Plantum Matchmaking Day


On Thursday 9 October 2014 PCDI and Plantum - the Dutch association for the plant reproduction material sector - organised an interactive Matchmaking Day for early career researchers to find out what challenges this sector can offer to PhDs with a background in (biomedical) Life Sciences.

The company visit was be interactive with many opportunities to ask questions at the presentations and networking drinks. There was great interest in Matchmaking Day as this event was soon fully booked!

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  • Read why scientists, innovation and career opportunities come together at Plantum
  • Read about the sector and PhDs
  • More about Plantum companies



10:30 - 11:00

Doors open

11:00 - 11:05

Chiat Cheong - PCDI


11:05 - 11:30 

The Netherlands: World leader in plant product innovation
Niels Louwaars, director - Plantum

11:30 - 12:00

Introduction to the sector
illustrated by 3 companies

  - Bayer CropScience
  Marion van de Wal, coordinator/scientist Marker Assisted Breeding
  - HZPC (seed)potatoes
  Ad Vrolijk, research breeder
  - Research at Keygene
  Raymond Hulzink, Researcher Technology Development Department

12:00 - 12:20



12:30 - 13:15

Meet & Greet lunch

contributing companies:
Bayer Cropscience - Monsanto - HZPC - Keygene - Rijk Zwaan
- DNA Green Group - Hazera - Enza Zaden - Bejo Zaden -
ABZ Seeds - Royal van Zanten - Deliflor - Incotec


13:15 - 14:00





Parallel workshops

1. State-of-the-art technologies in plant product innovation

2. Contributing solutions to the 2050 demand in world food supply

3. Challenges in resistence breeding: a case study

4. Opportunities to work internationally

5. Convincing the recruiter: How can you find your way in?

14:00 - 15:30

About Bayer CropScience followed by guided tour 

15:30 - 16:00 Drinks with colleagues from Plantum companies   




Plantum Matchmaking Day


Thursday 9 October 2014
11:00 - 16:00 hours



Bayer CropScience
Napoleonsweg 152
6083 AB Nunhem

Shuttle service from Roermond station is arranged

  For who? Postdocs and final year PhD students in Life Sciences*

Free of charge


Online registration via PCDI compulsory
Max. 40 participants registration is now closed

* Plantum explicitly also welcomes bio(medical) researchers to this Matchmaking Day.