Valedictory symposium

Farewell Symposium dr. Henk Van As - NMR/MRI, Plants and Foods: Does Size Matter?

It is a great pleasure and honour to invite you to the Farewell Symposium of dr. Henk Van As, Associate Professor in Biophysics at the Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group of Wageningen University. This international Symposium will be held on the occasion of Henk’s retirement, and to praise the work that he has done in NMR/MRI applications in plants, food, soil, bio-porous media, and beyond.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research and NMARRS Graduate School

Fri 25 October 2019 13:00 to 17:00

Venue Gaia, gebouwnummer 101
Room Theater rooms 1 & 2
Price Free

In his career, Henk has inspired generations of students, PhD researchers and colleagues, significantly contributing to both the international and Dutch NMR landscape, including the NMARRS graduate school and the Wageningen NMR Center, and organizing conferences of the Magnetic Resonance in Porous Media and Magnetic Resonance in Food divisions of the Groupement AMPERE.

The Symposium

The Symposium will take place Friday 25 October from 13.00 to 17:00 with invited oral contributions from some of Henk’s current and former students, and several renowned speakers from inside and outside The Netherlands in the field of NMR/MRI applied to plants and food. At 16.20 Henk will give his Farewell Lecture entitled “Over 40 Years: Up and Down, Small and Big, … and It Will Continue”.

From 17:00 to 19:00 there will be a Reception with drinks in the hall outside the Theater rooms in Gaia/Lumen, followed by the Farewell Dinner in Helix, floor 2, limited to invited guests and speakers only.


If you wish to attend the Symposium, you are welcome to register before October 18 via the button below. Please note that the number of seats is limited.

Time Speaker
13.00 - 13.05 Opening Camilla Terenzi, Laboratory of Biophysics/Wageningen University
13.05 - 13:30 Bernard Blümich, Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry/Aachen University “NMR Adventures”
13.30 - 13.50 John van Duynhoven, Unilever and Laboratory of Biophysics/Wageningen University “Food Matters”
13.50 - 14.00 Frank Vergeldt, Laboratory of Biophysics/Wageningen University “Counter Hagen-Poiseuille Flow of Two Liquids”
14.00 - 14.20 Tom Scheenen, University Medical Center/Radboud University “What Henk Made Me Do: A Story of Flowers and Vegetables”
14.20 - 15.00 coffee break
15.00 - 15.15 Julia Krug, NMARRS, Laboratory of Biophysics and Bionanotechnology/Wageningen University “Ultra-high Field MRI and MRS: Opportunities and Challenges in Anatomical Imaging and Metabolite Detection”
15.15 - 15.40 Maja Musse, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture/Rennes “NMR and MRI Relaxometry Studies of Plant Tissues”
15.40 - 16:05 Petrik Galvosas, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences/Wellington University “Plants in the Hands of an Experimental Physicist - from Powder Samples to Medical Phantoms”
16.05 - 16.20 Arno Kentgens, Physical Chemistry/Radboud University “Magnetic Resonance Facilities and Education in The Netherlands”
16.20 - 16.50 Henk Van As, Laboratory of Biophysics/Wageningen University “Over 40 Years: Up and Down, Small and Big … and It Will Continue”
16.50 - 17.00 Closing Camilla Terenzi, Laboratory of Biophysics/Wageningen University
17:00 - 19.00 Reception with drinks