Arnold Van Huis
Prof. Dr. Ir. Arnold van Huis completed his undergraduate studies at the State Horticultural College in Utrecht and his graduate studies at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He worked from 1974 to 1979 in Nicaragua for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in a research project on integrated pest management (IPM) in food grains. Based on these studies he got his PhD from Wageningen University. From 1982 to 1985 he coordinated in Niger a regional crop protection training project for eight Sahelian countries. From 1985 to 2015 he worked as tropical entomologist at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and has been responsible for a number of IPM and biological control projects in tropical countries. From 2000 to 2014 he coordinated a project dealing with interdisciplinary agricultural research in three West African countries. He supervised 24 PhD theses, published more than 300 papers of which about half refereed, co-authored three books and edited more than 10 conference proceedings. Since 2015 he is emeritus professor and concentrates on insects as food and feed. In 2013 he published with FAO the book ‘Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security’ which has been downloaded seven million times. He is also the first author of the ’The insect cookbook’ published in 2014 by Columbia University Press. In 2017 he (co)edited the book “Insects as food and feed: from production to consumption”. In 2014 he organised with FAO the conference ’Insects to feed the world’, attended by 450 participants from 45 countries. From 2010 to 2014 he was responsible for a Netherlands’ funded project entitled ’Sustainable production of insect protein’. He is in the scientific advisory board of several projects on edible insects. He is chief editor of the Journal of Insects as Food and Feed. On edible insects, he (co)authored several books, ten book chapters, and about 30 refereed and 20 non-refereed publications. Each year he gives numerous presentations in and outside the Netherlands on insects as food and feed.
Title of keynote presentation:
Edible insects: progress and prospects