ECTS credits: 5
Level of course: PhD course (also offered for MSc students)
Semester/quarter: Monday 8 Aug – Friday 19 August 2022
Total workload: 150 hours
Capacity limits: 16 (year 2022)
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.
Learning outcomes and competences:
On completion of the course the students have attained competence to:
The course is constructed as follows:
The course is for PhD students or MSc students.
Professor Inge S. Fomsgaard (course leader) https://email@example.com
Senior scientist Mette Vestergård; Laboratory Technician Bente Laursen; PhD student Ida KL Andersen, postdoc Jawameer Hama
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. Detailed information will be sent to course participants in advance of the course.
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 22 28 33 99).
We can suggest a hotel or hostel in Slagelse. Please contact the course administrator Sonja.Graugaard@agro.au.dk. Assistance can also be given in search for alternative accommodation
Comments from former participants
“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 hands-on (however, you always run short on time)”
“Nice to have a folder with the printed hand-outs”
Time: Monday 8 August – Friday 19 August 2022
Place: Aarhus University, Department of Agroecology, Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200 Slagelse, Denmark
MSc students: Registration is open 17 January – 21 March 12:00 2022 and takes place through the AU Summer University. https://international.au.dk/education/admissions/summeruniversity/. Cost for participation depends on agreements between AU and your home university
PhD students: Registration is open. Sign up by email to Sonja-Graugaard@agro.au.dk. By 1 April 2022 invoices of 500 EUR will be sent to the signed up students with two weeks deadline for payment. Maximum number of participants in year 2022: 16.
Registration is binding, but you may cancel your registration by sending an e-email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com