Upcoming courses organized or co-organized by FoSW.
Schedule for 2022-2025, and our focus-courses in an overview
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
- 22 September - 16 November (pace 15%)
- Course organizers: the Divisions of Planning and Communication at SLU & NJ-faculty research schools.
- Course syllabus and how to register: POG0086 To communicate science
- Register here: Application to general basic courses in doctoral education
- For more information please contact Galia Zamaratskaia Galia.Zamaratskaia@slu.se
Previous PhD Courses
Aquatic systems through the lens of organic matter stability and fate – a coordinated distributed experiment
Aquatic systems are governed by complex and scale-dependent interactions between abiotic and biotic components. As organic matter links many biogeochemical cycles e.g., carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus, it is a robust proxy to understand the complex processes in aquatic systems and constitutes an indicator of overall health of aquatic ecosystems. In this course, we will explore the controls of organic matter stability and fate in a range of aquatic systems.
- 4 ECTS
- Description of the course Aquatic systems through the lens of organic matter stability and fate (pdf)
- Date and location:
- Introduction, 9-13 May 2022, 1 week, Zoom
- Field measurements and data analyses, 12 weeks, Students’ own work, part time
- Summary and synthesis, 5-9 Sept 2022, 1 week, Zoom
Minerals in soils and sediments and their X-ray identification and quantification
The course consists of lectures and exercises by Stephen Hillier from The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland. Steve Hillier is a highly qualified scientist in mineralogy in sediments and has held a guest professorship at our department at SLU. With his team at James Hutton he has won first (2008, 2018) and second (2006, 2012, 2014) place in The Reynolds Cup competition in quantitative mineralogy.
- 5.0 credits
- On-line lectures and exercises during May 2021
- Practical “hands-on” exercises on SLU-Campus, Uppsala, Sweden, 13-14 October 2021
- Literature assignments handed in no later than 31 October 2021
- More information, how to apply, and schedule for Minerals in soils and sediments and their X-ray identification and quantification (pdf)
- Please contact course coordinator Jon-Petter Gustafsson (email@example.com) for more information.
- Course code: PNS0134
Soil systems: Analytical methods for integrating the chemical, biophysical interface in soils
The aim of this course is to (i) provide an introduction to soil system sciences, (ii) give an overview of emerging micro-analytical techniques and their application to environmental samples; (iii) present examples of soil system sciences to study ecosystem services and (iv) to discuss challenges and the future of this research discipline.
- More information about Soil systems: Analytical methods for integrating
the chemical and biophysical interface in soils (pdf)
- 3 ECTS
- Course code: PNS0209.
- 9 November – 3 December 2021
- Four literature meetings and a four-day workshop
- Deadline for applications: 2 November 2021
- Application and questions: Katharina Meurer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Multivariate methods for ecologists
The aim of the course is to illustrate the application of number of multivariate methods on ecological data. Ordination and classification procedures will be demonstrated in lectures and exercises.
- 25 October to 12 November
- The course will be entirely on-line.
- 4.5 ECTS
- Course code: PNS0074
- Course organizer: Ulf Grandin (email@example.com).
- More information about Multivariate methods for ecologists
OmAqua - Organic Micropollutants in the Aquatic Environment: Measurements and Transport from Source to Tap
A course with focus on organic chemical pollutants in the aquatic environment, including their measurement and transport from source to tap.
Ecosystem functioning: From theory to application
Focussing on ecosystem functioning in inland waters (lakes and streams) and terrestrial ecosystems (soils, riparian habitats, agricultural and forest landscapes), this course covered basic definitions, the relationship between ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services, and several currently topical themes in ecosystem functioning research. These include the roles of functional traits and calculation of functional diversity (including practical exercises in R), multifunctionality, and an overview of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research.
Advanced statistics in practice
This course focused on preparing students to analyze, interpret and report their data using the most up-to-date methods in R. Special attention was given to discuss questions springing from the students own work and the biological interpretation of data.
- Collaboration between the research schools Ecology - basics and application and Focus on Soils and Water.
- Find more information in the course plan for Advanced statistics in practice (pdf).
How to write and publish a scientific paper
- Wednesday 10 March from 10:00-12:00, and then every two weeks until 16 June.
- Additional studies (not scheduled) consist of literature studies and written exercises.
- Important: The students will be receiving constructive-feedback on their own manuscript, thus they must be at a writing stage in their research.
- The number of participants is limited to 10.
- Priority will be given to members of the Organism Biology and Focus on Soils & Waters research schools, but is also open to other PhD students.
- Apply by sending an e-mail to the course leader Marisol Sanchez-Garcia (firstname.lastname@example.org) – no later than 2 March 2021.
- Research school cooperation, responsible RS: Organism Biology
High Temporal Resolution Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis
This course was run together with the 4th International Workshop on High Temporal Resolution Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis held at SLU 31 May - 2 June 2021. The general focus of the course was on exploring recent technological and scientific advances in water quality measurements allowing for high-resolution determination of chemicals in water with a range of instruments. The objectives of the course were to discuss how these new technologies and data can further advance catchment science and contribute to water resources management.
