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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WIAS 25 years!

In 2020 we will celebrate that WIAS formally started as graduate school 25 years ago. We welcome all ideas to celebrate this anniversary together. Please send your ideas to wias@wur.nl.

REMINDER: calls WIAS and NWO graduate programmes

The graduate school WIAS offers funding to enable an MSc student to start a PhD at a WIAS group and subject of his/her choice. In addition, NWO will also launch a call for MSc students linked to the topsector Agrifood. These two calls are aligned in time. Find more information and application forms on the WIAS and NWO websites:




WIAS Science Days - save the dates: 13-14 February 2020

Because WIAS celebrates its 25th anniversary next year, in 2020 the WIAS Science Day event will take two consecutive days. The event will take place in De Werelt, Lunteren on 13-14 February 2020, so save the dates!

Vacancy staff member WIAS Education Committee

WIAS is looking for a new volunteer staff member for its Education Committee (EC) since current member and chair Henk Bovenhuis decided to step down, after having been part of the EC for several years.

The tasks of the WIAS EC are:

• To advise the board and scientific director of WIAS on the PhD training programme.

• To provide input and advice concerning PhD training within WIAS.

• To evaluate the PhD courses organised by WIAS.

The EC consists of 3 staff members and 3 PhD candidates.

The committee is supported by the WIAS education coordinator and WIAS secretariat.

The EC meets about 4 times per year.

Current two staff members are Maria Forlenza, new chair (blue cluster) and Corina van Middelaar (green cluster). WIAS strives for a balanced distribution represented in the EC, and therefore we specially invite staff members from the yellow cluster to apply. (For an overview of clusters, see the Participating groups webpage at the WIAS website).

The new EC-staff member will be appointed for three years with the possibility for reappointment for another three years. If you are interested, and wish to apply, please send your application no later than 28 July 2019 to wias@wur.nl. If you would like to discuss any aspect of this position, please contact Johan van Leeuwen, WIAS Scientific Director (email: johan.vanleeuwen@wur.nl).

WIAS Lunch Lectures

The WIAS lunch lecture will take place every first Tuesday of the month. There will be no lunch lectures in July and August. The upcoming WIAS lunch lecture will be on Tuesday 3 September 2019 at 12.15 in room A0107 of the Zodiac building.