Last changed: 06 November 2023

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Careers outside academia one-day 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.

Previous activities 2008-2023


Workshop on oral research presentation

The purpose of the workshop is to build a fundament for further development of your oral presentation skills and your ability to give constructive feedback.
This workshop welcomes PhD-students at the NJ and S faculties who want to improve their presentation skills before presenting at conferences, seminars and meetings in the research community.
Workshop design:
After reading material on presentation theories and methods, you will prepare a short presentation about your research before the workshop. At the workshop, you will give your talk, and get and give constructive feedback.
The workshop is limited to ten participants, the participants will be registered in the order they apply.

We will meet on a three hour afternoon session IRL in Ultuna.
Location: Ulls hus A 304 (Skara)
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 14, 13.00 – 16.00
Workshop leaders: Cecilia Almlöv and Peter Aspengren
Registration: Follow this link, and register under "Application" until 10th of June

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.

The workshop is jointly organized by The NJ-faculty Research Schools Focus on Soils and Water, Ecology – basics and applications, Organism Biology, Society and Landscape, Sustainable Systems for Food, Energy and Biomaterials, and is open for all PhD students at SLU.

  • October 6th 2023, 9:15-14:30
  • Campus Ultuna, SLU and via Zoom
  • Find the schedule here
  • Register by email to Deadline 25th of September.
    Please state your department, if you wish to attend at Ultuna or via video (Zoom), add allergies or food preferences if Ultuna (lunch and fika will be included)


2022-12-05. How to become a postdoc. Welcome to the workshop: ‘How to become a post doc” that we are organizing in collaboration with several research schools at SLU. Full day, incl. presentations from funders in Sweden (VR & Formas), a session on writing applications, and opportunities to interact with and learn from other postdocs. To register, please email: Saeid Karkehabadi (, deadline for registration: 26th of April

2022-12-05. FoSW Biannual meeting. Social event: Drinks, dinner and a (very) informal workshop on soil classification as ‘After-party’ to the World Soil Day event at MVM on 5 December (16.00-20.00). 

HT 2022 SLU webinar series: ”Zoom in on research data management” 
Webinar series about good research data management practices. The webinars were recorded and are now available in SLU Play here: Workshops and webinars.

The series is arranged by Data Management Support (DMS) together with SLU archivists and legal counsel. DMS is a unit at the SLU University library that assists SLU staff and students with managing scientific data.

2022-11-11: Workshop: PhD-Carrers outside academia.

2022-10-21: Thesis summary writing workshop.

2022-04-08 14:00: Seminar: Fungal traits for multifunctional soil.


PhD-Careers Outside Academia

November 12th. Flyer PhD-Careers Outside Academia (pdf)

Thesis summary writing workshop

19 April. Online workshop about thesis writing.

Microplastic and global change effects in terrestrial ecosystems

22 March. A Zoom seminar with Professor Matthias Rillig from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

CUAHSI Catchment Seminar Series

The CUAHSI Catchment Seminar Series are an exciting series on catchment research and management, every Wednesday from 10th of February to 31st of March.

Soils of Sweden, 1-2 days


Career outside the university for PhDs (seminar)

Do you want to pursue a career outside of academia? Have you asked yourself what possibilities you, as a PhD, have in the labor market outside of the university? Do you want to improve your chances of finding your dream job?

  • A one day Zoom seminar.
  • Thursday 1 December 2020.
  • Registration no later than 27 November.
  • Programme for the seminar with info on how to register and zoom-link.
  • The workshop is jointly organized by Focus on Soils and Water, Organism Biology, Ecology – basics and applications, Focus on Food and Biomaterials, Social Science Perspective on Sustainable Development, Society and Landscape, and Sustainable Biomass Systems.

Lunch seminar: How well can we quantify evapotranspiration?

Thesis summary writing workshop

Welcome to a thesis summary writing workshop for PhD students! The
workshop is organised by the research schools Focus on Soils and
Water, Ecology and Organism Biology, and is open for all PhD students
at SLU.

For further questions, please contact one of the workshop organisers, Torun Hammar ( or Kajsa Henryson (

Lunch seminar: A general framework for predicting and understanding soil organic matter dynamics

  • with Carlos A. Sierra Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology Research Group Leader Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
  • Wednesday, February 12th from 11:30 - 13:00
  • Free lunch will be served for those that register
  • More info about registration for the lunch seminar

How to become a postdoc, 1 day

Interested in doing a post doc? Do you know when, where and how you can apply for funding? Do you need more information? Welcome to the seminar: How to become a post doc!

One-day seminar with invited speakers from major funding agencies (Formas& VR), union SULF, former postdocs and lectures on writing applications. Information, advice and discussion.

  • Thursday 12 March 2020 from 9.15 to 16.00.
  • Lecture hall L Undervisningshuset, Ultuna.

More information and program for the seminar How to become a postdoc (pdf).

Finish on Time Workshop: Academic productivity and stress management – the road to effectiveness.

Online workshop 2 half days, 2 and 9 October 9.00 – 12.00. This workshop is designed to provide you with new “coping”-strategies applicable to academic work. The content of the workshop is hands-on and applicable directly to your current (and future) working situation. More information about the workshop Finish on Time (docx).