Wageningen University

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Wageningen, NL

 

Wageningen University is a leading knowledge organization in the domain of ‘healthy food and living environment’. Under the leadership of Dr Jeremy Harbinson, Wageningen University will coordinate CAPITALISE. The team brings expertise on plant photosynthesis phenotyping and natural genetic variation for photosynthesis.

Prof. Mark Aarts brings (molecular) genetic analysis expertise of plant adaptation with a focus on natural genetic variation in photosynthesis efficiency in plants and application of this for improvement of crops. Dr. René Lankhorst is a Senior Scientist and Managing Director of the Dutch national research program on photosynthesis research (see www.biosolarcells.nl) the Coordinator of the CropBooster-P project. Wageningen University has a toolkit of photosynthesis measurement tools, pioneered the use of chlorophyll fluorescence imaging in high-throughput automated applications and now lead the new Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC).

Dr Arnout Fischer

The Marketing and Consumer Behaviour (MCB) group led by Dr Arnout Fischer bring social science research expertise into citizen engagement with innovations leading to sustainable agriculture, food production and consumption. This group will lead on societal issues including stakeholder engagement, environmental and socioeconomic impact of MoVaPs. ‘Photosynthesis 2.0’ initiative to exploit photosynthesis as a means to improve crop yields has been driven by this team

Dr Arnout Fischer is associate professor in consumer response to new technologies in food and food production with the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour group of Wageningen University. He brings expertise in social science research into citizen and consumer engagement with innovations leading to sustainable agriculture, food production and consumption. He has published several scientific papers on societal acceptance of gene technologies since 2008. His personal interest is how consumers based on whatever knowledge they have around a new technology combine emotions, rules of thumb and more elaborate trade-offs into an overall understanding of new technologies in foods. Arnout Fischer leads the workplace on societal issues including stakeholder engagement, environmental and socioeconomic impact of MoVaPs.

Paul Nales

Paul Nales, MSc, is working closely together with Arnout Fischer on consumer acceptance within Capitalise. Paul is a PhD candidate at Wageningen University, at the Department of Marketing and Consumer Behaviour. He has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and graduated as a Master of Science in both Strategic Management and Social Psychology. Before starting as a PhD, Paul gained experience as a social psychologist in practice, helping both society and organisations improve their operations through behavioural change.

His personal interest is to understand how consumers perceive new and different food technologies and what underlying mechanisms drive their        behaviour towards these technologies. Paul aims to gain his PhD based on  his work in Capitalise.