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van Slageren, Michiel

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Job title: 

Conservation Partnership Co-coordinator

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Dutch (mother tongue), French, German, limited Arabic

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • MSc, Univ. Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1979
  • PhD, Univ. Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1985
  • Editorial Board, Kew Bulletin (1998 onwards)
  • Overseas Fieldwork Committee, RBG Kew (2009 onwards)

Conservation Partnership Co-ordinator (Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (2010 onwards / Millennium Seed Bank Project (2000-2010)

I am responsible for the development and implementation of several of the Millennium Seed Bank’s (MSB) partnerships, projects and networks. I do this with a particular emphasis on delivering ex situ plant conservation, and, to a lesser extent, on enabling use of these collections through, for example support for Partner involvement in habitat restoration, species re-introduction and the improvement of livelihoods. My work includes developing, implementation, monitoring and reporting of projects and networks, as well as maintaining productive relationships with partners and other stakeholders.

I am also involved with the Kew Foundation to help them develop a diverse range of funding streams for these projects. Presently, I manage country-based projects in Australia, South Africa, Namibia, South Korea, Kyrgystan, and the Trans-Caucasus, as well as looking after European countries involved in the Crop Wild Relatives Project. In addition to this I am involved ad hoc in some of the Kew Innovation Unit’s projects in the Middle East, together with colleagues.

Selected publications: 

Eldarov, M., Aminov, N. & van Slageren, M. W. (2014b). Distribution and ecological diversity of Aegilops L. in the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Regions of Azerbaijan. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 61(6): 1-9. DOI 10.1007/s10722-014-1050-0.

Kolberg, H. & van Slageren, M. W. (2014a). A synopsis of Pteronia (Compositae) in Namibia including the resurrection of Pteronia quadrifaria. Kew Bulletin 69(1): 1-44. DOI 10.1007/S12225-014-9488-Y. Available online

van Slageren, M. W. & Payne, T. (2013). Concepts and nomenclature of the Farro wheats, with special reference to Emmer, Triticum turgidum subsp. dicoccum (Poaceae). Kew Bulletin 68: 477-494.

van Slageren, M. W. & Whaley, V. (2008). On the trail of scattered gems [report on a collectiong trip to Namibia for the Millennium Seed Bank]. Kew Magazine spring 2008 issue, pp. 30-33.

Ferguson, M. E., Maxted, N., van Slageren, M. W. & Robertson, L. D. (2000). A re-assessment of the taxonomy of Lens Mill. (Leguminosae, Papilionoideae, Vicieae). Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society 133 (1): 41-59. Available online