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Invited key-note speakers

Ulrich Schmutz

Ulrich Schmutz
Dr, Associate Professor for Organic Horticulture and Ecological Economics, Associate Professor, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, UK

Ulrich is an agricultural and horticultural economist, specialising in organic horticulture, agroecology and ecological economics. He has 30 years experience in academic research, policy and working within practical farms and food businesses of any size and complexity. In his academic work he specialised in ecological and rural economics, taking a broader view of this social science. His research interests are in organic horticulture, agroecology, urban agroecology, and social and environmental issues of food governance. Ulrich has long expertise in modelling farm, environmental and ecological economics and analysing large data sets efficiently. Ulrich has worked as Professor for Organic Agriculture at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy, lecturing in the School of Economics and Management. Previous academic research and teaching was in tropical and subtropical horticulture at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany with projects in Israel and the Philippines. Other professional work is a management consultant, organic farm inspector and as a farm business consultant during the transition in East Germany and Eastern Europe. Ulrich has an agricultural engineering degree and BSc in Philosophy from Bonn and Munich Universities, Germany.

Keynote presentation: Agroecology innovations for sustainable horticulture in Europe

Alessandra Trinchera

Alessandra Trinchera
Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment
CREA-AA (Rome, Italy)

Ph.D on “Soil Science and Climatology”, she’s Senior Scientist at the Council for Research in Agriculture and Economics – Research Center for Agriculture and Environment (CREA-AA) in Rome (Italy). She is involved in research activities on introduction of sustainable agricultural practices in organic and integrated farming (low-impact fertilization, use of plant biostimulants), crop diversification (introduction of rotations, intercropping/strip cropping, cover crops, etc.), rhizosphere interaction in organic horticultural systems (rhizobia and AMF symbiosis), nutrient cycling and soil organic matter (SOM) storage.
She coordinated several national research projects: i) coordinator for North Mediterranean Region of DIVERFARMING H2020 project “Crop diversification and low-input farming across Europe: from practitioners engagement and ecosystems services to increased revenues and chain organization”; ii) Task leader in several EU projects (SUREVEG and Bio4Food project - CoreOrganic Cofund; Excalibur – H2020).
CREA Expert Member in Working Group “Plant strengtheners” - Office PQA I (Organic agriculture) and in “Standing Group on Fertilizers and Plant Protection Products” – Office DISR V (Italian Ministry of Agriculture).
National Government Expert in the “Ad-Hoc Working Group 1 – Overall Structure” for the Revision of Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 (European Commission).
Italian consultant within the Committee on Organic Production (COP) (DG-Agriculture).
She is author of many ISI publications (1000 citations).

Keynote presentation: Crop diversification: a driver of microbial functional diversity in soil

Darius Kviklys

Darius Kviklys
Researcher at the Department of Horticulture, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy and chief researcher at the Orchard Technology Department, Institute of Horticulture, Lithuanian Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry

Dr. D.Kviklys is ISHS (International society of horticultural sciences) Council member and EUFRIN (European Fruit Research Institute network) Board Member. He is coordinating international European rootstock trials for apples and pears.
His main research directions are: apple tree morphogenesis, apple tree physiology, fruit quality, crop load, planting systems, development of horticultural business, but the main time is devoted for fruit tree rootstocks and cultivars
Dr. D.Kviklys published 194 peer reviewed publications is an author or co-author of 28 books, brochures and methodologies. He took several scientific internships in USA, Sweden and China.

Keynote presentation: Searching for an ideal apple rootstock

Stefan Rilling

Stefan Rilling
Research Associate, Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, Germany

Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Rilling, is a computer scientist working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS in Sankt Augustin, Germany. He is working as researcher and coordinator of the H2020 funded project ATLAS and as researcher and project manager in several national and international research projects related to the fields of sensor-systems, data analysis and visualization. He was involved as researcher and project manager of the ERA-NET ICT-AGRI funded project S3-CAV, as work package leader in the H2020 funded project PROTON, as researcher in the in the EU FP7 funded project CIPRNet, and as researcher in the research project SeisViz3D funded by German Government Department for Environment, and as technical manager in the industrial consortium VRGeo.

Keynote presentation: Precision farming through the interoperability of sensors, machines and data processing

The conference is supported by ERDF project No. Promotion of international cooperation projects in research and innovation at LLU and scientific institutions under its supervision.

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