- Professor Dr. Ismail Cakmak receives honorary professorship at University of Göttingen

Professor Dr. Ismail Cakmak. (Photo: Cakmak)

Professor Dr. Ismail Cakmak. (Photo: Cakmak)

The Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Göttingen appointed Professor Dr. Ismail Cakmak as honorary professor beginning with the winter semester 2021/22. The inaugural lecture takes place at a faculty event on November 3rd 2021, 4:15 p.m., lecture hall L01, Von-Siebold-Straße 4–8, 37075 Göttingen. The talk will be on “Fertilizers: an underestimated strategy against the still persistent global problem of Hidden Hunger”.


Ismail Cakmak is worldwide highly recognized for his expertise in the field of plant nutrition and plant physiology, in which he connects basic research with practical application. Since 2000, he is professor of plant nutrition and nutritional physiology at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, where he is working in the study program “Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering”. Among other projects, Ismail Cakmak coordinates a global research project on the role of fertilizer strategy in improving the concentrations of micronutrients (especially zinc) in cereal grains, the HarvestZinc project. In recognition of his scientific strengths, the importance of his research activities to human nutrition, and his achievements in the international scientific community, he has received a number of very prestigious awards, like the Georg Forster Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


For several years, he worked in Göttingen at IAPN and at the Department of Crop Sciences, in the Division of Plant Nutrition and Crop Physiology at the Georg-August-Universität. He was engaged in joint research activities of IAPN and Sabanci University. Ismail Cakmak also made very valuable contributions to the strengthening of scientific connections between both institutions and for example the International Magnesium Institute (IMI) in Fuzhou, China.



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