Courses and Training

As a member of yDiv, you will profit from a variety of biodiversity-related courses which deepen your skills and key competencies in the field of biodiversity research. Besides, yDiv offers a range of courses to enhance professional skills. The yDiv curriculum requirements are specified in the PhD Guide (PDF).

In this section, you get information on the courses offered by yDiv and a link to the registration form of each course. You can also find links to the course websites of graduate academies that are partners of yDiv. Note that courses on biodiversity themes and professional skills completed elsewhere, also count towards the yDiv curriculum if they meet the requirements.

Places at all yDiv courses are offered first to yDiv doctoral researchers. However, when the registration is open on the website, other doctoral researchers of collaborating graduate schools and graduate academies can apply. Application is done by following the link on the course page. Please inform our coordination team ( if you encounter any difficulties in the registration process.

Upcoming Courses





12.30 - 2.00 PM
Seminar series Various 1
18-22 February 2019 Science Policy
Aletta Bonn 2
26-27 February 2019 Agent-based Modeling with NetLogo: a Short Introduction
Volker Grimm 0.5
7-8 March 2019 Professional Presentations for PhD Researchers
Kay Strauß 0.5
14 May 2019 Writing About Your Research for the Public
Tabea Turrini 0.25
27 September 2019 Supervision of Master Students
Matthias Schwarzkopf 0.25
 – Biodiversity Patterns –  Biodiversity Processes
 – Biodiversity Function – Biodiversity and Society
  – Transferable Skills – Methods

Counselling and Training

Date Content Coach

June - December 2018

Scientific Writing Clinic

Elena Motivans

5 December 2018

Career Consultation (outside academia), in cooperation with the Agentur für Arbeit Leipzig (Leipzig Employment Agency)

Julia Weien

Previous Courses

Date Course Lecturer CP
22-23 November 2018Ignite TrainingDaniel Mertens0.5
12 November 2018How to Become a Junior Group LeaderAlexander Schiller0.25
5-9 November 2018Spatial Analysis and Modelling for Biodiversity and Ecosystem ProcessesIsabel MD Rosa, Carlos Antonio Guerra1
Cancelled: 22 October 2018Communication Skills: Workshop in Rhetoric & ArgumentationAlexander Moritz0.25
15-16 October 2018Introduction to Biodiversity Data ManagementJitendra Gaikwad, Roel van Klink 0.5
11 October 2018Git Basics - For Beginner-Level Git UsersDirk Sarpe, Christian Krauseno CP
24-25 September 2018Good Scientific Practice (Mandatory Course)Julia Verse0.5
21 September 2018Project Management for Doctoral Students - an Introduction (yDiv Welcome Days - Day II)Claudia Bade0.25
20 September 2018yDiv Welcome Days-Day INicole Sachmerda-Schulzn.a.
27-31 August 2018 Introduction to Ecometabolomics for EcologistsMIE Group2
29 June 2018Designing Effective Academic PostersBirgit Lukowski0,25
21-22 June 2018Ecological Networks and CoexistenceTiffany Knight, Stan Harpole, Ulrich Brose0,5
20 June 2018Measurements of BiodiversityDan McGlinn, Joathan Chase, Shane Blowes0,25
15 May 2018Leadership Training with HorsesSandra Mader0,25
4 May 2018Writing Sweat Shop
Ingrid Scherübl0,25
17-18 April 2018Writing of Scientific Publications
Volker Grimm0,5
11-12 January 2018Teaching in Higher Education-Advanced CourseDr Matthias Schwarzkopf0,5
21 September, every Thursday until 14 December 2017 Introduction to Integrative Biodiversity ScienceCore and junior group heads1,5
11-14 December 2017yDiv/ HIGRADE course: Introduction to Generalized Linear Models and Mixed Effect Models in RDr Mick Wu, Dr Felix May1,5
7-8 December 2017Good Scientific PracticeHelga Nolte0,5
5 December 2017FCF/ yDiv course: Career and Competencies Development for Female ScientistsSusanne Skoruppa0,25
30 November - 1 December 2017Teaching in Higher Education - Basic courseDr Matthias Schwarzkopf0,5
27-28 November 2017yDiv/HIGRADE course: Mycorrhizal symbiosisDr Ainhoa Martinez-Medina, Dr Iván Fernández López0,5
23-26 October 2017 yDiv/HIGRADE course: Meta-analysis in biological and environmental sciences
Dr Dylan Craven, Dr Katharina Gerstner1,5
28-29 September 2017Pattern and process of coexistence and biodiversity scaling in metacommunitiesProf. Jonathan Chase, Dr D. Viana, Dr A. Jeliazkov, Dr F. May, Dr S. Blowes, Dr P. Keil, Dr K. Gerstner0,5
25-29 September 2017 Advanced Statistics 1 - Non-linear modellingDr Björn C. Rall, Dr Benjamin Rosenbaum3
28 August-1 September 2017Introduction to Ecometabolomics for EcologistsProf. Nicole van Dam2
12-16 June 2017Biodiversity ConservationProf. Henrique Pereira2
23-24 May 2017Project Management
Prof. A. Schiller & Dr D. Mertens0,5
1-3 March 2017Introduction to maximum likelihood and Bayesian statistics for ecologists
Basic Plant Molecular Techniques
Dr Petr Keil0,5
25-27 January 2017Writing of Scientific Publications / Article peer-reviewing
Prof. Volker Grimm, Prof. Robert Paxton0,5
12-16 December 2016Basic Plant Molecular Techniques
Dr Ainhoa Martinez-Medina, Anne Mädicke, Rebekka Sontowski1
28-30 November 2016Introduction to Python
Ecological Statistics in R - Part 3
Florian Wolf0,5
21-24 November 2016 Measuring and comparing biodiversity facets
Prof. Jon Chase, Dr Felix May, Dr Shane Blowes2
19-20 September 2016 Mapped: Planning and managing a PhD Prof. Alexander Schiller & Dr Daniel Mertens 0,5
12-15 September 2016Biodiversity Experiments
Prof. Nico Eisenhauer2

29 June - 1 July 2016

Big-data spatio-temporal analyses using open source GIS software
Dr Giuseppe Amatulli 0,5
11-12 July 2016 Career Planning and Application in German universities and research institutes

Dr Matthias Schwarzkopf 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
Big-data spatio-temporal analyses using open source GIS software
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
Big-data spatio-temporal analyses using open source GIS software
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
Big-data spatio-temporal analyses using open source GIS software
Prof. Stan Harpole 2
23 September, 13 November, 9 December 2015 Scientific Writing Consultation
Dr Brian Cusack, Science Craft 0,25
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
Meta-analysis in Biology and Environmental Science
Dr Björn Rall, Dr Ellen Latz, Yuanheng Li 2
14-16 October 2015 Working at the Science-Policy Interface
Prof. Aletta Bonn 1
14-18 September 2015 Ecological Population Models
Meta-analysis in Biology and Environmental Science
Prof. Ulrich Brose, Myriam Hirt 2
24+25 August 2015 Data Visualization
Meta-analysis in Biology and Environmental Science
Dr Rick Scavetta, Science Craft 0,5
16-19 June 2015 Ecological Statistics in R - Part 1
Meta-analysis in Biology and Environmental Science
Dr Björn Rall, Dr Ellen Latz, Yuanheng Li 2

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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