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GENECO Courses & Workshops

GENECO courses are generally up to one week long and held at the Department of Biology at Lund University. The courses are free of charge to all GENECO students but are open to PhD students from any university subject to a course fee.

The curriculum offers both introductory and specialised courses, as well as hands-on laboratory (wet or computer) and theoretical courses.

GENECO will cover the course fee for their students on a number of other courses, such as the SciLife courses. Furthermore, we are willing to consider covering the fee for 10 extra course days at external courses that fall within the remit of genomic ecology or are relevant to the specific genetic techniques used by a student within their PhD project. GENECO courses, SciLife courses and the Workshop on Genomics at Cesky Krumlov do not count towards these 10 extra course days.

Please make enquiries about these courses directly to us: emily [dot] oconnor [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se or olof [dot] hellgren [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se.

We would also like to draw attention to the UPPMAX courses on Uppsala University's website. There you find details of many excellent training resources that can be useful for handling large datasets, as many genetic projects generate. Although these courses generally do not require funding to attend, we would like to highlight them as potentially useful resources for you as a GENECO student.

Upcoming Courses

Understanding Population Genetics

19-23 September 2022, Lund University (3 ECTS)

Population genetics with its many mathematical formulae provides perhaps the sharpest analytical tool in biological research. Its results are used everywhere, from evolutionary explanations to analyses of inherited diseases and many other applications. To really understand the strength of population genetics it is important to have worked through the most important derivations at least once.

This course gives an introduction to the formal side of population genetics with an attempt to keep biological relevance in focus.

Course schedule

To be announced

Course registration

Use this web form to register for the course.

deadline for registration: 9 September 2022

Course coordinators

Torbjörn Säll (Torbjorn [dot] Sall [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se) and Bengt Olle Bengtsson (Bengt_Olle [dot] Bengtsson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se) at Lund University.

Science communication and role in society

21-25 November, Lund University (3 ECTS)

This course gives knowledge and understanding of how effective science communication works and discusses the role of science in society. Through seminars, discussion groups, self-directed learning and project work, the course provides skills to condense and convey key messages clearly, define target audiences for different types of communication and develop effective techniques to deliver and receive information through different channels.

Course schedule

To be announced

Course registration and the deadline

The registration for this course can be found on the ClimbBEco PhD courses webpage below. Deadline for registration is the 15th of October 2022.

Go to ClimBEco webpage:


Course coordinator

Johanna Stadmark johanna [dot] stadmark [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se

The course syllabus was confirmed by the Faculty Board for graduate studies on 22 October 2019. The course is in the third cycle and amounts to 3 credits. The course syllabus is formally approved in Swedish. This is a translation.

Learning outcomes

On the completion of the course, participants shall be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
  • Describe how effective science communication works.
  • Discuss the role of science in society.
Skills and abilities
  • Use methods to condense the message and convey it clearly.
  • Define the target audience for different types of communication.
  • Develop effective techniques to deliver and receive information through different channels.
Judgement and approach
  • Assess the variety of techniques and media by which scientific information is communicated.
  • Reflect on how the multiple roles of science in society affect science communication.
Course content
  • Elevator talks – how to distil information down to the essential points.
  • Analysing and preparing for communication – how to identify your audience and their knowledge base, what methods and technology are available for communication.
  • Presenting a confident you – how to talk with confidence, having a confident composure during communication.
  • The media ecosystem – how people encounter science in their everyday lives.
  • How does one become a public science communicator?
  • Creating content to communicate your science.
  • Different perspectives of science in society.

Seminars, discussion groups, self-directed learning, project work.


The examination is based on active participation in all the course activities.

Grading scale

Possible grades are Pass and Fail. To pass the course, the student must attend the scheduled course activities and pass the presentations of the individual projects.

Language of instruction


Finish on Time: Academic productivity and stress management

Will you finish your dissertation on time and feel good along the way? Yes! The objective is to provide you with a toolbox for increased academic productivity and decreased stress levels.

