The work collaboration between academia and industry within the centre made it apparent that there is a lack of people with expertise in both areas. All centre partners agreed that the most efficient way of finding people that can bridge between scientific work and industrial applications would be to educate students within a special program.
In 2013, together with its industrial partners, the UPSC Centre for Forest Biotechnology (at that time still called Berzelii Centre for Forest Biotechnology) started a research school of forest genetics, biotechnology and breeding. The project was launched in 2013 and is currently running its third class (seven students). It is co-financed by the UPSC Centre for Forest Biotechnology, SLU, Kempe Foundation (http://www.kempe.com/index_english.html), Föreningen Skogsträdsförädling (http://skogstradsforadling.se) and several of the industrial centre partner (Bergvik Skog Plantor, Holmen Skog, Stora Enso, Sveaskog and Skogforsk).
About the school
Postgraduate students admitted to the education participate in a five years program comprising a common part with a set of obligatory courses, common excursions and research visits. This common part of the program is trying to provide a common knowledge framework on molecular genetics of important traits, genomics, SE technology, statistics, quantitative genetics and breeding theory. Additional to the common part each student has his/her own research program that is formulated jointly by the academic supervisor and the industrial host.
Currently the school has been starting its third class (seven students, start date 2017/2018). The first class started in 2013 with 11 students and the second class started in 2015 (four students completed, 4 still ongoing).
For further information on finished and ongoing PhD projects please consult the homepage of the research school: