International Master of Science Programme in Biodiversity, contd.

Per Ericson p.ericson at NRM.SE
Fri Sep 12 09:58:19 CDT 1997

I posting my previous message on the International Master of Science
Programme in Biodiversity, I wrongly attached a URL site that might have
caused problem when receiving this message. Please find a proper version
of message below. Sorry, for the inconvenience!

Per Ericson, Swedish Museum of Natural history

For more info please turn to The Swedish Biodiversity Centre (CBM):

International Master of Science Programme in Biodiversity =

Part of The Linnaeus Initiative for Biodiversity - an educational and
research programme to help safeguard domesticated and wild biodiversity.

Arranged by The Swedish Biodiversity Centre (CBM).

The purpose of this international programme is to enable students to
acquire sufficient competence and skill to carry out advanced
assessment, analysis, and management of biological diversity in order to
design safeguarding programmes in their native countries. The course
will provide an up-to-date and appropriate training for biologists and
biodiversity managers from Africa, Asia, eastern Europe and Sweden.

The Curriculum

The course represents a training programme with emphasis on an
interdisciplinary approach to conservation and sustainable use of
biodiversity. In addition, it emphasizes the importance of the
relationships between biodiversity and human societies (traditional and
modern). Thus, the course will particularly emphasize social, legal and
political aspects of the subject, but ecology, genetics and systematics
will also be important ingredients.

The course covers 40 credits Master of Science paper (based on a
research project) plus another 40 credits. It will require two years of
study. The research project may be carried out either in Sweden, or
preferably in the student's own country. Supervision of research
projects should be organized under a Swedish supervisor, and a
supervisor from the student's country.

Based on the Convention on Biological Diversity, it is possible to
distinguish between two different specializations within the field of
biodiversity: 1) work dealing with the wild fauna and flora and their
habitats and 2) work dealing mainly with the domesticated biodiversity.

After 30 credits have been obtained two parallel variants will be run:
one directed toward wild fauna and flora; the other directed toward the
domesticated biodiversity.

To optimize specialist and educational capacity at different
governmental institutions and universities, the course will be
sequentially located at three different universities. Included will be
field excursions and visits to government agencies and other bodies.

The Participants

The target groups for the course will mainly be professionally active
university teachers, systematists, ecologists, geneticists, nature
conservationists and biodiversity managers in the Third World, Eastern
Europe and Sweden. =

The basic qualification for the course would be fluency in English
language and a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent degree
specialising in ecology, genetics or nature conservation. =

Expenses for travel, food and housing will be covered by grants.
Participants will also receive a book allowance.

To Apply

Submit the following items:
A three-page curriculum vitae, which should include a description of
your current and past positions, relevant professional experience, and
educational background as well as witnessed photocopies of diplomas or
certificates (be sure to include your e-mail address and/or FAX number).
Also include the names, addresses, telephone and FAX numbers, and e-mail
addresses of two references.

A two-page statement of interest, discussing why you would like to
attend the programme, aspects of biodiversity of interest to you, which
variant-domesticated or wild biodiversity-you would prefer, and how you
intend to implement your training when you return home after the

A description of at least four subjects or problems from your own
country to be used in seminar discussions or individual projects during
the first year.

A three-page suggestion of a research project, preferably from your own
country, for the Master of Science paper during the second year.

Applications for the 1998 Course (19 January-18 Dec.) must be received
by 30 September 1997. Although we accept submissions by e-mail or FAX,
we require that subsequently papers be sent to us by ordinary mail.

Submit applications to:

Dr. B=F6rge Pettersson =

Swedish Biodiversity Centre =

Box 7007
S-750 07 UPPSALA
E-mail: Borge.Pettersson at
Tel: +46 18 672744
FAX: +46 18 673537

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