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2
May

B-Wise Seminar

Tuesday 2 May 2017 (12.30 - 13.30 hrs)
On Tuesday May 2nd, there will be a B-Wise meeting at 12:30h in room C0221 in the Forum building. Lunch will be available from 12:00h onwards. Speakers are Yang Li (UMCG Groningen) and Satria Kautsar (WU Bioinformatics).
2
May

Masterclass Adoption of agricultural and conservation practices: insights in the decision-making process

2 May 2017
The objective of the course is to provide an overview of different approaches that have been used to explain individuals’ behaviour. The aim is to provide a conceptual framework to help understand behaviour, to analyse examples of studies in different areas of the globe, and to enable participants to question and develop critical thinking about conservation strategies.
3
May

4th Annual Wageningen PhD Symposium 2017, Science: from Local to Global

3 May 2017
This event is being curated by the Wageningen PhD Council, with an audience of about 150 PhD students and faculty members in Wageningen. Goal is to bring together early career researchers from across all disciplines to give idea-focused talks that foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – and eventually, provoke conversations that matter.
3
May

PSI Discussion Group: The effect of drought and rewetting on soil microbes (Annelein Meisner (Lund University))

Wednesday 3 May 2017 (15:30-17:00 hrs)
The discussion group Plant-Soil Interactions (PSI) offers a platform of discussion, meeting and networking amongst fellow plant & soil researchers (to stay informed, contact: plantsrock.wageningen@gmail.com)
8
May

Training week on Agroecology

Monday 8 - Friday 12 May 2017
The training will include a conference for a larger public on the evening of Monday 8. The conference will be presented by Miguel Altieri on the theme: ‘Agroecology: past, present and future’.
8
May

Intro to R for statistics

8 - 9 May 2017
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to R, a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. Focus of the course will be on getting familiar with the R environment, to use R for manipulation and exploration of data, and to perform simple statistical analyses. Hands-on exercises will form a large part of the workshop.
9
May

20th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science

9 May - 12 May 2017
The theme of this conference is Societal geo-innovation. It is a great event to discuss the embedding of geo-information in society: What has been the societal impact of geo-innovations over the past 20 years? What state-of-the art geo-information science topics will boost societal changes within the nearest future?
10
May

Basic Statistics

10, 11, 15, 16, 17 May 2017
This is a refresher course. The level is that of a second course in Statistics. We will refresh basic knowledge of Probability, Statistical Inference (Estimation and Testing), t-tests, simple cases of Regression and ANOVA, Experimental Design, Nonparametric Tests, and Chi-square Tests. Some time is reserved to discuss statistical problems of the participants.
15
May

International Training Program - DSSAT Foundation

15 May - 20 May 2017
Assessing Crop Production, Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models.
15
May

Plant Nutrients in Terrestrial Ecosystems - acquisition and turnover

15-19 May 2017 (Course offered by University of Copenhagen. Particpation free of charge for PhD candidates of Wageningen University)
Upon completing the course the student will have achieved state-of-the-art knowledge on: Concepts and theories underlying nutrient use efficiency and sustainable use of plant nutrients, Concepts and methodologies used for studying plant nutrition and soil fertility, Processes that determine acquisition and utilization of plant nutrients and their turnover and bio-availability in soils and fertilizers.
15
May

Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF)

15 - 19 May 2017
The aim of this ISRIC course is to introduce various components of GSIF and provide hands-on training within the R environment for statistical computing.
15
May

World Soils and their Assessment

15 - 19 May 2017 (coordinated by ISRIC)
This is a course on international standards for soils classification and assessment. It will provide an introduction to the soils of the world and their diversity, their main forming factors, classification (according to the World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2014), and management. The course will include lectures and hands-on exercises.
17
May

IPPN Affordable Phenotyping Workshop

15 - 17 May 2017
This workshop is primarily intended for experimental biologists, who are looking for alternative low-cost approaches in different fields of plant phenotyping. The workshop will include lectures, demonstrations, hands-on and discussions on different topics like smartphone applications and programming.
17
May

Frontiers in Ecology: The soil-plant interphase

17 May 2017
In this symposium, five renown ecologists from across the globe will share their most recent insights regarding soil-plant interactions providing an exciting playground for discovering novel ecological and evolutionary interactions between the aboveground- and belowground world.
17
May

R-Users meeting: ‘An introduction to parallel programming with R’

Wednesday 17 May (16:00 - 17:00 hrs)
Nowadays nearly every computer processor contains multiple cores (even smartphone processors do) that allow to boost processing performance and let them keep up with Moore’s Law. However, standard evaluation in R makes use of 1 core only. In this talk an introduction will be given how to use the whole power of your machine, by presenting basic principles of functional programming (which is a useful concept to ease parallel computation), how these principles can be used to distribute tasks among the CPUs of your machine and at last pros and cons for parallel computation.
19
May

Design of Experiments

19, 22 and 23 May 2017
The design and analysis of experiments, using plants, animals, or humans, are an important part of the scientific process. Proper design of an experiment, apart from its proper analysis and interpretation, is important to convince a researcher that your results are valid and that your conclusions are meaningful.
31
May

Epigenesis and epigenetics

Wednesday 31 May 2017 to Friday 2 June 2017
This course aims to provide a detailed scientific background on the mechanisms that may underlie these early-life effects, both at the physiological and gene expression level. The program combines knowledge on perinatal programming by nutritional factors in humans, laboratory and farm animals.
7
Jun

Linear Models

7-9 June 2017
In this module we continue with Regression, ANOVA, and ANCOVA, set in the general framework of Linear Models. We look at topics like parameter estimation and interpretation, checking model assumptions, regression diagnostics, analysis of unbalanced designs and multiple comparisons.
12
Jun

