Em. Prof. Baron Marc Van Montagu is Chairman of the VIB-International Plant Biotechnology Outreach and President of PRRI. He discovered, with J. Schell, the Ti-plasmid and invented the Agrobacterium transformation technology, now used worldwide to produce GM plants. He made major contributions on fundamental plant sciences as well as on biotech agriculture, such as GM plants resistant to insects or tolerant to more environmentally friendly herbicides. He was Founding Member and Member of the Board of Directors of the biotech companies Plant Genetic System (PGS) and CropDesign, spin-offs from his laboratory. Marc Van Montagu has received numerous honours, including the Japan prize (1998), and the World Food Prize (2013). He is member of seven scientific academies worldwide, and Goodwill Ambassador for Agribusiness at UNIDO. He has produced over 1000 publications, h-index 125. Marc Van Montagu holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry/ Biochemistry from Ghent University.