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Sylvia Martinez has a Master’s Degree in biology from the University of Basel. She started her professional career working as an environmental consultant. In 1997 she was appointed research coordinator at the University of Basel for a large biodiversity research cluster. She has actively followed several international scientific initiatives (DIVERSITAS, GBIF, EPBRS, IPBES) for the Swiss Academy of Sciences. She has been scientific advisor in the Swiss delegation to the Convention on Biological Diversity (SBSTTA, COP). She is an expert for academic research and the Nagoya Protocol (Access to genetic resources and benefit sharing ABS) and has published on the topic. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Swiss Biodiversity Forum (Swiss Academy of Sciences).
Currently, she serves as executive secretary of the Swiss Plant Science Web, the network of academic plant science researchers working at universities in Switzerland. She is also a coordinator for the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center at the University of Basel.