchers are also encouraged to participate in the wide range of scientific and non-scientific activities offered at iDiv, including the workshops of sDiv, the synthesis centre of iDiv.

You can find more information about the research projects of our current doctoral researchers behind this link.

Partners of yDiv

Research Academy Leipzig (ral)
Leipzig University
Research Academy Leipzig (ral)
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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