Aims and concept

The Doctoral School in Life Sciences is the continuation of the NCCR Doctoral Program "Plants and their  Environment". It is integrated in the Institute of Biology of the University of Neuchâtel.

The program aims to foster scientific quality and creativity and offers doctoral students a variety of courses and activities that will promote their general ability to deal with challenges in contemporary academic, administrative, and commercial environments.

Please note that the Doctoral School is not involved in the prospective PhD students recruitment process.

A broadly based schooling and intensive interactions among research groups are the fundamental elements of the Doctoral School. The main objective is that students will acquire high standard academic competence as well as skills that are easily transferable to non-academic environments. Therefore the academic program goes beyond the specific aspects of the individual research projects.

This is accomplished by:


  • Each academic year a minimum of six courses are given on subjects that broaden the knowledge and skills of the participants in various fields.
  • Special workshops are organised, during which experts in a specific area of research are invited to give lectures and interact with students.
  • Attendance at national and international scientific meetings is strongly encouraged.