EVENT NOTICE: Genomic Selection in Plant Breeding - A hands-on short course in R.

3-6 June 2019. Lanzarote-Canary Islands. SPAIN



The aim of this course is to provide a basic quantitative and statistical framework to apply GS in a routine manner. In this sense, the course is focusing on the application of plant breeding concepts through practical exercises in R. The course will provide participants with the relevant theory of GS models, as well as with hands-on experience with relevant GS techniques. 

The learning outcomes upon course completion are:
• To have the fundamental knowledge to build GS models from the scratch.

• To have a basic understanding of the main statistical concepts of GS methods.

• To learn how to apply GxE models and Multi-trait analysis. 

• To learn about optimal parental contributions and mating designs for multi-criteria breeding.

The course is aimed at plant breeder scientists and professionals in the field of plant-crop production, since most of the R examples are on plants. 

The course is not aimed at researchers with advanced statistical skills. Course tutorials will use statistical packages in R. Experience is R is recommended but is not essential. For course attendants, not familiar with R an optional introduction to computer programming in R online course will be suggested.

A certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of the course. This course will be equivalent to 2.5 credits. For those participants who wish to obtain a certificate of attendance of the equivalence of 2.5 credit module, a series of reading and exercises will be provided before, during and after the course to assure the student achieves the learning outcomes. 

A list of registrants will be also provided, so participants know who will be attending. Max number of participants: 25.

This year the course will be hosted by Cabildo de Lanzarote, Spain. For more information about Lanzatote go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=128&v=bntfbxTLF4Y

Lanzarote beach



Dr. Julio Isidro Sánchez, University College Dublin
Dr. Deniz Akdemir, Cornell University


• Regular fee: €899
• Student fee: €499

Please note the deadline for registering to this programme is Monday 21st May 2019.

Registration information can be found HERE.

Download course schedule HERE.

Further details can be accessed HERE.

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