Christian Borgemeister, Prof.

Associate Fellow of AAS since 2011
Entomology, biological control, vector control, integrated pest management (IPM)
Born in 1959, Germany

Prof Borgemeister was educated in Germany where he obtained a Diploma of Engineering in Agriculture at the Georg-August-University Gottingen in 1985 and a PhD in Horticulture in 1991 at the Leibniz University of Hannover (LUH).

He is the former Director General of icipe in Kenya. His previous positions include: Assistant in the institutes of Plant Protection in the LUH, Postdoc, Associate Scientist, Senior Scientist at IITA Benin, Associate Professor and full Professor in 2003 at LUH. Since 2013 he is a full Professor at the University of Bonn (UoB) in Germany, and since 2014 the Managing Director of UoB’s Centre for Development Research (ZEF).

He was Visiting Professor at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, and Editorial Board Member of the Bulletin of Entomological Research, and reviewer for various science journals.

His research interests contain: Entomology, biological control, vector control and IPM in temperature and tropical environments, biodiversity, and international co-operation. He has published >130 papers in peer-reviewed journals, author of 10 chapters for scientific books and co-author of a book.

He is a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of the UK, the Entomological Society of America and a member of various scientific organizations. Prof Borgemeister has active collaborations in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe.

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Gerhard Bringmann, Prof

Chemistry

Prof. Gerhard Bringmann, Professor at the University of Würzburg in Germany, is a leading scientist in the field of natural products chemistry. He has addressed highly challenging, multi-disciplinary topics of natural products chemistry in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary way, with analytical, synthetic, computational, and medicinal facets – from the plant (or sponge or other biological source) and its cultivation to the discovery of novel-type compounds right from the peak in the chromatogram by hyphenated methods, the isolation and structural elucidation even in the case of challenging stereochemical features, the investigation of their biosynthesis, including the discovery of novel biosynthetic pathways, the exploration of their bioactivities (with an emphasis on tropical infectious diseases), and their optimisation by structural modification, and, together with scientists from other disciplines, the elucidation of their modes of action. 


The high degree of interdisciplinarity within his group is facilitated by his broad horizon in chemistry and biology, and further enhanced by numerous interdisciplinary collaborations, i.a. in efficient networks, one of them the SFB 630 network ("Recognition, Preparation and Functional Analysis of Agents against Infectious Diseases"), which he initiated and coordinates, with scientists from four faculties (Chemistry and Pharmacy, Biology, Medicine, and Physics) and from the Division of Tropical Medicine of the Missionary Clinic in Würzburg.
Bringmann is by far the leading scientist in the field of naphthylisoquinoline alkaloids from tropical lianas. He has discovered new biosynthetic pathways (the first acetogenic isoquinoline alkaloids, convergence in polyketide biosynthesis), has explored highly promising classes of compounds, in particular with axial chirality, to which he has delivered great contributions analytically, synthetically, and pharmacologically.

He managed to further enhance the impact of natural products chemistry at many levels by initiating and founding organizations, events, and networks, bringing people together and giving young scientists a chance to further develop, particularly in Africa. He has published ca. 670 papers from plant natural product chemistry.

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Joachim von Braun, Prof

Associate Fellow of AAS since 2014
Social, Humanities & Cultural Sciences
Born in 1950

Prof Joachim von Braun is considered internationally a leading agricultural and development economist. von Braun initiated research on food security, for which he became particularly recognized, in Egypt, and in various African countries, incl. Ethiopia, and West- and East Africa in the 1980s and 1990s. 

As Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) he successfully expanded the research agenda and decentralized the Institute, which more than doubled during his tenure 2002‐2009. He organized and chaired the IFPRI conference on “Food and Nutrition Security for all in Africa” in Kampala with about 500 participants.

The International research community of agricultural economists (IAAE) elected von Braun as President, and facilitated the tri-annual IAAE conference of about 1,000 Members in Durban, South Africa 2003. von Braun serves on the Expert Working Group on Food Security, and Agriculture of the High Level Panel of European Union and African Union.
Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc
Honorary Doctoral Degree of University of Stuttgart Hohenheim [2005]
Justus von Liebig Prize for World Nutrition [2011]
The Bertebos Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry [Stockholm, 2009]
“Lifetime Fellow” of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) [elected 2009];
“Lifetime Fellow” of African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) [elected 2010]
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancements of Science (AAAS) [elected 2006]
Member of German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) [elected 2011]
Member of Pontifical Academy of Science, the Vatican [elected 2012

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