Course theme

Type of course


The Art of Modelling

  • 30 August - 10 September 2021
  • Wageningen University
  • Methodology
  • 3.0 ECTS

Modelling is a crucial part of today’s science. Particularly in agronomy, ecology, soil sciences and environmental sciences, where models are used for assessing sensitivity of systems to disturbances or changes in external factors, and for predictions of future system states. This course provides an introduction to modelling. Modelling concepts will be dealt with in detail, going through the basic steps to be taken.

The main themes of this course are:

  • Modelling concepts
  • Model design
  • Model use
  • Calibration and validation
  • Sensitivity and uncertainty
  • Linearity and complexity
  • Reporting on model studies

Former occurrences of this course

6-17 May 2019   |   12-23 June 2017   |   18-29 May 2015

  • PE&RC and WIMEK, Wageningen University
  • Every two years
  • 14-24 participants
  • No previous postgraduate courses are required. However, it helps if you have basic knowledge of mathematics (in particular basic algebra, vector and matrix algebra, differentiation, integration and differential equations). Participants who want to refresh their mathematics background knowledge can refer to the hand books "Mathematics at work: Volume 1, Vectors and matrices applied (2013)", and "Mathematics at work: Volume 2, Analysis applied (2010)", authored by M. de Gee. Both are available on-line and in the syllabus shop of the Mathematical and Statistical Methods group at Wageningen University.