Nineteen trainees from 7 European countries attended the 1st instance of the training school « New Genomic and management tools for healthier dairy cows” held in Balotesti, near Bucharest, Romania, on 16-18 October 2018. The presentations given during the training school « New Genomic and management tools for healthier dairy cows” held in Romania last October elicited lively discussion between the six trainers and the 19 trainees. A total of 44 applications were received for the school. Half of the selected trainees were locals from Romania. The remaining participants came from Greece (4), Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy and Serbia (one each). Click here to see the programme. All trainers started their presentation with a summary of the state of the art before the GplusE projects and continued with the new knowledge brought forward by the GplusE project. They paid particular attention to stress how the new knowledge could be used for future research or directly implemented for an improved selection of dairy cows and better management of dairy herds. Particular emphasis was put on new tools for the identification of metabolically unstable cows. The school was also a good opportunity for exchanges between the trainees and discovery of the traditional Romanian cuisine in downtown Bucharest.