Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG)

The Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) is a multidisciplinary doctoral programme that educates specialists with wide knowledge on natural science research.

Research themes

Biology and Environmental Science

Research topics cover all the levels from cell and molecular biology, physiology and genetics to biodiversity, individual species, interaction between species and evolutionary phenomena on population and community level.

Link to www page: Research at the Department of Biology

Biodiversity research

Research topics include e.g. the effect of climate change on subarctic biodiversity, the diversity of a wide range of taxa, and threats to the Archipelago Sea.

Link to www page: Research at the Biodiversity Unit

Geography and Geology

Research focuses on the dynamic processes of the Earth at various scales of space and time. The research topics range from evolution of the Earth's crust to sedimentology and historical environmental changes, and to innovation of environments and urban structures.

Link to www page: Research at the Department of Geography and Geology

UTUGS funded doctoral researcher position - decisions

BGG steering committee has decided to propose the following applicants to be selected for the funded doctoral researcher positions:

Cossin-Sevrin, Nina (Biology): 1 / 2022 - 12 / 2023
Jaatsi, Mia (Human Geography): 1 / 2022 - 6 / 2025
Lintunen, Karoliina (Physical Geography): 1 / 2022 - 12 / 2025
Silvennoinen, Amanda (Biology): 1 / 2022 - 5 / 2025
Blåfield, Linnea (Physical Geography): 5 months during the year 2022
Pyykkönen, Siiri (Geography): 3 months during the year 2022
Smolander, Niina (Biology): 8 months during the year 2022

On Reserve:

Smolander, Niina (Biology): 1. Reserve position
Roose, Meeli (Geoinformatics):  2. Reserve position
Moullec, Héloïse (Biology): 3. Reserve position
Laakso, Linda (Biology): 4. Reserve position
Penttinen, Ida (Biology): 5. Reserve position
Billah, Mohib (Quaternary Geology): 6. Reserve position
Zamani, Alireze (Biology): 7. Reserve position

BGG doctoral researchers were not selected for the funded Finland Fellowship positions.

BGG travel grant 1/2022 - decisions

Reference: Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) travel grant 2022/1

BGG Steering committee has decided to appropriate a travel grant to following persons:

  • Maria Louna-Korteniemi
  • Riikka Vainio                                          

The awarded grant must be used within the time period 1 February – 30 June 2022.

BGG Doctoral Programme supports the travelling of its students to events which benefit the students' networking and learning possibilities e.g. scientific meetings and courses. It is also possible to apply funding to cover the registration fee of E-Congress. To receive travel funding from BGG, the applicant must have a presentation at the conference, either a poster or an oral presentation. Grants are not given to the research visit or field trip. The travel grant can be received only once per year.

BGG grant for completing a doctoral degree 1/2022 - decisions

Reference: Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) grant for completing a doctoral degree 2022/1

BGG Steering committee has decided to appropriate grant for completing a doctoral degree to following persons:

  • Tikli Loivaranta                                      1 month
  • Giovanna Mottola                                  2 months

The awarded grant period must be used continuously within the time period 1 February – 30 June 2022.

During the grant period, the doctoral researcher is assumed to complete the studies required for the doctoral degree and/or finalize the dissertation manuscript so that it can be submitted for pre-examination. The grant requires full-time studies. The grant cannot be received at the same time with earned income from the University of Turku, full-time work by another employer, or another working grant. The grant recipient commits to reporting on progress within four weeks of the end of the grant period. The grant recipient commits to reporting on progress to the Coordinator of the BGG (sari.jarvi@utu.fi) within four weeks of the end of the grant period. If the situation of the grant receiver is changed so that above-mentioned conditions are no longer fulfilled, the grant recipient must inform the coordinator without delay.

