WIAS Course Sensor applications for aquatic species

Course schedule

This course is not scheduled yet.

Course description

Course description

The applications of sensor technology are receiving increasing attention in the research on aquatic species in experimental settings, field monitoring and aquaculture. Sensors are used to gain insight into the physiological performance of the organisms, their movement and activity patterns and have major potential to contribute to animal welfare and precision farming, and to study how organisms in the field cope with unfavourable conditions.

This course will consist of in-depth lectures by WUR experts and international experts who will show you which sensors are currently applied and how in aquatic species, but also in mammalian species. Workshops are organised to demonstrate how to implant tags and loggers, and collect and analyse the data.

Course objectives:

To inform and instruct participants on:

  • the use of sensors in wild life and livestock
  • the challenges of sensor application for aquatic animals
  • the specific challenges for use in fish, shellfish and crustaceans
  • the existing commercial and experimental sensors for aquatic animals
  • our recent experiences with the application of sensor technology
  • and on the development of new sensor technology

List learning goals

  • get most updated information on the topics mentioned above
  • learn about tag and logger implantation and data analyses
  • learn about tracking fish in the wild
  • learn about sensor tools in fish and shellfish experimentation
  • pitch your work and receive feedback from the experts
  • form a network with lecturers and participants

General Information

Target Group

 PhDs, postdocs and other interested researchers

Group size

 A minimum of 25 and a maximum of 35 participants

Course duration

 5 days (envisioned as a course given once per year)

Credits 1.5 ECTS

Prior knowledge

 Knowledge animal biology (at least at MSc level)

Homework/ self- study




Name lecturers/ facilitators  

 Arjan Palstra (WLR-ABG), Edwin Foekema (WMR),   Martin Lankheet (WU-EZO)

Course content coordinator  Arjan Palstra (WLR-ABG)
Teaching method  Lectures and workshops
Online/in-person  In-person


Tentative programme

Monday: lectures WUR experts

Tuesday: Visit to Carus: training tag and logger implantation and data analyses (evening: networking dinner with international experts)

Wednesday: lectures international experts

Thursday: Visit to a WMR facility 

tracking fish in the wild, sensor applications in bivalves

Friday (morning): lectures and workshop Experimental Zoology experts

Fee (includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches)


1) Reduced fee: All Wageningen University postdocs and staff associated with Wageningen Graduate School (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)

 € 500

2) University fee: All other PhDs, Wageningen University postdocs and staff

 € 1040

3) External fee: All other participants


Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to June 30 2023. On July 1 2023 a go/no-go decision will be taken on basis of the number of registered participants. In case of a go decision you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • For staff of Wageningen University: when you have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee.



For more information please contact:

paddy.haripersaud@wur.nl, tel: +31317486836 or wias@wur.nl