September, 9-12 th of 2019

Ouro Minas Palace Hotel - Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil

Course on indirect calorimetry

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Directly following the 6th International Symposium on Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition in Belo Horizonte, Brazil September 9-12, 2019, Wageningen University, the Netherlands (WU), and the INRA, Rennes, FR will jointly organize a workshop on indirect calorimetry and selected applications. The course will be held on September 13-14, 2019 in Belo Horizonte.

For whom?

The course is aimed at educating those (PhD students, technical staff, researchers) who are, or aim to use measurements of gaseous exchange (CO2, O2, CH4, etc) in their research program, and/or are setting up facilities in which those measures can be performed.


The organization will be a joint effort of Wageningen University and INRA and will be hosted by Universidade Federal de Belo Horizonte. Parts of the course will be taught by experts in the field other institutions.


A tentative version of the program is given below. The program will start with sessions on the measurement of energy and protein retention by different methods, after which sessions dedicated to calorimetry will be implemented.

In these sessions, attention will be paid to the basics of indirect calorimetry, i.e. i) setting up a calorimetry unit; ii) the measurement of gas exchange; iii) dealing with the data: Brouwer’s equation and modelling techniques. Furthermore, selected applications will be presented and discussed, including i) combining calorimetry with stable isotope research; ii) combinations with heat and cold stress; iii) separating activity related activity free heat production; iv) measuring methane emission in respiration chambers or using alternative techniques. Depending on the level of experience of participants, parts of the course will be devoted to advanced data analysis. The course will comprise lectures, computer practicals and dedicated sessions for exchanges between participants. We are trying to create an opportunity for hands-on experience, using calorimetry facilities at the Universidade Federal de Belo Horizonte.


Registration and fee

Registration before May 10, 2019 via the secretariat of the Animal Nutrition Group at WUR. Please use the registration form below.

The registration fee will be €350 for PhD students and €700 for other participants. It includes breaks on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Friday and Saturday and the book: Indirect Calorimetry – techniques, computations and applications, which will be used as course material. Lodging arrangements are your responsibility. The maximum number of participants is 40, and will be dealt with on a first-come first serve basis.

If the number of registrations does not exceed 15 the course will be canceled. In that case, registrants will be notified before June 1st.



More information

For further information please contact Walter Gerrits at

Wageningen University INRA

Walter.J.J. Gerrits, PhD Etienne Labussière, PhD

Professor in Animal Nutrition Researcher Feeding and Nutrition

Wageningen University, NL INRA Rennes, FR

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