THE Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences

THE Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences

Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences means Koninklijke Landbouwkundige Vereniging (KLV)

KLV is an association for graduates in agriculture – nutrition – nature and environment.
KLV is the mediator to maintain contact with fellow WU graduates and researchers.
KLV cares for the social and general interests of these graduates.
KLV is the alumni association for graduates and professionals of Wageningen University and Research Centre.
KLV offers facilities to individual members.
KLV is established in 1886. Number of members: 6000

Executive Committee

Ir. J. Faber (chairman)
Prof. dr. Wim Jongen (vice-chairman)
Mw. Elmar Theune (secretary)
Ir. Roelf de Boer (treasurer)
Ir. Kees Huijbers
Ir Carel Jaspers
Mw. ir. Dineke Knibbe-Smit
Ir. Nico van den Broek Anton Franken

Permanent Committee on Education and Knowledge transfer

Ir. N.J. van den Broek (chairman)
Drs. P. den Besten (secretary)
Ir. H. Biemans
Ir. A.J. Essink
Prof. dr. ir. F. Mohren
Ir. M.M. te Lintelo
Prof. dr. W.M.F. Jongen
Ir. R.J.M. le Rutte

Permanent Committee on Science and Research

Dr. ir. A.A.J.M. Franken (chairman)
Drs. P. den Besten
Ir. N.J. van den Broek
Dr. J.J.M. Dons
Ir. W. van Eck
Dr. ir. W. de Haas
Prof. Dr. W.M.F. Jongen
Dr. ir. J.H.M. Metz
Ir. A.J. Mul

Permanent Committee on Member policy

Dr. P.J.P. Zuurbier
Mw. ir. C.J. Bunthof
Mw. ir. J.J. Vredenbregt
Drs. P. den Besten
Mw. dr. ir. M. Bos-Boers

Committee for the Organisation Symposium KLV

Members of the Permanent Committee on Science and Research in co-operation with interested KLV Study groups

Committee for the organisation of the International Conference

Ir. Marianne van Dorp (chairman)
Robert Baars Ken Giller
Ir. Willem Heemskerk
Harco Jellema
Ir. Cor de Jong
Ir. Koos van Staveren
Michel Verhoeven
Drs. Paul den Besten
Cis Doorman


Wageningen University and Research Centre, as an internationally leading education and research organisation, contributes significantly to the quality of life.

Mission and strategy
Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) provides education and generates knowledge in the field of life sciences and natural resources. Wageningen UR aims to make a real contribution to our quality of life. To us, quality of life means both an adequate supply of safe and healthy food and drink, on the one hand, and the chance to live, work and play in a balanced ecosystem with a large variety of plants and animals.

Wageningen UR is a collaboration between Wageningen University, Van Hall Larenstein School of Higher Professional Education and the specialised former research institutes (DLO) from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture. This combination of knowledge and experience enables Wageningen UR with its 5,600 staff and more than 8,500 students to contribute actively to solving scientific, social and commercial problems in the field of life sciences and natural resources. Wageningen UR approaches these national and international issues from the perspectives of various disciplines, with an integrated approach and in close collaboration with governments, companies, stakeholder organisations, citizens, and other knowledge institutions. We pay attention to the balance between three priorities in society: economics, culture and nature.

Wageningen UR works on knowledge that helps us to create safe, healthy and above all tasty food. Food that is healthy and safe for us, but also for our environment. Wageningen UR develops more efficient production and distribution methods in which wastage of natural raw materials is minimised. Wageningen UR also incorporates the newly created knowledge into its education programmes.

Food and food production
Nutrition research at Wageningen UR starts with plant and animal breeding. Our scientists develop breeds and varieties that are as resistant as possible to disease and that are good for processing into healthy and tasty food. For the diseases that do occur we devise responsible control methods so that consumers can be sure of finding clean and safe products on the shelves.

We reduce the toll on the environment by closing production cycles. Our technologists develop better production, harvest and storage methods that make agriculture more efficient.

