Dr Bas Bouman
As of September 2012, Dr Bas Bouman is the Director of the
Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) at the International
Rice Research institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.
From 1987 to 1996,
Bas Bouman worked at the Research Institute for Agrobiology and
Soil Fertility (AB-DLO, former CABO) in Wageningen in the field
of agro-ecology, specializing in remote sensing, crop and water
balance modelling and systems analysis. He then worked at the
Wageningen Agricultural University and the Centre for Research
and Education in Tropical Agriculture (CATIE) in Costa Rica on
land use analysis and livestock system optimization from 1996 to
1998. Since 1999, Bas Bouman worked as senior water scientist at
the International Rice Research Institute. In 2004-2006, he was
employed as the Theme Leader Crop productivity of the CGIAR
Challenge Program Water and Food. From 2007, he became head of
the International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI)
Crop and Environmental
Sciences Division (CESD),
and from 2008 till 2012, Leader of IRRI’s Intensive Rice
Production Systems program.
research has focused on improving water productivity and saving
water in rice production at spatial scale levels from field to
irrigation systems. His research activities have also included
developing novel water-saving irrigation technologies such as
alternate wetting and drying and aerobic rice; designing and
executing field experiments and data collection programs;
organizing participatory research among research partners in
Asia; organizing and convening international workshops and
meetings; developing and organizing training courses on water
management and crop growth modelling; project leader of various
externally-funded projects on water management in rice; project
proposal development; and leading a group of national staff;
giving scientific guidance to international PhD students.
Bas Bouman has published extensively in leading agricultural
journals and is an editorial board member of a number of
journals in crop and agricultural sciences.
He authored 117 international peer-reviewed publications, and
wrote/edited 5 books.