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ClimBEco Graduate research school

To foster a new generation of researchers that can address societal grand challenges MERGE, together with the SRA BECC have developed the interdisciplinary research school Climate, Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a changing world – ClimBEco. ClimBEco is financed by MERGE, BECC and the Faculty of Science in Lund and is open to all students enrolled as PhD students. 
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Courses and teachers

Courses are generally organized and taught by researchers involved in MERGE and BECC. A number of courses have been developed that relate to key issues in MERGE, e.g. Greenhouse gases GHG – measurement, data analysis and policy advise; Plant-atmosphere interactions in a changing climate; Ecosystem Modelling with LPJ-Guess and Summerschool "First Steps in Biosphere-Atmosphere Modelling".

Interdisciplinary skills and mentorship programme

Through ClimBEco, PhD students associated with MERGE acquire inter-disciplinary skills and an overview of the environmental, global change and sustainability fields with their many disciplinary facets. A mentorship programme supports PhD students in career planning, building and strengthening networks within academia and the employment market

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Undergraduate studies

The vast majority of researchers in MERGE are involved in teaching and development of bachelor and masters programs at the universities including environmental science, physical geography, geology and physics. Teaching also includes supervision of bachelor and masters theses.

Thesis work – often outside the universities

Many students in programs within the MERGE research area do their thesis work outside the universities at authorities or private enterprises. Many programmes also engage employees of companies, agencies and authorities as teachers, serving to provide students with clear examples of the practical applicability of the skills and knowledge they acquire through their studies in the context of a potential future workplace.

Graduates find jobs as experts, policy advisors or administrators in the public sector (e.g.  Ministry of Rural Affairs, regional councils) or in the private sector (e.g. as forest advisors, consultants).

Read about specific study programmes at involved departments, which you find at our Participants page.


Are you interested in doing your thesis work connected to MERGE?

If you would like to do your thesis work connected to one of MERGE's research areas, please contact the respective theme leader to discuss the possibilities. 


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ClimBEco Graduate Research School