The NTNU board has appointed professors Paul D.N. Hebert and Gilbert Laporte as honorary doctors for 2021.

On Tuesday 14 September, the two professors were appointed honorary doctors, during a digital ceremony between Norway and Canada. The two honorary doctors work in different fields, each at their own Canadian university – Hebert is a biologist at the University of Guelph, while Laporte is a researcher in operations analysis at the HEC Montréal School of Business. Despite different disciplines, they have in common that they both contribute academically to a more sustainable future

— The two honorary doctors have excelled in different areas, but has one important thing in common. Both have through their academic work contributed to the UN’s sustainability goals and NTNU’s vision “Knowledge for a better world”, says Rector Anne Borg in her speech during the ceremony.

About Laporte and Hebert

Hebert’s scientific efforts to understand the development of biodiversity have been groundbreaking, as professor Torbjørn Ekrem from the Departement of Natural History emphasizes in his speech during the ceremony. Hebert´s idea of using DNA barcodes to identify species has revolutionized the mapping and monitoring of biodiversity in the world. He has been the main driving force in the development of international collaboration in the field, which today involves researchers from 40 countries. NTNU leads the Norwegian contribution through the national research infrastructure, Norwegian Barcode of Life.

Laporte, for his part, is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of transport and logistics optimization. His research on effective decision-making systems, planning and operations has found practical application in industry, business and the public sector. In this way, he has contributed to a more sustainable development. Professor Marielle Christiansen from the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management at NTNU, says that Laporte has been an important door opener and partner for her academic environment since 2002.

Both honorary doctors expressed deep gratitude for the award. Laporte og Hebert now joins the long line of outstanding researcher´s who have received honorary doctorates from NTNU earlier.

Watch the recorded digital ceremony here