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Who does what?

The Faculty Board has the overall responsibility for research and third-cycle education.

Here are information about individuals and functional roles.

Supervisor | Examiner | Head of Department | Director of Graduate Studies | Third-cycle Education Committee | Council of Postgraduate Students in the Sciences


Your supervisors will be key individuals in your life as a doctoral student. The person who will have main, ongoing responsibility for the thesis process will be appointed your principal supervisor.

Your principal supervisor is your personal adviser and is responsible for ensuring that you are making good progress with your research project (thesis work).

Open dialogue
Communication with your supervisor is essential. Try to maintain an open dialogue and clear up any questions as soon as possible. Some doctoral student/supervisor relationships require you to set appointments with your supervisor so that you can be sure to have time for undisturbed discussion concentrated on your specific project, your ideas and your problems. In other cases, the supervisor is usually on hand and a less formal relationship is established.

You will have one or more assistant supervisors, and they also play a key role, but you and your principal supervisor are ultimately responsible for your thesis work.

Changing supervisors
According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, 6 kap. 28§, doctoral students must be allowed to change supervisors. Such a situation may arise if the principal supervisor moves, or if the working relationship is very poor.

The National Agency for Higher Education’s Handbook for Postgraduate Students addresses several key aspects related to supervision and the selection of supervisors.

If your relationship with your supervisor is not working out, please contact the Head of Department. Your find more information under the headline Head of Department

Doctoral student and course examiners

The main task of the doctoral student examiner is to assess and rate the courses included in a student’s academic programme. Course examiners may examine a third-cycle course.

When students are admitted to third-cycle study courses and programmes, the department head appoints a doctoral student examiner. None of the doctoral student’s supervisors may be appointed as the doctoral student examiner.

Doctoral student examiners are listed with the third-cycle subject area (with specialisation) for which they serve as examiners. An examiner may be listed under several different specialisations.

Doctoral student and course examiners at the Faculty of Science are appointed from 1 January 2017 until further notice, though not longer than until 31 December 2019.

Licentiate theses

For licentiate theses, the doctoral student examiner is to submit a proposal for the time, place and reviewers to the department head.

Doctoral dissertations

For doctoral theses, the doctoral student examiner is to propose an external reviewer and examining committee to the assistant pro-dean. The doctoral student examiner’s role is also to verifying that all requirements for a licentiate and doctorate degree are met and to register this in the Ladok student registry.


  • Applied Earth Sciences

    Håkan Pleijel

  • Biophysics
    • Martin Billeter
    • Leif Eriksson
    • Richard Neutze


    • Vladislav Orekhov
    • Sebastian Westenhoff 
  • Biology
    • Staffan Andersson
    • Carl André
    • Michael Axelsson
    • Thomas Backhaus
    • Anders Blomberg
    • Björn T. Björnsson
    • Peter Carlsson
    • Malin Celander
    • Adrian Clarke
    • Anna Godhe
    • Bengt Gunnarsson
    • Malte Hermansson
    • Stefan Hulth
    • Kerstin Johannesson
    • Per Jonsson
    • Lotta Kvarnemo
    • Mari Källersjö
    • Mats Lindegarth
    • Bengt Oxelman
    • Henrik Pavia
    • Marc Pilon
    • Håkan Pleijel
    • Helle Ploug
    • Kristina Sundell
    • Per Sunnerhagen
    • Markus Tamas
    • Cornelia S. Wiklund
    • Sten-Åke Wängber
    • Per Åberg
  • Chemistry
    • Elisabet Ahlberg
    • Johan Bergenholtz
    • Martin Billeter
    • Johan Boman
    • Leif Eriksson
    • Andrew Ewing
    • Johan Gottfries
    • Morten Grötli
    • Per Hall
    • Mattias Hallquist
    • Göran Hilmersson
    • Stefan Hulth
    • Mikael Håkansson
    • Kristina Luthman
    • Richard Neutze
    • Per-Ola Norrby, (till och med 2018-12-31)
    • Gunnar Nyman
    • Vladislav Orekhov
    • Jan Pettersson
    • Sebastian Westenhoff


  • Conservation
    • Gunnar Almevik
    • Ingegärd Eliasson
    • Harald B. Högseth
    • Ulrich Lange
    • Anneli Palmsköld
    • Ola Wetterberg
  • Educational Sciences
    • Björn T Björnsson
    • Adrian Clark
    • Anne Farewell
    • Ann-Marie Pendrill


  • Environmental Sciences
    • Michael Axelsson
    • Thomas Backhaus
    • Björn T. Björnsson
    • Johan Boman
    • Malin Celander
    • Bengt Gunnarsson


