The mission of WIAS is improving our understanding of animals and their various roles for mankind through fundamental and strategic research and training of early stage researchers (PhD and post-doc).

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Midterm review

Last week, the midterm review committee of WIAS visited Wageningen. The committee advises WIAS on the progress made after the last peer review in 2015. We look back on a very nice visit and would like to thank everybody who contributed to it!

The committee focused on the research clusters that have recently been formed: 1) Animals in Future Food Systems and Society (ADP/ANU/APS+FTE), 2) Animal Populations, Interactions and Genomics (ABG/HMI/QVE) and 3) Integrative Animal Biology (AFI/BHE/CBI/EZO/HAP/MAE +REG). FTE and REG are reviewed within their other graduate school PE&RC. The committee presented their preliminary findings to the WIAS community last Friday. The committee noticed that different clusters are in different stages, or even running at different paces, with maybe different outcomes. This diversity is acknowledged and accepted, by the committee and also by the Executive Board of WU and the ASG management team. The committee advises to maintain the attention to the clusters, also after this midterm review, to make the progress needed for the peer review in 2021. The committee also states that more work needs to be done on internalization and socialization within the clusters.

The committee further mentioned that the environment for doing a PhD study within WIAS is really good, and their impression was that it even improved compared to the previous review. They were impressed by the magnificent animal facilities. The committee advises to keep an eye on the work-life balance to allow for sustainable employability and stimulates group-leaders to be more proactive.

We look forward to receive the final report of the committee.

Cum laude Akke Kok

WIAS PhD candidate Akke Kok obtained her degree with distinction (cum laude) on 21 June, based on her thesis ‘More milking days with lower yields’. We congratulate Akke and her supervisors, Imke de Boer, Bas Kemp, Ariette van Knegsel and Corina van Middelaar with this excellent result.

WIAS Lunch Lectures

Starting from September this year, the WIAS lunch lecture will take place every first Tuesday of the month. The upcoming WIAS lunch lecture will be on Tuesday 4 September at 12.15 in room A0107 of the Zodiac building. The WIAS lunch lectures take place every first Tuesday of the month.