Welcome to the

Doctoral Programme in
cology and Environmental Research


The structured doctoral programme PEER is part of the Bayreuth Graduate School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (BayNAT), which started in autumn 2009. It educates graduate students in Ecology and Environmental Research, a designated focus at the University of Bayreuth. Over 200 scholars and scientists in 30 research groups in the fields of Biology and Earth Sciences carry out work related to these themes. Research ranges from the structure and function of ecosystems, biodiversity assessments, and nature conservation to climate research and issues of environmental pollution and restoration ecology. 

Advantages of PEER - a structured doctoral programme

Haken   Broader perspectives due to a mentoring committee                                                                                                                                                                                                           Within the structured doctoral programme PEER doctoral candidates will be supervised by 3 mentors. Depending on the wise and careful selection of the supervisors the doctoral candidate can expect support and suggestions or ideas from three different perspectives. Furthermore you will have a broader network at the end of your doctoral studies.
  Haken  A well-organised roadmap for a doctoral thesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             At the beginning of the doctorate every doctoral student has to hand in a research proposal. This helps to structure your three years of doctorate, focus on the main research questions and to meet the timeline. Meetings with your mentors and progress reports will support your research aims and finishing your doctorate.
Haken   Acquisition of additional qualifications                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           A structured doctoral programme has an international orientation and offers English-taught courses. Besides academic and method courses, there will be also the opportunity to develop soft skills for a career path outside the university.          

BayCEER – Coordinated expertise and interdisciplinarity 

The doctoral programme is centred at the Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER), which coordinates expertise and research efforts within the focus area. Young scientists profit from the broadly oriented information exchange that is cultivated at BayCEER through workshops, seminars, and interdisciplinary research. Graduate students have access to an infrastructure of shared research laboratories, workshops, established experimental sites, and database applications for their research.

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