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Professor Fu Bojie won the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society in 2020

 

On May 18, 2020, the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) announced its medal and award recipients. The Honorary Fellow is awarded to Dr. Bojie Fu, who is the Dean at the Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, and the distinguished professor at Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) is the United Kingdom’s learned society and professional body for geography, founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences. It has been the largest geographical society in Europe and among the most active of the learned societies ever since. The RGS-IBG operates at a regional, national, and international scale. The Society supports research, education, and training, together with the wider public understanding and enjoyment of Geography. The award, Honorary Fellow, awards people who have done extraordinary achievements in geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, and public engagement. Since the establishment in 2003, it has been awarded to 31 people around the world, among which, Professor Fu remains the first Chinese to receive the prestigious award.

Professor Fu holds many influential leadership positions in China and internationally. He has been elected as Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011), Academician of The World Academy of Sciences (2012), Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (2015), International Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2019). His research focuses on interactions between human beings and the environment and he has published more than 10 books, 400 papers in domestic and international prestigious scientific journals, with more than 40000 total citations. He is a pioneer for the development of landscape ecology in China and his achievements have made significant contributions to the understanding of interactions between landscape pattern and ecological processes, land use and soil erosion at multi-scales, and ecosystem services assessment and management and sustainability. His research won the China National Natural Sciences Prize in 2005, the National Sciences & Technology Advanced Prize in 2012, Award of Distinguished Service of International Association for Landscape Ecology in 2011, and Alexander Von Humboldt Medal in 2019.