Young Biodiversity Research Training Group - yDiv
The research training group of young biodiversity researchers (yDiv) is for a new generation of scientists. The transdisciplinarity of iDiv is a challenge and an opportunity for the PhD candidates and the supervisors. To bridge different levels of biodiversity research (from theory to applied aspects of nature conservation) and investigation objects (single organisms, manipulated communities, ecosystems) with a diverse set of approaches (modelling, field experiments, molecular ecology) is a main aim of iDiv.
An integrative graduate programme with a shared PhD mentoring programme allows the exchange between theoreticians and empiricists - and between the universities of Leipzig, Halle and Jena. To ensure intellectual exchange, the two supervisors of each PhD belong to different research areas (e.g. Theory and Molecular Interaction Ecology) and the doctoral researcher should interact with both groups depending on the needs of the PhD project.