Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Honorary doctorates 2012

All continents of the world are represented among SLU's nine honorary doctors appointed in 2012. They cover scientific areas such as horse feed, livestock production, entomology, plant genetics, cereal and vegetable cultivation, forest science and statistics.

 The lectures of the honorary doctors will be held on October 5, between 9.00 a.m. and 15.00 p.m. The lectures will also be sent live on SLU's web. 

Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science

Bild på Mark Peoples. Dr Mark Peoples, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, Australien

Dr Mark Peoples got his PhD at The University of Melbourne. He is Deputy Chief at CSIRO Plant Industry. He is a highly esteemed scientist in agricultural systems. Dr Mark Peoples contributions to science are high within the cereal and legume cultivation in Asia and Australia and he often works closely to the farmers.


Bild på Mahmoud Solh.

Dr Mahmoud Solh, Aleppo, Syria 


Dr Mahmoud Solh is Director General of the ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas) in Aleppo. His honorary doctorate is a way to draw attention to his great efforts to bring research results to farmers in dry areas, primarily in North Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. ICARDA is a CGIAR center with which SLU has a longstanding partnership.



Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences

Bild på Bengt Ehnström.

Field entomologist Bengt Ehnström, Nås, Sweden

Bengt Ehnström is one of Scandinavia’s leading entomologists and as retired still very active. He has devoted his entire life to insects, from 1977 at SLU in Uppsala and in the early 1980’s he was one of the founders of The Swedish Species Information Centre. Bengt Ehnström books on fauna management in forestry are pioneering works with a tremendous impact in practical forestry.



Doctor Catherine Bastien, Orleans, Frankrike

Dr Catherine Bastien is an internationally well-respected researcher in quantitative genetics. She has developed forest tree refining by combining traditional and molecular selection methods to refine especially poplar. Her work has been of great importance for the refining of woody plants in Europe. Dr Catherine Bastien is also involved in the so called SAMBA project at SLU.


Faculty of Forest Sciences

Bild på Godwin Kowero.

Professor Godwin Kowero, African Forest Forum, Nairobi, Kenya

Professor Godwin Kowero has played an important role for the development of African forestry. Professor Kowero is Secretary-General at the African Forest Forum where he has shown his great ability to bring out important knowledge in forestry, at regional as well at global level.



Bild på Sreenivasa Rao Jammalamadaka. Professor Sreenivasa Rao Jammalamadaka, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Professor Sreenivasa Rao Jammalamadaka’s research covers a broad spectrum of both theoretic and applied statistics. He is a highly ranked statistician worldwide and is often quoted and has published articles in the most prestigious publications.



Bild på Andrés Weintraub Pohorille.  Professor Andrés Weintraub Pohorille, University of Chile

Professor Andrés Weintraub Pohorille is nominated as an honorary doctor at the Faculty of Forest Science at SLU. He is unfortunately prevented from attending at the promotion ceremony and will be promoted in 2013.



Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science

Agronom Christina Planck, Tidaholm

It is with great commitment that the agronomist Christina Planck has increased the knowledge for the formerly rather unexplored area about nutrition needs and feeding for horses. Planck has worked as a lecturer at SLU. She investigated the precondition to start courses about horses in 1993 and when the government decided to start the education Planck played a very prominent role. Planck has also worked as an adviser and presenter at many workshops and has been an inspiration for many colleagues and for those who have had the opportunity to take part of Christina Planck’s great knowledge.

Doctor of Agronomy Henning Steinfeld, FAO, Rome, Italy

Dr Steinfeld is the chief at Livestock Information at the Agricultural Department at FAO in Rome, Italy. He is originally from Germany but has worked several years at different departments at FAO. Steinfeld is the most influential person regarding livestock effects on the environment. After publishing the book Livestock’s Long Shadow in 2006 where he was the lead author, dr Steinfeld has been frequently engaged by governments, universities and organizations to develop his thoughts about environment sustainability in the livestock area combined with social and economic development.


See the lectures here!

Link to recording of the honorary doctors' lectures on 6 October 2012.

The honorary doctors' lectures were sent live via SLU's webb.

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