Biological consequences of selection 5 ECTS

Last changed: 27 October 2022

Time: 16 - 20 January 2023, Øyer, Norway, arranged by NMBU/BIOVIT. One-week intensive course in winter wonderland (Hafjell) plus one week of preparations (mainly reading).

Biological consequences of selection/5 ECTS, PhD course.
Short description of course

NOVA PhD (NOVA-410): Students on PhD level from NOVA institutions have number one priority if applicants exceed capacity (parallel MSc course: NOVA-302/HFA-303 Biological consequences of selection / 5 ECTS).

Pre-requirement is a MSc in: Quantitative genetics / Animal breeding / population genetics, or similar fields of study (requirement for NOVA-302: BSc in same fields).

Teachers from AgroParicTech/INRA (France), SLU (Sweden), and NMBU (Norway): Nicolas Friggens, Lotta Rydhmer, Odd Vangen, Gareth Difford, Geir Steinheim.

The course provides a platform for understanding biological changes and adaptation occurring with artificial selection. The students will be able to reflect on the biological (including sustainability) consequences of selection, in general and in a breed/production-specific context. Societal consequences will be discussed.

Focus on: Ethical aspects of animal breeding; Growth, development and genetic scaling; Maternal and social effects and group selection; Genetics of behavioural traits; Genetic correlations; Genotype x environment (GxE) interaction effects; Robustness and resilience, trade-offs, and adaptive capacity; Modelling of feed efficiency.

Lectures and workshops. Obligatory attendance.

Exam, grades: passed/not passed. Each PhD student gives a presentation towards the end of the course. 

(For the parallel MSc course students deliver a written report after the course is finished).

Link to curriculum and other information

PhD: (will be updated)

MSc: (will be updated)

When and where

Hafjell Hotel, Øyer Municipality, Norway, 16-20 January 2023.


Course responsible/application-registration: Geir Steinheim, NMBU/BIOVIT, e-mail