This year's Theodor Brinkmann Prize goes to Professor Dr. Martina Brockmeier from the University of Hohenheim. She is the first woman to be awarded this science prize.
The award winner has headed the Department of International Agricultural Trade and World Food Economics at the University of Hohenheim since 2009. Before that, she was head of the Institute for Market Analysis and Agricultural Trade Policy at the Thünen Institute, Braunschweig, from 1999 to 2008. From 2017 to 2020, Prof. Dr. Martina Brockmeier was Chair of the Science Council, of which she had been a member since 2014. In July 2022, she will take up the position as President of the Leipzig Association. She has also held other positions on various scientific bodies. The award winner completed her studies in agricultural economics and her doctorate in Giessen.
At the award ceremony in Bonn, Prof. Dr. Thomas Heckelei, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Theodor Brinkmann Foundation, highlighted the special achievements.
In his laudatory speech, Prof. Dr. Markus Rodehutscord, himself a graduate of the University of Bonn and head of the Department of Animal Nutrition at the University of Hohenheim, emphasized the interdisciplinary thinking and actions of the award winner. With her election as President of the Leipzig Association, the University of Hohenheim would lose an enthusiastic scientist who would lead attentively and always keep the goal clearly in mind in negotiations while maintaining a balance of interests. This was beneficial and she had already demonstrated it in the Science Council.
In her keynote speech "Women at the top: The mission continues ...", Professor Dr. Karin Jacobs, Vice President of the German Research Foundation (Saarland University, Experimental Physics and Center for Biophysics), alluding to the first female laureate of the Theodor Brinkmann Foundation, made it clear that the proportion of women in science must be further increased.