The task of WIAS is to enhance, support and monitor the progress and quality of the PhD candidate education programme and to safeguard and monitor the quality of the research from early-stage researchers in the thirteen chair groups of Wageningen University involved in WIAS.
WIAS aims to provide optimal training and support for early-stage researchers to develop themselves as independent animal scientists at the highest international level.
WIAS research aims to contribute to environmentally sustainable animal production systems, where animal health and welfare are guiding principles. It focuses on the performance of animals in nature and in food production systems and on transforming the latter systems to become more nature inclusive, climate smart, healthy, and circular (terrestrial and aquatic). In order to achieve this, WIAS researchers investigate the biological mechanisms of animals functioning in an evolutionary and ecological context at multiple levels, from molecule to (production) system.
The three WIAS clusters (Population Dynamics and Genomics, Integrative Biology and Future Food Systems) address various aspects of the basic functioning of animals, animal and human health, animal welfare and resilience and the transition of animal production chains towards sustainable food systems. WIAS stimulates collaboration between chair groups and between clusters on key questions requiring interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches. We emphasise the alignment and complementarity between clusters as this is where many new insights and applications are generated by pursuing an integrated approach, with the aim of contributing to the major societal challenges within our domain.