Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources (AGFOREE)
AGFOREE is the Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources. It focuses on plant production, forests, domestic animals, technology, the environment and economy. Sustainable use of resources is imperative for the future of humankind, nature and planet Earth.
Many of the research fields included in AGFOREE integrate basic and applied research. We explore basic natural processes in phenomena spanning scales from the molecular to the global, and we study their socio-economic aspects and related environmental policy context.
AGFOREE trains doctoral candidates in the fields of agriculture, forestry, renewable natural resources and sustainable use of natural resources. AGFOREE covers both basic and applied research in these fields.
Subject areas covered by the programme include: biology, agriculture and forestry, environment
Through national collaboration, the teaching personnel of the programme includes all the major agricultural and forestry groups in Finland both at universities and research institutes as well as international experts and networks. The partnership of basic and translational research is seen as an important asset of the educational programme and is made possible by the joint collaboration of the two faculties in Viikki involved in this programme (Biological & Environmental Sciences and Agriculture & Forestry).
Short intensive courses on specific subject areas and methods in ecology and evolutionary and environmental biology complement the research of the doctoral candidate carried out in internationally rich research laboratories. Courses are either practically or lecture based and are usually assessed by written assignments or oral presentation of results.
Progress of doctoral candidates is followed not only by the supervisor but by a thesis advisory committee who monitor the progress of students throughout their research and studies.
Key learning outcomes/objectives of education
The Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources provides in-depth training and education required for careers in both academic research and expert appointments locally and abroad. The doctoral degree is based mainly on independent scientific research and collaboration within the research community. Accumulated knowledge and expertise enable doctoral candidates to pursue a variety of respected careers.
During the training, doctoral candidates develop:
responsible, independent and critical thinking
problem solving skills
collaboration, management and planning competence
proficiency in scientific communication and an understanding of scientific ethics
Job descriptions and labour market sectors (examples for graduates)
A doctoral degree opens the door to many interesting career possibilities. In addition to a purely academic career as a post-doctoral researcher, opportunities in the public and private sector in Finland and abroad are achievable. For instance: scientific experts in ministries, research and government agencies, research institutes, patent offices; administrative jobs in higher education establishments; scientific publishing and journalism; private companies; start-ups etc.
Career orientation/compulsory or elective traineeship
Internationalisation and mobility is encouraged and supported for all doctoral candidates in the form of research/study visits, participation in courses, conferences and meetings abroad and exposure to regular visits by international scientists to the Viikki campus.
The Doctoral Program in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources is one of the most international of all doctoral programmes at the University of Helsinki, with at least one thirds of the doctoral candidates originating from outside Finland, represented by over 15 nationalities. The pool of teaching staff is also highly international with many global cooperation partners. Regular events are held where doctoral candidates are exposed to high calibre, high-impact international scientists who are visiting Finland and doctoral candidates are encouraged to participate in international research visits, courses and conferences abroad.
Degree programme director
Professor Frederick Stoddard