    • Mattias Hallquist
    • Leif Klemedtsson
    • Jan Pettersson
    • Håkan Pleijel
    • Cornelia S Wiklund
    • Sten-Åke Wängberg
  • Geography
    • Deliang Chen
    • Hans Linderholm
    • Sofia Thorsson
  • Geology
    • Roland Barthel
    • Kjell Nordberg
    • Erik Sturkell


  • Mathematical Statistics
    • Olle Häggström
    • Johan Jonasson
    • Rebecka Jörnsten
    • Erik Kristiansson
    • Torbjörn Lundh


    • Holger Rootzén
    • Serik Sagitov
    • Jeffrey Steif
    • Aila Särkkä
    • Sergei Zuyev


  • Mathematics
    • Håkan Andréasson
    • Mohammad Asadzadeh
    • Larisa Beilina
    • Robert Berman
    • Peter Hegarty
    • Alexei Heintz
    • Olle Häggström
    • Johan Jonasson
    • Stig Larsson
    • Anders Logg
    • Matsx Lundh
    • Torbjörn Lundh
    • Axel Målqvist
    • Michael Patriksson
    • Maria Roginskaya
    • Andreas Rosén
    • Hjalmar Rosengren
    • Per Salberger
    • Jeffrey Steif
    • Alexander Stolin
    • Ann-Brith Strömberg
    • Lyudmila Turowska
    • Bernt Wennberg
    • Elizabeth Wulcan
    • Genkai Zhang
    • Sergei Zuyev
  • Marine Geology

    Kjell Nordberg

  • Marine Sciences
    • Katarina Abrahamsson,
    • Carl André,
    • Charlotte Björdal
    • Göran Björk
    • Anders Blomberg
    • Göran Broström
    • Anna Godhe
    • Per Hall
    • Martin Hassellöv
    • Stefan Hulth
    • Kerstin Johannesson
    • Per Jonsson
    • Mats Lindegarth
    • Kjell Nordberg
    • Henrik Pavia
    • Helle Ploug
    • Fabien Roque
    • Anna Wåhlin
    • Sten-Åke Wängberg
    • Per Åberg
  • Oceanography
    • Göran Björk
    • Göran Broström
    • Fabien Roque
    • Anna Wåhlin
  • Physical Geography
    • Roland Barthel
    • Deliang Chen
    • Leif Klemedtsson
    • Hans Linderholm
    • Sofia Thorsson
  • Physics
    • Alexander Dmitriev
    • Raimund Feifel
    • Dag Hanstorp
    • Bo Hellsing
    • Måns Henningson
    • Henrik Johannesson 
    • Bernhard Mehlig
    • Ann-Marie Pendrill
    • Hans Starnberg
    • Johan Åkerman
    • Stellan Östlund
  • Radio Physics

    Peter Bernhardt


    Course examiners

    Listed by their departments.

  • Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Abbas Zareenx
    • Gisela Brändén
    • Anna Börje,
    • Karl Börjesson
    • Marica Ericson
    • Anne Farewell
    • John Fletcher
    • Julie Grantham
    • Örjan Hansson
    • Kristina Hedfalk
    • Gergely Katona
    • Beidong Liu
    • Jeanette Nilsson,
    • Ravikant Pathak
    • Jonas Warringer
  • Department of Earth Sciences
    • Robert Björk
    • Mark Johnson
    • Mattias Konrad-Schmolke
    • Tobias Rütting
  • Department of Marine Sciences
    • Göran Broström
    • Gunilla Toth
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences


    • Patrik Albin
    • Michael Björklund
    • Jakob Björnberg
    • Broman Erik
    • Calogero Simone
    • Cvijovic Marija
    • Lang Annika
    • Lemurell Stefan
    • Modin Klas
    • Persson Daniel
    • Rowlett Julie
    • Håkan Samuelsson Kalm
    • Jan Stevens
    • Martin Westerholt Raum


    Mathematical Statistics

    • Patrik Albin
    • Marina Axelson-Fisk
    • Jakob Björnberg
    • Erik Broman
    • Annika Lang
    • Staffan Nilsson
    • Johan Tykesson
  • Department of Physics
    • Ingvar Albinsson
    • Mattias Goksör
    • Mats Granath
    • Klavs Hansen
    • Maria Sundin
    • Vitali Zhaunerchyk
  • Head of Department

    The Head of Department is appointed by the Dean of the Faculty. The Head of Department is the chief executive and is responsible for managing the department.

    The Head of Department is also responsible for the work environment (health and safety), both physical (safety and security) and psychosocial. You should ultimately consult the Head of Department if your relationship with your supervisor and/or examiner is not working out for some reason.

