The Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS)


Online Symposium “Artificial intelligence in plant science and breeding” and matchmaking for the Plant-RX initiative on plant resilience2018-10-01T14:26:19+01:00

Online Symposium “Artificial intelligence in plant science and breeding” and matchmaking for the Plant-RX initiative on plant resilience

Through this symposium we want to provide participants with a view of the state-of-the-art of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in plant science and breeding, and to inform them about new developments, pitfalls and limitations, and opportunities.

The symposium will be followed by a matchmaking meeting for the Plant-RX initiative, see below the program for more details (please note that the matchmaking meeting is for companies and PIs only).

Read more on Plant RX 



13.00 hWelcome and opening by Guido Van den Ackerveken (Utrecht University)
13.05 h 

Dick de Ridder/Aalt-Jan van Dijk (Wageningen University):
“The challenge of large and complex data sets”

13.20 h 

Klaas Vandepoele (VIB, Ghent, Belgium)
“Unravelling transcription factor functions through integrative inference of transcriptional networks in Arabidopsis”

13.45 h 

Richard Morris (JIC, Norwich, UK)
“Opportunities and Challenges for AI in Plant Biology – two unfinished stories”

14.10 hBreak
14.20 hEdward Buckler (USDA & Cornell University, USA)

“AI and ML in Plant breeding 4.0”

14.45 hJeroen de Ridder (University Medical Center Utrecht)

“Machine learning advances in medicine”

15.10 h 

Outlook by Kisten ten Tusscher (Utrecht University) and Roeland van Ham (Keygene, Wageningen)

15.25 hClosing of meeting
15.30 hIntroduction of Plant-RX and matchmaking sessions
15.45 hStart of breakout sessions
17.00 hEnd of matchmaking Plant-RX



Matchmaking sessions 

From 15.30-17.00 h with several breakout sessions in Teams.


In the matchmaking sessions we invite both principal investigators and representatives of companies that have potential interest to participate in the Plant-RX consortium. Each session is focused on a moderated group discussion on resilience and trade off challenges in specific crop groups and will be hosted and moderated by a trio of a plant scientist, a data/ai scientist and a private sector representative.


3 breakout sessions are predefined:

  • ‘Vegetables crops’
  • ‘Potato and other arable crops’
  • ‘Flowers and Ornamentals’


Depending on group sizes and participants additional groups may be added later.

We hope to meet you on Wednesday February 24, please register via this link. After registration you will receive a confirmation of participation. The link to attend the online event (via Microsoft Teams) will be send to you shortly before the symposium.

Registration link


This event is hosted by Future Food Utrecht and co-organized by Plantum, University of Amsterdam, Top Sector Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen, Wageningen University and Research.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021
13:00 - 17:00