Prof. Baldwyn Torto
Baldwyn Torto is a Principal Scientist & Head of Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit, and Extraordinary Professor, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa. His research interest spans the application of chemical ecology to sustainable agriculture, veterinary and public health, and the environment, and nurturing of the next generation of scientists in these fields.
Baldwyn is the recipient of various awards; 2020 icipe@50 Achievement Award, 2020 Entomological Society of America Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology; 2019 Louis Malassis International Prize for Food and Agriculture for Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development, Agropolis Foundation, France; 2018, Journal Article of the Year and Lecture Award of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (AGRO-division, American Chemical Society); and named in 2017 as one of the top 50 scientists in Africa by the South African Department of Science and Technology. Baldwyn serves on the jury- Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs, (Life Sciences), Berlin, and the Selection Committee, UNESCO - Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)- Elsevier Foundation Awards.
He is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, and African Academy of Sciences. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Current Opinion in Insect Science, Journal of Chemical Ecology, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences and Pest Management Science, and Specialty Editor, Vector Biology, Frontiers in Tropical Diseases. He obtained his PhD from the University of Ghana, Postdoctoral at the University of Maine, Orono, USA, and has been a scientist at various universities, international and national research institutions in Africa, UK, and the USA. He is currently President, Board of Trustees, JRS Biodiversity Foundation. He had previously served as President, Board of Trustees, JRS Biodiversity Foundation.