Achim Walter has been full professor in Crop Science at the institute of agricultural sciences at ETH Zurich since September 2010. He was born in 1968 in Öhringen (Germany), studied physics and biology at the University of Heidelberg and finished both curricula with diplomas in 1995 and 1997, respectively. His interdisciplinary studies were complemented by an exchange year at ETH Zürich in Environmental Sciences in 1991/92. Following his dissertation at the University of Heidelberg (1998-2001, Prof. Ulrich Schurr), he did his postdoc as a Feodor-Lynen-Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-foundation until 2003 at Biosphere 2 Center, Arizona, USA with Prof. Barry Osmond. Until 2010 he was research group leader and deputy institute director at the institute ICG-3: Phytosphere of the Research Center Jülich, Germany. In 2009, he finished his habilitation in botany at the University of Düsseldorf.
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