Professor German Spangenberg is Executive Director, BioSciences Research Division of the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI), and Professor (Plant Genetics and Genomics) with La Trobe University. He received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg and Max-Planck-Institute of Cell Biology in Heidelberg, Germany. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck-Institute of Cell Biology and the Institute of Plant Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. After this, he became Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the ETH-Zürich. In 1995 he moved to Australia to establish a plant biotechnology centre for DPI. Professor Spangenberg is Chief Scientist of the Dairy Futures Cooperative Research Centre, Chairman of the Victorian AgriBiosciences Centre and Director AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience. He is also Director and Chief Scientific Officer of Phytogene Pty. Ltd., a biotechnology spin-off company. He was the recipient of the Australian Thinker of Year 2006 Award “in recognition of his world class innovations in pasture plant genomics and biotechnology and his leadership in bringing these innovations to the marketplace for the benefit of the wider community and temperate grassland agriculture worldwide”. In 2007, he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering “for his inspiring and innovative research in agricultural biotechnology and as a world leader in pasture plant genomics and gene technology”. Professor Spangenberg is also President of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology.