In addition to the symposium, the AlphaSimR course will be held (at the Zadar - Hotel Kolovare):


Breeding Programme Modelling with AlphaSimR and estimation of effective population size

September 18th - September 20th

Instructor: Gregor Gorjanc, The Roslin Institute,





The aim of this course is to train participants in computer simulation of breeding programmes so that they can design new schemes and apply these to manage or improve populations. Application can range from increasing the productivity of agriculture, aquaculture, and forestry as well as addressing management of wild and captive populations, with possible benefit to evolutionary biology research and human medical genetics.  

Breeding programmes are key for managing and improving populations in agriculture, wild, or captivity. This fully online, unique course shows how to use the latest research to design a new, or upgrade an existing, breeding programme using (big-)data and data science. It achieves this by first, introducing the basic principles of modelling breeding programmes and basic usage of R (highly transferable skills), particularly the package AlphaSimR (available at CRAN Secondly, the accompanying online material showcases real life case studies of using AlphaSimR to effectively model breeding programmes for livestock, crop, insect and managed wild or captive populations. 


Knowledge of the basics of the R programming language is highly recommended for participation in this course.

You may find the following link useful: Introduction to R


This course is co-organized with COST Action CA18134 G-Bike (Genomic BIodiversity Knowledge for Resilient Ecosystems) within WG2.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers.

This boosts their research, career and innovation






Please click here to see the full program of the course.



This course will be based on the free online course on "Breeding Programme Modelling with AlphaSimR" that will launch this summer on @edXOnline!

Discover how breeding and genetics can contribute to #sustainable food production 

You can register for the free online course at 

It is based on the fantastic AlphaSimR package:

This course showcases modelling of animal and plant breeding programmes. In fact, any breeding programme can be modelled with AlphaSimR!

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