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XXXV Cycle - Training Purposes

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 appplied;

(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 1-5). 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.


The PhD student has to aquire 20 credits, of which at least 3 from interdisciplinary and complementary skill and 3 from disciplinary ones. The remaining credits are for the free choice. .

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

In the academic year 2019-20,  the following activities have been scheduled

10 to 13 March 2020 - Ecological statistics with R (3 credits)  prof. Raul Primicerio, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT - The Arctic Univ. of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. (link al pdf).

July 2020 - A primer in ecological networks. Data and theory (3 credits)  Coordinated by Prof. Antonio Bodini,  Department od Chemistry, Life Science and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma.

All the training activities of cycle 35 will be delayed by some semester due to the COVID-19 pandemia.

Pubblicato Friday, 24 April, 2020 - 15:52 | ultima modifica Wednesday, 6 May, 2020 - 13:07