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Joint NOVA PhD and Master's Course Biological Consequences of Selection - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 19 -23 Aug. 2019, in Hafjell, Norway.
Application deadline: 19 May 2019.

The course is of 5 ECTS. Peer Berg, Norwegian University of Life Sciences organises the PhD course. Geir Steinheim, Norwegian University of Life Sciences organises the master's course.

NOVA course information web page: PhD course, master's course

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Course Description

The course will be organised as a joint NOVA PhD and master's course.

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

Programme Outline
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.


Main Teachers

  • Peer Berg, Professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
  • Geir Steinheim, Researcher, NMBU
  • Roel Veerkamp, NMBU
  • Odd Vangen, Professor, NMBU
  • Lotta Rydhmer, Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
  • Nicolas Friggens, Directeur d'Unité, AgroParisTech

The course was held as a NOVA master's course in 2016, and received good feedback in the student evaluation.

For more information on the course and on how to apply, please see:

Published 22. February 2019 - 13:21 - Updated 19. March 2019 - 12:49