- 28th May-4th June 2021
- Flyer: High Temporal Resolution Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis (pdf)
- Contact and registration: Magdalena Bieroza (email@example.com).
Understanding and coding the R language
A PhD course and an opportunity to learn more about programming in R! Basic knowledge in the R programming language and tools for programming, processing data and analyses. Planned for May and autumn 2021. For more information, please please see the website of RS Ecology.
To communicate science
- Please contact coordinators Ali Moazzami (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lotta Jäderlund (email@example.com) for more information.
Multivariate methods for ecologists
The course aims to illustrate the application of a number of multivariate methods on ecological data. Following the course, participants should be familiar with different multivariate techniques, and how they can be applied on various types of data. The course will focus on developing an understanding of the application of multivariate techniques, with only a minimum amount of effort placed on comprehending the underlying mathematical detail.
- The course is given in two parts. The first part (2-6 November 2020) is compulsory and consists of lectures and exercises.
- The second part (9-20 November) is optional and consists of supervised work with own data, at your home university.
- Due to the Corona pandemic, the 2020 course will be entirely on-line.
- Course organizer: Ulf Grandin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment.
- 3 or 4.5 ECTS
- Course code:For 3 ECTS PNS0190 and for 4.5 ECTS PNS0074.
More details at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment.
Agricultural catchments in changing world
This course recognises the importance of agricultural catchments and their sensitivity to global change and provides a comprehensive synthesis of dominant processes shaping agricultural
landscapes: hydrological, biogeochemical, ecological, economic and societal. The course comprises theoretical lectures and practical assignments focused on environmental assessment and management, all adapted to maximise the potential of distant based learning.
- 21 September - 2 October
- Online course (Zoom and Canvas)
- 3 ECTS
- Flyer and schedule for Agricultural catchments in changing world (pdf)
- Registration now open, please register by sending an e-mail to the coordinator Magdalena Bieroza (email@example.com).
Advanced Data Handling with R
The course aims at improving the effectiveness of the scientific code you write and will teach you how to write more ordered code and to deal with the automation of data handling tasks. This will allow you to save time and handle bigger data-sets. The course includes three main themes and learning targets, those are to: 1) write reproducible code, 2) confidently manipulate data and R-objects and 3) check for and fix errors in data and code.
- November 4th and 11th and December 2nd.
- 1.5 ECTS
- Course syllabus: Advanced Data Handling with R, 2020 (pdf).
- Apply no later than October 4 by sending an email to the course leaders Alistair Auffret (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lorenzo Menichetti (email@example.com).
Understanding and coding the R language, 2hp
A PhD course and an opportunity to learn more about programming in R! Basic knowledge in the R programming language and tools for programming, processing data and analyses.
- May 11-15th 2020
- Course flyer for Understanding and coding the R language
- Course plan for Understanding and coding the R language
- Research school cooperation: 'Ecology-basics and applications,' 'Focus on Soils and Water' and 'Organism Biology'.
- Course organizer: Matt Low (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Course code: PNG0088
To communicate science, 2 hp
How to plan and perform an effective communication using different methods and channels. Research school cooperation. Please contact course coordinator Elisabeth Müllner for more information.
- Block 1: March 10 – 12
- Block 2: April 28 – 29
- Course syllabus for To communicate science
PNS0070 Reviewing and Summarizing Science - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Science* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), 2hp
Overall the objectives of the course is to help the students to navigate scientific publications, and to understand the process of scientific communication.
The objectives of this course are:
- to learn how to find and to evaluate scientific key publications
- to understand the purpose of the peer review system and to learn writing a constructive scientific review
- to be able to summarize the key findings of a paper in 1-2 sentences
- to understand the value of conferences.
- Research school cooperation, responsible RS: FoSW.
- Teacher: Antonia Liess, Lecturer, Högskolan i Halmstad.
- Please contact course coordinator Maria Kahlert for more information.
- Course period in Ultuna/Uppsala: 16 Mar - 20 Mar 2020
- Course syllabus for Reviewing and Summarizing Science
Multivariate methods for ecologists, 4,5 hp. October 2019. More information is available here.
Watershed Ecology and Biogeochemistry. A PhD course in the Krycklan catchment September 19-25, 2019. 'Watershed Ecology and Biogeochemistry' addresses the foundational concepts and modern challenges within the broad field of watershed science. More information here.
PNG0079 Mini-course: UN Sustainable Development goals: relevance, achievements, conflicts and politics. Workshop 8th of February 2019, Uppsala, and optional ‘mini-course’, 1 ECTS.Syllabus. Find detailed information about the workshop 8th of February here
PNS0171. Nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, 4hp. 25-29th of March 2019
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
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
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
Biogeochemical cycles at different scales 3 HEC, 2013-10-21
Biogeochemical cycles at different scales 3 ECTS, 2012-03-12
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
Biogeochemical cycles at different scales, april 2009