Priv.-Doz. Dr. Violette Geissen
Soil Scientist

Personal data

Surname:                             Priv.-Doz. Dr. Geissen

First name:                          Violette

Place of residence:              Wageningen, Netherlands

Date of birth:                       22.01.1963

Place of birth:                      Wuppertal, Germany

Civic status:                         living in a life partnership, 4 children

Foreign languages:               English, French, Spanish, Netherlands


April 2000                          Habilitation at the agricultural faculty of the University in Bonn,  Germany

Sept.1988 - Mai 1992       PhD studies at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn, Germany

Okt. 1985- Aug. 1988       Studies of agriculture at the university in Göttingen, Germany

Oct. 1982 - Oct. 1984       Studies of agriculture at the University in Gießen, Germany

Professional work

Since Jan. 2009                 Senior Scientist at Alterra, Wageningen, Netherlands

Since Dec. 2006                Professor at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Villahermosa, Mexico

Jan. 2002 – Dec. 2006      Visiting professor (Langzeitdozentur) of the DAAD at

                                         El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Villahermosa, México

Mai 2000 – Dec. 2001      Freelance work: scientific projects

Since April 2000               Privatdozent at the institute of soil science at the  

                                         University in Bonn, Germany                       

Mai 1993 – March 2000  Junior Scientist at the institute of soil science at University in


July 1992 – April 1993      Freelance work

Nov. 1990 - June 1992     Junior officer at the consulting office Geolog, Brühl, Germany

Sept.1988 - April 1991     Assistant at the Chamber of Agriculture, Bonn, Germany

Work experience abroad

Jan. 2002 - Dec. 2008      Research work at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Villahermosa,


March - April 2001          Research studies in Parakou, Benin            

July - Oct. 1986              Trainee in a GTZ project in Silves, Portugal

Mai - Sept. 1985             Trainee in a GTZ project on sustainable land use systems in

                                       Sokodé, Togo

Oct. 83 - Feb. 84            Trainee in a GTZ project on agro forestry systems in Lushoto,


Feb. – April 83                Work placement on a dairy farm in Brittany, France


June 93 – Mai 94            Research fellowship at the University of Bonn

May – Sept. 1985           Fellowship with GTZ for a field study on sustainable land use in




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