BUP PhD Students Training 2023

The PhD Students Training is a fantastic opportunity for PhD students from all over the Baltic Sea Region to come-together, network with each-other and become acquainted with other scholarly perspectives, in a stimulating academic environment.

The BUP is pleased to announce the application for the 10th BUP PhD Students Training which will take place 22-26 November at Łódź University of Technology, Łódź in Poland. The event will consist of a maximum of 30 students, that will be accompanied by an expert team of supervisors. The participants themselves will have different nationalities and academic backgrounds: engineering, social sciences, humanities, environmental sciences, and life sciences- all contributing to a stimulating interdisciplinary and intercultural atmosphere.

The training will be arranged in cooperation with the BUP National Centre in Poland and BUP's Associated Secretariat at Łódź University of Technology, coordinated by Prof. Ireneusz Zbicinski.

A PhD student giving a presentation


22 November - Arrival, introductions, and workshop
23 November - Expert presentations, lectures, consultations
24 November - Student presentations and discussion
25 November - Student presentations and discussion
26 November - Departure

The program of the training includes: lectures, workshops, students’ presentations of PhD work, and individual consultancies of PhD work with international experts.

Objective of the training

Participants during the Design Thinking Lab
Participants discussing their work during the Design 
Thinking lab at the PhD Students Training 2022.
Photo: Krzysztof Ciesielski

The objective of the training is to give PhD students from BUP participating universities, the possibility to meet and discuss scientific enquiries, problems and investigations with a focus on sustainable development in an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and regional context. Students will be exposed to different academic perspectives, traditions and cultures, fostering key skills. This international training will enrich the students’ own perspectives on sustainable development with experiences and perspectives from other disciplines and other countries.

The training will thus serve as a platform for the development of a common understanding of the regional problematique and open avenues for future cooperation on these issues. Interdisciplinary training at the PhD-level is essential for creating an understanding between scientists and researchers with different backgrounds (Western and Eastern European cultures), and for future collaboration for a sustainable future.

This is exemplified in the methodology of the training. A distinct focus is placed on interdisciplinary connections, research cooperation and expert consultancies.

Methodology of the training

PhD students will be offered training in interdisciplinary research cooperation with the guidance of an international group of interdisciplinary research experts, composed of senior scientists.

PhD student and expert having a discussion.
The participating PhD students will receive guidance from experts during the event. Photo: Krzysztof Ciesielski


The PhD Students Training will only accept students who have completed at least the first year of their studies.

Please note the following documents are required in the application form.

  • Preliminary PhD thesis presentation (up to 15 slides).
  • Summary of the PhD thesis, including title, affiliation, supervisor name, and description of the work.
  • List of scientific achievements, including papers, patents, participation in conferences, courses, trainings etc.
  • CV
  • Written supervisor’s recommendation, including motivation.

The application deadline is 15 October 2023.


Practical information

The conference is free of charge for PhD students at BUP participating universities. This means that the BUP will cover accommodation, food, and local transport.

All students are responsible for covering their own travel to and from Warsaw, from which a bus will take students to Lodz for the training. Students can of course choose to travel directly to Lodz for the event.


If you have any questions, especially those pertaining to the event, please contact the associated secretariat at baltlodz@info.p.lodz.pl or ireneusz.zbicinski@p.lodz.pl

For general questions, or assistance with the application form, please contact evan.goss@balticuniv.uu.se

Last modified: 2023-11-30