Ethics and Animal Sciences (online (January) or in-person (all other editions)

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
26 & 27 November 2024 09:30 17:00 Wageningen Campus Paddy Haripersaud 9 / 15 Apply

Course description

NOTE: For the online version of the course, priority will be given to participants that are not based on the Wageningen campus. If you are based in Wageningen, we strongly advise you to apply for the in-person version of the course.

Course description: As a future scientist in the life sciences, it is important that PhD students have an insight into the debates around the relationship between human beings, animals, and nature, to understand their meaning and to learn to participate in these debates.

This course will provide students with a systematic overview of the key topics of animal and environmental ethics. Specific attention is given to the ethical assessment of animal experiments and the tension between individualist animal ethics and collectivist environmental ethics. Attention is also given to the cultural background of normativity and the ethical aspects of the PhD students’ own research projects.

Objectives: The objectives of this course is to train ethical reflection and to gain knowledge about debates in animal and environmental ethics. Moreover, the PhD students should be able to place their own research in a broader societal context and be able to justify their own normative position.

Learning goals: After completing this course students are expected to be able to:

  • Give a schematic overview of the key topics in animal and environmental ethics; 
  • Assess and evaluate the arguments within current debates about our treatment of animals and the environment;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the differences between environmental ethics and animal welfare ethics.

General Information

Target Group PhDs, postdocs, WUR staff and non-WUR participants
Course level General, post-graduate
Group size A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 15 participants
Course duration 2 days and given 4 times per year
Prior knowledge none
Homework/ self- study none
Language English
Credit points 0.8 ECTS
Name lecturer Bernice Bovenkerk



Ethics and Animal Sciences

Day 1
09.30-12.30 Introduction Animal Ethics 
13.30-17.15 Introduction Environmental ethics

Day 2
09.30-11.00 Culture and Ethics
11.00 -12.30 Ethics in the PhD projects of the participants​

13.30- 17.15 Animal Experimentation Committee


1) Reduced fee: PhD candidates of Wageningen University doing a Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) and post-docs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools of Wageningen (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK) € 95
2) University fee: All other PhD candidates / post-docs as well as staff of Wageningen University € 220
3) External fee: All other participants € 360,-

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition

Until four weeks before the start of the course, you can cancel free of charge. After this date you will be charged with the “University Fee”. Unless:


  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement. In this case you will only be charged a €50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhD’s and post-docs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (circumstances beyond your control). In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation. 



For more information please contact WIAS,