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Microbial Ecology

Understanding emergent properties of microbial communities: from microbes to ecosystem

Sunday 19 - Friday 24 June 2022

To be determined


Microbial communities are everywhere and their properties have critical impact on our lives and our planet. But where do these community properties come from? Ultimately these properties, such as diversity, stability, resilience, function and dynamic evolution arise from the interactions of the constituent microbes with each other and their environment. But how do we connect understanding of the physiology of individual microbes in the lab to the seemingly overwhelming complexity of microbial communities in soil, marine or human environments? What role do model systems play? Are there general principles? How do we connect the different levels of organisation?

These are big questions with no clear answers. But what happens if we lock you up for one week with experts in fields such as molecular systems biology, game theory, microbial physiology, ecology, metagenomics, bioinformatics and evolutionary biology, each providing their perspective on these microbial community properties? It may not give clear answers, but lots of new ideas, insights, perspectives, friends and research directions, we expect. More than enough reasons to follow this course! 

Course set-up

The course is composed of a series of lectures, subsequent discussions, working group activities, a poster session, and a debating session. The course will start on Sunday in the late afternoon (4-5 PM) with welcome drinks, a dinner, and a keynote lecture. Accordingly, the course will run from Monday until Friday aroun lunch time (1-2PM), after wich everyone can make their way home again. As soon as more detailed information about the programme is available, this will be published here. 

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General information
Target Group The course is aimed at PhD candidates, postdocs, and other academics
Group Size Min. 20 / Max. 26 participants
Course duration 6 days
Language of instruction English
Frequency of recurrence Every three years
Number of credits 1.5 ECTS
Lecturers See description above
Prior knowledge Basic knowledge of microbial ecology is assumed
Location To be determined
Fees 1
a) PE&RC / WIMEK / WASS / EPS / VLAG / WIAS PhD candidates with an approved TSP
b) RSEE PhD candidates
€ 385,- € 435,-
All other PhD candidates
Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools
€ 850,- € 900,-
All others € 1235,- € 1285,-

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 28 NOVEMBER 2021


  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to office.pe@wur.nl, 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 € 385,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the course, a fee of € 850,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 1235,- 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. Sabine Vreeburg (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 489853
Email: sabine.vreeburg@wur.nl


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