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The Graduate School for Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC) is a collaborative research and PhD training institute, coordinated by Wageningen University (WU). Participants in PE&RC are staff, postdocs and PhD candidates from Wageningen University, Utrecht University (Ecology & Biodiversity group), the University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Naturalis Biodiversity Center (NBC), and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO). Central focus of the collaboration is the PhD programme that is embedded in a coherent and productive research environment that aims to perform frontier academic research of the highest quality.

Currently, PE&RC has approximately 400 ongoing PhD projects. Of these, about 80% reside at the Wageningen University research groups, 10% at the NIOO (of which about half will graduate at Wageningen University due to the fact that PE&RC staff includes four NIOO members that have a special chair position at Wageningen University), 6% at Naturalis Biodiversity Center and 2% at the Ecology & Biodiversity group of Utrecht University. Within Wageningen UR (Wageningen University and Research Centre), PE&RC also collaborates with the Contract Research Organisations Alterra and Plant Research International.

More information about PE&RC (e.g., our vision and mission, our research strategy, the way we are organised, and our partnering groups and members) can be found in the "About us" dropdown menu above.