keynote speakers

 Prof. Dr. Kourosh Vahdati

Prof. Dr. Kourosh Vahdati is full professor at the University of Tehran. He has been the visiting scholar and associate visiting professor at the University of California-Davis.

Prof. Vahdati is Liaison Officer of Walnut & Pecan _ FAO CIHEAM Nut Network and the director of the Center of Excellence for Walnut Improvement and Technology. He was the chairman of the Walnut Group of the International Society for Horticultural Science in 2011. In this position, he edited a book titled "Following Walnut Footprints" in collaboration with five other editors and more than 115 authors from 60 countries. the director of the Center of Excellence for Walnut Improvement and Technology. He has directed more than 20 research projects, edited 6 books, and authored more than 120 scientific articles and several book chapters. He is also the editor of some international journals.

Following his long term experiences, he is now consulting tissue culture labs to increase their profitability and to investors who want to establish tissue culture labs or establish modern orchards of nut trees using state-of-the-art technologies worldwide.


Presentation title: The Economic and Nutritional Values of the Tree Nut Crops in Human Life


 keynote speakers

 Dr. Walter Guerra

Walter Guerra holds a PhD in Horticulture from the University of Bologna, Italy. He has been working for 20 years at the Research Center Laimburg in South Tyrol, Italy where he is leading the Pomology and Apple breeding group since 2005 and the Institute of Fruit Growing and Viticulture since 2017. From the beginning of 2021 he is also Deputy Director of the Research Centre Laimburg. Walter Guerra is furthermore the Secretary of the EUFRIN apple and pear variety and rootstock testing group, member of the CPVO expert panel for apple, member of the variety commission of the South Tyrolean Variety Innovation Consortium, he is involved in the former breeding research projects HiDRAS and FruitBreedomics and in the ongoing project INVITE and he is a member of the National Academy of Agriculture.


Presentation title: Modern Apple Growing in 2030: Expected Innovations and Challenges


 keynote speakers

 Cristina L.M. Silva

Cristina L.M. Silva is Associate Prof. at Portuguese Catholic University – College of Biotechnology (ESB). She is Chem. Eng. and PhD in Biotechnology and Food Engineering. She is a leader of research on quality and safety of processed foods and by-products, with particular emphasis on mathematical modelling and optimisation of the processes. Her research interests are focused on: (i) design and optimisation of food process conditions; (ii) predictive microbiology as a tool to optimise food processes; (iii) evaluation of food quality changes due to conventional and novel processing; (iv) evaluation of food quality and safety changes during storage; and (v) formulation of new foods. More specific research interests can be described by the following keywords: fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, thermal processes, non-thermal innovative processes (such as ozonation, ultrasonic and UV radiation, as novel preservation techniques for fruits and vegetables), drying and freezing, and solar sustainable food processes. She is a lecturer of curricular units of Advanced Food Processing and Transport Phenomena. Cristina Silva coordinated several national and international projects and was president of the ISEKI-Food Association. She is currently a member of: the advisory board of the ISEKI-Food Association; chair of IUFoST (International Union of Food Science and Technology) working group 1.2 on Emerging Issues, Key Focus Areas; ISEKI_Food Academy; and Task-Force – “Growing the Bioeconomy” of ICA – Association for European Life Science Universities.

At ESB, Cristina Silva is assistant director for the internationalisation, coordinates the PhD in Biotechnology, and president of the Pedagogical Council. She is also associate editor of the Journal of Food Processing Engineering and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Food Studies.


Presentation title: Innovative Approaches to Food Production and Distribution for the Sustainability of Food Systems


 keynote speakers

 Professor Qichang Yang

Executive Director General of Institute of Urban Agriculture,Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China.

Professor Qichang Yang is a Chief Scientist and the Director of Key Lab of Energy Saving & Waste Management of Agricultural Structures, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China. He obtained his MS (1987) and PhD (1996) in Bio-Environment Engineering at China Agricultural University. As a visiting scholar, he studied greenhouse environmental engineering in the System and Control group at Wageningen University from April 2005 to April 2006. He was a senior visiting scholar on greenhouse engineering at the University of Arizona during October 2013 to January 2014.

His main research activities included greenhouse engineering, plant factory,and LED lighting in horticulture. As a Chief Scientist, he has been in charge of a large research project on intelligent plant factory production technology (National High Science & Technology project supported by the Chinese Government). In the past ten years, he has organised or participated in 40 national research projects on energy saving technologies in greenhouse and plant factory, and (co-) published more than 210 papers, of which 67 have been quoted by SCI and EI, and 7 monographs. He has received several honours and awards for his scientific excellence, including a National Science & Technology progress prize (2017 and 2009), a special Government allowance (2010), a national gold medal of patent (2011), and national expert with outstanding contributions (2013). He is chair of ISHS Working Group Design and Automation in Integrated Indoor Production Systems, and convenor of GreenSys 2017.


Presentation title: Innovative Progress and Development Trend of Plant Factory