Modeling and optimization with GAMS
We present how to use GAMS (General Algebraic Modeling System) for modeling and solving optimization problems. GAMS is a modeling system for mathematical programming and optimization, designed for modeling linear, nonlinear and mixed integer optimization problems. The course comes with its own example model library and includes many hands-on exercises throughout the curriculum.
The topics covered include
• the foundations of mathematical programming, modeling, and optimization algorithms
• working with the GAMS IDE and/or GAMS Studio
• map decision problems in science to the basic objects of optimization models: indices, data, variables, constraints, and objective functions
• how to analyze and understand existing models
• where to look for more information
Writing CCD project proposals
During this course you will learn how to write a CCD project proposal for your project license involving animal experiments. You will be informed on the different legislations and guidelines you have to take into account. You get insight information from an Ethics Committee member on how the proposal is reviewed. There is a lecture on public writing included for getting the correct tone setting, by a popular scientific journalist. We will finish with additional advice and pitfalls.
After writing, your project will be peer reviewed and reviewed by a member of the AWB.
During this course you will learn:
• How to write CCD project proposal with all the needed information and correct tone setting and how to avoid pitfalls
• At the end of this course your NTS, project and 1 appendix is ready to be submitted to the AWB.
WIAS/PE&RC course Statistics for Data Science
In many areas of science new tools and strategies are developed to measure multiple features at subjects and objects of interest. Typical for these new types of data is that they occur in large volumes, are high-dimensional, or are hierarchically structured. For example, in genetics (humans, animals, plants) data can be available at the levels of DNA, RNA, proteins, metabolites and all kinds of phenotypes. These new data require new techniques for analysis and visualization which are provided by a new science that combines elements of statistics and machine learning: Data Science.
Writing CCD project proposal
During this course you will learn how to write a CCD project proposal for your project license involving animal experiments. You will be informed on the different legislations and guidelines you have to take into account. You get insight information from an Ethics Committee member on how the proposal is reviewed. There is one lecture on public writing included for getting the correct tone setting, by a popular scientific journalist. We will finish with additional advice and pitfalls.
WIAS Course: Fundaments of animal monitoring systems: animal tracking and data analysis
In the age of information, we have access to an unprecedented level of details of the animal life on Earth. The possibilities of exploration and investigation of our planet seem, at times, limitless. At the same time the increasing biodiversity crisis calls for more data and more detailed investigation on the relationships between animal behaviour and movement within the environment. Understanding how animals move across landscapes, how the landscape (i.e. environment) changes over time, and the intersection between those topics will allow us to solve long-standing puzzles in ecology.
To address these fundamental questions on animal movement and environmental change, researchers have been using a plethora of technologies to gather relevant data. In this course, attendees will learn the fundaments of various animal tracking and remote sensing techniques and how to process and to analyse the resulting large datasets.
The fundamentals of animal emotion
Course on the fundamentals of animal emotion
To acquire in-depth knowledge about defining and assessing emotion in non-verbal species.
Become familiar with the meaning of the terms emotion, mood, affect and feeling
Understand the role of consciousness in emotion and where this arose in evolution
Acquire an overview of behavioural, physiological and cognitive methods used to assess animal emotion, including in-depth understanding of some of the most common and best developed methods
Acquire in-depth knowledge of physiological and brain correlates of emotion
Understand the concept of human and animal happiness
Discuss important developments in the field of animal emotion
Good understanding of methods to assess animal behaviour and welfare, good understanding of animal welfare issues in developed countries, and basic understanding of animal physiology and brain structures.
WIAS/PE&RC Course Design of Experiments
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the statistical principles underlying experimentation. A proper set-up of an experiment is of utmost importance to be able to draw statistically sound conclusions.
The role of sample size, randomization and the reduction of unwanted noise factors will be highlighted. The way errors propagate will be discussed. The difference between experimental unit and measurement units and consequences for statistical analysis will be discussed.
Examples of basic designs (CRD, RCBD, BIBD), but also more advanced designs will be discussed. Lectures will be interchanged with computer practicals, using R. The final half day will be devoted to discussion of the own experimental designs of the participants.
WIAS Introduction course on personal effectiveness for your PhD
This course in an introductory course covering different skills that are necessary for successful pursuit of your PhD.
Laboratory Animal Science - Species Specific Course on Fish
The objective of this module is to present basic and appropriate biology, care, health and management of fish, recognition of pain, suffering and distress in these animals and minimally invasive procedures to be applied on these animals. This course meets the standards for the species specific education and training requirements for persons designing projects and procedures for fish.
Genotype by environment interaction, uniformity and resilience
The course is focused on the concepts of genotype by environment interaction (G x E) and heritable variability in performance. Theory will be lectured and practical computer exercises will allow the participants to bring the theory into practice.
WIAS course High-Impact Writing in Science
Publishing a high-impact paper or being awarded a big research grant are career makers for a scientist. Writing high-impact science requires polish and politics. So your success will depend not just on your ability to write clearly and succinctly, but also your ability to identify and communicate with confidence the core messages of your research. In this workshop, we will learn effective scientific writing and then take what we learned to prepare an actual scientific manuscript. You will read and edit both published and unpublished scientific manuscripts, and you will prepare your own scientific manuscript.
Course on characterization, management and exploitation of genomic diversity in animals
Wageningen University & Research organizes a 5-day interactive course from 9 to 13 December 2019, 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.
WIAS course: Image and Video Analysis
This course is aimed at WU and WR PhD students, postdocs and employees who would like to improve their image or video analysis skills. The goals of the course are to give participants an overview of the available image and video analysis techniques and enable them to make well-informed choices on which technique to use and how to use the chosen technique responsibly. The course will cover both conventional and machine-learning-based analysis techniques.
Computer vison for animal scientists: tracking and pose estimation
During the Image Analysis course, the foundation was laid for classical and modern computer vision techniques. During this continuation course we will go deeper into two image analysis techniques which are relevant for animal scientists: tracking and pose estimation.
WIAS Introduction Day
WIAS Introduction Day
WIAS Course Survival Guide to Peer Review
Peer reviewers are still the stalwarts for quality and honesty in scientific publications despite great debate about the validity of peer review and experiments with new formats, such as open and post-publication peer review. To early-career scientists, the respective responsibilities and powers of peer reviewers and editors are not always clear. Peer reviews may appear unhelpful at best and discouraging at worst, seemingly demanding an unfeasible expansion of a study’s scope or a drastic change of a manuscript’s message. In this workshop, we will develop strategies for responding constructively to reviewer comments and then prepare an actual reply letter. You will read and discuss reviewer comments and successful as well as unsuccessful replies to real manuscripts, and you will have the opportunity to get feedback and input on reviewer comments to your own scientific manuscript.
WIAS Course Statistics for the Life Sciences
Lectures / computer practical’s: 9.00 – 17.00 hours
During this course the following subjects will be dealt with: Introduction to data-analysis, Linear models, Maximum likelihood, Generalized linear models, Mixed linear models, and Bayesian statistics
WIAS course Societal Impact of your Research
The course is meant for PhD-students, post-doc researchers and any other scientists who want to get tips and tricks for communicating their research to non-colleagues including journalists, companies, farmers, policymakers, politicians, NGOs or students.