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NOVA Master's Course "Sustainable Insect Management and Disease Control Based on RNAi Technology" - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 11-15 Dec. 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.
Application deadline: 15 Nov. 2017.

The course is of 3 ECTS and is organised by Dr. Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen, University of Helsinki - Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.

NOVA course information web page 

NB! Detailed course programme, reading list and other details will be available on the NOVA course information web page by the end of September.

Apply here

Please apply by sending an email to the course responsible Dr. Ingeborg Menzler Hokkanen (ingeborg.menzler-hokkanen[at], and cc the email to Prof. Heikki Hokkanen (heikki.hokkanen[at]

The course is part of the Master's course series "Future trends in sustainable plant protection: RNAi technology for insects".

Course Description
Changes in pest management will be required over the next decade to fill the gap being left by legislative restrictions on pesticide use and the evolution of pest and disease resistance. There will be a growing demand to develop new solutions that are practical and effective at the grower level.

Based on the NOVA Master's pilot course at the University of Helsinki on RNAi technology, the course will focus on the aspect of insect control and the role of Bioinformatics. The objective of the course is to transfer the knowledge necessary to understand and assess RNAi technology as a pest management tool.

Learning Outcomes
After taking a course individually or the complete series, the students will have acquired the knowledge at the advanced frontier of novel insect management tools based on RNAi technology. Each course is emphasising one aspect particularly. This course will emphasise the contribution bioinformatics can give in finding efficient and safe dsRNA for the respective insects.

Main Teachers:

  • Dr. Martin Edwards, University of Newcastle
  • Prof. Angharad Gatehouse, University of Newcastle
  • Prof. Ingvar Sundh, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Prof. Heikki Hokkanen, HU-AF
  • Dr. Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen, HU-AF

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 6. September 2017 - 13:30 - Updated 25. September 2017 - 9:50