INSTITUTE DIRECTOR RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE
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.
About Rothamsted Research
Rothamsted Research is the longest-running agricultural research institute in the world. We work from gene to field with a proud history of ground-breaking discoveries, from crop treatment to crop protection, from statistical interpretation to soils management. Our founders, in 1843, were the pioneers of modern agriculture, and we are known for our imaginative science and our collaborative influence on fresh thinking and farming practices.
Through independent science and innovation, we make significant contributions to improving agri-food systems in the UK and internationally. In terms of the institute’s economic contribution, the cumulative impact of our work in the UK was calculated to exceed £3000 million a year in 20151. Our strength lies in our systems approach, which combines science and strategic research, interdisciplinary teams and partnerships.
Rothamsted is also home to three unique resources. These National Capabilities are open to researchers from all over the world: The Long-Term Experiments, Rothamsted Insect Survey and the North Wyke Farm Platform.
We are strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), with additional support from other national and international funding streams, and from industry. We are also supported by the Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT).
For more information, visit https://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/; Twitter @Rothamsted
1Rothamsted Research and the Value of Excellence: A synthesis of the available evidence, by Séan Rickard (Oct 2015)
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The Lawes Agricultural Trust, established in 1889 by Sir John Bennet Lawes, supports Rothamsted Research’s national and international agricultural science through the provision of land, facilities and funding. LAT, a charitable trust, owns the estates at Harpenden and Broom's Barn, including many of the buildings used by Rothamsted Research. LAT provides an annual research grant to the Director, accommodation for nearly 200 people, and support for fellowships for young scientists from developing countries. LAT also makes capital grants to help modernise facilities at Rothamsted, or invests in new buildings.