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.

Reseach themes

Biology and Environmental Science

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

Research in Biology

Research in Biodiversity Unit

Geography and Geology

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

Research in Geography and Geology

UTUGS funded doctoral candidate position - decisions


BGG steering committee has decided to propose the following applicants to be selected for the funded doctoral candidate positions (autumn 2019 call):

Name:                                                     Funding period:

Heino, Hanna (Human geography)         1 / 2020 -  7  / 2020
Keskiniva, Janina (Biology)                      6 / 2020 -  5  / 2023
Liehrmann, Océane (Biology)                 1 / 2020 - 12 / 2023
Martínez Muñoz, Carlos (Biodiversity)    1 / 2020 - 12 / 2020
Ukonaho, Susanna (Biology)                   3 / 2020 -   9 / 2023

On Reserve:

Uurasmaa, Tytti-Maria (Biology)            1. Reserve position
Zamani, Alireza (Biodiversity)                2. Reserve position
Kärkkäinen, Tiia (Biology)                      3. Reserve position
Blåfield, Linnea (Physical geography)   4. Reserve position
Cossin-Sevrin, Nina (Biology)                 5. Reserve position
Pyykkönen, Siiri (Human geography)    6. Reserve position
N.N. (Physical geography)                      7. Reserve position

BGG grant for completing a doctoral degree - decisions

Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) grant for completing a doctoral degree 2020/1

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

Name:                      Months granted:
Khamis Zakaria        2 months
Koskikala Joni          2 months

The awarded grant period must be used continuously within the time period 1 January - 30 June 2020. 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.


Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) grant for completing a doctoral degree 2020/2

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

Name:                     Months granted:
Crawley Jennifer     3 months
Sarraude Tom        1 month

The awarded grant period must be used continuously within the time period 1 July - 31 December 2020. 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.

BGG travel grant - decisions

Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) -  Travel grants

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. 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.

Call 2020/1: BGG Steering committee has decided to appropriate travel grant to following applicants:

Name:                         Sum:
Umer Alvi                    600 EUR
Pablo Perez Chaves   1000 EUR
Luca Pettinau              400 EUR

Call 2020/2: BGG Steering committee has decided to appropriate travel grant to following applicant:

Name:                         Sum:
Linda Laakso              1000 EUR

BGG contact information

Email: sci-docstudies@utu.fi

BGG Director:
Associate 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 Munoz
Changed country and institution because of my supervisor's top expertise. Best decision ever!
Carlos Martínez, BGG doctoral candidate, Zoological Museum, UTU