Silvia Dorn (Switzerland), born 1947. Prof. Dorn studied at ETH Zurich, where she obtained her Diploma Degree in Natural Sciences with honours in 1971, and her PhD in phytomedicine in 1974. She is professor of Applied Entomology at ETH Zurich since 1992.
Previously, she worked in crop protection industry with main emphasis on juvenoids, and spent a sabbatical/postdoc at Columbia University, New York. Her research focusses on insect-plant interactions, particularly as a basis for more sustainable crop and pest management. She currently investigates chemically mediated multitrophic interactions and insect dispersal. Her preferred model systems are herbivores and parasitoids on fruit trees and vegetables, as well as solitary bees and their host plants.
Prof. Dorn is author or coauthor of over 200 peer reviewed journal publications and 8 patent applications. She is a founding member of the Swiss Centre of International Agriculture, and she served as a president of the Swiss Society of Phytomedicine and as a Vice-President of the Council of the European Congresses of Entomology. Her research achievements were honoured with several prizes, including the award of the Swiss Forum of International Agricultural Research. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (UK), the Entomological Society of America, and the International Society of Horticultural Sciences.