All doctoral students face the challenge of putting their own research in relation to the contemporary research community. How does the research add to the existing knowledge? We wanted to use the opportunity when many excellent lecturers and doctoral students were gathered at the same time. That’s why we decided to arrange a course as a pre-conference event. The course will give an overview of contemporary research in urban forestry with a focus on understanding of ecosystem function and provision of ecosystem services by urban forests. The purpose of the course is to enhance the participant’s ability to contextualize their research. After completing the course the participants should be able to better relate their own research to contemporary urban forestry research in terms of methods, research issues and benefits for society. The participants have to be admitted as PhD or licentiate students within the field of urban forestry. To pass the course the participants have to hand in two short papers. The first is a description of their own research in terms of research question, methods and benefits for society. The second is a revised version where references to other participants and lectures are made.
More info and sign-up: http://www.urbantreediversity.com/?q=contemporary-research-in-urban-forestry
The course is organized by the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU and FPS COST Action FP1204 “GreenInUrbs” and is free of charge. The COST Action “GreenInUrbs” will make available 30 grants of 600 € each (resident phD students are not eligible) for the selected participants. Eligible participants are those from COST Countries and from approved Institutions of COST Near Neighbours Countries (please visit the website http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/fps/Actions/FP1204 for details). Interested participants should send an application with a brief CV and a declaration of the status of phD or licentiate students to Lucia Cherubini (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 20 April 2014. Selection will be based on geographical distribution and gender balance.