It is with great enthusiasm that we announce a new seminar series for the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University and Research.

 

The seminars will be organized on a Tuesday (at 16:00) roughly 6 times a yearWe will invite a diversity of speakers, at different career stages and with different research interests, both from within, and from outside of PSG. Lectures and drinks are open to everyone and should appeal to everyone’s curiosity. So please, motivate your colleagues once a Ritzema Bos Lecture is announced   

Join Us for an Enlightening Session!

Will you visit our next seminar ? Stay Tuned and update will come soon!

Last seminar by Professor Dr. Viola Willemsen will be presenting a seminar entitled:

“Unraveling the Secrets of ROOT ARCHITECTURE: From Cell Division to Organ Formation”

To ensure we make adequate arrangements for drinks and snacks afterwards, please let us know if you’ll attend by Registering using the button below. Registration is free of charge!

 

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Plant science thrives in the Netherlands, with Wageningen University and Research as one of the hotspots when it comes to cutting-edge techniques, talented researchers and enthusiastic students. We all share an interest in plant life and yet we often are insufficiently aware of the expertise and ideas of our colleagues.

That’s why we will, like Ritzema Bos did in his time, bring together plant scientists at different career stages and from manifold disciplines for a returning seminar series. 

We will invite high-profile speakers to Wageningen to give lectures on plant science that will be of interest to all of us. Lectures are open to everyone;

hence we also invite our external colleagues and provide ample opportunities to interact and brainstorm with students and fellow scientists during workshops, lunches, drinks, and/or dinners. Thus, the Ritzema Bos Lectures and associated meetings bring platforms for inspirational exchange at all levels, which will hopefully give rise to new and exciting collaborations, either next door, nationally or border-crossing.

The Ritzema Bos Lectures should appeal to everyone’s curiosity and draw a large audience for the seminars and aligned events. So please, motivate your colleagues once a Ritzema Bos Lecture is announced at this website and through flyers, social media and EPS and PE&RC newsletters. PhD students can collect credits by attending masterclasses and seminars.

Who was Jan Ritzema Bos?

We owe much of our knowledge and work today to a handful of founders of plant science research in the Netherlands. One of these founders was Jan Ritzema Bos, born in 1850.

He was both a phytopathologist and zoologist and brought the science community together within the ‘Royal Society for Phytopathology, now Royal Netherlands Society of Plant Pathology, see www.knpv.org.

He worked as a professor in Amsterdam from 1895 until 1906, after which he moved to Wageningen where he became the first director of the newly founded Institute for Phytopathology. In 1918, he was appointed as professor at the newly founded National Agricultural College, which later became Wageningen University and Research, with special attention for plant pests. His life was dedicated to science and bringing researchers of different disciplines together.

 

Date & time

April 2, 2024
16:00 – 17:00

Location

Orion, Room C2030           
Building number 103
Bronland 1
6708 WH Wageningen

Speaker & affiliation

Prof. Viola Willemsen
Wageningen University,
Chair Cell and Developmental Biology

Title

Unraveling the Secrets of ROOT ARCHITECTURE: From Cell Division to Organ Formation

Date & time

October 14, 2019
15:30 – 17:30

Location

Impulse
Building number 115
Stippeneng 2
6708 WE Wageningen

Speaker & affiliation

Prof. Malcolm Bennett
University of Nottingham,
UK

Title

Uncovering the hidden half of plants: revealing how roots adapt to water availability

Date & time

April 2, 2019
15:30 – 17:30

Location

Impulse
Building number 115
Stippeneng 2
6708 WE Wageningen

Speaker & affiliation

Prof. Nick Talbot
The Sainsbury Laboratory,
Norwich, UK

Title

Investigating the biology of plant infection by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae

April 2, 2024: professor dr. Viola Willemsen

Viola Willemsen is the chair holder and professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University & Research.

For years, Viola Willemsen worked at Utrecht University, as a PhD candidate, postdoctoral researcher, and university lecturer. For her doctoral research, she studied pattern formation and polarity during embryogenesis and root formation of Arabidopsis. In 2012, Willemsen moved to WUR to work as a university (associate) professor. Over the past 3 years, she has been serving as an interim chair holder for the Plant Developmental Biology cluster, of which Cell and Developmental Biology (formerly Cell Biology) is a part. On the 1st of May 2023, Viola Willemsen was appointed as chair group leader and professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Within the chair group that Willemsen leads, researchers study how cells adapt their identity, examining the dynamic functioning of cellular processes in relation to cell communication, cell growth, cell division, polarity, and the genetic networks involved.

October 14, 2019: professor Malcolm Bennett

Malcolm Bennett is a Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of Nottingham (UK) and his together with his team he researches the hidden half of plants.  Over the past decades they have characterized many of the regulatory signals, genes and mechanisms that direct root growth and development.

Malcolm’s team uses a systems biology approach to study root development. They have for example elucidated how roots respond to gradients of water availability, termed hydrotropism, and how hormones such as auxin control root growth and branching. Their work is funded by prestigious grants from the EU and UK.

Malcolm’s work is highly appreciated by the international community, bringing him among the top 1% most highly cited plant and animal biologists world-wide.

April 2, 2019: professor Nick Talbot

Nick Talbot is Executive Director of The Sainsbury Laboratory. His research is focused on the biology of plant diseases and he utilizes a range of cell biology, genetics and genomics approaches in his work.

Nick is interested in fungal infection-related development and understanding how fungi are able to invade plant tissue and suppress plant immunity. His main contributions have been associated with understanding the biology of plant infection by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Nick received his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of East Anglia.

After a period of postdoctoral research at Purdue University in the USA he moved to the University of Exeter, becoming Professor of Molecular Genetics in 1999, Head of the School of Biosciences in 2005, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2010. He joined The Sainsbury Laboratory as Executive Director in 2018. He has authored more than 160 publications.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2010, a member of EMBO in 2013, a member of the Academia Europaea in 2014, and a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2014.

 

Jaqueline Spaans

Jaqueline Spaans

Plant Sciences Group

Annemarie Baaijens

Annemarie Baaijens

Plant Sciences Group

Nina Fatouros

Nina Fatouros

Biosystematics Group

Laurens Deurhof

Laurens Deurhof

Laboratory of Phytopathology

Desalegn Etalo

Desalegn Etalo

Laboratory of Phytopathology

Julian Verdonk

Julian Verdonk

Horticulture & Product Physiology

The ‘Ritzema Bos Lectures’ (RBL) will annually bring six renowned speakers to give a scientific seminar and discuss their career path.

If you have any questions, please send us an e-mail:
ritzema.bos@wur.nl

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