Manuel Boss takes over the reins of the ’Plants and Plant Products’ Competence Division at Agroscope on 1 June 2021. He brings with him his extensive network and his experience in science and agricultural policy. Up till now, Manuel Boss has worked in Brussels as an Embassy Counsellor for Agriculture. Prior to this, he was employed at the Federal Office for Agriculture and Syngenta.
Manuel Boss takes up his post as the new Head of the ’Plant and Plant Products’ Competence Division at Agroscope on 1 June 2021. In doing so, he also becomes a Member of the Executive Board. Boss aims to contribute to the development of innovative approaches to transforming today’s agriculture and food sector into a thoroughly sustainable system, from production to food. According to Boss, it is only by reducing the many trade-offs that the major challenges facing the Swiss agriculture and food sector - climate change, loss of biodiversity, overuse of natural resources, feeding a growing population and maintaining competitiveness - can be met.
Wide-ranging experience and an extensive network
Up till now, Manuel Boss has worked in Brussels as an Embassy Counsellor for Agriculture at the Swiss Mission. Before this, he worked in the areas of agricultural policy and research and development at the Federal Office for Agriculture and at Syngenta. This wide-ranging experience and his extensive network, which ranges from federal agencies to cantons and sectoral associations, all the way to the people responsible for agriculture and science in the EU, will serve him well in his capacity as the new Head of the ’Plants and Plant Products’ Competence Division.
In his new role, Boss wants to place the focus on interrelationships and trade-offs, and continue to network, develop and raise the profile of his competence division. "I’d like to make the Division and its services indispensable: for the employees, for Agroscope, for the Swiss agricultural sector and the Swiss population" says Boss, summing up his goals.
Manuel Boss Takes Over from Willy Kessler
Manuel Boss takes over from Willy Kessler, who has headed the ’Plants and Plant Products’ Competence Division since 2017. The Executive Board of Agroscope would like to extend its thanks to Willy Kessler for his great commitment to Agroscope, and wishes him all the best and an enjoyable retirement.