Invited speakers

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Beatrix WAECHTER ALSANIUS, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden
Invited speech: New challenges for organic greenhouse horticulture in Sweden

Beatrix Waechter Alsanius is an internationally leading researcher on sustainable food production in horticultural cropping systems, emphasizing on the use of microorganisms for environmentally-sound cropping systems, threats of human and plant pathogens in horticultural production chains and food safety of vegetables and fruits. She has a Ph.D. from Bonn University (1991), Germany and combined her assistant professorship at SLU (1992-1998) with different postdoctorate leaves at INRA, France and USDA-ARS/Washington State University, Pullman, WA, US. She was habilitated in horticulture in 1999 and in plant protection ecology in 2006 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Since 2009, her current position is chair professor in horticulture at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp, Sweden. From 2010 to 2013 she acted also as an adjunct professor in phytology at Laval University, Québec, Canada and headed from 2009 to 2014 the international postgraduate school "Microbial Horticulture (µHORT)", funded by the Swedish research council Formas. Within her position at SLU Alnarp she leads the research activities at the Microbial Horticulture Unit. Beatrix Alsanius was vice-chair of the EU-COST action “Biogreenhouses” during 2012-2016. Within the Core Organic project “GreenResilient” she leads the workpackage dealing with soil health and functional biodiversity.



Stefania De PASCALE, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Invited speech: Optimization of water and nutrient use efficiency in greenhouse horticulture

Stefania De Pascale is full Professor of Horticulture at the Department of Agricultural Sciences in the University of Naples Federico II. She obtained a B.S and a M.S. in Agricultural Sciences in 1990 (first-class honors). She also obtained a post-MA and a Perfezionamento diploma in Landscape design and ornamental horticulture and a M.S. in Green areas and landscape design (first-class honors). She teaches courses on Vegetable crops production, Crop-physiology, Greenhouse horticulture and Landscaping and supervises BSc, MSc and PhD students. She taught international intensive courses on greenhouse horticulture and crop physiology. Since she joined the Department of Agricultural Sciences in 1993, she and her team have performed numerous researches both in open field and in greenhouse to determine the effects of environmental and cultural factors on plant growth, development and produce quality of a wide range of vegetables and ornamental crops. Recent research activities regard the functional biology of water and salt stress adaptation, the influence of pre-harvest and post-harvest conditions on nutritional composition of vegetables, the sustainability of protected cultivation, the setup of a Bioregenerative Life Support System based on the use of higher plants for food and oxygen production, CO2 regeneration, water purification and the effects of “Space environment” on plants.

Anja DIELEMAN, Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture, Netherlands
Invited speech: Design of LED lighting strategies for sustainable greenhouse horticulture

Dr. ir. J.A. (Anja) Dieleman received her MSc degree in Greenhouse Horticulture in 1992 and her PhD degree on the role of cytokinins in bud break in roses in 1998 at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Since 2000, she works as senior scientist at the business unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research. With greenhouse crop physiology as her main application field, her research interests are the effects of greenhouse climate factors (light, CO2, temperature) and cropping systems on crop growth and development, including underlying processes like photosynthesis and transpiration. Recently, she has been working on the design of energy efficient LED based production systems, plant monitoring systems and effects of spectral composition of the light on plant growth, development and morphology. This research is done in close collaboration with greenhouse growers, (international) horticultural supply companies and national government.



Irineo LOPEZ CRUZ, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Mexico
Invited speech: Approaches in development and analysis of dynamic mathematical models of greenhouse climate: an overview
Full professor at the Graduate Agricultural Engineering Program University of Chapingo, Mexico. He received his PhD (2002) in Agricultural Engineering from the Wageningen University, The Netherlands; and his MSc (1996) degree in Artificial Intelligence from Arturo Rosenblueth Foundation, Mexico. He has done research stays at Wageningen University & Research (2014), The Netherlands and Humboldt University Berlin (2009, 2012 and 2014), Germany. His scientific production includes 90 scientific papers published in indexed or referred scientific journals, 57 presentations in national or international meetings and 10 book chapters. Main research topics are: mathematical modeling, optimization and control of Biosystems; mathematical modeling, optimization and control of the greenhouse environment; mathematical modeling and simulation of crop growth; mathematical modeling, optimization and control of greenhouse-type solar dryers; Applications of Artificial Intelligence methods such as neuro-fuzzy systems, evolutionary computation (genetic algorithms, evolution strategies, differential evolution) and bio-inspired algorithms in agricultural systems. Main lectures are Simulation of Biological Processes, Control Engineering and Introduction to evolutionary and bio-inspired algorithms. Since 2005 he is member of the Mexican System of Researchers which belongs to the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT). Currently, Chair of the ISHS workgroup greenhouse environment and climate control.






Meir TEITEL, Agriculture Research Organisation (ARO), The Volcani Center, Israël
Invited speech: An overview of methods for the reduction of heat load in protected crops under warm climatic conditions.
Meir Teitel is a Senior Scientist and head of the Department of Sensing, Information and Mechanization Engineering in the Institute of Agricultural Engineering. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering of Tel Aviv University and obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He has been involved in various aspects of Agricultural Engineering research for more than 25 years in work related to greenhouse / screenhouse microclimate using experimental and numerical techniques. His research interests include greenhouse management and control (ventilation, heating, CO2 enrichment, shading, structure); Energy in agriculture; Computer controlled data acquisition and instrumentation; Fluid mechanics and heat transfer in agriculture. He has published over 100 papers in reviewed journals and conference proceedings and presented his studies in many international conferences. He is often invited as speaker in professional meetings. He has actively participated in international and national research projects; he is member of scientific organizations and relevant societies and reviewer of international journals in the field of agricultural and environmental engineering. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on greenhouse technologies in the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.




Qichang YANG, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Invited speech: Energy conservation and environment control in Chinese solar greenhouse: a review

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.

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