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Mixed Linear Models
Thursday 21 & Friday 22 June 2018
In this module we discuss how to analyse data for which the assumption of independence is violated. So: Do you have a nested experimental set-up? Or repeated measurements? Or weight of the same animal over time? Or pseudo-replication? Then, you are likely to need Mixed Models. In this course, you will learn all about it!
Conflicting demands in European Forests: a wicked problem?
Sunday 24 June - Monday 2 July 2018
More and more, we are confronted with conflicting demands when trying to develop sustainable land-use strategies, resulting in so-called wicked problems. Scientists working on such wicked problems need to be trained to work in trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary teams of experts with various scientific backgrounds, such as ecologists, economists, political, and social scientists. This course aims to teach them the skills they need for working in such diverse teams, by means of a real-life case. The course is focused around Gällivare, a small town in the north of Sweden, where one can find the “last wilderness of Boreal Europe”, part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site with large nature reserves and national parks. At the same time, it has an active mining industry, forestry, reindeer herding and tourism. It is a perfect place for land use and land use change discussions. A travel subsidy is available for PE&RC PhD candidates.
Meta-analysis
4 - 5 July 2018
Researchers trying to summarize the constantly growing body of published research are increasingly using meta-analysis. The focus of this 2-day course will be on concepts of linear models and mixed linear models in meta-analysis. The statistical software R will be used.
Efficient Writing Strategies - Amsterdam Edition
Thursday 13, 27 September, 11, 25 October, 8 November 2018
Efficient Writing Strategies will guide you through the different stages of an effective writing process and give you the opportunity to discover your strengths and weaknesses and the strategies that work best for you. At the same time, you will make a good start to your writing task, be it an article, research paper or proposal. NOTE: This course will be offered at the University of Amsterdam, and in collaboration with Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS). PhD candidates of Wageningen University are advised to take this course in Wageningen under the umbrella of WGS, as this offers them the reduced course fee that is not applicable for this course in Amsterdam.
Farming Systems and Rural Livelihoods: Pathways to sustainable development
Saturday 15 - Saturday 29 September 2018
Through the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the world has set ambitious aims. In this course in Uganda, you will acquire skills and learn methods to deal with the complexity of smallholder agriculture towards pathways for sustainable development of smallholder farming systems.
Principles of Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics
Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 September 2018
Ecological genomics is a quite new scientific discipline, which studies ecological complexity, nutrient cycles, life-history patterns and responses of organisms to environmental stress at the genomic level. Analysis of environmental genomes will improve our understanding of ecosystem functions and biodiversity and may help to define and measure environmental quality.
Uncertainty Propagation in Modelling
Monday 10 - Friday 14 December 2018
The purpose of this course is to familiarize participants with statistical methods to analyse uncertainty propagation in spatial modelling, such that they can apply these methods to their own models and data. Both attribute and positional errors are considered. Attention is also given to the effects of spatial auto- and cross-correlations on the results of an uncertainty propagation analysis. Computer practicals make use of the R language for statistical computing.