Catia Bastioli is a chemist, researcher and entrepreneur. She is CEO of Novamont, President of Terna Spa of the Kyoto Club Association and of the Italian Technological Cluster of Green Chemistry SPRING, and member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Cariplo. She has been developing and field-studying the model of biorefineries integrated in the local areas, where the primary objective is an efficient use of resources and priority is given to high value-added products (bioplastics and biochemicals), short value-chains and a system-based economy. This represents a cultural (before than economical) development model, based on territorial regeneration that starts from decommissioned chemical sites and uses local biodiversity and scraps in order to give origin to renewable raw materials, capitalizing research and innovation and involving different stakeholders (institutions, research bodies, actors of the agricultural and industrial world). The innovative technologies developed for the bioplastics integrated supply-chain have led to the foundation and growth of a series of companies, that today form part of the Novamont Group.
She has been a member of important EU working groups on climate change, environment and renewable raw materials, such as the European Union Bioeconomy Panel. Prime inventor of around 80 patent families in the sector of synthetic and natural polymers and transformation processes of renewable raw materials, she was awarded “European Inventor of the Year 2007” by the European Patent Office and the European Commission for her inventions related to starch-based bioplastics between 1991 and 2001.
Dr Axel Don Deputy of Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Germany [email protected]
Axel Don is a soil scientist and geo-ecologist working on questions related to soil car-bon management in agriculture.
Since 2017, he is the Deputy director of the Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agricul-ture, where he also led a research group from 2009-2016. He supervises 10 PhD and Master students and has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, with an H-index of >40.
Dr. Don completed his PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and Eber-hard Karls University Tübingen, Physical Geography. This was preceded by a Diploma in Geoecology (Environmental Sciences) from the University Bayreuth and studies in Environmental Science at University Limerick, Ireland. He participates in European and German soil societies and is Topical Editor of the Open Access Journal SOIL.
ETH Zürich. CH
Professor Sebastian Dötterl Professor of Soil Resources, ETH Zürich, Switzerland [email protected]
I am a Geographer with emphasis on Soils Science, Plant Ecology and Geomorphology. I did my PhD on the effects of soil erosion on soil carbon dynamics at different temporal and spatial scales. I apply both experimental and modeling approaches in my research. My interests focus on the connections and feedbacks between different environmental cycles in soils (C-N-P Dynamics) and how human activities and Global Change influence these cycles and soils as a resource.
University of Sheffield. UK
Professor Katie J. Field Professor of Plant-Soil Processes, University of Sheffield [email protected]
My research interests are focused on the widespread interactions between plant roots and symbiotic fungi, together known as mycorrhizas. I use isotope tracers, environmental physiology and metabolomics to explore the exchanges of plant-carbon and fungal-acquired nutrients between mycorrhizal symbionts. My particular interests lie in how diverse mycorrhizas, including Mucoromycotina ‘fine root endophytes’, respond and interact with biotic and abiotic factors, in both evolutionary and applied contexts. Our research is helping us to understand the role mycorrhizal fungi may have played in the colonisation of Earth’s terrestrial environment by plants >500 million years ago, and how we might be able to use mycorrhizal fungi to reduce future agricultural usage of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Our research also seeks to understand the influence of emerging contaminants on mycorrhizal symbiosis and is helping to inform crop breeding programmes to produce the next generation of mycorrhiza-friendly crops. I completed my PhD in environmental physiology in 2009 at the University of Sheffield before getting into mycorrhizas during my postdoctoral studies (2009-2015), also at Sheffield. I got my first academic post at the University of Leeds in 2015, moving there as a University Academic Fellow and becoming Professor in 2019. I moved back to the University of Sheffield this summer (2020) as Professor of Plant-Soil Processes.
DCA, Aarhus University. DK
Niels Halberg Director at DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture Aarhus University, Denmark [email protected]
Peter Schad is a senior lecturer at the Chair of Soil Science of the Technical University of Munich (Germany). His scientific interest is the genesis and classification of the soils of the world from the permafrost regions and the deserts to the tropical forests and savannas. He was the chairman of the Working Group World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) from 2010 to 2022. Under his leadership two new editions of the international soil classification system WRB were published: the 3rd edition 2014 and the 4th edition 2022. In 2022, the IUSS awarded him the Guy Smith Medal for ‘life-term outstanding contribution to the development of soil classification’. He is co-author of several scientific books, among them the book ‘Soils of the World’ (2022).