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April 14, 2019

April 15, 2019

  • 09:00

    Plenary programme

    Keynote lecture by Adam Anders, Managing Partner at Anterra Capital
    ´Global economic growth, investment, trade, logistics and food prices´

  • 09:45

  • 10:30

    Parallel sessions part 1

    Biological control

    Presentations by 
     Nora Alonso Casajús, CEO Iden Biotechnology (ES)
     Speaker t.b.a., DCM De Ceuster Meststoffen (BE)

    Ornamentals in a changing market: producers and customers

    Presentations by
     Olivier Aretz, VP Strategy & Product Teams at Dümmen Orange (NL)
     Joris van der Els, Global head of Flower Product at bloomon (NL)
     Sjoukje Heimovaara, CEO Royal van Zanten (NL)

  • 13:30

    Parallel sessions part 2


    Presentations by
     Matt Kramer, Director of Product Development & Commercialization Fall Creek Farm and Nursery, Inc. (US)
     Anker Sørensen, Vice President New Business KeyGene (NL)
     Franck Berger, CEO Limagrain Vegetable Seeds (FR)
     Speaker t.b.a., SVZ (NL)

    Indoor farming, digitization and big data

    Presentations by
     Claudia Rössler, Director Agriculture Strategic Partnerships Azure Global Engineering at Microsoft Corporation (US)
     Roeland van Ham, VP Bioinformatics and Modeling KeyGene (NL)
     Maren Schoormans, VP Commerce and Strategy Horticulture Priva (NL)

  • 15:30

  • 16:15

    Plenary pitch programme

    Innovator pitches by young-, promising- and/ or startup innovators
    6 innovator groups, startups or SMEs will have the opportunity to present their venture, technology or business case in an elevator pitch of 2 minutes with 6 slides (Pecha Khucha style). The audience will choose the best pitch who will get the opportunity to give an 8 minutes presentation on Tuesday.

  • 17:30

  • 19:00

    Informal conference- and network dinner

    Pop Up Pitches
    In 2 minute sessions anyone with a business or applications idea can take the floor! Sign up during this conference but up to 30 minutes in advance of this session.

    For more information about participation criteria, please contact dr. Leon A. Mur,

    The dinner experience will take place at Grand Café De Tropen, Linnaeusstraat 2, Amsterdam (entrance through the park or on the Mauritskade)

April 16, 2019

  • 09:00

    Plenary programme

    Keynote lecture by Dr. Arjen van Tunen, CEO Keygene:
    ´Breakthrough innovations for better and healthier crops for the future´

  • 09:45

  • 10:30

    Parallel sessions part 3

    Open field crops

    Presentations by
     Régis Fournier, CEO Maïsadour Semences (FR)
     Stefan Schwarz, Head of Innovation & Licensing KWS Group (DE)
     Ponsi Trivisvavet, CEO Inari (US)
     Paresh Verma, President at Bioseed (India)

    Vegetable crops

    Presentations by: 
     Vonnie Estes, VP of Technolgy, Produce Marketing Association (US)
     John Purcell, Head of Vegetables R&D Bayer Crop Science (US)
     Ben Tax, Managing Director Rijk Zwaan (NL)

  • 13:30

    Parallel sessions part 4

    Specialty crops

    Presentations by:
     Maga Malsagov, Founder & CEO PureCircle (US)
     Jacques Ruth, Group Managing Director at Deroose Plants (BE)
     Olivier Rigaud, Former CEO Naturex (FR)
     Pierre Broun, VP Plant Sciences - coffee and cocoa Olam (NL)

    Nutritional crops (protein crops)

    Presentations by
     Hans Jöhr, Corporate Head of Agriculture at Nestlé SA (CH)
     Ruud Tijssens, Group Director Public & Cooperative Affairs at Agrifirm (NL)
     Erika den Daas, Managing Director at Meijer Potato (NL)
     Niko Koffeman, Co-founder De Vegetarische Slager

  • 15:30

  • 16:15

    Closing plenary programme

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