Newsletter 1/2012

New head of the Selection Department

At the end of 2011, Andrea Binder became head of the Selection Department. She succeeds Thomas Hesse who has assumed office as the Humboldt Foundation’s Deputy General Secretary.

Having studied agricultural engineering at the University of Bonn’s Faculty of Agriculture, Andrea Binder became an academic assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne prior to completing her doctorate on molecular plant breeding at the University of Bonn. In 2001, she was awarded the Kurt von Rümker Prize by the Germany Society for Plant Breeding.

After working as a scientist Andrea Binder moved into science management, initially with the Leibniz Association, holding various positions including head of the Evaluation Department and, for several years, executive director. Before joining the Humboldt Foundation she was responsible for an array of priority programmes in the area of education and society at the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Andrea Binder
Andrea Binder
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