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 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 course on Essential Skills
WIAS course on Essential Skills, for WIAS PhD candidates
WIAS Course The Final Touch
The General Introduction and General Discussion are single-author chapters in the thesis which plays an important role in the final assessment of the thesis. In this course, a one-day training is offered for the writing of the General Introduction and the General Discussion of a PhD thesis. Apart from providing general guidelines, we will discuss strong and weak points of examples of a General Introduction and a General Discussion. The examples have to be studied before the course takes place.
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.
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.