Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Prof. Dr. Bart Thomma

19/05/2020

Great success for CEPLAS!

Bart Thomma is one of five researchers who have been selected this year for a Humboldt Professorship. The University of Cologne nominated the plant scientist to receive Germany’s most prestigious international research prize. At the University of Cologne the process was coordinated by Alga Zuccaro.

For CEPLAS it is already the third Humboldt Professorship within the last 4 years.

Bart Thomma from Wageningen University and Research is an excellent, internationally highly renowned expert in phytopathology. His work focusses on the interaction between plants and microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria in the rhizosphere. The results of this research can contribute to a better control and prevention of diseases in crops of agricultural relevance. In CEPLAS Bart Thomma will perfectly complement the already existing work on plant microbe interactions.

The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship comes with up to 5 million Euros in funding for each recipient. It is awarded to internationally leading researchers from all disciplines who are currently working abroad. The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship aims to put them in a position to conduct cutting-edge research at German universities on a long-term basis. The award money is earmarked for their first five years of research in Germany. The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

 

Press release University of Cologne

Press release Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

 

 

Copyright: Guy Ackermans

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich