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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. Costs for travel and accommodation in connection to participating in ClimBEco courses are 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).

Below you find information about: 


ClimBEco PhD courses, Autumn 2021


Global Elemental Cycles and Environmental Change

25 - 29 October, Lund University (3 ECTS)

The primary purpose of the course is to provide an advanced understanding of biochemical cycles and their drivers. Knowledge of specific elemental cycles will be addressed together with the biogeochemical cycles of different elements in an integrated perspective. The course is tailored to enhance the professional competence of participants from a range of disciplines to develop knowledge of processes that effect planet Earth in the past, the present and the future. The course is open for to PhD students and Post Docs. 

Interdisciplinarity in Environmental Research

15 - 19 November, Lund University (3 ECTS)

This course gives an introduction in how interdisciplinary environmental research can be conducted. As a research area, environmental science is based on the notion that complex environmental problems typically demand an interdisciplinary approach to be holistically understood and potentially solved. In this context, interdisciplinarity denotes both collaborative efforts between scientific disciplines and between scientists and a variety of societal actors. During the course we will revise why interdisciplinary research across these dimensions is needed and how it can be pursued.

AI for Earth and Environmental Sciences

29 Nov - 3 Dec 2021 and 7 - 11 Feb 2022, University of Gothenburg

This course gives an overview of the background and status of AI, with focus on machine learning in general and deep learning in particular, for the Earth and Environmental sciences. Understanding some of the the commonly applied algorithms and considerations that should be taken when applying these is a goal of this course, and also to apply them partically in exercises. Lectures and reading for the course will provide the student with material which will increase understanding of when and how to apply machine learning algorithms. Guest lectures will highlight ongoing applications of AI at different organisations. Students will participate in peer-based discussion groups during the course and write a final report relating the (potential) use of AI in their own PhD research.


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.  

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

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.

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.

Managing the Anthropocene

6 December 2021 - 14 January 2022, Bolin Centre, Stockholm (7,5 ECTS)

This course aims to explore the meaning and history of the Anthropocene Era, what makes it different from previous times, and what this new era means for how we deal with “wicked” problems in the Anthropocene. 
Deadline for registration: 27 November

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