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29 Nov 2021 - 2 Dec 2021

Martin K. van Ittersum
Professor at Wageningen University, Netherlands


Martin van Ittersum holds a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Science from Wageningen University. He is a professor at the Plant Production Systems group of the same university. His research and teaching focus on research concepts and methods for the analysis, design and integrated assessment of agricultural systems from field to farm, regional and global level.

Martin has led and is leading a large number of (inter)national projects dealing with global food availability, integrated assessment of agricultural systems, yield gap analysis, phosphorus scarcity, climate change and circular food systems. He is currently leading the Global Yield Gap Atlas project ( to map the scope for increasing agricultural production on current agricultural land. In 2013 he was the co-chair of the First International Conference on Global Food Security and he is co-chair of the fourth edition of this conference to be held in Montpellier in 2020. In 2015 and 2016 he was the interim chair of the Farming Systems Ecology group at Wageningen University.

Martin has authored ca. 175 papers in international scientific journals and supervised many MSc and PhD students from all continents. He was nominated a highly-cited researcher in 2015-2018.

Agenda Sessions

  • OPENING LECTURE: Yield gaps: understanding the scope to sustainably increase crop production