Summer school

Summer School Green Genetics (full)

Are you a student? Is the plant breeding world your field of interest? Do terms like green genetics, horticulture & plant breeding sound familiar? Then we invite you to participate in this Summer School! It is free of charge and a great learning experience.

The Dutch plant breeding and propagation industry is an innovative and knowledge intensive industrial branch which has a leading position in the world. Graduates with an education in plant sciences or breeding can start a blooming career in this sector, with many challenges to develop themselves professionally and personally.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

Mon 28 August 2017 until Fri 1 September 2017

Duration 5 days
Setup Campus WUR
Venue Wageningen
Costs activity_free

Application is possible till half July (15th) 2017, shortly after this date you will hear if you are granted to participate.

You can apply by sending your cv and motivation letter. The summer school is free of charge.


The sector “Flowers & Food” has been designated as one of the key sectors for innovation in the Dutch economy. It covers horticulture, food production and plant breeding (green genetics). Plant breeding focuses on the production of new varieties in crop plants. New varieties with improved traits like taste, health promoting ingredients, yield, resistance to diseases, resistance to stress conditions, etc. These varieties are the basis for sustainable production of healthy food, food ingredients and non-food products worldwide. More and more, innovative techniques are included in breeding programs: molecular breeding, genomics, DNA sequencing, gene technology. The level of plant science research in The Netherlands is excellent when measured along international standards.

Course objectives

• Learn about the basic topics in plant breeding
• Hear about new promising technologies
• Visit research facilities and laboratories
• Be the special guest of worldwide leading breeding companies

Target Audience

• A 2nd or 3rd year Academic Bachelor student in biology, plant science, agronomy, or a related field.
• A 3rd year Professional Bachelor student (HBO/Fachhochschule/Polytechnic) in agronomy, horticulture, biotechnology, laboratory techniques, applied biology.

Basic Knowledge

A basic knowledge of genetics, statistics, molecular biology, and plant physiology is required. A good understanding of the English language is also necessary.


Download the flyer (2017 edition) here:
- Download course flyer

Course leader

Please contact Liesbeth Vallinga in case of any questions, she will help you or make sure your question is answered by the right person.