The course is of 5 ECTS and is organised by Prof. Roel Veerkamp, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).
NB! To apply for the Master's course, you must apply to NMBU (use the link above) AND fill in this form concerning accommodation etc.
This course will be organised as a joint PhD/MSc course. The students will to a large degree follow the same lectures, but material for preparation and assessment of the course will differ between the PhD and the MSc course. Also no of ECTS differ as the MSc students will spend more time preparing for the course, and also more time after the course week.
The objective of this course is to provide a platform for understanding the biological changes occurring when applying (artificial) selection. The student should be able to reflect on the consequences from a scientific point of view and understand the physiological changes taking place.
The course will cover the following topics:
- Ethical aspects of animal breeding
- Growth and development – genetic scaling (Taylor)
- Maternal effects, social effects and group selection
- Genetic variation of behavioral traits
- Genotyp x Environment interactions
- Robustness, trade-offs and adaptive capacity
- Modelling and the genetics of feed efficiency
The course week will consist of lectures, group work and seminars given by the PhD students. Teaching and tutoring will be distributed equally among the four main teachers. Course days will start with lectures until lunch and group work and presentations by students after lunch. The course will start Monday morning and end Friday afternoon.
- Roel Veerkamp, Professor, NMBU
- Elise Norberg, Senior Scientist, Aarhus University - Science and Technology
- Odd Vangen, Professor, NMBU
- Lotta Rydhmer, Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
- Nicolas Friggens, Directeur d'Unité, AgroParisTech
Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here: