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Dipl.-Ing. Dr. rer. nat. DDDr. h.c. Winfried BLUM Professor Emeritus of Soil Science, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences, Vienna


 Studies at Universities in Germany and France (1965 M.Sc. Forestry; 1968 PhD Natural Sciences; 1971 Habilitation Soil Science)
1972-1974 Associate Professor for soil science and lecturer for clay mineralogy at the University of Freiburg, Germany
1975-1979 Visiting Professor and Director of a University Partnership Project at the State University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil
1979-2009 Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Institute of Soil Research, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna
since 2010 Professor emeritus at the same Institute and Chairman of the Jury of the "Environment and Soil Management Award" of the European Commission together with the European Landowner Organization (ELO), Brussels, Belgium


Chairman, Group of Experts on Soil Protection at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 1989-1994
Secretary-General, International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), 1990-2002
Member, Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA), Copenhagen, 1994-2002
Member, Executive Board, of the Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) and Chairman, Standing Committee "Sciences for Food Security" of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Paris, 1996-2002
Chairman, EU Soil Thematic Strategy Working Group "Research" of the European Commission, 2002-2004
Founding President, European Confederation of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS), 2004-2008


Co-editor or member of editorial boards of 18 scientific journals. More than 550 publications in 9 languages in the areas of soil chemistry and mineralogy, land use, soil and environmental protection


Member or Honorary Member of several academies, national and international soil science societies, with numerous distinctions and awards