Event November 13: AI in the food system: (how) can we ensure AI contributes to sustainability?

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  • #technology

On November 13, the ELSA lab "AI for Sustainable Food Systems" at Wageningen University & Research is organizing an event where innovative software developers and hardware suppliers, researchers, policy makers and supply chain partners will discuss the latest trends and developments in AI. Topics of discussion are the opportunities and risks of AI applications in the food system.

During this event, software and hardware developers can learn about the new AI Act and also have the chance to experience an ELSA Scan demonstration. Furthermore, there will be ample opportunity to network with other key players in the AI agri-food system.

For researchers and funders, this event offers the opportunity to learn more about new AI developments from the field, such as autonomous tractors or picking robots. Furthermore, the working group on Agriculture & Food of the Dutch AI coalition (NL AIC) will give a presentation about new AI developments in agri-food systems in the Netherlands and the ELSA hub will share its vision with participants.

What? Event about trends in research and practice about ELSA in the food system

When? November 13, 2023, 09.30 – 17.00 (drinks afterwards)

Where? Wageningen Campus, Omnia building

For who? Software and hardware developers, financers, researchers and others active in AI in the food system

Please visit this webpage for more information about the event, a detailled programme and registration.


Wageningen Graduate Schools Sandwich PhD programme

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  • #biologicalsciences
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The aim of the Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) Sandwich PhD Programme is capacity building: a way for the university to reach out to like-minded scientific institutes to build international scientific networks, to facilitate exchange and to reinforce the knowledge basis of these institutes.

Content of the programme

A sandwich PhD candidate spends the first part (around nine months) of the PhD project at Wageningen University. During this time the research proposal is expanded and a tailor-made education and training programme is started up. Where possible and applicable, research is also started.

The next thirty months are spent conducting research in the home country of the candidate under the supervision of a local supervisor who is also the copromotor. Sandwich PhD candidates have regular (online) contact with their supervisors at Wageningen University. Sandwich PhD candidates often return to Wageningen for short visits, and a Wageningen University supervisor will, during critical times of the research, visit the PhD candidate’s home institute.

After the research in the home country is finished, the candidate returns to Wageningen University to finish the PhD thesis, which takes approximately nine months. The local supervisor will act as copromotor at the graduation ceremony.

Information for candidates

The call for the WGS sandwich PhD programme opens once per year, usually in spring. The calls are published on this website. The WU sandwich scholarship is a personal grant. Applications are submitted by the intended promotor of a PhD project. Proposed PhD candidates should:

  • be suitable for achieving the aim of capacity building

  • have a convincing Curriculum Vitae for a PhD position at WU

  • have a strong motivation and an original and innovative research idea

  • fulfil the entry requirements of the WU PhD programme (recognised master diploma, English proficiency) and be a national from one of the selected countries for this programme

  • be employed at the home institute during the entire PhD trajectory.

To apply for a WGS sandwich PhD position, you will have to find a promotor from Wageningen University who will endorse your innovative research idea (list of chair groups and contact information can be found here) and would like to be your promotor. A promotor can submit one WGS sandwich PhD proposal per round. In addition, you will need to provide proof of commitment from your home institute.

Your intended promotor has to submit the application form plus all the required annexes (in one compiled file).

It is a plus if you remain employed at your home institute after completion of your PhD programme. If no clear link between you and your home institute exists, your application will not be taken into consideration.

Selection criteria

  • Collaboration WU and home institution
    Including quality and infrastructure of supervising groups, institutional support and quality of the relationship between home institute and WU.

  • Quality of the candidate
    Including motivation, CV and link with the home institute.

  • Quality of the proposal
    Including originality, clarity, feasibility, and strategic contribution to the WU graduate school and chair group(s).


The grant of the WGS sandwich PhD programme covers living allowance for a total of 18 months in Wageningen, (partial) travel costs of candidate and WU/local supervisors, visa application costs and use of facilities.

Wageningen University will ensure supervision, education and training. The education budget and the costs for printing the thesis are not included in the budget. The chair group at which candidates conduct their research are expected to pay these costs.

Click here for more information and application form. 


Traineeship Integrale Gebiedsaanpak bij Wageningen University & Research

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  • #economics
  • #environmentalscience
  • #informationscience
  • #sociology

Ben jij ambitieus en op zoek naar antwoorden op de uitdagingen waar Nederland voor staat op het gebied van stikstof, klimaatverandering, duurzame landbouw en de inrichting van onze leefomgeving? Help jij mee om innovatieve oplossingen te vinden vanuit een multidisciplinaire aanpak en binnen de Integrale Gebiedsaanpak? En wil je ondertussen je eigen ontwikkeling in een stroomversnelling brengen? Lees dan snel verder!

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) start op 1 maart 2023 een traineeprogramma op het thema Integrale Gebiedsaanpak (IGA) met een 15-tal net afgestudeerde MSc-studenten. Als trainee krijg je een 2-jarig programma aangeboden, waarin werken, innovatie en professionele, persoonlijke en groepsontwikkeling centraal staan. De inhoud van het werk speelt zich af binnen het brede thema Integrale Gebiedsaanpak, waarvoor de WUR een Taskforce heeft opgericht en een leidende rol speelt binnen het onderzoek in Nederland. De taskforce IGA ontwikkelt een WUR-brede aanpak voor integraal en gebiedsgericht werken, met aandacht voor duurzame bedrijfssystemen in de landbouw. Dat is ingegeven door de stapeling van problemen rond stikstof, water, klimaat, natuur die de komende jaren in de beperkte ruimte van Nederland moeten opgelost worden.

Binnen het traineeship zoeken we enthousiaste mensen met verschillende achtergronden. Van ecologen tot economen, en van wiskundigen en modelleurs tot bestuurskundigen. Na afloop van het IGA kan je als trainee bij goed functioneren doorstromen naar reguliere functies binnen de onderzoeksinstituten, de universiteit of eventueel naar andere onderdelen binnen de WUR. Lees hier hoe het traineeprogramma werkt, wie wij zoeken en wat wij bieden! Reageren kan tot en met 12 december.