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How Climate Change Shapes the Destiny of Insect Biodiversity. Unveiling Global Trends
26-28 June 2024
Insects are everywhere and have been a dominant species group on Earth for millions of years. To date, we estimate that there are at least 5.5 million species of insects on earth. Out of these, only 1 million species have been described. Moreover, population dynamics studies point to a sharp decline in insects, calling it the insect species apocalypse. Millions of insect species may go extinct in silence; we will not even know they existed. Climate change, forest fragmentation, and pesticides for agriculture interact to devastate insect biodiversity. As the biodiversity crisis escalates, the need for comprehensive data and detailed investigations becomes more pressing. As a participant in this course, you have a crucial role in understanding the intricate relationships between insect and plant interactions and movement within the environment. By comprehending how insects and plants depend on each other and traverse landscapes and how the environment evolves, you can help unravel long-standing ecological mysteries and contribute to preserving our planet's biodiversity.
Grounding carbon farming course
We are very excited to announce the first edition of the Grounding carbon farming course which will take place from 14-20 September on site on a dairy farm in France. This is an all-included, immersive course where fundamental issues around carbon sequestration in agricultural lands are treated from different perspectives, including that of farmers. Highly relevant to anyone working from close or far with soil carbon and land-based climate change mitigation, from biological, environmental, social, or economic perspectives!
WIAS Course: Simulation of breeding programs with the Modular Breeding Program Simulator (MoBPS)
24 & 25 October 2024
he course will include a general introduction to the MoBPS framework and breeding programs, as well as a series of exercises on how to use MoBPSweb ( and the MoBPS R-package. In addition, there will be room for open discussion and specific questions regarding own breeding programs. After completion of the course, participants should be able to simulate common breeding programs in both plant and animal breeding.
Genetics of resilience and trade-offs
28 October – 3 November, 2024
Within the framework of the EU project RUMIGEN (, we offer a 5-day course on “Genetics of resilience and trade-offs” with hands-on training, at Wageningen Campus. The course will review state-of-the-art theory and application of the concepts of resilience, robustness and trade-offs, with a focus on their implementation in breeding programs. Experts in animal breeding and systemic modelling and guest speakers will teach the latest theory and examples related to the concepts of resilience, robustness and trade-offs. Implementation of related traits in breeding programs and important challenges faced in these processes, will be discussed based on real use cases.