26 Aug - 30 Aug
Summer School Green Genetics

Are you a student? Is the plant breeding world your field of interest? Do terms like green genetics, horticulture & plant breeding sound familiar? Then we invite you to participate in this Summer School! It is free of charge and a great learning experience. The Dutch plant breeding and propagation industry is an innovative and knowledge intensive industrial branch which has a leading position in the world. Graduates with an education in plant sciences or breeding can start a blooming career in this sector, with many challenges to develop themselves professionally and personally.

The Summer School Green Genetics consist of a great mixture of lectures, WUR research facility visits, company visits, a company market, some practical, hands on training and a network drink. At the beginning of the week the focus lays upon theory and later on in the week more company visits will be made. 

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Participant requirements

  • You are a 2nd/3rd year Academic BSc student in a related field*.
  • You are a 3rd year Professional BSc student in a related field*.
  • Good understanding of the English language
  • A basic knowledge of genetics, statistics, molecular biology, and plant physiology

*related fields: (applied) biology, biotechnology, laboratory techniques, plant science, horticulture or agronomy. Not your field? But interested, explicitly mentions this in your motivation letter.

Why is there a Summer School Green Genetics

The sector “Flowers & Food” has been designated as one of the key sectors for innovation in the Dutch economy. It covers horticulture, food production and plant breeding (green genetics). Plant breeding focuses on the production of new varieties in crop plants. New varieties with improved traits like taste, health promoting ingredients, yield, resistance to diseases, resistance to stress conditions, etc. These varieties are the basis for sustainable production of healthy food, food ingredients and non-food products worldwide. More and more, innovative techniques are included in breeding programs: molecular breeding, genomics, DNA sequencing, gene technology. The level of plant science research in The Netherlands is excellent when measured along international standards. In order to keep this level it is very important to do have enough students styding plant science and moreover, to let them start a career in the green genetics!

More information: https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/wageningen-academy-1/What-we-offer-you/Summer-Schools-1/show/Summer-School-Green-Genetics.htm