Geert de Snoo appointed NIOO director

4 April 2019

Geert de Snoo is the new director of the Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). He will take over on 1 November 2019. Geert de Snoo is currently Dean of the Faculty of Science and Professor of Conservation Biology at Leiden University.

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His research and teaching interests include biodiversity and sustainability in rural areas. Geert de Snoo succeeds Louise Vet, who, after a twenty-year tenure as NIOO director, intends to devote herself to the broader importance of ecology to society.

Geert de Snoo studied at VU Amsterdam and received his PhD at Leiden University. He conducts research into biodiversity, the impact of chemicals on biodiversity, nature management on farmland and the transition towards sustainable agriculture. De Snoo was previously scientific director of the Centre for Environmental Sciences at Leiden University, professor of Nature Conservation on Farmland at Wageningen University & Research, and founder of the Centre for Sustainability, a partnership between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

De Snoo is also a member of the Council on Animal Affairs (RDA) and a board member of several science-driven organisations, such as NOVA (Netherlands Research School for Astronomy), LERU (League of European Research Universities) and NCOH (Netherlands Centre for One Health).

The advisory committee on appointments appreciates De Snoo for his strategic reasoning, his managerial acumen, his national and international networks and his ability to connect people and get them to collaborate on substance. The committee also refers to him as an accessible person and sees De Snoo as someone who will serve as a standard bearer for ecology along with NIOO's outstanding researchers. In addition, he is also capable of communicating research results beyond the scientific community, among policymakers and the broader public. He is expected to continue his research on sustainability and biodiversity and his efforts to draw attention to these issues.

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO)

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is an Academy research institute. It conducts ecological research on land, in the ocean and in fresh water and studies how living organisms interact with one another and their environment. NIOO stimulates biodiversity and sustainability in nature and society through its worldwide network of researchers, policymakers, conservationists and other stakeholders.

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is located in Wageningen (Droevendaalsesteeg 10, 6708 PB Wageningen).