Environmental Sciences PhD School

Director: Prof. Dr. Erika Michéli, DSc   

The aim of the PhD School of Environmental Sciences is to lead, organize and supervise scientific education and research  providing basis for obtainig PhD degree and habilitation in the interdisciplinary field of environmental sciences. The school organizes programs in the following disciplinary fields:

  1. Soil Science, Agro-chemistry, Environmental Chemistry
  2. Agricultural and Environmental Microbiology and Soil Biotechnology
  3. Agrobiodiversity and Genetic Resources Conservation
  4. Ecological Farming
  5. Environmental Management
  6. Landscape Ecology, Nature Conservation, Landscape Protection
  7. Environmental Protection, Environmental Health and Environmental Safety

Disciplinary Programs

1. Soil Science, Agrochemistry, Environmental Chemistry

This discipline covers three major areas: Soil Science as a traditional field of environmental sciences; Agrochemistry that focuses on plant nutrient supply; and Environmental Chemistry that plays a major role in research related to natural resources, including physicochemical modelling of anthropogenic environmental impact on biogeochemical cycles and the development of environmental analytical and ecotoxicological methodologies.

2. Agricultural and Environmental Microbiology and Soil Biotechnology

Agricultural Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology and Soil Biotechnology cover a wide spectrum of subject matters that are important in agronomics and in practical agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Research topics include agriculture, soil science, water, air, food, ecology, environmental protection, phytopathology, microbiology, soil biotechnology, bio-hydrometallurgy.

3. Agrobiodiversity and Genetic Resources Conservation

This discipline includes agrobiocoenoses (agricultural activity on fields),  and varieties of cultivated plants and other plant species (weeds, fungi, algae, etc.) living on agricultural areas, as well as genetic resources (varieties, landscape species, ecotypes and wild relative species of cultivated plants). It covers changes, follow-up, resource exploration and documentation of genetic variability of cultivated plants that were transported in prehistoric and historic time into the Carpathian Basin.

4. Ecological Farming

This scientific field covers research and development of complex agricultural systems that preserve natural resources where production is based on local resources and each section of the production process is guided by a biological, ecological approach. Its objective is to develop an up-to-date ecological agricultural system based on traditional farming and experience, (farming practices) both in crop production and animal husbandry.

5. Environmental Management

This educational and research disciplinary field contributes to the objectives of long-term, sustainable utilisation, planned development and effective protection of natural and man-made environment. As a result of these three objectives, environmental management is understood as a synthesizing, trans-disciplinary field of research, integrating natural and social sciences. This subfield aims at establishing integrative planning methods, analyses, assessment and operative programs in the fields of ecology, economics, sociology, political science, spatial planning and physics. Research topics preferably address the co-evolutionary dynamics of nature, society and economy.

6. Landscape Ecology, Nature Conservation, Landscape Protection

PhD students have an  opportunity to do research on topics that are related to the analysis, protection and utilisation of biotic and abiotic environmental elements as well as to the better understanding of natural and human impacted processes. There is an emphasis on research related to conservation biology and restoration ecology that cover complex, landscape scaled planning (including aspects of soil protection and hydrology), plant and animal species and their associations, as well as the protection of biodiversity.

7. Environmental Protection, Environmental Health and Environmental Safety

This discipline aims to educate students who will have the ability of solving theoretical and practical problems and challenges in the field of environmental protection and environmental safety, while applying natural sciences, biological approach and high standards of engineering knowledge. This subfield puts an emphasis on the relationship between environmental problems and human health. The risks of public health caused by recent intensive agricultural methods and environmental pollution and the ways of prevention and elimination are defined through the analysis of agriculture, rural development and medical science.

Contact person:

Miklós Gulyás
Institute of Environmental Sciences

Phone:             00 36 28/522-000/1812
Fax:                  00 36 28-410-804
E-mail:             gulyas.miklos@mkk.szie.hu
Address:          H-2100 Gödöllő, Páter K. u. 1. Hungary