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van Slageren, Michiel

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Job title: 

International Projects Co-ordinator

Seed Conservation
Collecting and Network Support
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

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

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

International Projects Co-ordinator (Middle East, southern Africa, Australia) for the Millennium Seed Bank Project (2000-2010) / Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (2010 onwards)

The role is responsible for the development and implementation of several of the Millennium Seed Bank’s partnerships, projects and networks. This is done with a particular emphasis on delivering ex situ plant conservation, and enabling use of these collections through, e.g. involvement in habitat restoration and the improvement of livelihoods. The 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 in working with the Kew Foundation to help them develop a diverse range of funding streams for these projects. Country-based projects under my responsibility during 2006-2009 were in Lebanon, Jordan, the Northern Territory and Tasmania (Australia), Namibia and South Africa. Since the start of the second phase of the now-renamed Millennium Seed Bank Partnership I have ongoing responsibility for seed banking projects in Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia). Next to this I am involved on an ad hoc basis in some of the Kew Innovation Unit’s projects in the Middle East, together with colleagues from the herbarium and horticultural departments.

My background is in plant taxonomy and I was the Kew Seed Bank’s seed collector for Africa and the Middle East during 1995-2000. Since 2010 I have also been actively involved in a taxonomic study.

Selected publications: 

Kolberg, H. & Van Slageren, M. W. (2014). A synopsis of the genus Pteronia (Compositae) in Namibia including the resurrection of Pteronia quadrifaria. Kew Bulletin 69(1): 1-44. Available online

Van Slageren, M. W. & Payne, T. (2013). Concepts and nomenclature of the Farro wheats, with special reference to Emmer, Triticum turgidum subs. dicoccum (Poaceae). Kew Bulletin 68(3): 477-494. Available online

Van Slageren, M. W. (2003). The Millennium Seed Bank: building partnerships in arid regions for the conservation of wild species. In Proceedings of the International Conference on the Conservation of Biodiversity in the Arid Regions, March 27-29, 2000, State of Kuwait. Journal of Arid Environments 54: 195-201. Available online

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 Linnean Society 133(1): 41-59. Available online

Van Slageren, M. W. (1994). Wild wheats: a monograph of Aegilops L. and Amblyopyrum (Jaub. & Spach) Eig (Poaceae). ICARDA / Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 94(7): i-xiv, 1-512.