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 (in alphabetical order) to be selected for the funded doctoral researcher positions:

Pavan Chikkanarayanaswamy (Biology): 1 / 2024 – 12 / 2025
Juulia Kautto (Physical geography): 1 / 2024 - 7 / 2027
Charlotte Perrault (Biology): 1 / 2024 - 12 / 2024
Asfand Tehseen (Geoinformatics): 1 / 2024 - 12 / 2027

In addition, two short-term funding periods for the year 2024 were recommended for applicants to fill the annual quota of BGG salary positions (12x12 months available per year).  

Lyydia Leino (Biology): 2 / 2024 - 12 / 2024
Jonna Kukkonen (Biology): 1 month for the year 2024

BGG fixed-term doctoral researcher position waiting list: Autumn 2023 waiting list is valid for the year 2024. The waiting list positions are informed to the applicants in question by email. 

BGG travel grant 2024

BGG Doctoral Programme supports the travelling of its doctoral researchers to events which benefit their networking and learning possibilities e.g. scientific meetings, courses and research visits. It is also possible to apply funding to cover the registration fee of E-Congress. To receive travel funding from BGG, you must have a presentation at the conference, either a poster or an oral presentation. In case of the research visit, there must be a clear link between the research plan and visit, e.g. the research visit is mentioned in your research plan. In case of a course trip, grants are not given if a similar course is offered in Turku. Grants are not given to the field trips. BGG may give partial grants, in which case the applicant needs to cover the remaining costs by other means. The travel grant can be received only once per calendar year. The call is targeted to the travelling taking place during March - December 2024. Grant recipients will be informed personally. After the trip, the recipient of the grant is obliged to draw up the travel report.
The application period in Webropol starts on 18 January and the deadline for applications is 6 February 2024 (the call closes at 23:59:59). 
Funding decisions:
The applications submitted by the deadline will be evaluated by the BGG Doctoral Programme using the following criteria:
   *the number of scientific meetings / conferences / courses / research visits during the PhD studies
   *the funding granted to travelling
   *the funding granted to doctoral studies
   *the benefits of attending a conference, a course or research visit

*For the conferences: Please, attach a conference abstract of presentation and the confirmation of conference registration, and if already available, the confirmation of the acceptance of the abstract.
*For workshops and courses: Please attach the course programme or an invitation letter from the organizers, or other proof of participation, if already available.
*For the research visit, the research plan and the support letter from the host institute is required.

Further information: BGG Coordinator Sari Järvi (, tel. +358 50 358 4596)

BGG contact information


BGG Director:
Professor Jon Brommer, +358 50 534 3360

BGG Coordinator:
Coordinator Sari Järvi, +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