Below you can find a list of courses with topics relevant to MiCRop research. The national graduate research school Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS) and Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PE&RC) offer an impressive amount of skill training and in-depth scientific courses, and national and international community building activities. Also other workshops and/or summer schools can be followed. By clicking on the title you will be redirected to the course website.

Course Date
Constraint-based modeling: Introduction and advanced topics 13 – 17 February 2023
Knowledge graphs in the life sciences 13 - 17 March 2023
EPS workshop “Plant Hormones” 14 & 15 March 2023
EPS course “Single cell transcriptomics in plants” 23 & 24 March 2023
Genome Assembly 20 - 21  April 2023
Future courses (data to be announced) Occurence
World Soils and their Assessment Annually
The Art of Modelling (introductory course to modelling) September 2023, every 2 years
Introduction to Machine learning 2023, every 2 years
Chemical Communication 2023, every 3 years
Career Development for Postdocs: Science and the Alternatives 2023
Root Ecology 2023, every 3 years
Intermediate Programming in R 2023, annually
Grasping Sustainability 2023, annually
Introduction to Zero-inflated models with R winter 2024, every 3 years
Tidy data transformation and visualization with R to be announced
EPS Summer School: Environmental Signalling in Plants 2024, every 2 years
Participatory Plant Breeding & Resilient Seed Systems 2024, every 2 years
Microbial Ecology 2025, every 3 years
Soil Ecology 2025, every 3 years



Upcoming course co-organised by MiCRop


This PhD course will take place at UvA and is co-organised with the Netherlands Metabolomics Centre (NMC), the Netherlands Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS), NWO-Gravity programme MICROP and will be offered to (inter)national PhD students, postdocs and other interested scientists. The maximum number of participants will be 25.


The ecological understanding of natural products that mediate interactions within and between organisms can be considered as the core of the discipline chemical ecology. The emerging technique of metabolomics provides new opportunities to study such environmentally relevant signalling molecules, and advances our understanding of chemical communication between organisms. This course will cover both methodological and biological aspects. This course will introduce the basic knowledge of mass spectrometry based metabolomics as well as special types of metabolomics such as volatile, gut and rhizosphere metabolomics. The course will be given by experts from the field of chemical ecology and metabolomics, and will discuss progress in metabolomics and its application in chemical ecology. The course will cover emerging technologies and new metabolomics data analysis and data integration tools and will include hands on sample preparation, MS analysis and data analysis workshops. After this course, the PhD students/participants understand the basic principles of metabolomics, which instrument to choose for answering their research question, and know how to process their own metabolomics data and make publishable figures.

Course organizers

Lemeng Dong, Rob Schuurink, Gertjan Kramer, Frans van der Kloet, Age Smilde, Johan Westerhuis, Harro Bouwmeester