Ivo Frébort, a Czech citizen born in 1965; MSc. in Analytical Chemistry 1989, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic; Ph.D. in Biochemistry 1992, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic; Ph.D. in Bioresources Science 1997, Tottori University, Japan; postdoc 2001, University of Tübingen, Germany; Professor in Biochemistry at the Palacký University since 2005; visiting professor, Osaka University 2007
Ivo Frébort is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (since 2010), a member of the Executive Board of European Federation of Biotechnology (since 2012) and former Dean of the Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc (2014-2018). His research covers broad areas in enzymology, molecular biology and biochemistry, with a special focus on the enzymes of hormone metabolism in plants and possible biotechnological applications, including cloning and preparation of transgenic barley (WoS 120 papers, 2100+ citation, h-26, 4 patents). His lecturing includes Molecular Biology and Structure and Function of Biomacromolecules. He was the principal investigator of a large infrastructure project (>30 mil. €) from EU structural funds and many other R&DI projects.
Sebastian Wendeborn (born in Berlin/Germany) studied chemistry at the Universities of Freiburg/Germany, Pennsylvania/USA, and California, San Diego/USA, where he received his PhD with Prof. K. C. Nicolaou. After postdoctoral studies at the ETH Zürich/Switzerland with Prof. A. Eschenmoser and an industrial career at research centers of Ciba-Geigy, Novartis, and Syngenta, he was recently appointed professor and head of the Institute for Chemistry and Bioanalytics at the School of Life Sciences, FHNW. His research interests range from understanding structure and reaction mechanisms in chemical and biological systems to the identification and efficient synthesis of biologically active molecules. This includes herbicides, fungicides, plant hormones and allelochemicals and their interaction with other organisms
Michaela Holecová graduated at Palacký University, Olomouc, and at Tomas Bata University, Zlín (Czech Republic). She works as a project manager at C. R. HANÁ, Palacký University, Olomouc, where she deals with administration of EU structural grants. She also serves as the Palacký University deputy in the Bioeconomy Platform of the Czech Republic.
Prof. Lilia Ahrné is Professor in Dairy Technology at University of Copenhagen. She has PhD in food engineering from the School of Biotechnology at the Catholic University of Portugal in collaboration with University of California Davis. In 1994, she moved to Sweden with an EU fellowship from the FP5 (Air Mobility) to perform a one year PostDoc project hosted by Tetra Pak in collaboration with Lund University. After working for Tetra Pak, she joined SIK- The Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, and for 10 years, she was the director of Process and Technology Development department and adjunct Professor in Food Technology at Chalmers University of Technology. She has been president of EFFoST (European Federation of Food Science and Technology) and led the Food Science Sweden which is a collaborative platform financed by the major Swedish food research actors. Her research interests are to understand the effect of processing on physical, chemical and structural characteristics of foods, and use this knowledge to develop new processes and products. Processes under study include both traditional and novel technologies.
Syngenta Head of Seeds Regulatory Affairs for Europe, Africa and Middle East.
His interest is in the introduction of new technologies in food and agricultural crops with a particular focus in the technical regulatory and social implications of these new technologies.
Esteban Alcalde (born in Madrid/ Spain) studied Agronomic Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and Food Safety at the Universidad Complutense where he received his PhD.
His career has been developed in the Seeds Industry in the areas of Plant Breeding of Field crops and Biotech Regulatory. He has been a key player of projects leading to the introduction of the first GMO cultivated in Europe and developing the regulatory strategy of GMOs imported into the EU.
He is member of multiple industry associations and president of the Antama Foundation.
Since 5 years ago he leads the Syngenta Seeds Regulatory Affairs team in Europe, Africa and Middle East.
