The University of Tartu, founded in 1632, is a traditional multidisciplinary university and the leading centre of research an training in Estonia. University of Tartu belongs to the top 2% of world´s best universities. According to the Times Higher Education New Europe ranking relased in 2018, University of Tartu was ranked as the best research- intensive university in New Europe. Research at University of Tartu focuses on all subjects of classical universities, but the most cited topics are molecular biology and genetics, environmental and ecological sciences, plant and animal sciences, and medicine. The Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences is a hihgly effective teaching and research unit, consisting of multiple departments (Botany, Geography, Geology, Zoology, Science Education Centre) and research groups of interdisciplinary research topics. The institute has more than 2000 researchers and lecturers and 145 PhD students. According to the Web of Science Essential Science Indicators University of Tartu belongs to the top 1% of the world´s most highly cited science institutions in 9 fields, included environment and ecology. During the last 5 years, the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences in total have published more than 700 papers.



Jaan Liira