Speaker

Guido van den Ackerveken

Scientific Director | CropXR
ABOUT Guido van den Ackerveken

Guido van den Ackerveken is a expert in the field of Translational Plant Biology. As Professor and Chair of Translational Plant Biology at Utrecht University, he has made significant contributions to the understanding and advancement of plant science. His role extends beyond academia as the Scientific Director of CropXR, a virtual institute aimed at pioneering the data-driven design of resilient crops to support sustainable agriculture. CropXR is a collaborative effort backed by the Dutch National Growth Fund, the Dutch Research Council (NWO), private partners, and four universities, showcasing a united front to address the challenges facing food production and sustainability.

Under his leadership, CropXR unites the expertise of four Dutch universities and numerous companies from the plant breeding, biotechnology, and processing industries. Their joint mission focuses on fundamental scientific research, data collection and sharing, education, and the broad application of research outcomes to foster innovation in agriculture. Guido’s academic journey is rooted in a solid foundation in plant biology, with a BSc and a PhD in Molecular Phytopathology.

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