Dr. Wolfram Brück, is the head of the microbiology laboratories at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais Wallis). He received his MSc in Medical Microbiology and Molecular Microbiology at the University of Manchester Medical School in 1998 and his PhD at the University of Reading investigating the modulation of the infant gut using peptides and prebiotics in 2003 under the supervision of Prof. Glenn Gibson. In 2005, Dr. Brück first worked at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (Ft. Pierce, Florida) before becoming the center manager for the “Centre of Marine Biotechnology” (Co. Donegal, Ireland). In both positions, he was investigated bioactive compounds from marine species and worked on sustainability issues with local fisheries and aquaculture. Between 2010-2014, Dr. Brück was a consultant on sustainability issues for CITE Investments Ltd., London, UK. Dr. Brück is a project member of the “Smart Protein for a Changing World“-project under the H2020 LC-SFS-17-2019 call https://smartproteinproject.eu/about/). The Smart Protein project is aiming to develop alternative plant protein ingredients and products for humans which have a positive impact on bio-economy, environment, biodiversity, nutrition, food security and consumer trust and acceptance. In addition to funded projects, Dr. Brück has also run numerous Master and Bachelor level project on alternative proteins from algae and plants in collaboration with the head of Werner Siemens-Chair of Synthetic Biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich.
Dr. Ana I. Caño-Delgado is a CSIC Investigator and coordinator of the Plant Signaling & Development Program at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Barcelona. She did a PhD in Biology at John Innes Centre (UK) and was a HFSPO Postdoctoral Fellow at Salk Institute (US). She is internationally recognized for publishing numerous high-impact scientific journals, has received awards in science and entrepreneurship and is an elected EMBO Member since 2016. At CRAG, she leads the Brassinosteroid signaling group supported by an ERC CoG grant to engineering crops able to grow on severe drought. These achievements are the results of two decades of studies in plant steroids hormones, Brassinosteroids, in which she pioneers the study of signaling mechanisms with cell-specificity. Her team discovered that vascular steroid receptors confer resistance to drought without penalizing growth. In the context of a climate emergency, Caño-Delgado is currently translating her scientific results to crops to ensure food security. In addition, Caño-Delgado is an engaged science communicator chasing two specific goals: encouraging women in science leadership and acceptance of gene edition tools in agriculture.
Goetz Hensel (born in Buttstaedt/Germany) studied Biotechnology at the Technical University of Magdeburg/Germany. He received his PhD from the University of Brunswick/Germany and did his postdoctoral studies at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben/Germany. Afterward, he joined the Plant Reproductive Biology group at the same institute to become the lab manager and deputy group leader. Recently he was appointed head of the Centre of Plant Genome Engineering at Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf/Germany. His research interest includes the genetic transformation of cereal crop plants, targeted mutagenesis, and genome editing using customized endonucleases as well as molecular farming.
Prof. Ludger A. Wessjohann focuses on the analytics, discovery, synthesis and application of natural products and derivatives of plants, associated microorganisms, and higher fungi. Analytical chemistry concentrates foremost on the metabolome level, studying phylogenetic, environmental and bioactivity relationships. Data are evaluated by commercial and proprietory algorithms and informatics tools. Isolation of relevant bioactive constituents is followed by chemical and biological characterization, synthesis and derivatization, with an emphasis on biotechnological methods. The knowledge generated is channelled into applications, e.g. for new drug leads, flavors, or plant protectants.
Prof. Wessjohann studied chemistry in Hamburg (Germany) and Southampton (UK), and obtained his PhD with Prof. de Meijere from Hamburg University after a sandwich PhD-study in Oslo (Norway, Prof. Skattebøl). He then worked as lecturer in Brazil before starting a Feodor-Lynen postdoctoral fellowship (Alexander v. Humboldt foundation) with Prof. Wender, Stanford University (USA). During his habilitation (“ass. prof.”) at LMU Munich (mentor Prof. Steglich) he accepted the offer for a full professorship of bioorganic chemistry at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL). Since 2000 he is Director of the Dept of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle, at which he served as managing director from 2010-2017. In parallel, he holds the chair of natural product chemistry at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. He also founded scientific IT, Pharma and Biotec companies and advises science organizations, companies and governments. Among other honors, he is foreign member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.
Alexander H. Wissemeier, born 1955 studied Agricultural Biology at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. 1988 PhD in plant nutrition on manganese oxidation in cell walls of cowpea genotypes differing in tolerance to an excess of manganese. From 1993 - 1994 postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Agriculture at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Habilitation at the Leibniz University in Hannover (LUH) in 1996 on calcium deficiency in lettuce and poinsettia as affected by genotype and environment. In 2000, appointed adjunct professor at the LUH. Since 1998 at the BASF Agricultural Center Limburgerhof, Germany, R & D in the field of plant nutrition and soil management. 61 applied patents in the field of plant nutrition, inhibitors of the nitrogen cycle, and soil amelioration.