ECTS credits: 5
Level of course: PhD course (also offered for MSc students)
Semester/quarter: Monday 2 Aug – Friday 13 August 2021
Workload: one week preparative work, two weeks on-site activities, consisting of 8 theoretical lectures of approx. 3 hours and 6 laboratory experiments of a mean length of 9 hours, each of them distributes over several days, two weeks report writing. Total workload: 150 hours
Capacity limits: 16 (year 2021)
Objectives of the course:
Thousands of molecules influence the biological interactions in ecological systems. The overall objective of the course is that the students achieve understanding of the importance of bioactive molecules in agroecological interactions. The students get acquainted with bioactive plant defense compounds, phytochemicals, contaminants and pesticides and will obtain the qualifications for explaining how the structure of the compounds determines their uptake in neighbouring biological organisms or in mammal consumers, their possible beneficial or negative effects as well as their transformation in soil or biological organisms. Student qualifications will cover both theoretical understanding and experience in performing laboratory assays related to fate and effects of bioactive compounds.
More information look here https://kursuskatalog.au.dk/en/course/104495/Bioactive-Molecules-in-Agroecology
Learning outcomes and competences:
On completion of the course the students have attained competence to:
The course is constructed as follows:
Preparatory reading of selected parts of textbook
The course is for PhD students or MSc students
Associate professor Inge S. Fomsgaard (course coordinator)
Senior scientist Mette Vestergård; Laboratory Technician Bente Laursen; PhD students Ida KL Andersen, Hossein Hazrati, postdoc Kourosh Hooshmand.
Administrative case officer Sonja Graugaard (Sonja.Graugaard@agro.au.dk)
Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, Laboratory experiments
Selected chapters from C.J. van Leeuwen and T.G Vermeire: Risk Assessment of chemicals: an introduction. 2nd edition, Springer 2007. Hand outs of articles and scientific reports.
Elaboration of a 30- to 40-page report on the total of six laboratory experiments (Take-home assignment, to be handed in no later than two weeks after the end on the on-site study period). For PhD students the report is assessed as "passed" or "not passed". Presence at a minimum of 90% of theoretical and practical lessons is required to obtain the course diploma. For MSc students the assessment will use the 7-point grading scale. Grading will be with internal co-examination.
Provider: Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University
Special comments on this course:
The course venue is Research Centre Flakkebjerg, situated in Southwest Zealand, 10 km south of Slagelse (100 km west of Copenhagen). Complete address:
Department of Agroecology, Research Centre Flakkebjerg, Forsøgsvej 1,
DK-4200 Slagelse, Denmark, Tel: +45 87 15 81 92
Direct telephone number to Inge S. Fomsgaard (+45 87 15 82 12 or +45 22 28 33 99).
We have pre-booked rooms at OnlySleep (please refer to Sonja Graugaard).
Rooms are available as 1-person and 2-person rooms respectively.
A 1-person room is DKK 395 per night (breakfast not included)
A 2-person room is DKK 475 per night (breakfast not included)
Breakfast is DKK 99
Transport from OnlySleep is by bus to Flakkebjerg (Please note that ”Flakkebjerg Efterskole” in the example below are the buildings approx. 500 metres after Aarhus University) – please see https://www.rejseplanen.dk/webapp/?language=en_EN
Comments from participants in our 2018 course
“The course was very well structured. It was easy to follow the course, because of the good connection between theory and practice”
“It was impressive how we went through so many different themes in the short period of time”
“Very good methodological variation”
“I liked the small group, the number of teachers and the time that was on hand (however, you always run short on time)”
“Nice to have a folder with the printed hand-outs”
Time: Monday 2 August – Friday 13 August 2021
Place: Aarhus University, Department of Agroecology, Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200 Slagelse, Denmark
MSc students: Registration is open 15 January – 8 April, 2021 and takes place through the AU Summer University. Cost for participation depends on agreements between AU and your home university https://international.au.dk/education/admissions/summeruniversity/course/bioactivemoleculesinagroecology/
PhD students: Registration is open. Sign up by email to Sonja-Graugaard@agro.au.dk. By 9 April, invoices of 500 EUR will be sent to the signed up students with two weeks deadline for payment. Maximum number of participants in year 2021: 10.
Registration is binding, but you may cancel your registration by sending an e-email to email@example.com no later than 1 July 2021. If you cancel your registration later than 1 July, your registration fee will be forfeit, and your seat may be transferred to another person.
If you have any questions, please contact Sonja Graugaard, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org