Frontiers in Biology


About this course

This course deals with the latest developments in Biology and covers a wide range of themes, including molecular, organismal and ecological subjects. Highlights in modern biology will be addressed by studying recent articles and inviting 12 keynote speakers (three per MBI specialization; two academic speakers and one from the working field) active in various biological disciplines. The course will be organized as a symposium with plenary discussions with invited researchers. Students present their findings from the lectures on a poster during a poster session. Next to attending the lectures, students write a research proposal. This is an individual assignment where a research proposal is written according to a strict format (max. 3 A4). Students are closely supervised during three individual feed-back sessions.

Learning outcomes

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

  • show insights in the latest developments in modern biology by means of developing a problem statement on a poster based on what has been presented and discussed during the lectures.
  • discuss complex matters at an academic level with scientists and students from other biological disciplines;
  • write a research proposal according to format.

Required prior knowledge

Assumed Knowledge:
BSc Biology or comparable knowledge.

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  • Start date

    6 January 2025

    • Ends
      31 January 2025
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