November & December 2020
January & February 2021

Online event

Webinar 'Photonics for Agrifood'

Tuesday 8 December
15:00 - 17:00

Rick van de Zedde


Title: Measuring and understanding plants to improve performances -
Large scale research infrastructure for plant sciences


Currently NPEC is being build and it provides a modular platform that will enable Dutch and international scientists, both academic and R&D, to carry out accurate high-throughput phenotyping: studies of plant performance in relation to relevant biotic and abiotic factors across a range of scales, from molecule to crop, from nm to km. The focus in this talk is to give insights and discuss the photonics sensors/ imaging systems that are/ will be implemented in the 6 modules. 


Rick van de Zedde is project manager of the new phenotyping facility Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC) at Wageningen University and Research and senior scientist/ business developer Phenomics and Automation at the Wageningen Plant Science Group. He has worked at WUR since 2004. He has a background in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on imaging and robotics.

Company description:

Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC) is an integrated, national research facility housed by Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University and is co-funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for 10 years with a contribution of 11 million euros. The total costs of NPEC amounts up to 22 million euros. Rick van de Zedde is project manager of NPEC@WUR.