The intestinal tract of humans and animals is colonized by thousands of different microorganisms that together comprise our microbiome, closely interact with each other and their mammalian host, and are intimately linked to how we deal with our diets.
The course is aimed at postgraduates (MSc, PhD) with a background in animal, veterinary, biological, health, or food sciences and open for participants from both industry and universities/research centers.
This course aims to provide a detailed scientific background on the mechanisms that underlie the role of the microbiome in human and animal nutrition and health. The program combines knowledge on microbial composition and function with dietary and genetic factors in humans, laboratory and farm animals, as well as the development of relevant in vitro model systems.
The course consists of a series of lectures providing the latest scientific knowledge on the different subjects, short presentations by participants, a poster session and an interactive session.
Participants are challenged to actively contribute to discussions. Within the programme one session is devoted to three-minute pitches by participants, there is a poster session and an interactive session on three specific topics.
- Models – from artificial guts to rodents
- Microbiome & Animal health
- Microbiome & Human health
- Microbial physiology and interactions in the gut
- Microbiomes 2020 – Challenges and opportunities ahead
- Prof. Hauke Smidt, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
- Dr Clara Belzer, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
- Dr Erwin Zoetendal, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
- Prof. Willem M. de Vos, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
- Dr Gerben Hermes, Dr Nam Bui & Dr Joan Edwards, Wageningen University & Research, NL
- Dr Dirkjan Schokker, Wageningen Livestock Research, NL
- Dr Hans Bouwmeester, RIKILT, NL
- Dr Thomas Clavel, Technical University of Munich, DE
- Dr Susana Fuentes, RIVM, NL
- Dr Ian Jeffery, University College Cork, IE
- Dr Katri Korpela & Dr Anne Salonen, University of Helsinki, FI
- Prof. Aletta Kraneveld, UMC Utrecht, NL
- Dr Petra Louis, University of Aberdeen, UK
- Dr John Penders, Maastricht University, NL
- Dr Luc Sterkman, Caelus Health, NL
- Dr Jun Wang, KU Leuven, BE
- Dr Joost Wiersinga, University of Amsterdam, NL
Date & duration
The course will be held from 6 - 8 February 2017, 3 days.
The study load of this course is 0.8 ECTS credits.
The course language will be English.
Information concerning the course contents can be obtained from prof. Hauke Smidt, phone: +31 317 483102.
For organisational matters please contact:
Mrs. Eva Oudshoorn
The Graduate School VLAG
P.O. Box 17
6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 317 485310
Location & accommodation
The course venue is Conference Centre Hof van Wageningen. The town of Wageningen is 5 km from Ede-Wageningen railway station, with transport options being taxi or bus. Ede-Wageningen railway station is about one and a half hours from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. For train schedules visit: www.ns.nl.
A number of hotel rooms have been blocked at the conference centre “Hof van Wageningen”, but only until 24 December 2016. Accommodation costs are € 80 - 98.50 (single room/twin room) per night. See www.hofvanwageningen.nl. Participants have to book their own hotel room by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention booking code IMB17.
Registration & course fee
To be able to fill in the registration form, you need a "VLAG-events account".
To create this account, please click here: create account.
If you already have a "VLAG-events account" you can directly go to the course registration form.
The final registration date is 6 January 2017.
Applicants will be informed of acceptance of their registration before 6 January 2017. They will receive instructions for payment and further course details. Cancellations may be made free of charge until 6 January 2017. After this date the charge will be 25% of the course fee already paid or due. Substitutions for participants may be made at any time until the start of the course.
Course fee includes printed materials, coffee/tea during breaks, lunches and the course dinner but does not cover accommodation. The course fee depends on the participant's affiliation:
|VLAG/WU PhD candidates
|| € 185
|| € 400
|University Staff / Non-Profit organisations
|| € 600
|Industry / For-Profit
|| € 1200