Honorary doctorates 2019

Plants, drinking water, and marine technology – 2019's honorary doctorates

​Three researchers have been awarded honorary doctorates at Chalmers for 2019. Atilla Incecik is honoured for his pioneering efforts in maritime environmental research. Tomoko M Nakanishi is recognised for her interdisciplinary research on plant physiology, and developing pioneering new imaging methods, and Olof Bergstedt is awarded for his research work as an expert in safe drinking water, contributing to an overall safer supply of drinkable water.

​​Atilla Incecik

Atilla Incecik is a professor at the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is a leading researcher in marine technology and was formerly at Newcastle University as the holder of the Lloyd's Register Chair of Offshore Engineering. He has been a member of the Lighthouse Scientific Advisory Board for several years and has contributed constructively to the development of sustainable shipping research.

Atilla Incecik is awarded an honorary doctorate for his pioneering efforts together with Chalmers researchers in maritime environmental science.

He has much research experience in traditional shipbuilding and offshore construction. The shipping world first began to pay attention to environmental issues in 2005, after reports of tens of thousands of early deaths caused by emissions from ships. Around the same time, public awareness of the need to reduce CO2 emissions was increasing, and so the focus of his research area expanded to emissions reduction and energy efficiency. Meanwhile at Chalmers, the research group maritime environmental science was being established. The cooperation between the groups provided access to supplementary networks, insight into national research projects, contacts through exchange of doctoral students, participation in seminars and workshops, and several research applications.

Tomoko M. Nakanishi

Tomoko M. Nakanishi is a professor at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Laboratory of Radio-Plant Physiology, The University of Tokyo, Japan. She is also Vice President of The Engineering Academy of Japan and President of The Japan Society of Nuclear and Radiochemical Sciences. Professor Nakanishi's research group is world leading in radioisotope-based imaging methods for the uptake and utilisation of water and nutrition materials in plants. Her research opens new possibilities for resource-efficient and sustainable cultivation of crops, as well as increases our understanding of the interaction of plants with radioactive substances.

Tomoko M. Nakanishi is awarded an honorary doctorate at Chalmers for her outstanding interdisciplinary research on plant physiology, the development of ground-breaking new imaging methods for this purpose, as well as for surveying the agricultural and environmental consequences of the Fukushima accident and planning remediation work in the affected areas.

Tomoko M. Nakanishi has an active and extensive contact list and collaborates with researchers at Chalmers and Gothenburg University. She has visited Chalmers several times and has also been hosting Chalmers researchers in Japan. She was elected as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2015 and the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg in 2017.

Olof Bergstedt

Olof Bergstedt holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Chalmers and is an adjunct professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. He is also a drinking water specialist at Sustainable Waste and Water, City of Gothenburg. His research has focused on developing and improving drinking water preparations in waterworks, and consequently public health. He has also assisted the national water disaster group VAKA with water crises in Sweden. Olof Bergstedt has received several awards from industry and societal organisations. In particular, he was the recipient of the Pumphandle Award in 2008, from the John Snow Society Scandinavia, where he was praised for his research contributing to safer ​drinking water.

Olof Bergstedt is awarded an honorary doctorate for his significant research work in the field of applied drinking water technology. His expertise has proven central in strengthening the collaboration between drinking water researchers at Chalmers, and water producers in Sweden and the Nordics.

Olof Bergstedt completed his Master of Science degree in 1987 and has remained in contact with Chalmers ever since. He has contributed to many national and international research projects, mainly through his involvement in the research centre DRICKS at Chalmers.

The trio will receive their awards during the Chalmers doctoral degree ceremony in Gothenburg Concert Hall in Gothenburg on May 18, 2019.


Published: Thu 28 Feb 2019.