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Hands on Advanced Methods and Techniques in Plant Science and Biotechnology

Summer School of bioscience, agro, natural science, 5 ECTS
Agriculture and environment Interdisciplinary Studies Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 1148 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 140 EUR


The Danish and global plant production is facing major challenges. The rapid population growth, the increased consumption of animal products and the use of crops for energy purposes demand an increased production. In addition, climate change is expected to have pronounced effects on plant production. At the same time there is also a strong wish among the public that future plant production can take place with minimal applications of pesticides and fertilizers. In effect, plant production is developing into a far more dynamic and demanding scenario in the food-, feed-, non-food-, and bioenergy area.  Plant biotechnology is expected to play a major role in meeting the demands created by this scenario through knowledge on plant genomes, advanced molecular breeding and development of genetic modified organisms (GMO).The course intends to provide the students with experience in advanced molecular techniques used in modern plant science and biotechnology through an intensive two week course.The course will cover state of the art techniques and methods within plant biotechnology research, including the genetic basis of several important plant properties and the use of molecular genetics and genetically modified organisms (GMO)
  • Understand and employ advanced technologies in plant biotechnology such as genetic modification and molecular genetics.
  • Have gained practical hand-on experience with advanced techniques and equipment within plant science and biotechnology.
  • Understand and employ bioinformatics and statistical tools in plant biotechnology.
  • Plan and conduct experiments within plant biotechnology.
  • Develop strategies and models to solve problems relating to plant biotechnology by using fundamental principles in plant biotechnology and genetics.
  • Explain the use of biotechnology in plant breeding.
  • Put into perspective and discuss the potentials of plant biotechnology and breeding for achieving a sustainable agriculture, nationally and internationally.
Through the course, the student will gain an understanding of the practical use of and theory behind the newest techniques within the field of plant science and will be able to employ that knowledge to solve problems within agricultural plant production through biotechnological approaches.
The course will be relevant for students who wish a practical introduction to the newest techniques and theory within plant science and biotechnology, and who wish to understand the potentials of these techniques in future plant production.

Please note that the course is taking place at Research Centre Flakkebjerg, situated in Southwest Zealand, 10 km south of Slagelse and 100 km west of Copenhagen. Direct phone number Søren Borg +45 87 15 82 83 E-mail:
Accommodation as well as Social program will be organized.

About the Degree

This is a summer course that counts 5 or 10 ECTS. 


  • You must be enrolled in a university programme at the time of the AU Summer University
  • If you are applying for admission to AU Summer University courses at the Master level, you must hold a relevant Bachelor's degree (or as a minimum 180 ECTS in your study programme
  • The application deadline is March 15th


The tuition fee varies from course to course. Find the price on the individual course page. Find more information here

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Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Aug 14


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