MiCRop will train junior, middle and senior level staff, since excellence development at all levels is essential for our success.

  • MiCRop-specific courses and training will be developed in the areas of plant-microbe interactions, plant trait selection for microbiome responses, metabolomics, bioinformatics, data analysis, data management, and modelling for plant and microbe research. Some of these are also accessible to researchers from outside MiCRop.
  • Integration with existing training: Our PhD students will enter either the national graduate research school Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS) or Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PE&RC), that 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.
  • Broad skills training: Important aspects like ethics and research integrity, gender and diversity issues (bias training), responsible research and innovation, FAIR data management, communication and outreach, project management, intellectual property, bringing results to societal and economical use, writing grant applications, and finding and applying for jobs will be covered through training courses available at the host institutions (see here for courses at: VU, WUR, IXA-UvA) wherever possible, and organised by MiCRop if required.
  • Grant applications: An important aspect of a scientific career is success in applying for (personal) research grants. Our middle and junior level staff will be trained in and supported with grant applications, by the PIs and the funding advisors from the hosts.
  • MiCRop meetings programme: Through active participation in different meetings and conferences, both scientific and personal skills training is achieved. This includes the MiCRop meetings and excellent external meetings like the biannual Plant Microbiome Meeting, the 4-yearly Rhizosphere Meeting and the EPSO plant microbiome workshop meetings (European Plant Science Organisation).