The EPS organization structure consists of: Board, International Advisory Board, Research Committee, Educational Committee, Scientific Advisory Council, Director and Staff

The EPS organization structure consists of:

EPS Board

The Board consists of:

  • Prof.dr. L.A.C.J. (Rens) Voesenek (UU, Chairman)
  • Prof.dr. J. (Johan) Memelink (LU)
  • Prof.dr. C. (Titti) Mariani (RU)
  • Prof.dr. M. (Marcel) Dicke (WUR)
  • Prof.dr. R.E. (Ronald) Koes (UvA)

The Director of EPS and the Chairman of the PhD Students Council of EPS attend the meetings of the Board.

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board (IAB) guards the quality of EPS activities, in particular the research policy and programme, and the educational programme. Six leading scientists in different fields of experimental plant sciences are members of the IAB.

The IAB consists of:

  • Prof.dr. J. (Joy) Bergelson,
    Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA (homepage)
  • Prof.dr. G. (George) Coupland,
    Max Planck Institut for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany (homepage)
  • Prof.dr. E. (Ted) Farmer,
    Université de Lausanne, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Switzerland (homepage)
  • Prof.dr. S. (Sophien) Kamoun,
    Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK (homepage)
  • Prof.dr. Y. (Yves) van de Peer,
    Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB (Flanders Institute of Biotechnology) and Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (homepage)
  • Vacancy

Industry Board

The Industry Board (IB) was established to allow industry and science to exchange ideas and goals. The Board also provides an opportunity through its activities to inform students of how science is applied in industry. The board advices on research policy and the educational programme.

The IB consists of:

  • Dr. J. H. (Jan) van den Berg,
    Nunhems Zaden b.v., Haelen, The Netherlands (homepage)
  • Dr. R. (Rob) Dirks,
    Rijk Zwaan The Netherlands, De Lier, The Netherlands (homepage)
  • Dr. J. (Jan) de Haas,
    HZPC Holland b.v., Joure, The Netherlands (hompage)
  • Dr. S. (Sjoukje) Heimovaara-Dijkstra,
    Royal van Zanten, Rijsenhout, The Netherlands (homepage)
  • Dr. J. (Joep) Lambalk,
    Enza Zaden, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (homepage)

Research Committee

The EPS Research Committee consists of:

  • G.C. (Gerco) Angenent (WUR, Director, Chairman)
  • Prof.dr. C. (Titti) Mariani (RU)
  • Prof.dr. J.T.M. (Theo) Elzenga (RUG)
  • Dr. R. (Remko) Offringa (LU) and Prof.dr. G.C. (Gerco) Angenent, coordinators research theme 1
  • Dr. A.C.M. (Saskia) van Wees (UU) and Dr. E.H. (Erik) Poelman (WUR), coordinators research theme 2
  • Dr. I. (Ivo) Rieu (RU) and Dr. ing. L. (Leonie) Bentsink (WUR), coordinators research theme 3
  • Dr. M.E. (Maike) Stam (UvA) and Prof.dr. M.E. (Eric) Schranz (WUR), coordinators research theme 4

The Chairman of the PhD Students Council of EPS attends the meetings of the Research Committee.

Educational Committee

The Educational Committee consists of EPS staff-members and PhD students:

  • Prof.dr. M. (Marcel) Dicke (WUR, Chairman)
  • Prof dr. H.J. (Harro) Bouwmeester (UvA)
  • vacancy (LU)
  • Dr. A.J.M. (Ton) Peeters (UU)
  • Dr. F.L.W (Frank) Takken (UvA)
  • Dr. J.L. (Janny) Peters (RU)
  • PhD Student vacancy
  • PhD Student vacancy
  • PhD Student vacancy

The Chairman of the PhD Students Council of EPS attends the meetings of the Educational Committee.

Scientific Advisory Council

The Scientific Advisory Council ( WAR ) consists of all the chairs within EPS, or a senior staff member representing laboratories without a chair, or agricultural research institutes. The WAR functions as a platform for discussion and integration within EPS.

PhD Student Council

The EPS PhD Student council consists of representatives of the EPS-participating research groups.

PhD Student Council website,

Director and Staff Gerco Angenent is director of EPS; as such, he is responsible for all executive affairs concerning EPS.

  • G.C. (Gerco) Angenent, Director of EPS
  • Dr. I. (Ingrid) Vleghels, Secretary of EPS
  • Dr. S.L. (Susan) Urbanus, PhD Programme Coordinator
  • Ms. R. (Ria) Fonteyn, Office assistance


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