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 Science Day 2019: change of date: 18th March 2019

The WIAS Science Day 2019 will be held in conference centre the Werelt in Lunteren on the 18th of March 2019. Due to the fact that the University’s Dies of 9 March will be celebrated on the 11th of March in 2019, the WIAS Science Day 2019 has been rescheduled to the 18th of March 2019. Registration via: https://www.wur.nl/en/activity/WIAS-Science-Day-2019.htm

End-of-the-Year Event: registration is open

This year, the WIAS End of the Year event will take place on Tuesday 11 December. Save the date in your agenda and register yourself now by clicking here.

The programme will be as follows:

  • 13:00-16:00 Symposium
  • 16:00-18:00 Drinks and Bites

Enforcement of criteria for registering PhD candidates at the graduate school

WIAS has been confronted with project proposals and literature surveys that were submitted (well) after the given deadline of 6 months.  With the peer review-procedure of the proposals and surveys, WIAS aims to train PhD candidates to develop research questions of good scientific quality and relevance and a well-organized and feasible PhD work plan. It is particularly difficult to reach this aim and to implement suggested changes by the reviewers when proposals are evaluated at a later stage of the PhD project.

An approved proposal is part of the criteria to be registered at the graduate school. These criteria are:

  • English proficiency
  • MSc degree or equivalent
  • Proposal / Survey submitted within 6 months
  • TSP submitted within 6 months
  • Go-decision within 18 months

To maintain the scientific quality, WIAS will more stringently enforce the terms to submit the required documents for registration at the graduate school. When it is not possible to submit the proposal or survey within 6 months, PhD candidates can submit a request for postponement that clearly describes the reasons for the delay in submission. This request should be sent within 6 months after the start of the PhD candidate. Deadlines for submission of proposals/surveys can be postponed to 9 months maximum. When (one of) the criteria are not met and no valid arguments have been given, a PhD candidate will no longer be registered at the graduate school. This stricter enforcement will be applied to all PhD candidates starting from 1 January 2019.

WIAS Lunch Lectures

The upcoming WIAS lunch lecture will be on Tuesday 4th of December at 12.15 in room A0107 of the Zodiac building. The WIAS lunch lectures take place every first Tuesday of the month.