The research training programme in Biology provides training within the key research areas of the Department of Biology. The students within the programme will engage in experimental biology on topics ranging from microorganisms to ecosystem-level, with an overall emphasis on aquatic biology. The graduate school covers five broad research areas:

Microbial Ecology and Geobiology


Ecotoxicology and Environmental Stress

Acoustic Communication and Behaviour


Leader: Professor Ronnie N. Glud
Department Secretary: Lone Nørgaard Bruun

The Research Training Programme includes all Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors at the Department of Biology.

The Research Training Programme is headed by Professor Ronnie N. Glud. He is supported administratively by Lone Nørgaard Bruun, who carries out the daily administration. General administration of doctoral projects under the PhD program (e.g. evaluation of applications, approval of study plans, applications for mobility, education, and communication activities) is carried out by the PhD Committee at the Department of Biology. This committee consists of three members (the leader of the programme and two researchers) and reports to the PhD School at the Faculty of Science.

Each of the five research areas offers competent PhD guidance and a range of PhD training and networking activities. Each research area is staffed by up to 6 researchers. The organization of individual doctoral projects follows the guidelines and codes outlined by the Faculty of Science.

The PhD programme offers a wide range of courses that can be complemented by courses taught at other departments. It is also encouraged to follow relevant courses organized by other national and international research institutions. The supervisor and the PhD student jointly identify relevant courses tailored to each PhD project. Participation in relevant conferences is expected.

As a guideline a PhD thesis from the training programme will typically contain 3 or more full-length articles. Of these, 1-2 should be submitted, accepted or published in national or internationally recognized journals and at least 2 articles should have the PhD student as first author. It is for the assessment committee to decide whether the thesis is of sufficient quality and in cases where only manuscripts are included. It is also up to the assessment committee to assess whether these could be accepted by an internationally recognized journal.

An important aim of the PhD programme is to facilitate networking with PhD students and researchers from other universities in Denmark and abroad. Among other things this is facilitated by seminars, workshops and guest lectures by national and international researchers arranged by the programme - and PhD students are strongly encouraged to participate.

All new PhD students at the Department of Biology will automatically be enrolled in The Research Training Programme and it is also possible to join the graduate school SNAK (Sense Organs, Nerve Systems, Behaviour and Communication).

more about ongoing PhD Projects at the Department of Biology.

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