    The Head of Department is responsible for ensuring that supervisors are assigned to the doctoral student upon admission. At least two supervisors must be appointed, at least one of whom must have completed a supervision course or been assessed as having the equivalent skills. At least one of the supervisors must hold the title of docent or above, and one of them must hold a permanent teaching position.

    The Head of Department also appoints an examiner for each doctoral student. The Faculty Board has determined that none of the student’s supervisors may be appointed as the examiner. The Head of Department is also responsible for ensuring that there is a Director of studies for third-cycle education at the department.

    Find out who is the Head of your department.

    Director of Graduate Studies

    There is a Director of Graduate Studies for third-cycle education at every department. 

  • Department of Biological and Environmental Scienc

    Subject: Natural Science, specialising in Biology or Environmental Sciences.
    Director of Graduate Studies

    Mats Olsson, mats.olsson@bioenv.gu.se


  • Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

    Subject: Natural Science, specialising in Biology, Biophysics or Chemistry
    Director of Graduate Studies

    Martin Billeter, martin.billeter@cmb.gu.se


  • Department of Conservation

    Subject: Conservation
    Director of Graduate Studies

Katarina Saltzman
, katarina.saltzman@conservation.gu.se


  • Department of Earth Sciences

    Subject: Natural Science, specialising in Geography or Geology
    Director of Graduate Studies

    Louise Andresen , louise.andresen@gu.se


  • Department of Marine Sciences

    Subject: Natural sciences, specialising in Biology, Chemistry, Marine Geology, Marine Sciences or Oceanography
    Director of Graduate Studies

    Marina Panova, marina.panova@marine.gu.se


  • Departement of Mathematical Sciences

    Subjects: Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, specialising in Biostatistics, Industrial Statistics and Environmental Sciences.

    Director of Graduate Studies

    Aila Särkää, aila@math.chalmers.se


  • Department of Physics

    Subjects: Natural Science, specialising in Physics
    Director of Graduate Studies

    Bo Hellsing, bo.hellsing@physics.gu.se


  • Third-cycle Education Committee

    The Faculty Board has appointed a Third-cycle Education Committee. The committee is made up of a chair, all directors of studies for third-cycle education and four doctoral student representatives.

    The committee advises the Faculty Board and the Dean in their work and serves as an information channel for the members. The committee should also initiate its own assignments to the benefit of third-cycle education at the Faculty and facilitate dialogue with programme leaders.

    Matters dealt with by the committee include:

    • Third-cycle subject plans
    • Individual study plans for third-cycle programmes
    • Procedures for adopting and following up these plans
    • Faculty-wide third-cycle taught courses 
    • Supervisor training 
    • Departmental third-cycle processes

    Committee chair

    The Faculty Board has delegated the following responsibilities to the chair of the Third-cycle Education Committee:

    • Decide the time and place for public defences as proposed by the examiner
    • Determine whether two subjects are so closely related that two public defences should not be held at the same time 
    • Appoint the chair and opponent for public defences as proposed by the examiner
    • Appoint the examining committees for public defences as proposed by the examiner
    • Decide time, place and special reviewer for the Licentiate seminar

    Members of the Committee for third cycle education 1 October 2018 - 30 September 2021. 

  • Chair

    Ingela Dahllöf, chair and pro-dean

  • Vice Chair

    Aila Särkää, vice-chair
    Department of Mathematical Sciences
    Phone: 46 31-772 3542
    E-post: aila.sarkka@gu.se

  • Members
    • Oskar Allerbo
      Representative for the Ph.D. students
    • Martin Billeter
      Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Göran Broström
      Department of Marine Sciences
    • Louise C. Andresen
      Department of Earth Sciences
    • Mats Olsson
      Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
    • Katarina Saltzman
      Department of Conservation
    • Giovanni Volpe
      Department of Physics
    • Rikard Åhsén
      Student representative


  • Secretary

    Gabriella Olshammar
    Faculty Office of Science
    Box 460, 405 30 Göteborg
    Phone: 031-786 9875
    E-mail: gabriella.olshammar@science.gu.se

Council of Postgraduate Students in the Sciences

The Council of Postgraduate Students in the Sciences serves as a discussion forum and information channel for issues relevant to third-cycle students. The Council has ongoing contacts with Faculty management and the student unions.

Beyond working to uphold the rights of third-cycle students, one of the Council’s key tasks is to appoint representatives to the various working groups and committees at the University. Since the Council will often be your primary resource when you need information or have a problem, it is important that all departments are represented.

Contact the Council of Postgraduate Students

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