I am glad to tell you that the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa (SSSUP) is about to start the 6th year of theInternational Doctoral Programmein Agrobiodiversity. This PhD Programme is runin collaboration with theNational Academy of Sciences of Italy and is fundedby the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MiUR).

The Course aims to contribute to the enhancement of human resource capacity in the utilisation and management of biodiversityin agricultural and natural systems,to improve the sustainability of agriculture and the conservation of genetic resources and agroecosystem (bio)diversity for the well-being of present and future generations. An International Scientific Boardsupervise activities and ensure education and research excellence and oversee the choice of themes relevant to developing countries’ agriculture, where applicable.

Six scholarships are available to motivated students from any country. Applications from developing countries are particularly welcome. The application must include description of a research project that the candidate would liketo carry out during the three-year period of the Doctorate. English will be the one and only language for all activities envisaged in the Doctorate. Further information on the Programmeand the online application form can be found at deadline for receipt of online applications is15 July 2009.

The Course has two curricula:

(A) Plant Genetic Resources (for further information, please contact Prof. Enrico Porceddu, porceddu@unitus.itor Prof. Enrico P謠

(B) Functional Biodiversity in Agroecosystems (for further information, please contact Prof. Pierdomenico Perata, or myself,

For information about the application, the evaluation procedure and the course logistics, please contactMr Mario ZinnaiorMs Laura Bevacqua(


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