The GENECO programme previously included a Mentor Programme, which was run in collaboration with the MiL Institute. However, we have recently decided to replace this scheme with this course on academic productivity and stress management.

The course consists of five half-day workshops on academic productivity and stress management divided over three occasions planned to occur in association with the annual winter meeting in February (1 half-day), the annual summer meeting in August/September (2 half-days), and as a separate session in late April (2 half-days in Lund). 


  • Trying academic productivity tools easy to implement and with large impact.
  • Learning about tools from stress research applicable to the academic work situation.
  • Increased sense of control through practical productivity and stress management tools.
  • Sharing of best practices among participants.


The registration is now closed.

Information and course schedule

This course shifts focus from what to how and provides you with strategies and hands-on techniques to finish your dissertation on time and feel good along the way. You will learn about units, the weekly schedule and the 80/20 principle, and apply these concepts to your own work situation. These effectiveness techniques are closely connected to stress management techniques: the demand-control-support model both explains causes of stress in the academic environment and supports you in shifting from negative stress to positive stress. Additionally, you will get the opportunity to try tools for thinking and acting differently. For instance, recognizing your so-called automatic thoughts and how they affect your behaviour, as well as tools for handling common thoughts in a performance culture, such as high demands on achievement.

As academics, we spend a great deal of time focusing on the content of our work, but sometimes we forget to pay attention to the work process, or how we work, think, and act. However, the process is important to finishing our academic work and managing stress levels. As individuals, we often have one main strategy, or a certain way of thinking and acting, for dealing with a variety of situations. For many doctoral students, the main strategy is to work harder. Our main strategy often works perfectly well, but as we encounter new situations we may need a greater variety of strategies.

About Finish on Time

Our objective is to help PhD students, postdocs, and other academics to finish their academic work on time and feel good along the way. We do this by providing courses on academic productivity and stress management. For more than 10 years, the Finish on Time team has offered courses at nearly all universities and colleges throughout Sweden. Over 1000 PhD students, supervisors, professors and researchers have participated in our conferences and seminars. The tools are based on knowledge from the University of California, Berkeley, management consulting, and stress research.

Workshop 1: Academic productivity

From efficiency to effectiveness: How do I use the 80/20 principle in my dissertation work? Date: April 1st, 9-12 am. Instructor: Katarina Mårtensson, PhD.

Workshop 2: Stress management

From negative stress to positive stress: How do I change my behaviour? Date: April 27, 1-4 pm. Instructor: Susanna Johansson, licensed psychologist.

Workshop 3: Stress management

From negative stress to positive stress: How do I change my thoughts? Date: April 28, 9-12 am. Instructor: Susanna Johansson, licensed psychologist.

Workshop 4: Academic productivity

From vague visions to specific goals: How do I set realistic goals? Date: August 30, 1-4 pm. Instructor: Katarina Mårtensson, PhD.

Workshop 5: Academic productivity

From vague visions to specific goals: How do I follow up my goals, especially goals about dissertation writing? Date: August 31, 9-12 am. Instructor: Katarina Mårtensson, PhD.

SciLifeLab courses supported by GENECO

GENECO is willing to cover the fee for their students attending SciLife courses. For details of the courses see SciLife's website.


General questions

Bengt Hansson

Telephone:+46 46 222 49 96
E-mail: Bengt [dot] Hansson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Questions regarding GENECO courses

Emily O'Connor

Telephone:+46 46 222 37 22
E-mail: Emily [dot] Oconnor [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Olof Hellgren
Senior Lecturer

Telephone:+46 46 222 17 83
E-mail: Olof [dot] Hellgren [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Questions regarding administration, economy and other practical issues

Christina Rengefors
Project assistant
Department of Biology

Telephone: +46 46 222 96 14
E-mail: Christina [dot] Rengefors [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Annika Hecktor
Financial administrator
Department of Biology

Telephone: +46 46 222 92 12
E-mail: Annika [dot] Hecktor [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se