PhD Student Council for SHS

The PhD Student council at the Faculty of Forest Sciences represents the PhD students in committees and councils and arranges social activities, seminars and workshops for the PhD students at the Faculty of Forest Sciences. The representatives for 2017 are:


Clydecia Spitzer: Chairman & Membership Responsible.
Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management (Umeå)
Sandra Schusser: Representative in Faculty Board (FN).
Dept. of Forest Economics (Umeå)
Brian Danley: Vice chairman and Representative in Research Education Council (FUR).
Dept. of Forest Economics (Umeå)
Sabine Pfeffer: Secretary.
Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental studies (Umeå)
Sabrina Dreßel: Representative in the committee for appointing associate professors and professors.
Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental studies (Umeå)
Mattias Engman: Representative in SLUSS-DN.
Dept. of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre (Alnarp)

Robert Spitzer: Treasurer.
Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental studies (Umeå)
Michelle Nordkvist: Representative in Research Education Committee (FUN).
Dept. of Ecology (Uppsala)
Domenique André: Representative for Equal Rights Committee.
Dept. of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology (Umeå)

Raul Fernandez Lacruz: Webmaster.
Dept. of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (Umeå)
Ivan Huuva: Representative in Seth M Kempes scholarship fund.
Dept. of Forest Resource Management (Umeå)


Coming activities

28th September: PhD Day!

Soon it is happening! Be prepared for an amazing faculty wide PhD-Day in Umeå on September 28th. We are fully involved into the planning and are looking forward to a day with activities, lectures, excursions, discussions, and support for your personal PhD career. So save the date in your calendars!

PhD Day_Flyer


New PhD student at SLU?

In this page (English, Swedish) you can find relevant information regarding PhD studies.

Become a member in the student association and get the student card (”Mecenatkortet”) with all its benefits! At this page you can find more information on the membership. Please, contact the Membership responsible (Medlemsansvarig) at the PhD Council, Clydecia Spitzer, to get the application and paying form.

For questions in general, please contact

Alternatively, you can contact:
Clydecia Spitzer (Chairman of the Board/Membership responsible)
Raul Fernandez Lacruz (Webmaster)

Do you have any other questions or want discuss anything? Please, send us an e-mail or join our meetings!

What would you like us to organize? In order to improve participation in the events that we organize, we need to know what you would like to attend, but also how you would like the PhD Student Council to work.



Seth M Kempes’ stipend fund/Seth M Kempes stipendiefond

Next application call will be during Autumn 2017

Complete call and application form

After positive development of the foundations assets we are able to call for applications for stipends. The Seth M Kempe Stipend Fund grants stipends to PhD students at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå. The stipends are primarily given to PhD students who have been given the opportunity to visit and do research at a department abroad. Stipends can also be given to cover travel expenses, conference fees and course fees. The Board of the Seth M Kempe Stipend Fund evaluates applications and decides who is granted stipends.

To be qualified to apply for the stipend the applicant must fulfill all requirements:

  • Be a member of the Student Union of the Forest Faculty (SHS)
  • Be a PhD student at the Forest Faculty, SLU
  • Be a resident of Västernorrland, Västerbotten or Norrbotten county

Priority will be given to:

  • 1. Visiting researchers to do research at a department abroad
  • 2. Participation in conferences*
  • 3. Courses
  • Scientific excellence of the project, and its relevance for the applicant and his/her qualification
  • Applicants that have not previously been granted stipend from the Kempes’ Fund

*For conferences, oral presentations will be prioritized over poster presentations. Participation without any presentation will be given the lowest priority. A document validating acceptance to conference (and type of presentation) must be attached to the application.

Salary, food or daily allowance will not be covered.