Genomic selection course


Genomic selection course

20-24 May 2024
Madrid, Spain

Welcome to our cutting-edge course, designed specifically for plant and animal breeders, graduate students, postdocs, and professionals immersed in plant-crop and animal production. This course uniquely blends genomic selection principles with a problem-based learning approach, offering a practical and insightful journey into the world of modern breeding techniques.

Although this course is accessible to those without advanced statistical expertise, a basic understanding of plant breeding and statistical concepts is beneficial. We’ll delve into the complexities of genomic selection, employing statistical packages in R to bring theories to life. While prior experience in R is advantageous, it’s not a prerequisite – our comprehensive tutorials are crafted to accommodate varying levels of familiarity.Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of attendance Equivalent to 5 academic credits. This course offers an additional opportunity for those seeking to deepen their understanding can engage in a series of meticulously readings and exercises.

Dive into Genomic Selection with our course designed to equip participants with essential quantitative and statistical frameworks for practical application in breeding.
Through interactive exercises in R, you’ll grasp the theory behind GS models and gain hands-on experience. Our problem-based learning approach centers on real-world scenarios, enabling you to develop effective GS solutions. By the end, you’ll possess a comprehensive understanding of GS theory and practice, ready to apply these skills in your research or breeding programs


The tentative main hub for the course will be at the Escuela técnica superior de ingeniería agronómica, alimentaria y de biosistemas within the Technical University of Madrid, Spain.


During the course, class notes will be provided, and we will utilize a Dropbox/Google Drive folder to share R code, lectures, and exercises. Please ensure that you bring your personal computer. To run the analysis, it is essential to have R and RStudio installed on your computer. Prior to the course start, you will receive instructions on installing packages and other important notes. Students will work with real breeding program datasets.


Participants are responsible for their own accommodation. There are many hotel options in the area, some options might be https://maps.app.goo.gl/wyPUfDdwGnycpTdv5, https://maps.app.goo.gl/xcWy2fDok7RYfvoh6, https://maps.app.goo.gl/xvf3oejvsRrct6Pb7, https://maps.app.goo.gl/fciyXk6fxB6YEZsa9. Airbnb is a great option in Madrid.

Enrollment Process

• Fill out the online registration application (bottom of the website or link on the menu).
• After the registration application, you will receive an email confirmation.
• Complete the course tuition payment according to the email prompt (Regular/Student).


For further information do not hesitate to contact at [email protected]. Looking forward to seeing you in Madrid, Spain.

Organizers maintain the right to cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances or if the number of participants in less than 10 (which is highly unlikely). In the event of course cancellation due to insufficient registrations, participants will be notified one month prior to the course commencement. We kindly request that you refrain from making any transportation arrangements until you receive further notification.

Our instructors

+ info Dr. Julio Isidro Sánchez Technical University of Madrid
+ info Dr. Deniz Akdemir Be the Match
+ info Dr. Roberto Fritsche Neto Louisiana State University


Please note the deadline for registering for this program is April 20th 2024.

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