PE&RC Day 2023 - Disease Ecology and Evironment

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PE&RC Day 2023

Disease Ecology and Environment 

Thursday 26 October 2023 

Utrecht University (Library (Boothzaal), Heidelberglaan 3, Utrecht)

Annual symposium organised by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC) for all PE&RC members   


Dear PE&RC members, be invited to the wonderful and captivating “Disease Ecology and Environment”-themed PE&RC Day 2023! Be our guests when we together with many interesting speakers will delve into the different aspects of disease ecology and environment in aquatic, terrestrial and human- systems. Further, we will host a podiums discussion and encourage collaboration between researchers of all fields to tackle challenging problems of our times. We start our exciting symposium with Wim van der Poel, who will give us as an experienced, international researcher a first peak into the world of Diseases, their history and how they emerged. Don’t miss an opportunity to connect to your peers, learn more about diseases and enjoy a professional, academic atmosphere. Lunch and dinner included!


The study of disease ecology focuses on the interactions between pathogens, hosts, and the environment. By understanding the complex dynamics of epidemiological processes and how this is affected by human activities, we can develop more effective strategies for controlling and preventing the spread of diseases and this it is clear that disease ecology has become an essential component to predict and prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases. PERC Day 2023 logo.jpg

The PE&RC Day 2023 will focus on the latest research and insights in disease ecology, including: 

  • The ecological and genetic factors driving the emergence and spread of new pathogens 

  • The impact of climate change and human activities on disease transmission 

  • The development of innovative approaches for controlling and preventing infectious diseases

We hope that this conference will contribute to the ongoing efforts to address the global challenge posed by diseases. 

The PE&RC Day is an annual symposium organised by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC).
This year, the PE&RC Day will be held at Utrecht Library - Utrecht Science Park (Boothzaal): Heidelberglaan 3, Utrecht. See also the map of Utrecht Campus.

Final programme
Time Activity Location
09:00 - 09:30 Registration & Coffee/tea The Foyer
09:30 - 09:45     Welcome word by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC) and a PE&RC representative
Niels Anten, Chair PE&RC
Baltasar Zepeda Puiggros, Chair PE&RC PhD Council 
09:45 - 10:15 Global One Health Approach Emerging and Zoonotic Viruses (keynote)
Wim van der Poel  (Virology & Molecular BiologyWageningen Bioveterinary Research)
10:15 - 10:45 Host-parasite interactions in wildlife communities
Helen Esser (Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Group, Wageningen University)
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee / Tea break (visiting of posters of the picture award submissions) The Foyer
11:15 - 11:25 Introduction pitch session and voting procedure of the "2023 PE&RC Call for Institutional Collaboration"  Boothzaal
11:25 - 12:30 Pitch session of the “2023 PE&RC Call for Institutional Collaboration” Boothzaal
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break (visiting of posters of the picture award submissions and voting possibility) Educatorium
13:30 - 14:00 Evolution of host-microbe interactions
Marjolein Bruijning (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam)
14:00 - 14:30 Improving disease control by mixed cropping
Bob Douma (Centre for Crop Systems Analysis, Wageningen University)
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee / tea break  The Foyer
15:00 - 15:30 Quick and dirty: The evolutionary and ecological significance of genome plasticity in plant viruses
Mark Zwart (Microbial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
15:30 - 16:00 Discussion sessions with the speakers (convened by the chair of the day) Boothzaal
16:00 - 16:20 Report from winners "2022 PE&RC Institutional Collaboration” Boothzaal
16:20 - 16:45 Announcement winners"2023 PE&RC Picture Competition Awards" (PE&RC PhD Council)   Boothzaal
16:45 - 17:00 Announcement winners "2023 PE&RC Institutional Collaboration” (Chair of the day) Boothzaal
17:00 - 17:10 Closing remarks (Chair of the day) Boothzaal
17:10 - 18:00 Drinks The Foyer
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner Balcony Pi
PE&RC Institutional Collaboration call 

In 2018, PE&RC initiated a call to stimulate collaboration between PE&RC members of Wageningen University and PE&RC members of other institutes via joint short-term PhD and/or postdoc projects. After four successful years, the call is set out again for 2023. We invite academic staff members of PE&RC to submit a proposal for institutional collaboration within PE&RC. Please be informed that pre-proposals must be submitted by e-mail to before Wednesday 18 October 2023, 09:00am! More information can be found here.

The PE&RC Picture Award (deadline was Monday 16 October 2023)
Winners 2022 PA.pngThere are three categories for the competition: 


So take this opportunity and submit a beautiful/meaningful/weird/tear-jerking picture of your PhD work. Show us what you’ve got!
The top 3 will be awarded a prize with a value of € 100,-, € 75,-, and € 50,- per category. You can now submit your pictures for the competition here. This is also the place to find all the relevant details about the competition.

PE&RC members Free of Charge € 25,-  (also see Subsidy travel costs)
All others € 50,- € 75,-


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Subsidy travel costs

As we wish members from all institutes to join the Day (including dinner), PE&RC will subsidise the travel costs to Utrecht for PE&RC members through the dinner fee:

Coming from Dinner fee (PE&RC members)
Amsterdam/Leiden € 15,-
Utrecht € 25,-
Wageningen € 15,-
Nijmegen € 0,-
PE&RC Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 1 (one) week prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • In case of cancellation within one week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 10,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all without informing us prior to the event, a fee of € 25,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions)


The annual PE&RC Day is organised by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC), with the assistance of the PE&RC Office. More details about the PPC can be found here.

More information

Jacqueline Verhoef (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485414


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