One particular approach to this is chain management of food production. We use molecular techniques to monitor food quality and safety in the storage, transport and processing of raw materials. Our continuous measuring methods register the slightest variation in the concentration of desirable and undesirable substances.

We develop food processing technology which enables businesses to manage their processes so that they can guarantee the quality of the end product they deliver.
Further along in the chain we do research on which storage methods and packaging keep food products fresh for longer. Our researchers also investigate consumer preferences for tastes, colours and structures of food. In addition we devote considerable attention to epidemiological research on the health effects of foods.

Wageningen UR is aware that the general public is concerned about the effects of our agriculture on other world citizens, the environment and animal welfare. That is why our critical social scientists are continuously engaged in studying the societal effects of our food production. They are convinced that ultimately it is the quality of life that is the most important.

Plant and animal
Wageningen UR studies plants and animals in the wild as well as those that are part of sustainable fisheries and agricultural production systems. We do this in many ways. Our researchers map genes, study interaction between plants and insects, design greenhouses and crop management systems and do research on the behaviour of pigs, chickens, cattle and also dogs. Our knowledge contributes to the creation of a good living environment and socially responsible production of healthy and tasty food.

Plants and animals are an important part of the natural biodiversity and are the foundation of healthy life. Understanding how they function is important for the management of areas of nature but also for the development of clean and competitive agriculture.

Our scientists perform a wide range of research on plants and animals. They map genes and their functions and examine chemical processes in plants and animals. They use the knowledge to make food production more efficient and to provide consumers with healthy and tasty food.

Improvements in crop management systems can have an important influence on product quality. These include optimising the balance between crop, soil and environmental factors, and measures such as soil tillage, water supply, fertiliser application and – in greenhouses – climate control.

Research on disease and pest resistance can make an important contribution to reducing the use of chemicals for crop protection. Adopting biological pest control methods can even make the use of chemical substances unnecessary. To improve this natural form of pest control we do research on the interaction between plants and insects.
In the future agriculture will not only be important for the production of food. Diminishing supplies of fossil fuels and the greenhouse effect are forcing us to search for economic alternatives. Renewable organic raw materials are important potential substitutes for oil and gas. Wageningen UR is doing research that will contribute to the shift to a biobased economy.

Our animal scientists are working on livestock production systems that are socially responsible and that are also profitable for the farmers. Wageningen UR no longer focuses exclusively on farm animals, but also increasingly on companion animals such as dogs, cats and horses. After all, animals contribute to the quality of our life in many ways.

Environment and climate
Wageningen UR offers a unique range of expertise when it comes to nature and green space. We do research on water, nature, forests, environment, soil, landscape, climate, recreation and many other aspects that are important for the development and management of the living environment. Depending on the situation we work at local, national or international scale. The effects of climate change are a particular focus of our attention.

The maintenance, restoration and development of the quality of nature and the countryside are an important starting point for our research. We do much research on ways to extend the habitat of rare plant and animal breeds by linking up areas of nature.

The maintenance of nature, forests and green space in rural and urban areas requires an integrated approach that considers ecological, economic and social aspects. That is why Wageningen UR uses the ‘delta approach’, a combination of the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. This is an ideal way to achieve integrated solutions for combining different spatial functions in rural areas.

Important research areas are water management, soil use and protection, recreation, tourism, land use and landscape development. We also do meticulous research on the behaviour of harmful substances in the environment. We make extensive use of models and geographical information systems (GIS). These enable us to analyse land-use and environmental problems that can occur at a local, regional, national or global scale. Multiple use of space and climate change are important areas of focus in our research. Wageningen UR also fulfils an important role as national coordinator for climate research.

We do much research on ways to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. Research on green raw materials as a substitute for their chemical equivalents can help to reduce CO2 emissions for example. The changes in our living climate that are expected to take place will also have a big effect on the way in which we organise spatial planning. Wageningen UR has a unique combination of knowledge and expertise available to examine and manage these changes, thus contributing to the quality of life.

