Agroecology is a branch of science that deals with the interactions between soils, plants, animals, humans and the environment within ecological systems created for the production of food.
Our aim is to train and promote the next generation of researchers, scholars, and technology developers within soil and environmental sciences and technology at the highest scientific level in a truly inter-disciplinary and international atmosphere. The programme embraces research education within the fields of:
A PhD education at Agroecology gives access to e.g., state-of-the-art laboratories, GIS-laboratories, greenhouses, the largest semifield and lysimeter facilities in Europe, and 1,300 hectares of farmland for experiments.
PhD students enrolled in the Agroecology programme will have their working location at either AU-Foulum Research Centre Foulum, close to Viborg,AU-Flakkebjerg on Sealand, or the city of Aarhus. Students are welcome to spend shorter or longer periods of their study by one of the partners in our world-wide soil and environmental sciences & technology laboratories without walls. These formal international collaboration partners are:
University of California at Davis, University of Arizona, Oregon State University, University of Delaware, Utah State University, US. University Saitama, Tokyo, Japan. University of the Philippines, the Philippines. University of Abertay Dundee, SIMBIOS Centre, UK. Helmholz-Centre for Environmental Research, Germany. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland. Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research.
There are by March 2015 approximately 70 PhD students enrolled in the Agroecology programme (you can find a listing of these students and their research topics here www.agro.au.dk/phd-uddannelse).