Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Greuter

+49 30 838 50484
+49 174 381 9446
+49 30 838-4 50484
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
Professor emeritus, Institut für Biologie, Freie Universität Berlin.
Vice-President, International Foundation "Pro Herbario Mediterraneo"
President, Foundation Herbarium Greuter
Honorary Keeper, Herbarium Mediterraneum, Università degli Studi, Palermo (Italy)
Nomenclatural Advisor to Flora of Norrth America
Curriculum vitae 

Born in Genova (Italy), as Swiss national, on 27 Feb 1938. Schools in Bellinzona and Winterthur (Switzerland), University studies in Zürich (PhD 1972). 1965-78 assistant curator, then curator and senior curator, Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève (habil. Université de Genève, 1975); 1972-4 also Scientific Director, Goulandris Natural History Museum in Kifisia (Greece). First Director, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, 1978-2008.

Research interests 
  • Taxonomy and biogeography of vascular plants of Mediterranean areas, especially Greece, as well as the Caribbean.
  • Compositae, Caryophyllaceae, Turneraceae.
  • Inventorying and monitoring of plant biodiversity.
  • Bionomenclature, especially botanical nomenclature.
  • Assembling, processing and networking of botanical information.
  • Management of live and preserved botanical collections.
Research projects 
  • Compositae of Europe, a synonymic checklist. Part of the international project Euro+Med Plant Base.
  • Caryophyllaceae and Turneraceae. Treatments for the Flora de la República de Cuba.
  • Pteridophyta of the Iranian Highlands (with W. Rechinger, Wien).
  • Harmonisation of biological nomenclature (sponsored by IUBS and IUMS).


Honours and awards 
Medal of Honour of the University of Crete, Rethymnon, 2010
Doctorate honoris causa (Laurea specialistica ad honorem in Biologia ed Ecologia vegetale), Università degli Studi di Palermo, 2010
Premio Acuña Galé, Sociedad Cubana de Botánica, 2009
Honorary Professorship (Categoría Docente Especial de Profesor Invitado), Universidad de La Habana, 2004
Theophrastus Medal of Honour of the Hellenic Botanical Society, 2000
IAPT Distinguished Services Award, 1999
OPTIMA Gold Medal, 1998
Editor: Med-Checklist
Editor: OPTIMA Newsletter, book reviews section
Co-editor: Flora de la República de Cuba (with R. G. Rankin Rodríguez)
Co-editor: Flora Mediterranea, Bocconea (with F. M. Raimondo)
Section editor for Nomenclature: Phytotaxa
Mandates in scientific advisory boards and committees 
Herbarium Mediterraneum, Palermo (PMO), honorary keeper
International Organization for Plant Information, Council
Euro+Med PlantBase (Project Sisyphus), Steering Committee, Senior Adviser; Editorial Committee, Secretary
Committee for Mapping the Flora of Europe, Adviser
Organization for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area (OPTIMA), International Board
General Committee on Botanical Nomenclature
OPTIMA Publications Commission
OPTIMA Herbarium Mediterraneum Commission
Scientific Committee, International Foundation "Pro Herbario Mediterraneo"
Flora of Southern Africa, Editorial Board
Journals: Allionia, Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali, Biogeographia, Boissiera, Candollea, Journal of Biological Research, Lazaroa, Lejeunia, Phytologia Balcanica, Plant Biosystems, Polish Botanical Journal, Webbia, Willdenowia
Memberships in scientific societies 
Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Classe des Sciences, Section des Sciences Naturelles, Membre Associé
Bulgarian Botanical Society, Foreign Member
Linnean Society of London, Fellow
Royal Physiographical Society of Lund, Elected Member
Russian Botanical Society, Honorary Member
Société Botanique de Genève, Honorary Member
Société Royale de Botanique de Belgique, Honorary Member
Greek Botanical Society, Honorary Member
Asociación Latinoamericana de Botánica
Association pour l'Etude Taxonomique de la Flore d'Afrique Tropicale
Basler Botanische Gesellschaft
Bayerische Botanische Gesellschaft.
Berliner Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft.
Botanischer Verein von Berlin und Brandenburg
Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft
Gesellschaft für biologische Systematik
Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature
International Association for Plant Taxonomy
International Organization of Plant Biosystematists
International Organization for Systematic and Evolutionary Biology
Organization for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area
Polish Botanical Society, Honorary Member
Regensburgische Botanische Gesellschaft
Schweizerische Akademie der Naturwissenschaften
Schweizerische Botanische Gesellschaft
Schweizerischer Bund für Naturschutz
Sociedad cubana de Botánica
Società botanica italiana
Société botanique de France