An eminent scientist receives honorary degree from CULS

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague awards honorary degree to Professor. Dr. Dr.h.c..Bill S. Hansson.

Professor Dr Bill S. Hansson was born on January 12, 1959 in Jonstorp, Sweden. He studied biology at Lund University, and received a BSc in Biology (1982), and PhD in Ecology (1988). He became Professor for Chemical Ecology at Lund University (2000), Professor and Head of Chemical Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp (since 2001). Since 2006 he is Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Honorary Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (since 2010), and Vice-President of the Max Planck Society (since 2014).

He is one of the leading researcher in the area of chemical ecology and neurology of insects, i.e. insect communication at a functioning gene level and insect proteomics. Since 1980 he has carried out long term innovative research at top level. He studies the order of insects Lepidoptera and Coleoptera, and their occurrence in forestry as well as in agriculture. The insect order Diptera is used in his research as a model group for performing experiments in the area of neurobiology. Connected to his research is the development of new plant  protection measures against pathogenic insects, which can be used in forest biology, i.e. in biodiversity of chemical compounds and biodiversity of insects in forest environment, including ecotone communities.

Professor Hansson is the author or co-author of 283 peer reviewed scientific papers, published in prestigious scientific journals. He is the holder of 1 European patent. 39 reviews and is chief editor of several scientific books. The web of science counts 9 500 citations related to his publications, his H Index = 51. He has received many prizes and he is a recognised capacity in his area of specialisation. Currently, Professor Hansson has been involved with CULS Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences (FFWS) specifically in the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Mitigation. The Centre is a part of the project EXTEMIT-K, where Professor Hanssen leads the External Advisory Board (EAB). The purpose of the EAB is to monitor scientific activities of the research team and ensure its optimal solutions, together with the coordinator of the Centre during the entire duration of the project (the project runs until September 2022). His close cooperation with FFWS led to the possibility of study and research stays for FFWS students and staff at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology (ICE) in Jena, Germany. A strategic partnership with ICE is possible in the future. The involvement of Professor Hanssen with FFWS is an important milestone in the development of the Faculty, i.e. in the project EXTEMIT-K, as well as at other Departments of FFWS.