The Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS)

Retirement of Prof. Sjef Smeekens

On the 19th of April 2022 the farewell symposium of Sjef Smeekens in honor of his retirement took place in Utrecht .
Sjef Smeekens is a valued, supported and highly appreciated member of the graduate school EPS. And for this reason we would like to say thanks for many years of EPS membership and support.
Sjef finished his PhD in 1986 in Utrecht and was appointed Professor of Molecular Plant Physiology in Utrecht in 1997. He was one of the founders of the International EPS PhD Summer School on Environmental Signaling in Plants in Utrecht and took part in the organisation of this event for several years. Sjef was part of the EPS Research Council and one of the theme 3 coordinators responsible for organising the theme 3 meetings, from 1999 until 2005. In addition, he was part of the ‘Lunteren committee’ that organises the Annual EPS meeting in Lunteren from 2005 until 2010.  Foto credits to: Nikita Sajeev (1) & Gerco Angenent (2,3 & 4)