VLAG courses and conferences
VLAG Graduate School forms a community of research and post-graduate education in the areas of Biobased, Biomolecular, Food, and Nutrition Sciences. The Graduate School provides a platform for high-quality post-graduate education and professional development of young researchers.
For detailed information please visit VLAG webpage: http://www.vlaggraduateschool.nl/en/courses.htm
1. VLAG Scientific courses
The graduate school organises a large number of advanced scientific courses. Topics chosen for these courses are of particular interest to PhD candidates within VLAG, but the courses are also open to external participants. Some courses are organised annually, but most are organised every two or three years. All courses are in English.
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced course for WUR PhD candidates
Healthy and sustainable diets
4th International Master class to broaden disciplinary thinking in agriculture, food sciences, nutrition and health to arrive at a disciplinary research perspective on healthy and sustainable diets. It aims to contribute to synergy between scientific disciplines, applied research and stakeholders along the food supply chain.
This course focuses on PhD candidates working on fundamental topics (experiment or theory) within the crossover field of nanotechnology, biology, physics and chemistry, interested in broadening their academic scope and societal reach. The course aims to: Immerse participants in an interdisciplinary scientific environment and widen their scientific horizon. Foster scientific discussion and develop an interdisciplinary fundamental scientific community. Gain societal outreach experience and improve popular science writing targeted at the general public.
Protein quality evaluation and application
Protein quality is generally defined as the capacity of dietary protein sources to meet an individual’s amino acid requirements. The protein quality evaluation system considers the capacity of a protein source ingested at the level of the mean protein requirement, which can be assessed using the recommended the Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score (DIAAS). In light of sustainability, protein quality received a lot of attention in the past years.
Reaction kinetics in food science
The aim of the course is to acquire in-depth knowledge about kinetic modelling, and to apply and use kinetics in food science problems using modern software.
2. General courses
General courses deal with various issues relevant for the professional and personal development of PhD candidates.
VLAG organises the following general courses:
- VLAG PhD week
- Philosophy and Ethics of Food Science and Technology
- various Statistics courses
VLAG also contributes to the organisation of general/skills courses jointly organised by Wageningen Graduate Schools. For detailed information please visit: https://wgs.crs.wur.nl/
Each day consists of lectures and practicals using R. The examples used in the lectures and practicals are based on data provided by researchers of VLAG.
Each day consists of lectures and practicals using R. Examples of datasets delivered by the course participants in advance will be used in the lectures and practicals when possible.
VLAG PhD week
The aim of the PhD week is to make freshman PhD candidates aware of the importance of the professional skills such as presentation techniques, scientific writing, project management, science ethics, ... in the research arena. Moreover this week aims at network formation within the VLAG PhD community, and getting insight into the wide spectrum of scientific research being carried out within the Graduate School. More at: http://www.vlaggraduateschool.nl/en/courses/General-courses/VLAG-general-courses/VLAG-PhD-week.htm
VLAG Midterm event: PhD on track
The PhD on track event is organised for VLAG PhD candidates at the end of the 2nd year, or start of the 3rd year of their PhD. It revolves around the following questions: - Am I on schedule? - Am I (aware of and) making optimal use of opportunities? - What do we need for life/career after the PhD?
Introduction to R
The aim is to provide an introduction to R, a computer language and environment for statistics and graphics. The course will focus on getting familiar with the R environment by means of RStudio, to use R for manipulation and exploration of data and to perform simple analysis. Basic programming as well as visualization of results in R will also be part of this course.
3. VLAG conferences
Bayesian Data Analysis: a new perspective in the VLAG domain
A short introduction to the benefits of using Bayesian Data Analysis, with examples from the domains of biotechnology, microbiology, environmental sciences, food, and nutrition. Interesting for staff members, PhDs, postdocs and PIs alike.