The Art of Modelling

12 - 23 June 2017
Modelling is a crucial part of today's science. Among other things, models are used for assessing sensitivity of systems to disturbances or changes in external factors, and for predictions of future system states. This course provides an introduction to modelling with a focus on systems analysis using dynamic simulation models.
14
Jun

KEYS symposium 2017: “Boosting Crop Productivity”

Wednesday June 14th 2017, 10:00 – 12:30
Speakers: - Prof. Zach Lippman (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York): Tomato: Secrets Revealed - Prof. Martin Parry (Lancaster University, Lancaster): “Improving Photosynthesis: The Engine of Life
17
Jun

International Summer School: Evolutionary Biology

17 - 24 June 2017
Summer school in Evolutionary Biology for master and PhD candidates. The main aim of the course is to develop the skills to produce an independent research project in evolutionary biology.
21
Jun

Political Ecologies in/of the Anthropocene: value, life and critique

21 - 27 June 2017
The summer school gives motivated PhD candidates the chance to deepen their knowledge on political ecologies in the Anthropocene. The course covers two broad and interrelated thematic areas of interest in contemporary political ecology: The emergence of the ‘Anthropocene’ and its competitors and The value of life in the Anthropocene.
26
Jun

Generalized Linear Models

26-27 June 2017
In this module we study how to analyse data that are not normally distributed. We look at fractions (logistic regression), counts (Poisson regression, log-linear models), ordinal data (threshold models), and overdispersion. We discuss (quasi-) maximum likelihood estimation and the deviance.
26
Jun

8th ESSA / SiLiCo Summer School in Social Simulation “Agent-based modelling for resilience”

26 - 30 June 2017
Resilience of systems is a major research challenge for our world’s future. The systems in which our societies operate have social, ecological and technical components that are ever more connected. Our ambitions for guiding these systems are growing. Agent-based modelling is one of the techniques for investigating the complex, often surprising behaviour of these systems.
27
Jun

Conference Pedometrics 2017

26 June - 1 July 2017
Pedometrics 2017 will be a joint meeting of the Pedometrics Commission and five of its associated Working Groups. This will be an excellent opportunity to present and discuss your work and learn about recent developments in quantitative soil science. We will also look 25 years back and 25 years ahead.
28
Jun

International Conference: The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications

28 - 30 June 2017
The conference aims at, asking what is at stake in contestations over appropriate standards for measuring and valuing ‘life’? How is ‘life’ variously categorized and defined in such different systems of measure? What are the oppositions, trade-offs, and potential complementarities between quantitative and qualitative assessments?
29
Jun

Mixed Linear Models

29-30 June 2017
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!
2
Jul

Summer School: Animal Movement Analysis

2 - 7 July 2017
The aim of this course is to provide participants with skills to assist them in working with animal movement data including data management and organization, working with large tracking datasets, data exploration, visualization and analysis of movement data. The course combines several guest lectures from international experts in the field of animal movement research.
24
Jul

BES Symposium 2017: The Macroecology of Alien Species: Patterns, Drivers and Consequences of Global Biotic Exchange

24 July - 26 July 2017
Exploring the major drivers behind the mixing of the world’s biotas and the consequences for conservation of biodiversity.
27
Aug

Summer School in Land System Science

27 August - 1 September 2017
28
Aug

Summer School: Environmental Signaling in Plants

28 - 30 August 2017 (Note that all PE&RC PhDs who are entitled to a reduced fee will receive the reduced fee alike EPS PhD candidates)
Our society depends on plants, not only as the primary source of food and dominating role in ecosystems, but also as provider of commodities such as pharmaceuticals and building materials. In many ways plants are essential for human well-being. This course has an attractive program with many expert speakers in the field of environmental signaling in plants.
28
Aug

14th International Congress on Invertebrate Reproduction and Development

28 August - 2 September 2017
Central theme will be Rhythms of Life and their Alterations (including both early development and aging); however, the conference expects to encompass all aspects, numerous phyla, and a range of technical approaches to understanding and applying knowledge of invertebrate reproduction and development.
31
Aug

Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium

31 August - 1 September 2017
This symposium will cover a wide spectrum of topics, from planetary evolution to the fabrication of synthetic cells. Besides invited talks, the conference includes a keynote lecture by Ben Feringa (2016 Nobel laureate in chemistry), and a public lecture by Charley Lineweaver.
1
Oct

Quantitative Ecology (Module for Master students & PhD candidates)

October 2017 - January 2018
The University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic), organizes a semester for Master and PhD students aiming to learn updated concepts and methodologies for Quantitative Ecology studies. Practical courses (using CANOCO, R etc.) will be complemented with a theoretical ecological background.
16
Oct

Multivariate Analysis

16, 17, 18, 20 and 24 October 2017
The course is mainly based on the book "Multivariate Analysis of Ecological Data Using CANOCO 5" by Petr Smilauer and Jan Leps (2014). Practical exercises, the use of Canoco for Windows (4.5) and GenStat for Windows and interpretation of the output are important elements of the course.
24
Oct

Bayesian Statistics

25 - 26 October 2017
Nowadays, with the advance of computing and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms, Bayesian statistics is becoming a powerful alternative for traditional Frequentistic statistics. Participants will be surprised how easy they can tackle problems that are quite complicated to handle with traditional Frequentistic statistics.
3
Dec

3rd International Conference on Global Food Security

3 - 6 December 2017
The five core conference themes (Food creation, Food safety and bio security, Food loss and waste, Food in a changing society, Food utilization) reflect an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security.
11
Dec

Joint Annual Meeting; Ecology Across Borders

11 - 14 December 2017
The British Ecological Society (BES), NecoV and the Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ) aim to build closer ties between the vibrant academic ecological communities in Europe, and herewith meet the strategic objectives of all three of the ecological Societies.