Economics and society
Socio-economic research complements the technical research done at Wageningen UR and gives it added value. We focus on agriculture, horticulture and fishery, management of rural areas, agribusiness and the production and consumption of food. Our research assists governments and businesses in their entrepreneurial choices, management of production chains, spatial planning, environmental performance, natural resource management, European agricultural policy and world trade.

In the search for a sustainable production process, farmers and fishers face the challenge of trying to balance different technological and economic requirements. Our research therefore focuses on outlining the consequences of different operational concepts for the entrepreneurs, their income, and the environment – People, Profit and Planet. We examine the economic and marketing issues that are related to product quality and safety, and to working conditions in the various sectors.

Much of the research contributes to the policy decisions that are taken almost daily in the agrarian sector. A good understanding of the effects of these decisions on the individual farms is necessary. To do this we collect and analyse data on the income of farmers, horticulturalists and fishers, as well as other business data that is relevant to current policy themes. These enable assessments to be made, for example of differences in energy-, veterinary medicine- or mineral use between the various branches or types of business.

An important specialization is the analysis and study of processes of social change, market developments and the way in which entrepreneurs react to possible future scenarios. We look at attitudes and behaviour of consumers and the public, the innovative capacity of the branch involved, as well as the extent to which legislation allows for changes to take place.

Within the international context we not only focus on development economics and rural development; there is increasing interest in crisis and disaster management. Researchers at Wageningen UR also examine the ethical and social implications of production systems in relation to environmental impact and animal welfare, of course, with quality of life in mind.

Research themes
Themes of fundamental, strategic and application-oriented research:

Design and utilisation of green and blue spaces
Climate change
Chains and logistics
Sustainable agriculture
Flora for healthy people
Fauna for healthy people
Food safety
Transition processes, institutions and management and policy
Veterinary health

Wageningen UR is a collaboration between Wageningen University, Van Hall Larenstein School of Higher Professional Education and the specialised research institutes (DLO) from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture. Wageningen UR comprises 5,600 staff, 9,200 students, and 86,500 alumni.

Supervisory Board
The Supervisory Board is appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and acts as its representative.

The Supervisory Board has two roles:
– It provides advice (solicited and unsolicited) to the Executive Board (sparring partner)
– It monitors and evaluates whether the Executive Board is carrying out its principal responsibilities and tasks (supervisory role)

Members of the Supervisory Board:
– Professor J.A. van Kemenade [president]
– M. de Boer
– Dr J.J. van Duijn
– J.R. H. Maij-Weggen
– Dr J.A.J. Vink

Executive Board
– Dr. A.A. Dijkhuizen (president)
– Dr. IJ.J.H. Breukink (member)
– Professor M.J. Kropff (rector magnificus, vice president)


Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group

– Dr C.D. (Kees) de Gooijer (chair)
– Dr P.J. (Philip) van der Heijden (management)

Animal Sciences Group

– Professor R.B.M. (Ruud) Huirne (chair)
– D.J. (Dick) Pouwels (management)

Environmental Sciences Group

– Professor W. (Wim) van Vierssen (chair)
– W.J.M. (Wallie) Hoogendoorn-Beks (management)

Plant Sciences Group

– Professor R.J. (Raoul) Bino (chair)
– Dr P. (Peter) Booman (management)

Social Sciences Group

– Dr J.C. (Jan) Blom (chair)
– Dr M.H.C. (Rien) Komen (management)

Van Hall Larenstein

– E. (Erica) Schaper (chair)
– M.L.E. (Martin) Jansen

RIKILT – Institute of Food Safety

– Dr A.T.J. (André) Bianchi (director)

Wageningen International

– Dr A. (Bram) Huijsman (director)

Wageningen Business School

– Dr W. (Wietze) van der Aa (director)

Wageningen Business Generator B.V.

– Dr W.M.F. (Wim) Jongen (director)