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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


First steps in biosphere-atmosphere modelling

16-27 August, Lund University (5 ECTS)

In this course you get basic and detailed knowledge on how to write an atmospheric model from scratch. During the course, everyone programs their own one-dimensional atmospheric boundary layer model with equations of flow for the atmospheric boundary layer, chemical kinetics by systems of differential equations, emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) from vegetation, deposition of gases and aerosols and numerical solutions for aerosol formation and growth. The model will be coded in Fortran 95.

Global Environmental Governance

27 September - 1 October, Lund University (3 ECTS)

The course starts from the premise that, in addition to natural and physical barriers, there are severe social and political barriers that often stand in the way of an effective management of transboundary environmental threats. Based on concepts and theories of political science, the course provides doctoral students from different disciplines with an understanding of the current state of global environmental governance, its underlying causes and possible response options.

Science communication and role in society

11-15 October, Lund University (3 ECTS)

This course is about how effective science communication works and discusses the role of science in society. It teaches you how to use methods to condense a message and convey it clearly, define the target audience for different types of communication, and develop effective techniques to deliver and receive information through different channels.

Global Biogeochemical Cycles and Environmental Change

25-29 October, Lund University

The primary purpose of the course is to provide an advanced understanding of biogeochemical 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. 

  • Course schedule: Will be announced 23 August.
  • Deadline for registration: 27 September
  • Course coordinators: Daniel Conley and Lettice Hicks 
    daniel [dot] conley [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se
    lettice [dot] hicks [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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.

  • Course description (PDF, 177 kB, new tab)
  • Course schedule: To be announced. 
  • Deadline for registration: To be announced.
  • Course coordinator: Richard Walters
    richard [dot] walters [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

AI for Earth and Environmental Sciences

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

This course is about understanding the big data concept and identify tools and algorithms appropriate for different applications. You gain insights into different application areas for big data analysis and their different challenges, and become familiar with some specific Machine Learning and Deep Learning (AI) algorithms used for big data analysis. You also get to perform some AI algorithms and apply AI to your own research project.

  • Course description: To be announced.
  • Course schedule (PDF, 564 kB, new tab)
  • Deadline for registration: To be announced.
  • Course coordinator: Heather Reese
    heather [dot] reese [at] gu [dot] se

Sustainability Impacts and Societal Relevance in Research Proposals

To be announced, Lund University (3 ECTS)

The course is about identifying, estimating and formulating societal relevance and sustainability impacts in writing; examples of sustainability requirements and criteria in research call texts; sustainability impacts across different time scales; distribution aspects; local, national and global sustainability impacts; global trade and economic impacts; life-cycle analysis; policy and regulation; systemic approaches; sociotechnical systems; goal conflicts; sustainability indicators; sustainable development goals; planetary boundaries. 


ClimBEco PhD courses, Spring 2022


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

Storytelling for Science in the climate and ecological emergencies

17 - 19 September 2021, Örserumsbrunn, Vättern (2 ECTS)

In this course, we will combine principles of science communication and storytelling, as well as discuss the role of scientists in society. Through practical writing and speaking exercises, reflection, discussion, and group activities, you will craft accurate and authentic narratives to share your work. Deadline for application: 13 August.

eScience tools in climate change: Linking observations with modelling

1 - 8 November 2021, Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory (5 ECTS)

This course aims to teach next generation of scientists to integrate different eScience tools and infrastructures to archieve a more holistic interpretation of the climate system and its components. Deadline for application 31 August.

Managing the Anthropocene

1 October - 30 November 2021, Bolin Centre, Stockholm (7,5 ECTS)

This course explores 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.

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