Prof. dr. Bas Arts (1961) is Chair of the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy (FNP) group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, since 2006. He holds a Master in biology (Majors in forest ecology and in environment & development, 1987) and a PhD in the policy sciences and public administration (1998). Currently, Arts research and teaching focus on international forest, biodiversity and climate change governance, local natural resource management and their interconnections (local-global nexus, multi-level governance). His experience includes interdisciplinary research with natural and social scientists, policy design and scenario development with stakeholders, and policy advice at various levels (United Nations, EU and Netherlands). Arts was Visiting Professor at the Europe College in Bruges, Belgium (2006-2010), at BOKU University of Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria (March-April 2010), at the Geography Department of Cambridge University, UK (October 2013) and at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment of the University of Michigan, USA (March-April 2014). Also, he was Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute on Common Goods in Bonn, Germany (2002). He (co)produced over 130 scientific publications, including journal articles, books, chapters and reports. Over the years, Arts acquired both as main applicant and co-applicant over 20 important research grants, including NWO, EU Framework and EU Horizon 2020 programs. Since 2006, 30 PhDs graduated under his (co)supervision. During his career, he taught over 20 different courses on various topics related to his expertise, with various didactic approaches and forms, and on all levels (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, post-doctoral). FNPs research program, led by Arts since 2006, was evaluated by an international peer review committee in June 2015 and its quality and relevance were both assessed as excellent.