YBI-37806 Frontiers in Biology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper2
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. J Bakker
dr. ir. J Helder
prof. dr. M Dicke
prof. dr. ir. FPM Govers
prof. dr. ir. BJG Scheres
dr. ir. FT Muijres
prof. dr. MAM Groenen
prof. dr. WM de Vos
prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga
prof. dr. ME Visser
prof. dr. ir. L Mommer
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. J Bakker
dr. ir. J Helder
prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BSc Biology or comparable knowledge.


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 keynote speakers active in various biological disciplines. The course will be organized as a regular congress with plenary discussions with invited speakers. Students write a summary about the articles and have discussions with the keynote speakers.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able:
- to have insights in the latest developments in modern biology;
- to understand the reasoning and argumentation behind experiments to unravel biological processes;
- to have discussions about complex matters at an academic level with scientists and students from other biological disciplines;
- to critically analyse a scientific article, write a concise summary of this article, including its potential gaps and suggestions how to solve these.


- attendance presentations;
- group discussions;
- reading and analysing scientific articles and presentations;
- writing a summary of articles and discussions with keynote speakers.


- written test with open questions (60%);
- three individual summaries (40%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


A reader with scientific articles will be handed out during the first lecture.

Compulsory for: MBIBiologyMSc3WD