Agroecology deals with the interaction between soil, plants, animals and the environment in ecosystems for the production of food, feed and biomass. Our aim is to train and promote the next generation of scientists and technology developers in the field of agroecological science and technology at the highest scientific level in a truly interdisciplinary and international atmosphere.
Read more about what we can offer you as a PhD student at the Department of Agroecology and Aarhus University here:
Guidelines for PhD students in AGRO are available here
June 10-21: Hands-on Liquid Chromatography–Mass spectrometry course in the analysis of small molecules (phytochemicals, contaminants, primary metabolites) (8 ECTS). Course fee including accommodation fpr 12 nights: 2790 Euro, course fee without accommocation: 1490 Euros (for more detailed information about course fee please see course description). Course administrator: Mette Abildgaard. Sign up here.
November 11-15: Nitrogen in agroecosystems: from microbial transformations to global budgets (5 ECTS). Course fee: 600 Euro, course responsible: Diego Ababos. Sign up here.
May: Merging Measurements and Modeling in Soil Physics. Course fee: 700 EURO
June: Electromagnetic Soil Sensors - Theory and Applications. Course fee: 800 EURO
June: Hands-on Liquid Chromatography–Mass spectrometry course in the analysis of small molecules (phytochemicals, contaminants, primary metabolites) (8 ECTS). Course fee: 1750 EURO
September – November: Soil organic matter and organically bound nutrients - turnover and stabilization. Course fee: 400 EURO
If you are a group of students that are interested in establishing journal clubs, you can get ECTS point for doing so. Here are some examples on previous journal clubs:
Climate and water and Soil fertility sections journal club (Foulum) – for information please contact Jeroen Pullens
Here is a list of PhD students in Department of Agroecology, devided on sections.
W.E.F. is a platform to address all kinds of social, mental, or professional issues related to our work at AGRO-Foulum as well as a forum to share knowledge and relevant links for further help and information.
The group aims at being a dynamic and constructive forum to discuss relevant issues among PhDs and Post-Docs. It is dynamic in the sense that topics will develop over time according to the wishes and the needs of the participants. This requires that participants are open and active (also outside of meetings).
W.E.F. is a safe space to discuss issues, challenges, complaints, etc. within a closed group, but also offers the opportunity to act on specific problems as the group can approach relevant persons or fora, e.g. The Department Forum or The Local Liaison Committee (LSU), if changes are needed. As a group, we are more likely to make ourselves heard by the management/department/university, as well as gain self-confidence to deal with issues. Working environment is not an individual issue, and it should be addressed together in the spirit of a union standing together.
The aim of the W.E.F. is to connect PhDs and Post-Docs at AGRO-Foulum to facilitate sharing of challenges as well as to discuss and get advice from each other, but we encourage the participants to use it as much as possible. For example, all participants have the opportunity to form smaller writing groups or other specific constellations that can benefit their specific needs and wishes.
All PhDs and Post-Docs from AGRO are very welcome to join W.E.F.! This also includes guest PhDs, who are strongly encouraged to participate in order to benefit from the experiences of others. This can be related to the work that is demanded by the university or the expectations we are faced with (or that we put on ourselves). Furthermore, everyone is invited to the Teams channel AGRO share and connect where links and files can be uploaded. Contact the group to join this channel.
Main meetings occur every month, and you should get invitations to the meetings in your outlook calendar via your email. If not, contact PhD student Esben Øster Mortensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or head of the PhD committee Lis Wollesen de Jonge (email@example.com).
W.E.F. works in a democratic way and all participants are encouraged to take initiative and responsibility. The W.E.F.-moderator group will call for meetings, prepare the meeting agendas and act as moderators during the meetings. The meeting agendas will be based on the wishes from all participants. Anyone who wishes to participate in the W.E.F.-moderator group is very much welcome!
The wellbeing of all members of staff in AGRO is very important, but we have several initiatives related specifically to PhD students and junior scientists. These initiatives have been established and improved over the years as we find it very important to support especially our young people the best way we can. Many of the initiatives are very unique and only offered at AGRO.
AGRO’s buddy-scheme was established in 2007 on requirement from the PhD students. The list of tasks was made by the students, and it is continuously updated to reflect the needs of the current students. In 2016 the buddy-scheme was introduced to the entire department as part of our onboarding programme.
The purpose of the buddy-scheme is to make new students feel welcome and to make sure that they become a part of the scientific and social part of the department.
Introduction meetings for new students
4 times a year we will in continuation of the department introduction meetings have specific introduction meetings for new PhD students in the department. The meeting will contain information on our specific PhD initiatives and other things to be aware of in connection with doing a PhD in our department.
Wellbeing conversations were implemented in 2015 and have since been part of the PhD committee’s tasks. The conversations are held twice a year between one of the senior PhD committee members and the student.
The purpose of the conversations is to give the student a room to discuss topics with a person who is not involved in the PhD project. The student sets the agenda and decides which topics should be discussed.
It is mandatory to participate in the talks, they are confidential, and no minutes are taken. It is possible to book more conversations if it is needed.
Working Environment Forum (W.E.F.) for PhDs and Postdocs
W.E.F. was established in 2021 and is a platform to address all kinds of social, mental, or professional issues related to our work at AGRO-Foulum as well as a forum to share knowledge and relevant links for further help and information.
The group aims to be a dynamic and constructive forum to discuss relevant issues among PhDs and Post Docs.
W.E.F. can raise issues/problems towards the management/committees in AGRO and thereby act as a connector between the young scientists and the management/committees.
AGRO Researcher Days
Once a year a two-day event for all VIP and PhDs in the department takes place. The days can be used to discuss relevant topics both together (VIP and PhDs) and in relevant groups.
It is a possibility to get together across the sections and locations and it is great opportunity to discuss things that are relevant for both VIP and PhD.
The PhD committee gives suggestions to the topics that should be treated at the meeting.
PhD committee workday
Once a year the PhD committee meets for a physical meeting. At this meeting all guidelines and descriptions on the PhD homepage are being evaluated and updated. At this event the students have the possibility to influence the way things are done and described and we make sure that the guidelines, processes, and descriptions reflect the current PhD students’ needs.
4 times a year the department will have introduction meetings for all new employees and guests in the department. These meetings will contain general information about the department and being a member of staff at AU. The meetings will be held online so all locations can follow the same meeting. The PhD committee will host an extended introduction meeting for the new PhD students after the general introduction meeting. This meeting will focus on the things that are special and unique to being a PhD student.
The content of the meeting will primarily contain information on:
This is just help in connection with deciding what to do after the PhD
Hear of a job opportunity related to agroecology? Forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org! As always, you can forward emails without joining the group J
Want to receive emails about job opportunities? Join here https://groups.google.com/d/forum/auf_jobs!
As an initiative for the job aspirants at AU in Foulum and Flakkebjerg, we have a google group where job opportunities are shared. The aim is the compile all the emails we receive from personal contacts, newsletters etc. about available academic positions elsewhere such that the final year PhDs, postdocs and recent graduates can benefit from them. We highly encourage everyone, but in particular senior staff, to share any opportunities they hear about through their networks.