The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Graduate School (GBR)



The Leibniz Graduate School on Genomic Biodiversity Research (GBR) is a cooperative initiative of the Münster Graduate School of Evolution Initiative (MGSEI) at the University of Münster and the Bonn International Graduate School (BIGS) of the University of Bonn.

As a common theme within the Graduate School, PhD projects will address questions of genome evolution within holometabolous insects. Holometabolous insects (insects with complete metamorphosis) are the most species-rich lineage of insects and comprise more species of agricultural, medical, ecological, and economic importance than any other group of organisms.
The scientific output of the Graduate School will have an extraordinary and long-standing high impact on basic and applied research and we assume that it will significantly increase the perception of all participating students, principal investigators, and research institutes in the scientific community and in the public.
The primary goals of this graduate school are
(i) to educate a new generation of scientists to master essential skills for integrated and interdisciplinary biodiversity research by employing cutting-edge technologies in evolutionary genomics and classical systematic biology, and
(ii) to strengthen ties between research groups focusing on computational and evolutionary-systematic topics, thus fostering integrative thinking and establishing a common language.

The GBR will promote highly talented students to achieve a PhD within three years that qualifies them for a career in genomics research and/or administration.
Additionally, it will extend the cooperation between universities and institutes that have a leading role in their specific field of biodiversity research.

Contact person

Chair "Systematic Zoology"
+49 228 9122-200
+49 228 9122-202
b.misof [at]