Dr. Jan Börner is the latest winner of the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship “Sustainable Use of Natural Resources” 2012. He was officially presented with the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship at the end of March at his future workplace, the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn, Germany. Börner will take up a position here in August with the aim of developing strategies for the sustainable use of tropical rain forests in Brazil.
There are very few processes that highlight the destruction of natural resources like the depletion of tropical rain forests. Countries with rain forest zones face various conflicts when it comes to the utilization of forest areas. Often, ecological necessity and economic interests seem irreconcilable. From August 2012, the agricultural scientist Dr. Jan Börner (PhD) will be seeking to overcome these conflicts and develop potential strategies for the bio-economical use of rain forest areas in South America. His research project will focus primarily on the sustainable management of rain forest areas. This is possible, for example, through the use of agro-forestry systems that combine elements of forestry management with elements of agriculture to counteract the one-sided utilization and leaching of the soil. The results of his research should, first and foremost, help politicians strike a better balance between economic interests and ecological necessities when it comes to the utilization of globally important natural spaces. The Robert Bosch Stiftung will invest one million euros in this project over a five-year period.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung has awarded the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship annually to outstanding young scientists since 2008. Recipients of the professorship have already included biologists, chemists, and material researchers. The research of these young scientists is helping to achieve a better understanding of the interactions between natural processes and human intervention in the environment. Scientists from around the world can now apply for the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship “Sustainable Use of Natural Resources” for 2013.