Several ideas presented on teaching, learning and examination have been introduced to the author in courses and other educational activities provided by Nils Trowald and Bengt Ekman, educational experts at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Their contribution in this respect is highly acknowledged.

Acknowledgements are also conveyed to Lena Andersson-Eklund for contributing to the section "Supervision of post-graduate students", and to Phil Garnsworthy and Michael Grossman for valuable suggestions on the section "Teaching Science Communication".