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Training purposes XXXVI cycle

The doctorate is structured to provide:

(1) adequate theoretical and applied preparation in the basic disciplines (animal and plant biology, physiology, ecology, genetics, biostatistics and bioinformatics) and, depending on the specific choices of the doctoral students, in the more specialized ones (neuroscience, behavioral biology, ethology, molecular evolution, plant biology applied to morpho-functional, environmental, agro-industrial, pharmaceutical and conservation of cultural heritage areas);

(2) internship opportunities at Italian and foreign research institutions and at public insitutions where the methodologies and skills acquired in the research phase can be applied;

(3) capacity of drafting scientific reports and research programs, and for effective communication of science.

The training activity is scheduled by the doctorate board for each cycle and composes of linguistic, informatics and statistics skills, and specific disciplinary courses. Specific activities are designed for research management, knowledge of European and international research programs, and intellectual property (tables 1-4). The offer consists of:

a) courses on interdisciplinary and complementary skills, specifically designed or borrowed from doctoral schools

b) specific courses e.g. specifically designed for each curriculum

c) courses borrowed from other doctoral courses

d) participation in national and international workshops and schools

e) attendance of seminars and conferences

The training and teaching activities are provided mainly in the first two years of the doctorate. The courses are taught by academics of the doctorate board and /or affiliated in the three universities, and by experts of other institutions.

By 30 November of the first year, the PhD student presents a preliminary plan of training activities indicating the courses chosen for the entire duration of the doctorate for at least 20 credits (table 1). Of these credits, at least 6 must be chosen among the interdisciplinary and complementary skill courses (table 2) and at least 6 among the disciplinary ones (table 3). Not less than 8 credits are for the free choice of the PhD student (table 4).

The doctoral student can also independently choose courses, schools, seminars, conferences and workshops, which have to be approved by the doctoral board.

Concurrently,  each doctoral student is given a student chart, with the training  schedule. The PhD student is requested to report in the chart the training activities with the final assessment or approval (if any).


A-Mandatory activities interdisciplinary and complementary skills minimum 6 credits, from table 2
B- Mandatory activities disciplinary skills minimum 6 credits, from table 3
C-for free choiche other activities minimum 8 credits from  table 4 or from national and international events


Evolutionary Biology and ecology 36th cycle – training actvities scheduled for 3 years (2020/11/01-2023/10/31)

course/activity Teacher ECTS hours final assessment year/period UNIVERSITY
English for Academic Purposes  (C1) Mother tongue lecturer 4 32 test first/ February-April UNIPR
English for certification Mother tongue lecturer 5 40 exam first/ February-April UNIFE
English B2-C1 for PhD  (Writing for Research B2/C1) Mother tongue lecturer 4 30 test first/ January-May UNIFI
English B2-C1 for PhD (Presentations B2/C1 ) Mother tongue lecturer 4 30 test first/ January-May UNIFI
introduction to statistics with R (basic) S. Leonardi 3 24 test first/ late June UNIPR
Introduction to mixed models, maximum likelihood and bayesian statistics with R S. Leonardi 3 24 test first/ February UNIPR
Advanced informatics in R L. Pareschi e F. Riguzzi 6 48 test first/ November-January UNIFE
Probabiity and statistics in the “data science” era A. Gottard, M. Luparelli, F. Mealli, A. Panzera 1.5 12 test first/ February UNIFI
What is and how to write a scientific publication M. Pieraccini 1 8 test second/ January-February UNIFI
Writing, publishing, presenting and searching scientific literature G. Goli, D. Penna, S. Spinelli, D. Travaglini 2 16 test second/ January-February UNIFI
How to write your first scientific paper G. Savino 1 8 test second/ January-February UNIFI
Europenan projectss E. Nicosia, S. Tavernini 2 16 attendance third/ February UNIPR


course/activity Teacher ECTS hours final assessment year/period UNIVERSITY
Recent advances in human genetics. C. Scapoli, G. Barbujani 3 24 report second/ May UNIFE
Recent advances in plant photosynthesis. L. Ferroni, S. Pancaldi 3 24 report second/ May UNIFE
Geometric Morphometry L. Dapporto 3 24 report second/ November UNIFI
Animal communication R. Cervo 3 24 report second/ March-April UNIFI
Aquatic biodiversity and Long Term  Ecological Research G. Rossetti (coordinator) 3 24 report second/ February UNIPR
Ecosystem science: paradigms, frontiers and challenges P. Viaroli (coordinator) 3 24 report second/ February UNIPR
Aquaculture and nature conservation F. Nonnis Marzano (coordinator) 3 24 report second/ June UNIPR


course/activity Teacher ECTS hours final assessment year/period UNIVERSITY
Summer School: Communicating biology S. Ghirotto 4 32 report secondo/ settembre UNIFE
Cortona Prokariots Workshop R. Fani (coordinatore) 3 24 report secondo/ maggio (*) UNIFI
A primer in ecological networks. Data and theory Summer school A. Bodini (coordinatore) 3 24 report secondo/ giugno UNIPR
Isotopic methods in microbial ecology Summer school M. Bartoli (coordinatore) 3 24 report secondo/ settembre UNIPR
Darwin Day Conference S. Ghirotto 1 8 attendance secondo/ febbraio UNIFE
Darwin Day Conference G. Chelazzi 1 8 attendance secondo/ febbraio UNIFI
Darwin Day Conference D.A. Grasso 1 8 attendance secondo/ marzo UNIPR
BioSaturday seminar cycle (3) R. Fani, D. Cavalieri 3 24 attendance secondo/ in corso d’anno UNIFI


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