BGG travel grant 2/2022 - decisions

Reference: Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) travel grant 2022/2

BGG Steering committee has decided to appropriate a travel grant to following persons:

  • Nina Cossin-Sevrin
  • Océane Liehrmann
  • Héloïse Moullec
  • Charlotte Perrault
  • Antti Piironen
  • Oliver Tomassi

BGG Doctoral Programme supports the travelling of its students to events which benefit the students' networking and learning possibilities e.g. scientific meetings and courses. It is also possible to apply funding to cover the registration fee of E-Congress. BGG may give partial grants, in which case the applicant needs to cover the remaining costs by other means. Grants are not given to the research visit or field trip. The travel grant can be received only once per year. The call is targeted to travelling taking place during July - December 2022.
 

BGG grant for completing a doctoral degree 2/2022 - decisions

Reference: Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) grant for completing a doctoral degree 2022/2

BGG Steering committee has decided to appropriate grant for completing a doctoral degree to following persons:

  • Luca Pettinau          2 months
  • Camilla Marucco     1 month

During the grant period, the doctoral researcher is assumed to complete the studies required for the doctoral degree and/or finalize the dissertation manuscript so that it can be submitted for pre-examination. The grant requires full-time studies. The grant cannot be received at the same time with earned income from the University of Turku, full-time work by other employer, or another working grant. The grant recipient commits to reporting on progress within four weeks of the end of the grant period. If the situation of the applicant is changed so that abovementioned conditions are no longer fulfilled, the grant recipient must inform the BGG coordinator without delay.

 

BGG grant for completing a doctoral degree 3/2022

BGG DOCTORAL PROGRAMME GRANT FOR COMPLETING A DOCTORAL DEGREE 3/2022

APPLICATION PERIOD:  21 September – 4 October 2022 (the call closes at 23:59:59).

GRANT PERIOD: The grant can be applied for one month. The awarded grant must be used without a break either in November or December 2022.

GRANT AMOUNT: 2039 euros/month

APPLICATION LINK: http://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&lang=en&id=000013950&jc=28

TARGET GROUP: The grant can be applied for by a person who is in the final stages of completing a doctoral degree, who has been granted the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Turku in BGG Doctoral Programmme and who will defend the dissertation in a public examination at the University of Turku. The BGG grant for completing a doctoral degree can be received only once. Please, apply the grant only if you will defend the dissertation at the beginning of the year 2023. Otherwise, apply the grant in the next call.

PURPOSE OF USE OF THE GRANT AND THE CONDITIONS OF APPLYING: During the grant period, the doctoral candidate is assumed to complete the studies required for the doctoral degree and/or finalize the dissertation manuscript so that it can be submitted for pre-examination. The grant requires full-time studies. The grant cannot be received at the same time with earned income from the University of Turku, full-time work by other employer, or another working grant. The grant recipient commits to reporting on progress within four weeks of the end of the grant period. If the situation of the applicant is changed so that abovementioned conditions are no longer fulfilled, the grant recipient must inform the BGG coordinator without delay.

FUNDING DECISIONS:The applications submitted by the deadline will be evaluated by the Doctoral Programme using the following criteria:

  • the completion rate of an article-based dissertation/the completion rate of a monograph
  • the completion rate of the studies required for the degree
  • the realism of the plan for completing the doctoral degree
  • the earlier granted funding for doctoral studies
  • the need for funding that enables full-time studies and the significance of the grant for completing the degree

The grant recipients will be informed personally.

FURTHER INFORMATION: BGG Coordinator Sari Järvi (sari.jarvi@utu.fi, tel. +358 50 358 4596)

BGG contact information

Email: sci-docstudies@utu.fi

BGG Director:
Professor Jon Brommer
jon.brommer@utu.fi, +358 50 534 3360

BGG Coordinator:
Coordinator Sari Järvi
sari.jarvi@utu.fi, +358 50 358 4596

Sitaatti PhD BGG Jaatsi
Multidisciplinary doctoral training provides new perspectives to my research. It’s motivating, and helps me to develop as a researcher.
Mia Jaatsi, BGG doctoral researcher, Human geography, UTU