van Slageren, Michiel
International Projects Co-ordinator
Collecting and Network Support
Foreign Language(s):Dutch (mother tongue), French, German, limited Arabic.
Qualifications & 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
- Salsola nollothensis - Habitat Restoration in the Sperrgebiet on the Namibian Coast
- MSB Programme in Australia
- Millennium Seed Bank Project in Jordan
- Millennium Seed Bank Project in Lebanon
- Millennium Seed Bank Project in Namibia
(project completed 2010)
- Millennium Seed Bank Project in South Africa
- Reinforcing cooperation between the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan and the European Research Area (BOT-ERA)
- Project MGU - the Useful Plants Project
Selected Recent Publications
- 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
Selected Earlier Publications
Pollard, B.J., Tenner, C., Utteridge, T. & Van Slageren, M.W. (2003). Mountain biodiversity: a botanic garden’s experience. In Status and trends of, and threats to, mountain biodiversity and marine, coastal and inland water systems. Abstracts of poster presentations at the eighth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice on the Convention on Biological diversity. CBD Technical Series No. 8. Montreal, Canada: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Chapter 19. 50-51
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.
Van Slageren, M.W. (2003). Species Index. In Smith, R.D., Dickie, J.B., Linington, S.H., Pritchard, H.W. & Probert, R.J. (eds) Seed Conservation: turning science into practice. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 994-1004.
- 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.
- Manners, G.R. & van Slageren, M.W. (1998). Cereal taxonomy used in Rachis. Rachis 17 (1-2): 1-6.
- Maxted, N., van Slageren, M.W. & Rihan, J. (1995). Ecogeographic surveys. In Guarino, L., Ramanatha Rao, V. & Reid, R. (eds) Collecting plant genetic diversity. Technical guidelines. Wallingford, UK: CAB International. 255-285.
- 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.
- Scholz, H. & van Slageren, M.W. (1994). (1089) Proposal to conserve Aegilops caudata (Gramineae) with a conserved type. Taxon 43: 293-296.