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Call for expression of interest in PhD studies - bioeconomy and forest ecosystem services


Perceptions and acceptance of the concept of bioeconomy and forest ecosystem services

Study Program

Forest Ecosystem Services

Problem description

This program is aimed at a better understanding of the perceptions of key stakeholders and consumers of forest-based bioeconomy and forest ecosystem services within the context of the EU Bioeconomy policy area in order to facilitate integration of consumer preferences into a pan-European forest-based bioeconomy modelling platform.  This will be done through the  exploration of the diversity of perceptions and acceptance levels of a forest-based bioeconomy and forest ecosystem services in the EU. Thus, this research will explore interests and  foster participation of different stakeholders in forestry and the broader public. Furthermore, it will quantify these normally qualitative aspects through a review of grey literature, stakeholder surveys and microeconomic analysis in order to quantify the consumer’s willingness to pay for different services provided by the forests.

Expected outcomes

Quantificantions of what stakeholders want and expect from forests in terms of ecosystem services (including the provisional services of wood and residues for bioeconomy) and drivers that affects acceptance (e.g. certification of products, freedom to bird-watch, etc.).

Eligibility criteria - JRC

  • In accordance with Article 2a) of the Grantholder Rules (GH), candidates should, at the start of the employment contract with the JRC: 
  • have the nationality of a Member State of the EU or a country associated to the Research Framework Programmes. Candidates from other countries may also apply. However, only the Director-General of the JRC may allow their recruitment, following the security clearance and derogation procedure for non-EU country nationals in force at the JRC. COLLABORATIVE DOCTORAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT No. 35373 (page 17 of 19)
  • be enrolled in a PhD programme with TUZVO as desribed above.

How to apply

The paper application form for PhD studies is provided by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic: "Application for university studies, PhD - third degree". It is available in specialized print shops (ŠEVT) or on the website of the Ministry:

The electronic application form can be found at:

If an electronic application form is filled in, the application form must be printed and submitted with the other attachments to the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 24, 960 53 Zvolen, Slovakia or personally to a PhD Study Department of the Dean's Office, the main building of TU in Zvolen, ground floor, door C003.

Application deadline: 31st August 2019
The date of the admission procedure (TUZVO): 16th September 2019

For more information about the application process please contact Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jaroslav Ďurkovič, vice-dean of the Faculty of Forestry (

For more information about the topic and conditions of the PhD studies within the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with the Joint Research Center of the European Commission contact Prof. Dr. Viliam Pichler, dean of the Faculty of Forestry (

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For more details visit the TUZVO website