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Harald Schneider funded by Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts
Author: Ai Chongrui
Update time: 2018-02-22
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Prof. Harald Schneider of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) has been recently funded by the Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts (also Thousand People Plan Program).A total amount of 6 million RMB research subsidies shall be granted to the talent enrolled, of which a lump sum of 1 million RMB shall be granted to the talent himself.

Funded by the Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts, Harald Schneider should work continuously for three years in XTBG and 9 months a year at least. He will be appointed as leader of Macroevolution Group.

Harald Schneider is currently Professor at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Yunnan, China. Prior to taking up this position, he was Professor at the Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China and, prior to that, held the position of a Research Leader at the Natural History Museum, London, UK.

Prof Schneider is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the field of land plant evolution with focus on macroevolutionary processes. He is especially recognized for his contribution to groundbreaking studies revealing the phylogeny of ferns (Pryer et al. 2001, Nature) and their diversification (Schneider et al. 2004, Nature). Until now, he contributed to more than 170 publications in scientific journals and several book chapters.

His research interests are bound together by his curiosity about the mechanisms and historic events that shaped the current biodiversity. Integration of research approaches and expertise of different disciplines was always in the center of his research approach, such as phylogenetics, population genetics, taxonomy, morphology, and paleontology. His work takes emphasis on often neglected lineages such as ferns and liverworts. His current research is increasingly shaped by “Learning from the past to predict the future of biodiversity”.



The Thousand People Plan Program is part of the nation's Recruitment Program of Global Experts, initiated in 2008 to attract overseas experts in various industries to help boost the country's scientific and technical innovation. It requires the recruited experts to work in China for at least three consecutive years, and for no fewer than nine months each year. Applicants must have obtained doctorates from overseas universities and meet other requirements verifying their leading credentials in their fields.

Talents involved in “The Recruitment Program for Foreign Experts” shall enjoy the preferential policies of the Recruitment Program of Global Experts in terms of exit and entrance, residence, medical care, insurance, housing, tax, salary, etc.

A lump sum of 1 million RMB research subsidies shall be granted to each talent enrolled. A total amount of 3-5 million RMB research subsidies shall be granted, through employer, to those engaged in scientific research, particularly those in basic science research.

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