Last changed: 06 November 2023

We arrange both courses and seminars. Take a look at our programme for 2023!

Spring Semester

Plant Communication and Trophic Interactions: from plant behavior to sustainable cropping

To give an overview of the state of the art research in this area, illustrating how it affects issues of fundamental ecological interest and how it can contribute to novel approaches for the sustainable management of weeds and insect pests in cropping systems.

Community Ecology

The course provides both fundamental knowledge and insights in recent advances in community ecology. You will learn several methods for studying community change and dynamics, including mathematical modelling, experimental- and time series analyses methods. You will also be able to frame and discuss your research interests in a community ecology context. The second week of the course is given in Öregrund, where exercises and discussions will be combined with lectures, and a final symposium will be held.

To communicate science

How to plan and perform efficient communication using different methods and channels that can be used to reach different target groups.

  • 2 ECTS
  • Course organizers: NJ-faculty research schools and the communication div. at SLU
  • March or April

How to become a postdoc (seminar)

Learn about what is required to apply for funds or positions, why you should do a post doc, and other things that may be important to consider. Invited researchers (about applications writing and reviewing) and former postdocs presenting information and their perspective based on their experience.

  • Organizers: NJ-faculty research schools
  • 5 May

Understanding and implementing Bayesian Ecological Modelling: a course from beginning to hierarchical complexity

How and when to perform Bayesian analyses and how to interpret and report the outcome of the analyses.

Exploring the dynamics of soil organic matter through process-based modeling

This course will delve into what controls soil organic matter dynamics in agricultural systems and the use of dynamic ‘process-based’ models to explore and predict how conservation management practices and technologies can improve soil health and help mitigate greenhouse gases and climate change.

Autumn semester 2023

Multivariate methods for ecologists

Aim: To illustrate the application of number of multivariate methods on ecological data. Ordination and classification procedures will be demonstrated in lectures and exercises.

  • PNS0074
  • 4.5 ECTS
  • Part 1:1 week, 25 September - 29 September.
  • Part 2: 2 weeks, directly after part 1, i.e. 2-13 October. At your own office. Last day will be a compulsory seminar.
  • Course organizer: Ulf Grandin ( FoSW, Ecology and Organism Biology
  • See this link for more information on the course and how to apply (deadline: 8 September):

Scientific Writing and Peer Review in Ecology

The course aim is to give an overview and learn the basics on how to prepare and write a scientific paper for submission to an international, peer reviewed scientific journal. The emphasis of the course is to consider and become familiar with the reviewing process. The course includes two parts: a first part with five meetings where different aspects of the writing process is discussed and the second part of the course consisting of review seminars with a group of 3 -5 students and one invited researcher where one of the participants’ manuscript is reviewed and discussed.

Thesis summary writing workshop

The aim of the workshop is to give insights and inspiration on how to write a thesis summary. The topics covered are legal issues concerning the thesis summary writing process, writing inspiration, and discussions on “best practices” for writing a thesis summary.

Understanding & Coding the R Programming Language

Aim: to help each student overcome the initial steep learning curve that is associated with learning R, and how to think in a structured and logical way to make programming easier.

Fish and Fisheries Ecology

Based on a series of discussion seminars and reading of scientific literature aiming to provide fundamental knowledge in fisheries ecology, including assessment and management practices.

Data Handling with R

This course aims at improving the effectiveness of the scientific code you write by tapping into generally less utilized capabilities of R and its software ecosystem. The course will teach you how to write more ordered code and to deal with the automation of data and code handling tasks. This will allow you to save time and handle bigger data-sets.

Career Outside the University for PhDs (seminar)

Have you ever asked yourself what possibilities you, as a PhD, have in the labour market outside of the university? Do you want to improve your chances of finding your dream job? Then join our one-day seminar on Friday the 10th of November 2023 hosted by all the NJ-faculty research schools, to get different perspectives on career choices, finding your “dream job”, self-employment possibilities, prospects and possibilities in the current labour market, etc.


Åsa Berggren, professor
Department of Ecology, SLU +46 (0)18-672344