In September 2012, the title of “Titularprofessorin für nachhaltige Wassernutzung” (Associate Professor for Sustainable Water Use) was conferred on Hong Yang (Siam).
Hong Yang has been a researcher at Eawag in Dübendorf since 1999 and heads up the research group for Water, Environment and Food Security. Her research interest lies in understanding the impact of increasing water scarcity on food security and in assessing the impact of food trade. Hong Yang is well known for her studies in “virtual water” and has made the concept more widespread. Since 2006 she has been teaching at the University of Basel offering courses on the globalisation of water resources. She is also involved in teaching on the “Sustainable Development” Master’s programme. In future she will be working more closely with the research group of Prof. Patricia Holm (formerly of Eawag).