This year's honorary doctors' lectures were held on 7 October and the doctoral award ceremony took place on 8 October. Both occasions were webcast and the films can be found below, close to the honorary doctors, respectively.
Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science
The Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science, based in Alnarp, have appointed Professor Bill S. Hansson, the first non-German vice president of the Max Planck Society, to honorary doctor. He was born in 1959 and did his doctorate in 1988, became a docent in 1992 and a professor of insect neurobiology and chemical ecology in Lund in 2000.
He was professor of chemical ecology at SLU in Alnarp from 2001–2007 before he was recruited to the Max Planck institute in Jena, Germany. During Bill Hansson's leadership at Alnarp, the chemical ecology research team grew to consist of about 50 people and its international status was one of world leader.
During his time in Germany, Professor Hansson created a new department for evolutionary neurobiology with outstanding scientific development, not least the publications in the highest-ranking international journals. He has "put and will put SLU and the subject of chemical ecology on the scientific world map, now and in the future" the motivation reads.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science have appointed Professor Glen Broderick from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US to honorary doctor. He is one of the world's leading researchers in milk production. The faculty has also appointed veterinary surgeon Lillemor Wodmar from Vendelsö, Secretary-General of the Swedish Animal Welfare Association.
Glen Broderick, born in 1945, is a prominent American milk researcher who has collaborated with SLU for many years. He did his doctorate in 1972 and today works as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a sought-after researcher in the field of milk production and has been a guest researcher at SLU twice.
The motivation states that "he has taken plenty of his professional time to emphasise SLU's operations and contributed to successful research in Sweden on ruminant animals' nitrogen metabolism and its significance for the environment and animal health".
Lillemor Wodmar, born in 1951, got her veterinary degree at SLU in 1985 and has had a long professional career. Among other things, she has practised privately, been part-owner of Årstaklinken, worked as a city veterinary officer, veterinary inspector at the National Food Agency, county veterinary officer and has been secretary-general of the Swedish Animal Welfare Association since 2011. As a child, she played the character of Teddy in the successful children's TV series We on Seacrow Island.
The faculty wishes to honour "her veterinary public health achievement in ... work for good animal protection, infectious disease control, and animal health in Swedish food production and food imports". They also want to acknowledge her work at the Swedish Animal Welfare Association.
Faculty of Forest Sciences
The Faculty of Forest Sciences, based in Umeå, has appointed Professor James Clark from the University of York in the United Kingdom to honorary doctor.
James Clark is director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE), an international pioneer in his research field with the objective to apply chemistry to biomaterials from forests and agriculture in an environmentally friendly way. He is also the founder and board member of the Biorenewables Development Centre, a link between research and industry to develop environmentally friendly processes and products. He founded the journal Green Chemistry and has produced a long list of his own research articles and books. Together with his research team, Professor Clark has collaborated with the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (SBT) at SLU in Umeå for many years, both in teaching and research, and he has been a unique source of inspiration.
Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
The Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences have appointed Danish bee expert Preben Kristiansen and the artist Roland Jonsson.
Preben Kristiansen, born in 1953, started out as a teacher but has, since the 1980s, also worked as a bee-keeping adviser. He advised the Danish Bee Breeding Association for four years and then the Norwegian Birökterlag for two years. At the end of the 1990s, he worked as a field assistant at the Department of Ecology at SLU. For the past 20 years, he has primarily been a national consultant on bee health issues for the Swedish National Beekeepers Association). He now lives in Tjällmo, Östergötland. He has collaborated with SLU's bee researchers for many years.
"Through his competence... in connection with scientific thinking, he has made an international impression and ... contributed to giving both Swedish bee-keeping and the operations at SLU a good reputation" the motivation reads.
Roland Jonsson, from Almunge, born in 1958, is one of the country's most famous nature painters, specialising in birds, fish and mammals in their natural habitat. He is represented in collections all over the world, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Wyoming in the US. He has also exhibited his work in European countries, the US and Japan. He painted the Nobel Diplomas for three years. He is committed to different nature conservation projects, including restoring the spawning-grounds for Uppland's province fish, the asp.
"He is ... an excellent ambassador for SLU's and the NJ Faculty's values", the motivation reads.
The six honorary doctors will receive their doctor's degrees at SLU's doctoral conferment ceremony on 8 October in Uppsala.
Professor Detlef Weigel from the Max Planck institute in Germany will also receive his degree in 2016 as he could not attend last year. His presentation text is available under Honorary doctors 2015, below.