SUTAS is a new Leibniz graduate school coordinated by the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) and conducted jointly with partners in and around Bremen as well as in the tropics. It offers a structured, high-level interdisciplinary graduate training in the field of tropical coastal system research. Tropical coastal regions are characterised by rapid social and environmental changes, which lead to threats to ecosystem functions and services with local as well as global impacts. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the programme tackles pressing questions of coastal zone ecology, management and human health in the tropics.
SUTAS supports early career scientists by linking them to a national and international network of researchers and institutions. Disciplines covered in SUTAS include marine biology, fisheries science, sedimentology, microbiology, sociology, economics, modelling and epidemiology. The research is conducted in focal regions of ZMT activities, Zanzibar being the one for the first group of PhD students.
Stringent and advised progress leading to successful graduation within three years is supported by the PhD panel.
Deeply rooted disciplinarity is provided by the large number of experts available from the SUTAS consortium.
Interdisciplinary experience is assured by the design of the PhD research projects, which look at a joint problem from different disciplinary perspectives, and by the intensive exchange between the students.
Cultural literacy - through extended periods of field work SUTAS students attain a high level of cultural understanding, communication skills and other intimate knowledge of a social ecological system in the tropics.
SUTAS Summer School
"Molecular Phylogeny in Biodiversity Research: A Basic Introduction", 24th - 28th August 2015
Students holding positions financed by SUTAS are automatically members of the SUTAS programme.
PhD students of partner institutions of the SUTAS programme, who are focussing their research on topics related to SUTAS are welcome to apply. Application documents comprise:
2. Motivation letter
3. M.Sc. Certificate and Academic Transcripts
4. A research proposal with time plan (3-5 pages)
5. Confirmation of funding