Around 500 students from more than 100 countries have participated in the BIGS-DR program at ZEF since its inception in 1999. Each annual batch has around 20-30 students from different academic and disciplinary backgrounds. Our students complete their doctoral studies in about 3-4 years.

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Another successful ZEF doctoral graduate: Pablo Mac Clay
June 05, 2024. 

Pablo Mac Clay successfully defended his doctoral thesis on “Essays on the nexus between technological change, policies, and value chain governance for a transition towards a low-carbon economy” on June 05, 2024 at ZEF.

He received his doctoral degree from the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Bonn.

His first supervisor was Prof. Dr. Jan Börner and his second supervisor was Prof. Dr. Roberto Feeney.

Pablo Mac Caly was a Junior Researcher of the Transformation and Sustainability Governance of South American Bioeconomies (SABio) research group.

His research was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

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