Dusseldorf. National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Düsseldorf plant researcher Prof. Dr. Dr. Maria von Korf Schmissing was elected as a member. She is the head of the Institute for Plant Genetics at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and a member of the CEPLAS Cluster of Excellence.
Leopoldina honored Maria von Korf Schmissing for her outstanding achievements in plant research and selected her for the Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences section in 2021.
Professor Dr. Heinrich Heine, Rector Anja Steinbeck of the University of Düsseldorf, congratulated the new member of the Academy: “The election of Leopoldina is a very special honor for every scientist. The fact is that Maria von Korff Schmissing is about to be appointed to the National Academy of Sciences. The third is CEPLAS members who testify to a special class of plant research at HHU.
Pro. In addition to von Korf Schmissing, Prof. Dr. Andreas Weber from the Dr. Institute for Plant Biochemistry and Prof. Dr. From the Institute for Molecular Physiology in Leopoldina, Wolf B. Frommer. Both were elected in 2015.
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Maria von Korf Schmissing (born 1975 in Bonn) studied biology at the universities of Münster, Oxford and Bayreuth. He earned his doctorate in the Chair of Plant Breeding at the Institute for Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES) at the University of Bonn. He worked as a research assistant at the University of Potsdam and then for several years at the International Agricultural Research Center on Drought Areas (ICARDA) in Aleppo, Syria, and at the Universities of Bonn and Potsdam. He led a research group as a junior professor at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne (MPIPZ) before joining the Institute for Plant Genetics at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in 2013. Maria von Korf Schmissing has been Professor of Plant Genetics at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf since 2016. It is a member of the Cluster of Excellence in Plant Science CEPLAS, a joint project between the Universities of Düsseldorf and Cologne, the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research.
Last year, the German Society for Plant Breeding elected Maria von Korf Schmissing as its president. She also represents the Plant Breeding Sector in the Central Biosafety Commission.
National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
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“The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, founded in 1652, is a classic learned society with approximately 1,600 members from almost all fields of science. In 2008 it was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences in Germany. In this role, its two specialties The tasks are: representing German science abroad and advising politicians and the public.
Leopoldina stands for freedom and appreciation of science. It contributes to a scientifically enlightened society and a responsible application of scientific knowledge for the betterment of man and nature. In interdisciplinary discourse, it transcends thematic, professional, political and cultural boundaries. Leopoldina is committed to respecting human rights.
As the National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina focuses on the topics of scientific communication and policy advice in lieu of other institutions internationally. In her policy advisory role, Leopoldina provides expert, independent, transparent and forward-looking recommendations on socially relevant issues. She is involved in this process with constant reflection on the prerequisites, criteria and consequences of scientific action.”