I was born in 1969 in Driebergen, The Netherlands. After finishing a practical education for biodynamic farming at the Warmonderhof (currently located in Dronten, The Netherlands), I came to Wageningen in 1993 to study Agricultural Engineering with emphasis on both `system control' and `soil tillage in organic agriculture'. Later my academic education continued with a second master Organic Agriculture (with emphasis on technology-society interaction and education & communication). In-between my master studies, I was employed at the Louis Bolk Instituut (currently located in Bunnik, The Netherlands), both as soil & compost researcher and as computer system administrator. A large part of my work-life I was, and still are, building tailor-made complex databases and related web-based applications as part-time entrepreneur, with focus on small organisations.
For me an important part of science is to share findings and concepts, and if possible, make them visually attractive.
I was involved as a volunteer for many years at the Wageningen organic student association (StEL), and at this moment I am involved in representing Wageningen student tenants in the student flat organisation (SFO). This includes being active in the mini-village (some call it a community) where I happen to live: Droevendaal.
My interests include sustainability and sustainable travel. I managed to use only train, ferry, bus and bicycle for all seven conferences I went to in the context of my PhD. The only exception - when I had no reasonable alternative to flying - was my research visit in Australia.
One of my more playful intentions related to my PhD was to visit all university libraries in The Netherlands. Because of COVID-19, I did not succeed, but hopefully I can fulfil this quest in the near future.