Students are not customers of a university; they are its very soul. Colin Macilwain, Nature 2011
Our teaching philosophy is shaped by the fact that understanding biodiversity on earth requires the integration of different biological disciplines. We want to understand how life emerged on earth as well as how organisms co-evolved and interact in natural ecosystems. Therefore, our teaching focusses on:
teaching at hypothesis-driven modern science based on primary scientific literature. Moreover, it is essential to train independent thinking. This includes skill development in theory development, critical analysis, statistics, oral presentations, writing scientific reports, and communicating science at the science-society interface, for example with new media. These training goals also promote key skills to succeed in the job market.
In addition, we teach in several PhD courses and trainings provided by yDiv and other graduate schools.