Bernard Slippers is a Professor in Genetics at the University of Pretoria. He is one of the research leaders of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme and Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI).
Bernard’s research focus is on the molecular ecology and evolution of insects and micro- organisms that affect tree health, with a particular focus on anthropogenic influences on these populations and ways of reducing their impact. He has received wide recognition for his research, including a President's Award from the National Research Foundation and the Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science, British Association Medal (Silver). Most recently Bernard received the JE van der Plank award from the Southern African Society of Plant Pathology as a young scientist.
Bernard is predominantly involved in science education at the postgraduate level. He also regularly contributes to national and international congresses, as participant and organizer. Bernard broadly reviews papers for key journals in his field and served on advisory teams on forestry pests and diseases in South Africa and abroad.
Bernard is passionate about science development and the role of science in broader society. In this regard he has been deeply involved in the Young Academy movement, being a founding member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) in 2010 and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) in 2011. He current serves a second term as co-chair of the GYA. Bernard is also a Young Affiliate of Academy of Science of the Developing World (TWAS), from whom he received the AU-TWAS Young Scientist national prize in 2011.
Bernard is also the head of Boekenhout mens’ residence at the University of Pretoria.
Bernard is married to Dr. Jana Slippers and has two daugthers, Yvonne and Mia.