Corresponding Membership

This honor, initially given in 1932, provides life membership and Society publications to distinguished plant biologists from outside the United States. The honor is conferred by election on the annual ballot. The committee selects no more than three (3) candidates, and these are placed on the ballot for approval of corresponding membership by majority vote. The president notifies successful candidates of their election. Election of a corresponding member is to be considered each year, and held if warranted, provided the election will not increase the number of corresponding members beyond two (2) percent of the dues-paying membership. Membership is required for this award.

2017 Winner: John R. Evans

John Evans is a professor at the Research School of Biology, Australian National University. John is one of the leading scientists in photosynthesis research; his contributions in elucidating the diffusion of carbon dioxide within leaves and the nitrogen economy of photosynthesis at the scale of chloroplasts, individual leaves and plant canopies, are particularly recognized. These discoveries led to the establishment of molecular research aimed at raising crop yields by engineering photosynthesis. John has published 110 peer reviewed papers and 26 book chapters that are highly cited. He has served as an editorial board member for many journals, including as a Monitoring Editor for ASPB’s Plant Physiology since 2007. John has been a member of ASPB since 1982. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2013, and he served as President of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists from 2014 to 2016.

Ian Max Moller2017 Winner: Ian Max Møller

Ian Max Møller is a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Science and Technology at Aarhus University, Denmark. Max has made seminal discoveries in the enzymology, metabolism and stress reactions of plant mitochondria, and he has made outstanding contributions to advancing our understanding of the physiology of plant mitochondria.  Max has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers in the leading journals and his papers are highly cited. Max has been an editor with Physiologia Plantarum since 1981 including stints as managing editor and editor-in-chief. Max has been a principal in many congresses and meetings, often as a plenary speaker and also as an organizer. Max has been an ASPB member for 30 years, and he is a frequent attendee at ASPB annual meetings, and he has served the field of plant biology in a dedicated and professional manner for many years.

Ekkehard Neuhaus2017 Winner: Ekkehard Neuhaus

Ekkehard Neuhaus, is professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Ekkehard has made significant advances in the field of membrane transport. Start with his initial work in the labs of Mark Stitt and Renate Scheibe, he has helped to unravel the biochemicall strategies behind plant growth, carbohydrate storage and yield, as well as aspects of functional evolution. Ekkehard has contributed more than 120 publications in top journals, including six groundbreaking findings published in The Plant Cell. His work is centers around various nucleotide and carbohydrate transporters, some of them newly described. For his scientific achievements and to support his innovative work, Ekkehard has received the highly acknowledged Reinhart-Koselleck grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG). He was founding spokesman of the DFG-funded Research Groups and an International Graduate College, and he has served in the DFG Senate and in a number of other research-oriented commissions. Since 2016, Ekkehard has been a member of the Leopoldina (German National Academy of Sciences).


Mondher Bouzayen, Chair (2017-2021)
Renate Scheibe (2015-2019)
Alejandra Covarrubias (2016-2020)
Wataru Sakamoto (2016-2020)
Jian-Kang Zhu (2016-2020)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nominations & Deadlines

The Corresponding Membership Award will be offered again in 2018. Please check the nominations page in January 2018 to make a nomination.

Past Winners
Ikuko Hara-Nishimura
Jian-Feng Ma
Widmar tanner

Renate Scheibe
Kazuo Shinozaki

Cathie Martin
Carl Douglas
Su-May Yu

Luis Herrera-Estrella
Susanne von Caemmerer
Youngsook Lee

Frank Gubler
Agepati Raghavendra

Carlos S. Andreo
Jiayang Li
Geoffrey B. Fincher
Hartmut Lichtenthaler
Sudhir K. Sopory

Murray Ronald Badger
William J. Davies

Chu-Yung Lin
Federico Sánchez
Alessandro Vitale

J. Derek Bewley
Wilhelm Gruissem
Patricia M. Léon

Gynheung An
Jurgen Denecke
Rana Munns

Masamitsu Wada

Peter Hedden
Joseph Hirschberg
Yukiko Sasaki

Yuji Kamiya
Christopher Leaver
Horacio Pontis

Göran Sandberg

Myroslawa Miginiac-Maslow
Pierre M. Gadal
John V. Jacobsen
*Bruce Stone

Anthony J. Trewavas

Marshall D. Hatch
Harry Smith

Estela Sanchez de Jimenez
Vladimir A. Shuvalov

Hans Walter Heldt
Maarten Koorneef

Roland Douce
Jan E. Graebe

1994 and prior
*Takashi Akazawa
Paulo de T. Alvim
Nikolaus Amrhein
N. Keith Boardman
Jack Dainty
L.N.M. Duysens
Lloyd T. Evans
Graham Farquhar
*Leslie Fowden
Masaki Furuya
T. W. Goodwin
Klaus Hahlbrock
Rainer Hertel
*Noburo Kamiya
A. J. Keys
Andrej L. Kursanov
Agu Laisk
Claude Lance
Jake MacMillan
E.A.C. MacRobbie
Phillippe Matile
Benjamin Miflin
Alexis Moyse
Mirjana Neskovic
*Rutherford Ness Robertson
Hiroh Shibaoka
Ralph O. Slatyer
Tatsuo Sugiyama
Nobutaka Takahashi
Akira Tanaka
Pei-Sung Tang
Masashi Tazawa
*Ikuzo Uritani
Marc Van Montagu
David Alan Walker
Malcolm Wilkins