Analysis and utilization of genomic diversity for plant breeding - MSc summer school

6 - 12 August 2017, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Deadline for application: March 31, 2017 or until places are filled


The revolution in genome sequencing technologies allows to analyze and use vast amounts of genetic diversity in plant crops. The amount of sequencing and genoyping data available for both major and minor crops enables competely new approaches to plant breeding by mining of useful genetic variation in genetic resources, identifying genomic regions under selection in breeding programs and using genome-wide marker information for predicting phenotypes. These large amounts of data raise new challenges for the analysis and require novel computational and statistical skills.

The ‘Big Data’ analysis of genomic information in the context of plant breeding will be the subject of a one-week summer school in August 2017. The summer school will provide an introduction into the computational environment for data analysis such as Linux, Python and R and downstream statistical analyses using bioinformatics, population genetic and quantitative genomic approaches. Of particular importance is to demonstrate how these methods can be used in the characterization of plant genetic resources and in the application in plant breeding programs.

This is the 4th summer school initiated by ELLS Subject Area in Plant Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology and is intended for Master students.

Course contents

Genetic diversity

  • Types and measures of genetic diversity
  • Population structure and gene flow
  • Selection and demographic history   

Tools for the reproducible analysis of genetic diversity

  • Linux commandline
  • R
  • Python

Statistical methods for detecting selection

  • Demographic inference
  • Selection tests

Utilisation of genomic diversity

  • Breeding strategies for utilizing genetic diversity
  • Genomic selection with exotic material

A detailed schedule will follow






Please fill in the application form and send it to Dr. Gabriele Klumpp at the University of Hohenheim.
Deadline for application: March 31, 2017 or until places are filled


Preparatory phase (July-August 2017): All accepted students will receive material for self-study at least one month before the beginning of the course.

Course format

This is an intensive course starting Sunday ending the following Saturday, both days included.


This course targets students in agricultural or plant sciences. It is particularly suitable for students in their master study phase. A sound basic understanding of general genetics (including quantitative and population genetics) and plant breeding is a pre-requisite for this course.

Social Programme

A welcome and a farewell event will be arranged.


University of Hohenheim, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany


Pre-booked furnished flats with twin or triple rooms


Students from ELLS universities: 200 EURO for housing and for a ticket for public transport.

Students from non- ELLS universities: 400 EURO (housing and ticket for public transport is included)

Travel expenses and food are not included. After payment of fees registration is binding.


Contact person for technical questions:
Dr. Gabriele Klumpp
Coordination Euroleague for Life Sciences (900)
Fruwirthstr. 12
D-70599 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 45924012
Fax: +49 711-459 23668


Institute for Plant breeding, Seed Science and Population Genetics University of Hohenheim
Contact persons for scientific questions: Prof. Dr. Karl Schmid
or your local representative in the area of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology.