Organizing Committee Members

Valasia Iakovoglou

International Hellenic University, Greece

Dr. Valasia Iakovoglou is a graduate of Iowa State University, USA. She has more than 20-yrs of national/international research and teaching experience as an Ecophysiologist/Silviculture expert in seedling production and Restoration/Conservation of Ecosystems with emphasis on Biodiversity under the challenges of Climate Change. She has received numerous scholarships, awards and recognitions. She is an editor at five international journals and a reviewer in more than ten with one of them being the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She has numerous publications with more than ten books/book chapters and 50 peer-reviewed papers. She is active in many scientific societies such as the Mediterranean Experts of Climate and environmental Change (MedECC) and associations such as the “Association of Inter-Balkan Woman’s Cooperation Societies (AIWCS)” of UNESCO Center, where she serves as Board Member. Currently she is the Director of the Ecotourism Sector of the UNESCO chair Con-E-Ect and a visiting professor at the MSc program “Man and Water”.

Malgorzata Szczepanek

UTP University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Malgorzata Szczepanek (PhD, Eng.) is employed as Assoc. Prof. at the Department of Agronomy, UTP University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She focuses on the development of innovations, scientific research, popularization of knowledge as well as academic education in the field of agricultural sciences. She has worked in the following research areas: sustainable agriculture, field crops, vegetables, cropping system, seed production, biostimulants, nutrient management, crop quality, crop storage. She is the author of more than 100 research articles and conference proceedings. She has also delivered lectures at international conferences. She is a breeder of wheat cultivars and a co-creator of patents. She has been the manager of scientific projects co-financed by EU funds. She was a member of scientific and organizational committees of international conferences (Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, USA). She is a member of the Editorial Board in Agronomy.

Elisa Pellegrini

The University of Pisa, Italy

Elisa Pellegrini is graduated in Environmental Sciences at the University of Pisa (2003) discussing a thesis on “Effects of agronomic practices on mychorrizal fungal community”. In December 2003 she completed (with full marks) a second level laurea in Management and Protection of the Agro-Forestry Environment at the same University, discussing a thesis on “Isolation and molecular characterization of two arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal species from Italian agricultural soils”. In December 2008 she obtained a PhD in Science of Crop Production, with a dissertation on “Assessment of the ozone risk in agricultural plants”. In 2013 (4 months) she has been a visiting scientist at the Institut für Pharmazeutische Biologie, Philipps-Universität, Marburg (Germany). The research activities mainly concern the biosynthesis and accumulation of natural products, especially phenolic compounds, in medicinal plants exposed to ozone on the biochemical and molecular level. In September 2014 she obtained the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor (Scientific disciplinary sector AGR/12 - Plant Pathology). In April 2016 she won a Research Assistant position (RDT/B, Chair of Plant Pathology) at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa. In April 2019 she obtained an Associate Professor Position at the same Department. She participated in some national (PRIN 2004, 2008 and 2010-2011) and international (Vigoni Project 2012-2013, International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops) research projects sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Education, Italian CRUI and German DAAD. She is scientific responsible of the National Project PRA_2018_2019. Over the years, Prof. Pellegrini has extended the research to differential response of vascular plants and lichens to oxidative stress, innovative applications of biomonitoring of air pollutants and experimental approaches for plant pathology in the urban environment. The scientific activity is documented by some 100 research or congress papers, more than 80 of them published on peer-reviewed journals. Co-guest Editor of the special issue of Agrochimica, “The hot summer of 2012: some effects on agriculture, forestry and related issues”. She served as reviewer of some international journals. Member of the Editorial Board of American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences. She had actively collaborated to the elaboration of final projects of several degree-students and of the PhD students at the University of Pisa. She has served as assistant in teaching of several courses and starting from 2016 to present, she is an assistant professor of plant pathology. Active participant in several international conferences. Her didactical duties include the teaching of courses on Indicators of environmental quality and Tree hazard. Her H-index is 19 and the number of citations is 968 (Scopus, August 2021).

Liang Chen

Tea Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

Professor Liang Chen completed his PhD on Tea Science from Zhejiang University, China and postdoctoral studies from Cornell University, USA. He also visited Japan, Italy and The Netherlands as senior visiting professor. He has been the professor on tea genetic resources, genetics, breeding, and genomics in the Tea Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (TRICAAS) since 2007. He has been appointed twice as Honorary Scientist and Advisor of the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of the Republic of Korea. He has published more than 50 papers in reputed international journals, such as Nature Communications, Horticulture Research, etc. He is the Executive Editor of Beverage Plant Research and Associate Editor of Horticulture Research.

Feibo Wu

Zhejiang University, China

Prof. Feibo Wu completed her PhD on Crop Science from Zhejiang University (ZJU), China. She is the Deputy Director of Crop Science Institute of ZJU. Her main research interest is Molecular Physiology of Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crops. She has published more than 100 papers in reputed SCI-JOURNALS. Her publications include works on plant physiology, transcriptomics, genomics and analysis of RNA-seq. She has been serving as an editorial board member of Plant Growth Regulation; Plants (Plant Molecular Biology Section); Phyton, International Journal of Experimental Botany.

Othmane Merah

Paul Sabatier University, France

Dr. Othmane MERAH is an Associate Professor at the University Paul Sabatier and in the Laboratory of Agroindustrial Chemistry, Toulouse, France. After obtaining a degree in Engineer in agronomic sciences from the National Agronomic School of Rennes (France) and the University of Blida (Algeria), he completed his PhD at the Institute of Plant Biotechnology (Paris XI University) and the National Institute for Agronomic Research (Montpellier) in 1999. He completed his Habilitation Diploma for supervising doctoral researches in National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse in 2010. He investigated the genetic, morphological, physiological diversity in cereals, oilseed crops, and aromatic plants. The impact of genetics and plant management on drought tolerance in cereals and accumulation of bioactives was also studied. He is a crop scientist and agronomist with wide experience in large-scale research programmes and in leading multidisciplinary and international collaboration projects. He has participated to the development of three cultivars of brown mustard in Burgundy (France) for the famous “Moutarde de Dijon” condiment. He was, with other colleagues, at the origin of the development of several sectors related to the biorefinery of plant species (Coriander, Apiaceae, Amaranthaceae...). He published over 130 publications. He participated as guest editor to several special issues in international journals. He is a member of Editorial and Advisory Board of several International Journals. He has attended many international congress and symposiums. He serves as project peer reviewer of different national and international Science Funds and Fundations (including European Union).