Prof. Dr. Folkard Asch
Department of Management of Crop Water Stress in the Tropics and Subtropics, the Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics, University of Hohenheim
Prof. Asch is an agricultural scientist and biologist focusing on the topic “Optimal water use securing goo d harvests”. Prof. Dr. Asch and his research team investigates the determinants of the optimum use of water for crop production, especially in terms of their efficient use for oil production. . He collaborates with numerous international universities and prestigious research centers.
Prof. Philippe Burny
Department of Economics and rural Development, University of Liege, Belgium
Prof. Ph. Burny is an agro-economist and lecturer of agricultural policy and agricultural economics in Masters and Doctoral degree programmes. He is affilitaed to the Department of Economics and Rural Development, at University of Liege. He is reasearching the impact of the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on farmers' income, the development of organic farming, the greening of the CAP, consumers' attitudes towards food and specific sectors of agricultureHe also coordinates a project targeting the prospectives of bovine meat and dairy sectors in Wallonia. He led 70 Ph.D. candidates, who dealt mainly with developing countries and international development projects. He conducted more that 60 educational and research trips abroad. He is doctor honoris causa of the Ivan Turgueniev University in Orel (Russia) and an adjunct research associate professor at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania). He has been the advisor of the regional Minister of Agriculture, dealing with the quality and promotion of agricultural products.
Prof. Bill Hansson
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
Professor Bill Hansson is active at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in the position of the Director of the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology. He is one of the leading sceintists in the area of chemical ecology and neurology of insects, insect communication processes at functioning gene levels, and insect proteomics. Since the late 1980s, he has been carrying out long-term top-level innovative research. In his studies, he specialises in insect orders of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera, namely in their connection with forestry as well as agriculture. He uses the Diptera order in his research as a model group for performing genetically manipulated experiments in the area of neurobiology. The issues of development of new plant protection measures against pathogenic insects are closely related to the above-mentioned topics.
Prof. Ülo Mander
Department of Geography, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences at the University of Tartu, Estonia
Prof. Mander is professor of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology and his research and teaching are is concentrated in the field of biosciences/geosciences (nutrient cycling in various wetlands and landscapes) and ecological engineering (constructed wetlands: design and performance). He has been involved in 14 EU 5th, 6th, 7th FP and Horizon 2020 projects. He was the lead author of the 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for NGGIP: Wetlands. He has organized (as head or member of organisation and scientific committee) 55 international conferences, symposia, and workshops. Prof. Mander has been a visiting scientist/professor at various universities and research centers in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Japan, China, the USA, and France. Since 1994 he has been working as the editor (or the member of editorial board) of nine international peer-reviewed journals. Prof. Mander has published 210 papers included on Web of Science.
Prof. Dr. Marcel Robischon
Faculty of Life Sciences, Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Prof. Marcel Robischon is a forest scientist, biologist and the head of the Division of Agricultural Education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His scientific focus includes agricultural ecology and in particular developmental biology and ecology of woody plants. In his pedagogical work, he utilizes experiential forms of learning using approached of outdoor and object-based learning. He is commited to the Humboldtian ideal of education linking research and teaching. The Division of Agricultural Education is a place of learning that welcomes student's scientific search for knoweldge and initiative. He is involved not only in research and teaching but he participates also in numerous projects targeting agricultural education.
Prof. Alessandro Ruggiero
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy
Proessor Ruggiero is an engineering expert in tribology, acoustic noise control, and dynamical systems. In his pedagogical and scientific work, he focuses on (bio)tribology, biomechanics in connection with musculoskeletal dynamic simulation accounting for lubrication phenomena. He also applies his experience in research and theoretical description of biomaterials and their tribological and mechanical properties. He collaborates with numerous international universities and prestigious research centers, e.g. European Society of Biomechanics. He is also a member of editorial boards of several international scientific journals.
Prof. Walter W. Wenzel
Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, University of Life Sciences and Natural Ressources Vienna (BOKU), Austria
Prof. Wenzel is Professor in Soil protection & Management. His teaching and research address soil protection, biogeochemistry of soil and rhizosphere, soil pollution and remediation, and sustainable nutrient management and recycling, including bio- and hydrochar functionalization. Together with his group members, he developed and modified methodologies for soil and rhizosphere research such as rhizobox systems, root exudate collectors, chemical imaging using Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films, and novel extraction techniques for soil and fertilizers. Prof. Wenzel is the holder of numerous research grants provided by national and international agencies and industries. He has been organising or co-organising international conferences and working in scientific journal boards for a long time.