Dutch Dairy Student Challenge


About this course

In this specific course we are posing the following question:
How can dairy farms still exist in the future, in a healthy, sustainable and economically feasible way, from the perspective of the animals, the environment, as well as the farmers?”.

In working on this challenge, students are stimulated to employ a trans-disciplinary approach. Projects could combine technical, political, economic, social and sustainability disciplines. The proposed projects could take the form of a prototype (e.g. of a device, a platform, a tool), a system or a policy, depending on the expertise of the students and their chosen direction. In a period of 100 days students will be challenged to redefine this broad challenge to a more specific problem definition, and propose a project plan.

Please note that all official communication and deliverables of the Dutch Dairy Student Challenge will be in English but a basic understanding of the Dutch language is recommended for rich stakeholder interactions. Check out this link for more information and the exact dates of this course:

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • Identify a relevant challenge related to sustainable dairy farming and describe its context from a scientific perspective
  • Gather and analyze information from academic and non-academic resources, and use that information to build a logical narrative towards a clearly-defined objective
  • Design, plan, and describe an approach that is scientifically sound and achievable within the societal, economical, and environmental constraints
  • Evaluate the risks, feasibility, and expected societal impact of the proposed research in a critical, realistic and convincing way
  • Reflect on personal learning goals, based on their own expertise and that of other members and stakeholders

Required prior knowledge

Assumed Knowledge:
To participate in the Dutch Dairy Student Challenge (DDSC), the student must have (disciplinary) knowledge in his/her field of study and should have successfully completed (at least!) the first wo years of their BSc program. Furthermore, the student should master information literacy, computer literacy and presentation skills; English verbal and writing skills should be on a level which allows full contribution to the project development, and full independent functioning in a student team.

Link to more information

If anything remains unclear, please check the FAQ of Wageningen University.


  • Start date

    10 February 2025

    • Ends
      7 March 2025
    • Term *
      Period 4
    • Location
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      1 Jun, 00:00 - 12 Jan 2025
These offerings are valid for students of Utrecht University