by our board members Prof. Dr. Katja Kölkebeck and Dr. Wolfgang Staguhn
Prof. Dr. Sonoko Dorothea Bellingrath-Kimura (Photo: © June Ueno)
The Foundation for Japanese-German Scientific and Cultural Exchange (JaDe-Stiftung) awards JSPS Club member Prof. Dr. Sonoko Dorothea Bellingrath-Kimura from the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and of the Humboldt-University Berlin with the JaDe Award 2022.
From right to left: Consul General Iwama Kiminori, the Bellingrath family, Prof. Dr. Katja Kölkebeck and Prof. Dr. Werner Pascha, President of the JaDe Foundation (Photo: © June Ueno)
With the award, the JaDe Foundation acknowledges Prof. Bellingrath-Kimura’s extraordinary scientific achievements in the promising field of sustainable and smart plant science. The jury emphasized her contribution to the scientific exchange between Japan and Germany through mutual projects and publication and the hosting of guest students, not only in agricultural sciences: “Prof. Bellingrath-Kimura has, after studying in Japan, continued an impressive career in Germany.” In her confirmation speech Prof. Dr. Monika Unkel, executive of the JaDe Foundation and head of the Eastern-Asian Seminar in Cologne, highlighted her dedication to the vitality and potential of bilateral relations in scientific exchange between Japan and Germany.
The award ceremony was held on the 5th of February 2022 in the Japan Culture Institute (JKI) in Cologne and was also broadcasted as a live YouTube stream. Next to a professional singer and a piano player performing Japanese music, Prof. Bellingrath-Kimura sang “Lilli Marleen” in Japanese and German language, accompanied by her husband playing the accordion. The previously planned panel discussion on Japanese-German exchange in sciences was postponed.