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Institute Director receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Hertfordshire

Professor Dobermann (left) receiving the award.

Professor Achim Dobermann, Director and CEO of Rothamsted Research, honoured in ceremony at St Albans Cathedral.

The University of Hertfordshire has awarded Professor Achim Doberman with an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his contributions to food security and sustainability. The award was presented on Friday 9th September.

Professor Dobermann joined Rothamsted Research as its Director in June 2014, from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, where he was the Deputy Director General for Research for six years.

Professor Dobermann is an internationally recognised authority on science and technology for food security and sustainable management of cereal crops, having authored or co-authored over 250 scientific papers and several books. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America.

In addition to his role at Rothamsted Research, he contributes to the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a United Nations initiative to support progress towards sustainable development, where he is co-chair of the Thematic Group on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.

On receiving his award, Professor Dobermann said: ‘I have had the opportunity to contribute to agricultural science in many world regions for 30 years. I feel humbled and happy about receiving this honour today from the University of Hertfordshire, which to me is primarily a reflection of the global nature of science and the contributions many make to it. I look forward to continuing along this path, forging partnerships for solving global problems.’

Rothamsted Research and the University of Hertfordshire are working together, along with the Royal Veterinary College, to create a Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management.

Rothamsted Research receives strategic funding from BBSRC.

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About Rothamsted Research

We are the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for over 170 years. Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.

Our strength lies in the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research in plant, insect and soil science.

Rothamsted Research is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). In 2013-2014 Rothamsted Researched received a total of £32.9M from the BBSRC.

About BBSRC

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, BBSRC invested over £509M in world-class bioscience in 2014-15. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

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