PhD Courses

Last changed: 14 March 2019

Upcoming courses organized by FoSW.

PNG0044 How to write and publish a scientific paper, 4.5 HEC

29 October 2018 – 25 February 2019. Research school cooperation, responsible RS: Organism Biology. Deadline for application is 15th of October, 2018.

PNG0079 Mini-course: UN Sustainable Development goals: relevance, achievements, conflicts and politics

Relevance, achievements, synergies, conflicts and politics.
Workshop 8th of February 2019, Uppsala, and optional ‘mini-course’, 1 ECTS

Cooperation of RS Focus on Soils and Water, Ecology- basics and applications, Organism Biology, Society and Landscape (SSPSD) and Focus on Food and Biomaterials (FFB)

The purpose of the mini-course and workshop is to increase PhD students’ awareness for the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Swedish Environmental Quality Objectives (EQO). An overarching goal is to inform about possible conflicts and synergies when working with the SDG and EQO regarding environmental monitoring, research, and other commitments under international agreements. Focus will be on ways of communication to improve the implication of the goals and objectives to work for the final goal of a sustainable use of our natural resources.

PNS0169 Traditional and molecular methods to assess biodiversity. Focus on DNA (meta)barcoding & Aquatic Organisms, 7hp

Develop your skills to both perform, communicate, and critically evaluate studies that utilize DNA-based taxonomy! This course offers a comprehensive overview of the paradigm shift from traditional morphology-based to novel molecular organism identification approaches. We will cover the use of molecular tools in both basic research and for applied use with a focus on aquatic ecosystem assessment, from species collection to the use of diversity in environmental legislation. Gained knowledge will be examined by creating public Wikipedia pages and a collaborative Open Access publication of all participants.

Course Dates: Intensive course week 25-29th of March 2019, Uppsala; course period with distance homework 18th of March to 31st of May 2019.
Organiser: Cooperation of research schools FoSW and Ecology with the COST network DNAqua-Net.

The course is free for PhD-students from SLU and from the COST network DNAqua-Net* (*including travel and lodging). Application by email to:

PNS0171. Nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, 4hp

25-29th of March 2019
Please contact course coordinator Anke Herrmann for more information.
N cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. Literature review & intense one-week seminar with invited external international scientists.

Understanding and coding the R programming language, 2 hp

April 1-5 (Mon-Fri) 2019. Research school cooperation, responsible RS: Ecology. Basic knowledge in R programming language and tools for programming, processing data and analyses.
Course flyer. Course plan. Please contact Helena Bylund for more information.

Carbon cycling: from molecular to global processes (Spring 2019)

20-24th of May 2019 & literature meetings. Please contact for more information and registration.

The course will consist of weekly literature meetings during late April/May and a 1-week workshop (20-24th of May 2019). Course plan & code coming soon.

Multivariate methods for ecologists, 4,5 hp

Planned for autumn 2019. Coordinator Ulf Grandin.
More information is available here.


Ecosystem functioning: From theory to application, 3hp

Planned for autumn 2019. Please contact course coordinator Brendan McKie for more information.
Overview of the concept “ecosystem functioning in soil and aquatic ecosystems”, theory and practical applications. Literature review & intense one-week seminary.

To communicate science, 2 hp

Planned for spring 2019. Research school cooperation, responsible RS: FFB Focus on Food and Biomaterials. Please contact Galia Zamaratskaia for more information. How to plan and perform an effective communication using different methods and channels.

Uncertainty modeling

Planned for spring 2019. Please contact Maria Kahlert for more information.

Catchment and connectivity modeling of water bodies, 4 hp

Planned for autumn 2019. Research school cooperation, please contact Maria Kahlert for more information.
Overview of various ecosystems models. Applications of the new Swedish elevation data. External international experts from public and private sector will participate as teachers. Intense hands-on week, including literature meetings and model exercises.

Previous PhD Courses


Ecological stability in times of rapid environmental change (3 credits). 15 – 19 October, 2018

Multivariate Methods for Ecologists (3 + 1.5 ECTS), 12 – 16 Feb 2018,  Optional 19 Feb – 2 March

Understanding & Coding the R Programming Language (2 ECTS), April 23 - 27th 2018, Course flyer & Course plan

Organic micropollutants in the aquatic environment – measurements and transport processes (5 ECTS), April 11 - May 16 2018, Course web page & More information about the course


Reviewing and Summarizing Science: A guide on how to navigate through and ocean of paper (2ECTS), 15 to 18 May 2017

Phosphorus cycling in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (3 ECTS), 12 to 16 June 2017

Watershed Ecology and Biogeochemistry (7.5 ECTS), September 14 - 20 2017


How to write and publish a scientific paper (4.5 HEC), 18 Aug 2016 - 26 Jan 2017

Soil systems: Analytical methods for integrating the chemical, biophysical interface in soils (3 ECTS), 5 Oct 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

Minerals in soils and sediments and their X-ray identification and quantification, 5.0 credits, 2016-04-11

Multivariate methods for ecologists 3 (+1.5 optional) ECTS, 2016-02-29


Organic micropollutants in the aquatic environment – measurements and transport processes 5 hp, 2015-04-13

Systems Analysis, Model Building and Simulation 6.0 (+1.5) ECTS, 2015-09-14

Carbon cycling: from molecular to global processes, 3 (+1.5 Optional) ECTS, 2015-09-30

Ecological stability vs resilience: straightening up concepts and making them useful for management 3.0 ECTS, 2015-10-26


Linear mixed models and experimental design with applications to agricultural field experiments 3 ECTS, 2014-01-27

Ecosystem Functioning: From Theory to Application Post graduate course, Biology and Environmental Assessment 3 ECTS, 2014-11-17

X-ray image processing and analyses 3.0 credits, 18 - 21 November 2014.


How to write and publish a scientific paper 3 ECT, 3 September - 12 November, 2013

Statistics in Practice, 2013-09-06

Research communication with the media: training and skills acquisition 2 HEC, 2013-10-01

Biogeochemical cycles at different scales 3 HEC, 2013-10-21


Research communication with the media: training and skills acquisition 1.5 HEC, 2012-03-06

Biogeochemical cycles at different scales 3 ECTS, 2012-03-12

The role of DOC and DON in plant-soil C and N cycling 5.0 HEC, 2012-03-20

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Natural Scientist 3 HEC, oct-nov 2012


Soil systems: Integrating the chemical & biophysical interface in soils, 2011-03-02

Ecosystem services in soil and water research 3-4 ECTS, May-June 2011


An introduction to R and MS Access (1.5 ECTS), February 2010

Constraints on decomposition, March 2010

PhD-course 'Soil Organic Matter Modeling'


PhD-course "Climate impacts on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems"

PhD-course "Legumes: Plant - soil interactions and agricultural applications"

Biogeochemical cycles at different scales, april 2009


Soil and Water Chemistry Modelling 5 (+2 optional) ECTS, May 2008

PhD-course ''Modelling of chemical and hydrological processes using PHREEQC''

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