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ClimBEco PhD courses

The ClimBEco Graduate Research School offers a number of PhD courses and workshops each year. Some are in-depth disciplinary while others are interdisciplinary.

Generally, ClimBEco PhD courses consist of one intensive study week. The courses are free of charge and open to all PhD students that meet the admission requirements, but priority will be given to the PhD students enrolled in the ClimBEco programme. Potential costs for travel and accommodation in connection to participating in ClimBEco courses can be covered for the PhD students who are enrolled and actively attending the ClimBEco programme.

Here is a document with the instruction on how to book travel and accommodation:
Travel instructions for ClimBEco PhD students (PDF, 502 kB, new tab).


ClimBEco PhD courses, Spring 2022


Bayesian Analysis and Decision Theory

17 January - 7 February, Lund University (5 ECTS)

Bayesian Decision Theory, Bayesian analysis, Discrete Bayesian Belief Networks, Hierarchical modelling, Continuous Bayesian Belief Networks, Probabilistic uncertainty analysis, Non-probabilistic methods for uncertainty analysis, Scientific principles to quantify uncertainty, Principles of cautious decision making.  

From research to policy for sustainable development

8 - 10 February and 15 - 17 March, University of Gothenburg

In order for research to contribute to a more sustainable development, it is critical that research results reach out to a wide audience. The aim of this course is to enhance the PhD students understanding of the research-policy linkages and to increase the capabilities of the PhD-students to communicate their research findings to different stakeholders. The course combines theory about factors facilitating or hindering the uptake of research findings in policy making processes with practical exercises. The methodology is a mix of presentations, literature seminars and assignments. Guest lectures with senior researchers and policy experts with vast experiences from research-policy interaction play an important part in the course.

Boreal forest resilience

28 February - 4 March, Lund University

Boreal end hemiboreal forests are expected to be particularly exposed to climate change due to the extreme changes predicted at high latitudes in the northern hemisphere. In Europe, these forests are traditionally managed as monospecific even-aged coniferous forests which are more vulnerable to environmental changes. This vulnerability calls for action to better understand the risks connected to climate change, the barriers to management change and thereby identify adaptation strategies to increase forest resilience. This course is designed for graduate students that wish to adopt a multi-disciplinary perspective in defining solutions to increase the resilience of boreal and hemiboreal forests at the landscape level, while considering ecological and social challenges.

  • Course description and schedule to be announced.
  • Course registration and deadline to be announced.
  • Course coordinator: Giuliana Zanchi
    giuliana [dot] zanchi [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se

Introduction to R

19 - 22 April, Lund University

This course’s aim is to provide a basic introduction to R and use a combination of brief lectures and tutorials where the students will work on prepared problems. We will cover: basic R commands, basic data manipulation in R (different data structures), import and export of data, plotting commands, functions for data summary and manipulation (e.g. computing means, variances, maxima, minima, and apply-functions) and – time permitting – basic statistics. The course is mainly for students enrolled in the research schools ClimBEco and GENECO, as well as at the Faculty of Science at Lund University.

  • Course description and schedule to be announced.
  • Course registration and deadline to be announced.
  • Course coordinator: Johan Lindström (MERGE)

Ecosystem Modelling with LPJ-GUESS

9 - 13 May, Lund University (5 ECTS)

LPJ-GUESS is a leading terrestrial ecosystem modelling framework, offering state-of-the-art descriptions of vegetation dynamics and terrestrial biogeochemical cycling. It is a key component of the research we conduct with the Strategic Research Areas MERGE and BECC. This course will give graduate students a broad but practical introduction to terrestrial ecosystem modelling with LPJ-GUESS, but also provide specific help to students intending or wishing to apply LPJ-GUESS to their own PhD thesis topics. The aim with the course is to make the students aware of the importance and potential of vegetation modelling, and to provide practical skills in ecosystem modelling generally.

  • Course description and schedule to be announced.
  • Course registration and deadline to be announced.
  • Course coordinator: Stefan Olin

Greenhouse gases GHG - measurement, data analysis and policy advise

12 - 17 June, University of Gothenburg (3 ECTS)

Methane and carbon dioxide emissions are caused by numerous biogeochemical processes with spatial and temporal variability. Greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement techniques such as: chamber measurement in form of manual, automated (steady) and intelligent robot sampling, eddy covariance flux towers and various laser-instruments using 13C/12C will be studied as hands-on during the course.

Future-Oriented Methodologies (FOMs)

To be announced, Lund University (5 ECTS)

The course gives a broad introduction to some of the issues connected to FOMs, and of research fields where future-oriented tools and approaches have been developed; heuristic and exploratory approaches to issues with incompletely mapped causal mechanisms; simulation and forecasting; machine learning; scenarios, backcasting and vision work; blind spots and systematic bias; extreme values; systemic design; integration of expert knowledge and participatory methodologies in FOMs. Note: For PhD students not employed at Lund University or part of ClimBEco there is a course fee. 

List of all the previous ClimBEco PhD courses since 2015 to present


Courses at the Bolin Centre Climate Research School, Stockholm University


PhD students currently enrolled in the ClimBEco Graduate Research School are eligible to attend courses offered by our collaborator, the Bolin Centre Climate Research School.

Please contact ClimBEco's research administrator, Helena Gonzales Lindberg, before applying to a course at the Bolin Centre.
helena_gonzales [dot] lindberg [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

More information about the courses at the Bolin Climate Research School – bolin.su.se