Monday, 6th February, the Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS) science day was a great success. In all the three parallel sessions the best presentations selected by the jury were by PhD students from Wageningen University & Research, Animal Breeding & Genomics (ABG): Kasper Jansen, Tom Berghof and Pascal Duenk. The best poster pitch was given by Tom Berghof who also received the public prize. Pascal Duenk was awarded the WIAS oral presentation prize.
Oral presentation prize
Pascal received the prize because he was able to explain a very theoretical genetics subject in a clear and concise way to a broad audience, the jury explained. The subject of his presentation was research project ‘GenoMiX: Utilizing crossbred information to accelerate genetic progress’, which is part of the Breed4Food – STW Partnership.
Pascal about his research: “Using genomic data, average effects of genes can be estimated with an additive (A) model or dominance (AD) model. In the presence of dominance, estimates from the AD-model are more accurate than from the A-model, because the AD-model seems to be more robust against deviations from expected genotype frequencies in the sample. These results may be important for analyses that are based on estimated average effects, such as genome-wide association studies and genomic prediction.”
WIAS Science day 2017
The WIAS Science day is an annual scientific event organised by PhD candidates of the WIAS graduate school. The purpose of this event is to bring together PhD candidates to present and share their research and exchange ideas with staff members about current developments in the field of animal sciences.
The theme for the WIAS Science day 2017 was ‘Beyond Sustainability’. The urgent need for sustainability has become part of common knowledge in our society. This has shed new light on the role of animals for mankind. Several disciplines within animal sciences focus on studies that are directly or indirectly linked to the economic, environmental and/or social impact of future practices in the animal sector. But what are the practical implications of these studies? How can we translate innovative research within the field of animal sciences into sustainable practices? It is clear that current challenges require thinking beyond sustainability.