Interactive post-graduate course on characterization, management and exploitation of genomic diversity in animals (15-19 October 2018)

Organisator Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)

ma 15 oktober 2018 tot vr 19 oktober 2018

Locatie Orion, building number 103
Bronland 1
6708 WH Wageningen
+31 (0) 317 48 87 77

Wageningen University & Research organizes a 5-day interactive course from 15 to 19 October 2018, in the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 project IMAGE (Innovative Management of Animal Genetic Resources).

The course consists of lectures during which various topics related to genomic diversity are addressed and of group work during which the participants will apply novel and exciting methods to their own genomic data.

Aim of the course

Preserving genetic diversity is essential for sustainable animal populations. Learn to characterize, prioritize and conserve genetic diversity in animal populations, from both a genomic and a breeding perspective.

Target audience

  • PhD students – at least in their 2nd year
  • Post-docs and researchers interested in genomic diversity

Content of the course at a glance

  • Measures of genomic diversity
  • Diversity across breeds
  • Adaptive introgression
  • Functional genomics
  • Management of small populations
  • Prioritization for conservation
  • Optimal contributions
  • Setting up gene bank collections


  • Jack Windig, Wageningen University & Research (the Netherlands)
  • Gabor Meszaros, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Austria)
  • Hendrik Jan Megens, Wageningen University & Research (the Netherlands)
  • Steffen Weigend, Friedrich Loeffler Institute (Germany)
  • Michele Tixier-Boichard, French National Institute for Agricultural Research (France)
  • Mirte Bosse, Wageningen University & Research (the Netherlands)

The IMAGE project "Innovative Management of Animal Genetic Resources"

(acronym IMAGE) is a project funded by the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme of the European Union and comprises of a comprehensive consortium of 28 partners from 18 countries. IMAGE aims to enhance the use of genetic collections and to upgrade animal gene bank management by further developing genomic methodologies, biotechnologies and bioinformatics for a better knowledge and exploitation of animal genetic resources. For more information, please visit the project website.

Practical information

  • Training course venue: Wageningen University & Research, Orion education building (#103), Bronlaan 1, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  • Wageningen University & Research is located in Wageningen and can be reached from Amsterdam Schiphol airport by train (train to station: Ede-Wageningen) and subsequently taking bus 88 to Wageningen and get off at campus Wageningen. Amsterdam Schiphol airport has direct flights to many countries in the world.
  • From Wageningen Bus station city centre take bus 88 to campus Wageningen University & Research (10 min).
  • Hotel arrangement connected to the summer school can be booked at the WICC-website. The hotel is close to the Wageningen Bus station city centre. Successful applicants will receive a code for reduced booking rate.
  • Contactperson local organisers: Aniek Bouwman (

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