Wood Biology and Technology in Göttingen

This programme is open to highly qualified people who studied forestry, wood sciences, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry etc.

The University of Göttingen offers an international programme on Wood Biology and Wood Technology leading to a Ph.D. or Dr. rer. nat. or Dr. forest. degree within three years. The intensive, research oriented Ph.D. programme is taught by internationally renowned scientists. To assure individual training on a high standard, the number of participants in the programme is limited to 12 students per year. There will be a special service to help them getting habituated to Göttingen, including a German course, excursions, parties etc..

This programme is open to highly qualified people who studied forestry, wood sciences, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry and related fields (see Application ). Reasons why to deal with wood are explained in a short presentation (Why wood). Germany is a good country to learn more about wood due its long tradition in sustainable forestry (in 2013 exactly 300 yrs.) and its leading position in woodworking machinery production.

In Göttingen there is the only three-year Ph.D.-programme on wood technology in Germany. It emphasizes an independent research work of the students which results in a major scientific contribution to their field of specialisation. In addition they have to take part in lessons and practical courses which shall educate them for leading positions in management in the woodworking industry and in research institutes. All compulsary courses are taught in English. On November 3rd, 2005, the programme became member of "Georg-August University School of Science" ( GAUSS) and on October 2015 member of the "Graduate School Forest and Agricultural Sciences" (GFA).

Research Topics

One major aim of the ongoing research is the reduction of the main technical disadvantages of wood in use: limited resistance to fungi and insects, swelling & shrinking and instability to UV-radiation. The research groups in Göttingen are developing different approaches to overcome these technical disadvantages: acetylation, modification with organic silicon compounds, coatings, heat treatment, enzymatic activation etc.. Another research area includes enzymes involved in wood decay, for example laccases and other redox-enzymes that are of potential use for the wood industry.

Other topics from the field of wood science and technology can also be dealt with. More information on the ongoing research work you will find by the links given in the next paragraph. Proposals on related topics are welcome!

Research Teams Involved
* Department Wood Biology and Wood Products (Prof. Dr. Holger Militz, Prof. Dr. Carsten Mai)
* Department Wood Technology and Wood-based Composites (N. N., Juniorprofessor Dr. Kai Zhang)
* Department Forest Botany and Tree Physiology (Prof. Dr. Andrea Polle),
* Department Molecular Wood Biotechnology (Prof. Dr. Ursula Kües, Prof . Dr. Alireza Kharazipour)
* Department Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding (Prof. Dr. Oliver Gailing)
* Department Forest Zoology and Forest Conservation (N. N.)

Actually, since more scientists of the Forest Faculty are going to be involved, the research topics are no longer restricted to "Wood Modification Technologies".

Supervision of PhD-students

Within the PhD-programme every student mainly works on his special research project. He or she becomes a part of one of these science groups under the supervision of the leading professor. According to the study regulations each student has two additional tutors (professors) who "normally" should become the additional examiners at the oral exam. The PhD-students have the right to suggest these two persons. This should be done within the first six month of the programme and then these tutors have to become approved by the Faculty Board. One of these persons can be a professor from another university.

Final exam
The final examination can be done as disputation (mostly common) or as viva voce (rigorosum). The duration is 90 minutes with a scientific presentation of 30 minutes and a discussion with the examiners in the case of disputation and the exam takes 120 minutes in the case of rigorosum. The candidates can chose between the titles PhD, Dr. forest. and Dr. rer. nat. Three examiners are nescessary for the two first degrees and 6 examinares are requested for Dr. rer. nat.
Information about the final exam: "How to do the final exam (pdf)"
How to apply for the final exam: "Application final exam (doc) english"
How to apply for the final exam: "Application final exam (doc) deutsch"
"Elektronische Dissertation"

Meeting Dates of the Faculty Council Wintersemester 2020/21: