Keynote Speakers


 keynote speakers

 Prof. dr. Alexandru Badea

Prof. dr. Alexandru Badea is the Head of the Space Applications Department of the Romanian Space Agency and full Professor (ret.) at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest (USAMV B), Faculty of Land Reclamation and Environmental Engineering (FIFIM). He has a PhD degree in Geography (2000) from the University of Bucharest, a DESS Diploma in Remote Sensing from the University Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI & GDTA Toulouse (1991), and a Bachelor’s degree in Geodesy from the Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest (1980). He has a long career in space applications, particularly in remote sensing and GNSS applications for agriculture and environment. Since 1992, he led many international projects financed by EU, UN – FAO and from private sources: EU Monitoring Agriculture with Remote Sensing MARS (pilot project 1994), EU Phare Crop Information System I Project (1996 - 1998), EU Phare Regional MERA Project (ZZ9211/0502). Prof. Badea was assigned by FAO to coordinate the technical-scientific part of the projects LCCS TCP/AZE/8921(A) (1999 - 2001) and TCP/MOL/2903-3001(2003 - 2005), and was appointed national project manager/director of the similar project TCP/ROM/2901 carried out between 2002 and 2004 in Romania. He is the Head of the Romanian Delegation in the Programme Board for Earth Observation (PB-EO) at the European Space Agency and national delegate at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS). Mr. Badea is the President of the Romanian Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing since 2018 and Associate Member of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR). In recognition of his professional activity, in 2017 he was elected Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).


Presentation title: A model of collaborative thematic development of educational programs in the field of geomatics


 keynote speakers

 Prof. univ. dr. Emanuel Vamanu

Emanuel Vamanu is a professor at the Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. He developed and coordinated the scientific team of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. He was the coordinator of numerous academic grants. He has won through competition two TE projects that have laid the foundations of the only laboratory dedicated exclusively to the in vitro study of the human microbiota, existing under the generic name of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. The in vitro simulators were the result of projects financed by national competitions, being the only devices patented at this level in Romania. The realization of the key structure of the two in vitro simulators is the personal contribution of the lab coordinator. These started from studying the effect of in vitro transit of the human gastrointestinal tract on probiotic strains. In recent years, the laboratory's interest has been directed toward the modulation of the microbiota of the target groups, especially by the mushroom extracts.


Presentation title: Wild edible mushrooms from Romania, a valuable source of functional and commercial potential


 keynote speakers

 Jeroen Dewulf
(Universiteit Gent, Merelbeke)

Full professor

Ghent University

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Department of Internal medicine, Reproduction and population medicine.



Jeroen Dewulf graduated in 1998 as a veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Ghent University, Belgium. In 2002 he finished his Ph.D. in the epidemiology and control of classical swine fever. In that same year, he received a master of science degree in veterinary epidemiology from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands (Cum Laude). He became a diplomat in the European College of Veterinary Public Health in 2005.

Currently, he is a full professor in Veterinary Epidemiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University. His main research interests are quantitative epidemiology and control of zoonoses with a specific emphasis on antimicrobial use and resistance in animals as well as the prevention of epidemic and endemic diseases with a focus on the application of biosecurity measures. Since 2021 he is the head of the department of Internal medicine, Reproduction and population medicine and in 2022 he became a member of the board of directors of Ghent University.

He is leading the Veterinary Epidemiology Unit and is supervising over 10 Ph.D. students who are doing research in the field of veterinary epidemiology. He is (co-)author of over 400 A1 publications in the field of veterinary epidemiology with an H-index of 65. Recently he has launched, together with some colleagues, the spin-off company Biocheck.Gent. He is also coordinating the EU research consortium BIOSECURE performing cutting-edge research on Biosecurity in terrestrial animal production.

