Genetic Diversity
Key to transitions in agriculture and forestry
15 March 2023 | Omnia Wageningen

You are kindly invited by the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN) to join our event on 15 March 2023. This event will focus on the importance of conservation and access to genetic diversity in relation to the major challenges and transitions that agriculture and forestry are currently facing, such as climate change, biodiversity loss and excessive use of agrochemicals.  

WHEN:     15 March 2023 

WHERE:   Omnia, Building 105, Hoge Steeg 2, 6708 PH Wageningen 

TIME:       12-18pm (lunch included) 


Genetic diversity is the backbone of agriculture, forestry and the diversity of healthy food on our plate. There is a need to maintain access to a broad genetic resources base for future breeding, research and utilisation. Providing well-adapted and efficient breeds and varieties will support the development of  resilient and sustainable agrifood and forestry systems. 

You as actors and stakeholders play important roles in the conservation, breeding and use of genetic resources. That is why we would like to foster dialogue on priorities and needs and discuss our respective contributions to the transition in agriculture and forestry.   

With a networking lunch, three inspiring keynote speeches and eight interactive workshops, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to connect with colleagues, learn about new developments and ask our experts all sorts of questions about their activities and research. 

We hope that this event will inspire you and will lead to new insights within and across domains. With increased financial support from the Dutch Ministry of LNV, CGN can strengthen its programme, and we hope that this event will further enhance our mutual collaboration in the coming years.  

Sipke Joost Hiemstra 
Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN) 
Wageningen University & Research