About Focus on Soils & Water

Last changed: 17 September 2019

The research school Focus on Soils & Water, FoSW, is an umbrella organization open to all postgraduate students, postdocs and researchers at SLU who are active within soil and aquatic sciences.

Our aim is to achieve a higher level of understanding processes in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems by organizing a broad variety of high quality activities and improving cooperation within the soil and aquatic science community. Some 60 PhD students and 100 researchers spread over three clusters are active within these fields of science. The PhD students within FoSW are predominantly studying how soil and water quality is affected by land use and management, climate change and functional diversity.

The school organizes PhD courses, seminars and workshops, often with international experts as keynote lecturers. We also organize contact days with public and private sectors. The school provides mobility stipends for SLU PhD students, but does not fund PhD positions. Guidelines for organizing courses and activities with FoSW are also available.


Focus on Soils and Water research school has two directors of studies, Maria Kahlert and Anke Herrmann, along with a steering committee consisting of three PhD student representatives and three supervisors.

Directors of Focus on Soils & Water 

The directors of studies for Focus on Soils & Water are Maria Kahlert, tel. 018-673145 and Magdalena Bieroza, tel. 018-671561.

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