Quantitative Methods in Plant Breeding 2022


NEW DATES: 14 November to 25 November 2022 

Statistics, computation and data handling, trial design and analysis, population genetics, quantitative genetics, linkage analysis, association mapping, genomic selection, breeding similations. Spaces are limited.

Tutors: Dr Tally Wright, experts from across NIAB and Prof. Ian Mackay


This annual two-week postgraduate level course, originally devised at NIAB by Ian Mackay, and successfully run for the first time in 2008, introduces participants to methods in quantitative genetics and statistics. Course content ranges from the well-established, for example variety trial design and analysis, to more contemporary methods such as genomic selection. Emphasis is on practical application of methods to plant breeding programmes with theory covered in sufficient depth to allow confident evaluation and use in real life situations. The course provides an opportunity for participants to become familiar with the concepts and utilisation of contemporary methods and software at all stages in the breeding process. 


Who should attend?

Plant breeders and plant geneticists who have some background knowledge of statistics and quantitative genetics, but who wish to understand and be able to apply these methods more thoroughly. Post-graduate students working in crop genetics, for example on the detection and analysis of genes controlling the inheritance of complex traits.

The course is limited to 24 participants. 

Course details:

The course is limited to 24 participants on a first come basis. Please book early as possible as we are usually oversubscribed. The closing date for applications and payment is 30 September 2022.


Week 1: Monday 14 November to Friday 18 November 2022

Week 2: Monday 21 November to Friday 25 November 2022.

This course is run from 09:30 - 18:00 each day with the exception of mondays (start at 10:30) and Friday 25 November (finish at 14:00). Please note, these times may vary slightly and we will update registered participants with any changes.

Course cost (no VAT applicable)

Post-graduate student £1039; non student £1559

What's included

Course materials, refreshments, lunches, local excursions, a pub meal, the course dinner and transport to and from specified hotels.

How to apply

You can apply online via 'Book Now' or download the course flyer, complete the form and email it to bethan.postle [at] niab.com.

 Payment methods

By debit/credit card when you book online. Please contact our membership office on +44 (0) 1223 342495 if you want to pay by card over the telephone (please do not send back or debit/credit card details by email). 

By bank transfer: Quote QMPB22 and your name. Please complete the form on the course flyer and email it with a invoice request to bethan.postle [at] niab.com.  

What you need to know

All delegates should bring a (preferably 64-bit) laptop for use on the course. Preferably you should have administrator rights to the laptop, to be able to download software if needed.

A week prior to the course you will be sent a link so that you can download the required course software.

If you provide us with your mobile number we will join you to the QMPB22 WhatsApp group so you can communicate with other delegates prior to and during the course.


Delegates should book their own accommodation. Two hotels with reasonable rates in Orchard Park, near to NIAB are

Please note, these rates are based on the range of rates available at the time of publishing and may be subject to change by the hotel. 

A bus route from both of these hotels to the city centre is close by. 

For other accommodation options visit www.visitcambridge.org

On course days

We will organise transport between these hotels and the Sophi Taylor Conference Centre, NIAB Park Farm, Cambridge, CB24 9NZ. Parking is available at NIAB's Park Farm facility for those delegates travelling by car. 

Useful information

Closest airport is London Stansted.

Closest train station to above hotels is Cambridge North.

Taxis: Panther +44 (0) 1223 715 715 or Camcab +44 (0) 1223 704 704

Register interest for QMPB 2023/2023

If the QMPB 2022 course is full or you are unable to attend for 2022, you can register your interest now for QMPB 2023/2024 priority booking.

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