From 1st of January 2016 Sipke Joost Hiemstra and Theo van Hintum will take over responsibilities of Bert Visser at the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN). Bert Visser will officially retire in October 2016.
Sipke Joost Hiemstra will become Director of CGN. CGN carries out specific tasks (so called Statutory Research Tasks) for the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the area of conservation and sustainable use of plant, animal and forest genetic resources. Sipke Joost has a background in animal breeding and has been active in research and policy advice – national and international – for more than 15 years. Besides his new role of Director of CGN he remains responsible for the animal genetic resources group at CGN. He was involved in the development of the gene bank for farm animals from the start and he is also leading the development of the European gene bank network for animal genetic resources (EUGENA).
Theo van Hintum will become director of the plant genetic resources group within CGN, responsible for plant genetic resources collections and managing the Netherlands Focal Point website on Access and Benefit Sharing. Theo has a background in plant breeding. He got his PhD degree at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and is working for CGN from the start in 1986. Theo's main expertise is on gene bank methodology, documentation and bio-informatics, and he is involved in several international initiatives, such as DivSeek, Genesys and the International Treaty Global Information System.
Bert Visser will continue to be active for CGN until his retirement in October 2016, in the area of policy advice related to genetic resources.