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BIGS - Land and Food



The Bonn International Graduate School at the Agricultural Faculty was established in 2008 as "Theodor-Brinkman-Graduate School" and the study program was initiated in winter term 2008/09. In 2020 it was renamed to its current name

Our Goals

The Graduate School combines the research at the agricultural faculty with an interdisciplinary study program. For our research fields in agricultural, nutritional and food sciences as well as in geodesy and geoinformation we need encouraged and creative young scientists, who also have the courage to follow complex research approaches to come up with innovative ideas to solve the tasks and problems.

The Graduate School will have a leading role in bringing together the best PhD students in our fields of research and support young scientists on their way into a scientific career. The education will take place in an international and lifely scientific community.



The Graduate School is encouraging interdisciplinary and international research with the aim to investigate and analyse complex reasons and impacts of regional and global changes in different research areas. The Graduate School has five main disciplines each represented by an own institute:  (1) agricultural sciences, (2) nutrition and food science (3) agricultral economy, (4) animal sciences and (5) geodesy and geoinformatics.


PhD Program

BIGS-Land and Food offers a structured PhD within the graduate school. Each student will be supervised by a PhD Committee with at least two principle scientists of the graduate school. Together with the student they will plan the course program. Research visits abroad are highly encouraged as well as participation on national / International congresses and courses at our partner institutions. We offer:

  • participation in an interdisciplinary, english curriculum
  • intensiv supervison by a PhD Committee
  • aquisition of transferable skills
  • travel grants for conferences, summer schools and workshops outside the BIGS-Land and Food
  • possibility to network with PhD students outside the direct research field






Members are the students of the graduate school, the principle scientists, and the supervisors and lecturers of the graduate school. Student membership will expire at the end of the PhD studies.

Graduate School Steering Committee

Members of the Graduate School Board are:

  • Scientific Director: Prof. Dr. Jan-Henrik Haunert (Vice-Dean for Research and Young Scientists / Institute of of  Geodesy and Geoinformation)
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Börner (Institute for Agricultural and Food Economics)
  • Prof. Dr. Heiko Schoof (Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation)
  • Prof. Dr. Ute Nöthlings (Institute of Nutrition and Food Science)
  • Prof. Dr. Helga Sauerwein (Institute of Animal sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kusche (Institue of Geodesy and Geoinformation)
  • Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Südekum (Head of the PhD admission board)
  • Scientific Coordinator (N.N.)
  • PhD-Student Representatives

    • Lena Dicks
    • Milan Tatic


With the admission each student of the graduate school will be supervised by at least two principle scientists of the graduate school. The team student and supervisors will plan the individual course program.





Dr. Philipp Gutbrod
Katzenburgweg 9,
53115 Bonn

  +49 228 73-2159
  +49 160 91302881



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