If scientific research wants to be an answer to the rapid social and technological developments in the Horticulture & Starting Materials sector, then that research must actually have IMPACT. Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials is organizing a theme afternoon on IMPACT on 10 December 2019 in collaboration with AESIS Network, at the World Horti Center in Naaldwijk (The Netherlands). 

Experts from inside and outside the Netherlands inform and inspire the guests about the importance of social impact within the Horticulture & Starting Materials sector. We are looking for the most effective approach to demonstrating and stimulating the social impact of scientific research. An important part of the afternoon is the presentation of the Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials Impact Award to the researcher who has achieved the most social impact.

“I'm sometimes shocked by the way scientists huddle behind closed doors to discuss important research results without informing the public about them at all. Academic caution is often preferable to premature publication, but fear can also destroy opportunities.”

- Giulia Enders


The program will be announced as soon as possible!

Key Questions for the Meetup

  • How can more impact be generated from public / private partnerships on social agendas?
  • How does excellent science gain value outside of the academic world?
  • How can the impact of research be demonstrated?




  • Dr. Mélanie Héroult
    Innovation Director at Bayer
  • Prof.dr. Arjen van Tunen
    CEO KeyGene
  • Prof. dr. Barend van der Meulen
    Professor of Institutional Aspects of Higher Education at the University of Twente, former Head of Science at Rathenau Institute
  • Ernst van den Ende
    Director WUR-PSG en lid Topteam Horticulture & Starting Materials
  • Herry Nijhuis
    Director TTW, NWO
  • Loek Hermans 
    Chair of Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials
  • Michiel Roelse 
    Operational director TKI Horticulture & Starting Materials

Location & Date

December 10th, World Horti Center, Europa 1, 2672 ZX  Naaldwijk (The Netherlands)