Launch of the 14th year of the International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity


The Institute o Life Sciences at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, Italy (SSSA) will soon launch the 14th year of its International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity. The Programme is run in collaboration with the Italian National Academy of Sciences and is funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MiUR).

The main aim of this three-year PhD Programme is to enhance human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems, to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and the conservation of genetic resources for the well-being of present and future generations.

Six scholarships are available to motivated students from any country. Applications from developing/in transition countries are particularly welcome. The application must include description of a research project that the candidate would like to carry out during the three-year period of the PhD. Examples of research themes are indicated in the Call for Applications (attached).

The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 May 2017. The Programme will start on 1 October 2017.

The Course will include two curricula to chose from:

(A) Plant Genetic Resources (for further inquiries about possible research themes please contact Prof. Enrico Pè,

(B) Functional Biodiversity in Agroecosystems (for further inquiries about possible research themes please contact myself, for topics related to Agroecology or Dr Chiara Pucciariello, for topics related to Crop Physiology).

For more information about our PhD Programme visit the following web-page: