Congratulations! Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Vera Bitsch appointed honorary doctor by Swedish University of Agricultural Science

Diploma with Seal
Dr. Sara Spendrup, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Vera Bitsch, Prof. Dr. Lena Ekelund Axelson and Dr. Frederik Fernqvist

On October 6, 2018 Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Vera Bitsch, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU).

Prof. Bitsch conducts research in the fields of agricultural economics and agribusiness management. In her research, she prefers working with qualitative approaches and she also contributes to the development of qualitative methods as well as teaching qualitative approaches in the PhD program Agricultural Economics on the national level in Germany. Prof. Bitsch was awarded the honorary doctorate for her outstanding contributions to agricultural economics in the fields of employer-employee relationships and social sustainability in horticulture, landscaping and agricultural value chains. During the ceremony, Prof. Bitsch received the traditional insignia of the honorary doctorate: a handmade hat, symbol for freedom and power, an engraved golden ring, symbol of faithfulness to science, and a certificate with the SLU wax seal.

The SLU is one of the five leading agricultural universities in the world. The research and teaching at SLU focuses not only on productivity but also on environmental effects generated by plant and animal production, as well as ethical aspects of animal husbandry.

The video on the ceremony can be found here.

The video on the lecture “Wicked Sustainability – Muddling through Transitions in Agri-food Systems” of Prof. Bitsch can be found here.




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