Dirk Inzé#

Dirk Inzé
Membership Number:5404
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:BELGIUM

Present and Previous Positions

  • 2002 - current Science Director and Head of the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology (Belgium)
  • 2002 - current Full Professor at Ghent University (Belgium)
  • 1999 - 2002 Vice-Scientific Director of the Department of Genetics, Ghent University/VIB (Belgium)
  • 1998 - 1999 Scientific Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of the biotech company CropDesign (Belgium)
  • 1990 - 1998 Research Director (1st class) at the INRA (Institut National de La Recherche Agronomique) (France)

Fields of Scholarship
  • "Lab-to field-to lab" concept
  • Plant phenotyping
  • Plants and climate emergency
  • Plant organ growth regulation
  • Plant yield improvement
  • Drought tolerance

Honours and Awards
  • 2019 Elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for lifelong dedication to Plant Science, and translation of basic research on cell biology and stress biology to crop improvement in wheat and maize
  • 2019 ERC Advanced Grant (2019-2024)
  • 2019 Nominated ‘20 most influential in the European Seed Sector’
  • 2019 Nominated for the award of Commemorative Medal of the Faculty of AgriSciences at Mendel University (Brno, Czech Republic)
  • 2018 Honorary lecture at Yangtze River Academic Forum (China)
  • 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series at the Global Institute for Food Security (Saskatoon, Canada)
  • 2017 World Agriculture Prize GCHERA
  • 2016 Professor Shu-Chen Grace Chen Lectureship Award, Institute of Plant & Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • 2014 ERC Advanced Grant (2014-2018)
  • 2014 Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Natural Sciences) (Salzburg, Austria)
  • 2012 Holden Botany Lecture, School of Biosciences at Nottingham University (Nottingham, UK)
  • 2012 Chairperson of the Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Geosciences (LEGS) Committee of Science Europe
  • 2010 Five-yearly FWO Excellence Prize: Prize Dr A. De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart in Exact Sciences
  • 2009 Medal at the Palacky University (Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • 2006 Honor in UC Davis “Frontiers in Plant Science”
  • 2006 Elected Vice-President of the European Plant Science Organization (EPSO)
  • 2005 Laureate of the Francqui Prize 2005, also known as the “Belgian Nobel Prize”
  • 2005 Member of Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (Belgium)
  • Since 2003 Highly-cited researcher in the field of plant and animal sciences, every year renewed.
  • 2003 Elected EMBO member

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