Since 2009 he is a member of the scientific committee of the Belgian federal food agency and is the founder and chair of the board of the center of expertise on antimicrobial use and resistance in animals (AMCRA) in Belgium. He is also the author of the book “biosecurity in animal production and veterinary medicine” as well as the book “8 myths on antimicrobial resistance disproved, practical guide for reducing antibiotic use in animal husbandry”.


  • Veterinary epidemiology
  • Preventive veterinary medicine
  • Animal disease control
  • Veterinary public health
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Biosecurity
  • Applied statistics



Presentation title: Biosecurity in animal production to improve animal health and reduce antimicrobial use


 keynote speakers

 Prof. Dr. Milen Georgiev

Prof. Dr. Milen I. Georgiev is heading a Lab of Metabolomics at the Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has 20 years of experience in natural products fields and has published in excess of 180 papers (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Genome Biology, Trends in Biotechnology and Plant Biotechnology Journal, among others). He has delivered 60+ invited lectures in 25 different countries. Milen holds several grants from the NSF of Bulgaria, Romania and framework programmes of the European Union (incl. H2020 – PlantsSYST project, well-funded with 30 million Euro). For the last three consecutive years he is listed among top 2% in the Stanford University worldwide citation ranking of all scientists and scientific disciplines. Milen is a recipient of Pythagoras award for outstanding scientist by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science (2011, 2015 and 2020), as at present the only scientist in Bulgaria to have won three times. Milen serves as an Editor, Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of dozen journals in biotechnology and natural products fields, incl. Phytomedicine, Phytochemistry, Biotechnology Letters, Chinese Medicine, eFood, Food Frontiers, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Frontiers in Pharmacology, among others. Serving as a chairman he has established the International Conference on Natural Products Utilization: from Plants to Pharmacy Shelf (ICNPU), which has four issues so far. The latest ICNPU edition attracted attention of 330+ participants from 50 different countries.His current research focuses on 1) biosynthesis of fine molecules and development of biotech tools for their sustainable mass production, 2) metabolomics and comprehensive metabolite profiling and 3) molecular pharmacology (with particular focus on obesity, photoaging and longevity).


Presentation title: The anti-obesity potential of plant natural compounds




 keynote speakers

 Oscar Vicente

Oscar Vicente obtained his PhD in Sciences, from the Autonomous University of Madrid, in 1983. After a three-year postdoctoral period at the Friedrich-Miescher Institut, in Basel (Switzerland), he moved in 1988 to the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna (Austria), to establish a research group working on different aspects of pollen development and biotechnology, and on the molecular characterisation of pollen allergens and plant MAP kinases. Oscar Vicente returned to Spain in 1996, to join the faculty of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where he is at present Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biotechnology. He is teaching different subjects in this area to students of Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering, and supervising Bachelor, Master and Ph. D. Theses, and the work of Erasmus exchange students and visiting scientists. His research interest focuses on the study of plant abiotic stress tolerance, in the context of climate change, using different crop and wild species, combining field and laboratory work, and physiological, biochemical and molecular approaches. Oscar Vicente has published over 160 indexed scientific papers (Web of Science, core collection), and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals; e.g., of Plants (section Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change) or as Associate Editor in Frontiers in Plant Science (Plant Abiotic Stress). He is Vice-president of the European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association (EBTNA) and managing editor of EBTNA's official journal, The EuroBiotech Journal. Oscar Vicente is included in the 'Top-100' Spanish scientists in Plant Science and Agronomy ( In 2017, he was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca (Romania).


Presentation title: Control of K+ homeostasis: An essential stress tolerance mechanism in plants


 keynote speakers

 Prof. Dr. Huub Lelieveld

Prof. Dr. h.c. H.L.M. (Huub) Lelieveld is President of the Global Harmonization Initiative and Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology. He is (co)-editor of many books on hygiene and food safety; food processing technologies and harmonization of food safety regulations. He is visiting professor at the National University of Food Technologies in Kiev, Ukraine.


Presentation title: How GHI may be successful in improving food security and safety