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).


WIAS Annual Conference 2021

On 28 and 29 April 2021, the WIAS Annual Conference was held online due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. We thank the organizers, Tiffany Ernst, Hongrui Cui, Ilaria Minussi and Alice Scaillierez for their great work!

WIAS education prize 2020

The education prize was awarded during the WIAS Annual Conference. The education prize is not awarded automatically every year but is awarded when an extraordinary educational achievement is delivered. Courses with outstanding evaluations qualify for the education prize. Other criteria are that a WIAS teacher was involved and development of the WIAS-organized course. Also, several WIAS PhD candidates should have participated in the course. This year the WIAS Education Committee decided to award the prize to Prof. Jerry Wells and Prof. Johan van Leeuwen for organising the course “The Final Touch”. We would like to congratulate Jerry and Johan and look forward to future editions of the course.

WIAS Publication prize 2020

We received seven nominations for the publication prize. The jury, consisting of the WIAS International Advisory Board members, had a hard time deciding on the winner because of the high quality of the nominations. All papers were assessed based on four criteria: originality of the research, quality of the scientific analysis, quality of the written presentation and impact of the publication. We are proud to announce: The first prize - ‘Experimental– numerical method for calculating bending moments in swimming fish shows that fish larvae control undulatory swimming with simple actuation’ by Cees Voesenek. The second prize – ‘The Genomes of the Livebearing Fish Species Poeciliopsis retropinna and Poeciliopsis turrubarensis Reflect Their Different Reproductive Strategies’ by Henri van Kruistum. WIAS congratulates both Cees and Henri!

WIAS Lunch Lectures

The WIAS lunch lectures take place every first Tuesday of the month from 12.15-13.00. The next lunch lecture is on 1 June 2021 at 12.15 by Xiaoqian Gong about ‘Viral strategies to counteract the host innate immune responses’. WIAS is looking for postdocs, staff or guest researchers who would like to present their work in 2021. Fourth-year PhD candidates are also welcome to present their work. Interested? Please send an email to wias@wur.nl.

New name PhD study advisors

As PhD study advisors do not advise our PhD candidates on the content of the PhD, WIAS decided to rename our study advisors and give them a more descriptive name. From now on WIAS will use the name:

Personal Development Coach. The Personal Development Coach gives the PhD candidate advice regarding their personal learning goals and how to reach them.  

WIAS confidential PhD advisors

WIAS has two designated advisor for PhD candidates who wish to consult an impartial member of the community on (personal) issues related to their PhD program. The PhD advisor advises the PhD candidate how to deal with the situation and how to discuss the matter with his/her doctoral thesis supervisor, daily supervisor, or chair holder. If the PhD candidate wishes, the advisor can potentially accompany and assist him/her in talks with their supervisor.

The PhD advisor does not make any judgements or decisions regarding the content of the PhD programme. The WIAS PhD advisors are Nicole Rodenburg and Paddy Haripersaud. You can contact them for an appointment (online or in-person).  

Information for PhD about COVID-19 measures

The COVID-19 measures announced by the government of the Netherlands are affecting not only social life but also education and research at Wageningen University & Research. On this page you can find the latest information for PhD candidates.