SILVA - Faculty of Forest Sciences Research School

Last changed: 29 March 2022

SILVA is a cross departmental platform for doctoral students, that aims to coordinate at the faculty level, doctoral courses, seminars, workshops, skill enhancement and provide a supportive and exciting environment for students.

It also aims to facilitate the building of new networks and working cultures, relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry and wider society.

This new Research School will integrate all the existing and ongoing research schools at the faculty into a single entity for smoother undertaking, communication and management.

The specific tasks of this school are to:

  • Coordinate and administer the forest faculty's doctoral courses and other activities.
  • Announce and advertise upcoming courses and relevant activities.
  • Assist the departments of the forest faculty to carry out doctoral education activities.
  • Arrange educational activities together with researchers and teachers, including general competencies such as career days, thesis writing, presentations and defense, scientific writing, seminar series, CV workshop, writing postdoc applications.
  • Increase network opportunities and enhance the doctoral student collective.
  • Planning and budget work.
  • Involve and cater to the needs of doctoral students.
  • Maintain contact with all the faculty's departments in order to inventory and capture the doctoral students' educational needs.
  • Contribute to the development and opening of networks within and outside the universities.
  • Coordinate with the SLU's network for graduate school coordinators and collaborate with graduate schools at other faculties.

FUN (the Board of Research education) at the Faculty of Forest Sciences decides about budget and strategy for the research school. The coordinators for the Doctoral Research School have a special responsibility for the PhD courses at the Forest faculty, including facilitating discussions regarding development of new PhD courses and activities.

The PhD council is also involved in coordination to ensure communication with PhD students.  

Doctoral students - When you start your PhD education at the Faculty of Forest Sciences, you are automatically enrolled in the Doctoral Research School independently of how your PhD education is funded (employed by SLU, industrial PhD or stipend). 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the coordinators for more information.