Insects as Feed

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Postgraduate Course

Insects as Feed:
Interdisciplinary approach to insects as sustainable feed component

Sunday 21 - Friday 26 August 2022

Parkhotel 'De Bosrand', Ede, the Netherlands

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Insects provide excellent opportunities as a component of livestock feed for a circular and sustainable approach to feed production. The use of insects as feed component relates to various of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Residual streams that remain after harvesting the insects may be used to support sustainable crop production. Current livestock feed production (e.g. fish meal and soy meal) has a major impact on the world’s climate, threatens biodiversity and competes with the production of food that could be consumed by people directly. Various insect species, such as fly larvae, can be reared on organic residual streams and therefore be used to ‘close the loop’ in agricultural systems. In recent years, insect production for feed has been initiated for aquaculture and pet food, and is now being allowed for poultry and pigs as well. The industry is expected to grow rapidly in the near future. However, as a new agricultural sector there are still many aspects that require further investigation, such as insect health and welfare, but also the health and welfare of livestock fed with insects. Additionally, there are still many questions regarding the economic, legal and societal aspects of insects as a novel feed component. In this course we will approach these themes with an interdisciplinary approach, combining biology, animal science, ethics and economics. International experts on the different disciplines will provide input for knowledge exchange and discussions on the topic of insects as feed component for a sustainable and circular food production.

Course set-up

The aim of the course is to stimulate interdisciplinary discussions among participants and international experts. The course consists of lectures by experts from different scientific fields, discussions, group work and final presentations of the group work.
The course will start on Sunday afternoon in which the participants can arrive and meet the group during drinks and dinner. An introduction to the different aspects of the topic of the course will be given on Sunday evening, it will run until Friday afternoon.


Lecturers who have confirmed their participation are:

Course Organisers
General information
Target Group The course is aimed at PhD candidates and other academics
Group Size Max. 30 participants
Course duration 6 days
Language of instruction English
Frequency of recurrence To be determined
Number of credits 1.8 ECTS
Location Parkhotel 'De Bosrand', Ede, the Netherlands


Fees 1
PE&RC / WIMEK / WASS / EPS / VLAG / WIAS PhD candidates with an approved TSP €   395,- €   445,-
a) All other PhD candidates
b) Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools
€   695,- €   745,-
All others € 1.225,- € 1.275,-

1 The course fee includes accommodation, all meals, course materials, coffee/tea, and water. It does not include beverages in the bar
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 11 JULY 2022


  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • The Early-Bird policy is such that the moment of REGISTRATION (and not payment) is leading for determining the fee that applies to you.
  • Please make sure that your payment is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that he/she (or his/her secretary) completes the payment correctly and in time.
PE&RC Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 4 (four) weeks prior to the start of the course, cancellation is free of charge.
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the course, a fee of € 395,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the course, a fee of € 695,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 1.225,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us and do not assume that by NOT paying the participation fee, your registration is automatically cancelled, because it isn't (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions).

More information

Dr. Claudius van de Vijver (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116


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