Since 2010, ATSAF has been awarding a non-monetary prize for life's work: "Veronica atsafii".

This prize is awarded in recognition of the longstanding commitment to development-oriented agricultural research and, in particular, the outstanding commitment to the training and enthusiasm of young scientists.

The award is given to outstanding personalities who, despite their great commitment, have not typically been in the spotlight, but have rather worked 'in the background'.

So far, the prize has been awarded in 2011 to Dr. Holger Hindorf, in 2014 to Hans Hemann, in 2016 to Diethard Mai, in 2017 to Marlene Diekmann, and in 2019 to Dr. Ann Waters-Bayer.

2011

Dr. Holger Hindorf
Was a scientist in the seventies of the last century, most recently since 2002 academic director at the Institute for Plant Diseases at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. With this prize ATSAF e.V. honors Dr. Hindorf's many years of commitment to development-oriented agricultural research - in particular his outstanding commitment to the training and enthusiasm of young scientists.
2014

Hans Hemann
Worked from 1976 to 2010 in the Department of Ecological Agricultural Sciences at the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen, since 2004 as Managing Director of the Tropenzentrums and Coordinator for International Studies. The prize honors his outstanding commitment to the enthusiasm, support and training of young scientists, his tireless support of foreign students during their study and research stays in Germany and his services to worldwide networking through international alumni work.
2016

Dr. Diethard Mai
Formerly Managing Director of the Tropenzentrum of the University of Göttingen (1986-2003). The award honors the exceptional achievements of Mr. Diethard Mai in establishing and expanding development-oriented agricultural research and education at the University of Göttingen. At the beginning of the 1990s, he was instrumental in establishing the first English-language Master's program in Integrated Tropical Agriculture and Forestry Sciences in Germany.

2017
Marlene Diekmann

PD Dr. Marlene Diekmann
PhD and Habilitation in Plant Protection from the University of Bonn. After working abroad for ICARDA in Syria for many years, from 1999 to 2015 she was a consultant in the Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF) at giz in Bonn, where she was mainly responsible for CGIAR's technical strategy consulting according to development policy criteria and for promoting young talent (interns, diploma and doctoral students). From 2002 to 2015 she was a member of the steering committee of ATSAF e.V. With this honorary award, ATSAF honors Ms. Diekmann's outstanding commitment in many areas of promoting young researchers and for networking German universities and research institutes with the CGIAR Centers, which has resulted in a wide range of research opportunities and career paths for young scientists.

 Veronica atsafii 2017