Keynote Speakers


The Future Belongs to the Thoughtful and the Nimble

Prof. Colin G. Scanes

Colin G. Scanes is a distinguished animal physiologist, professor of at the University of Arkansas and professor emeritus at University of Wisconsin, USA and the President Scanes Technology and Research and Board of Directors 21st Century Materials Ltd. is a animal physiologist. (Read more)


Agricultural Heritage and Agroecology: a pathway to sustainable food systems

Prof. Stefano Grego

Stefano Grego is a professor in Agricultural Chemistry at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, Nature and Energy (DAFNE) of University of Tuscia in Viterbo. His research activities are: soil bio indicators to evaluate the effects of natural or anthropogenic changes on the environment; global change and soil quality; dynamic of agroecosystems; soil; agriculture and food production; desertification and agriculture; food safety and quality; carbon turnover in soil; soil enzymes; land use and soil quality; sustainability science; sesilience of Agro-ecosystems (Read more)


A new methods in the use of fertilizer in plant nutrition

Prof. Vlado Ličina

Vlado Ličina is currently at the position of Head of the Department of Agrochemistry and Plant Physiology, University of Belgrade Faculty of Agriculture. His M.Sc. and Ph.D. were related to the nutrition of fruit and grape, which he continuously tries to develop over the past period by giving the soil agrochemical design for planting more than 300 ha of new vineyards and orchards in his country and abroad. During the last years, however, his crucial work was focused on soil rehabilitation of opencast coal mine overburden. As a Project Leader he carried out numerous studies about the heavy metal problem related to the ecological aspect of used reclamation measures. He got a certificate of three months stay at Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Department, Agricultural University, Wageningen, Holland and Certificate of six-month visiting professor at Texas A&M University, Texas, U.S.A. He has (co)authored more than 150 papers, which certain of them was published in top international journals.


Animal models for research in human and veterinary medicine

Prof. Krystyna Pierzchała-Koziec, Ph.D.

Krystyna Pierzchała-Koziec, Ph.D. Professor of animal physiology and endocrinology

Employement: since 1978 at the Department of Animal Physiology and Endocrinology,University of Agriculture, Kraków, Poland
Positions: 2005-2008, 2008-2012 vice-rector for Research and International Cooperation, 2009-2014 head of the Department of Animal Physiology and Endocrinology; supervisor of 4 Ph.D. and 167 master degree thesis;

Author of 34 physiology and endocrinology syllabus

Publications: total 376, 5 book chapters, Leader of 12 scientific projects, cooperation in 9

Referee of 58 Ph.D., habilitations and applicants for professor position,

Areas of research:
Localization and identification of opioid like peptides in the brain and peripheral tissues; Interaction of opioid, nervous and immune systems - animal models; Regulation of synthesis, secretion and metabolism of catecholamines, glucocorticoids, ghrelin in human and animals; Mechanisms of development and diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, bariatric surgery effects on the neuroendocrinology; Interaction of opioids and ghrelin in the regulation of growth hormone secretion and inflammation process in children.

Experience and fellowships:
Slovakia – Slovak Academy of Sciences, USA, University of Kentucky postdoctoral fellow 1985-1988, visiting professor 1996, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2010; Germany – Institut of Biology of Farm Animals, bilateral exchange projects; Great Britain – University Hope University, visiting professor Spain, Valencia visiting professor 2008-2016; Denmark – Copenhagen visiting professor.

Polish Academy of Sciences, University Rector Awards; Member of many scientific societes in Poland and abroad; Member of Scientific Committee Polish Academy of Sciences; Member of Scientific Board of Institute of Physiology and Feed Animals; Member of UNeCC Board; Vice-President of Polish Society of Neuroendocrinology 2010-2014, President 2014-2018; Member and chairman of National Science Centre panels; Acta Biologica Cracoviensia ser. Zoologia - editor.

Recent projects financed by Ministry of Science and Higher Education and National Science Centre in Poland:

  1. The role of opioids in the regulation of growth hormone and somatomedins synthesis and secretion in sheep.
  2. The role of opioids and glucocorticoids in the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal axis in synchronized ewes
  3. The ghrelin involvement in the regulation of neuroimmunoendocrine mechanisms of animal resistance
  4. Universal animal model for metabolic syndrome research
  5. Immunomodulating role of fat tissue during inflammation in animals
  6. Interactions of the immune and nervous system. The role of cyclooxygenase and the vagus nerve in the mechanisms of compensation

Precise editing of plant genomes

Prof. Rafał Barański

Rafal Baranski is a professor of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland, and the Head of the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Horticulture. His research focuses on issues related to plant biotechnology, the application of molecular markers in plant breeding and evaluation of plant genetic resources, haploid and doubled haploid plant development, and in recent years, plant genetic engineering including a novel method of precise genome editing using a CRISPR/Cas9 system. He has got experience during several long-term fellowships in UK and Germany, coordinated national and international grants, and coauthored 200+ research papers and communicates, including five book chapters. He is a member of J. Appl. Bot. Food Qual. Editorial Board and a former Editor-in-Chief of Folia Horticulturae journal.


Functional impact of transposable elements on the diversity of plant genomes

Prof. Dariusz Grzebelus

Dariusz Grzebelus is a plant genomicist primarily involved in the research on carrot, co-author of the reference carrot genome assembly. His work also comprises other plant species, like sugar beet and Medicago truncatula. He is interested in the dynamics of transposable elements (TEs) on plant genomes and the ways TE shape genome diversity. He participated in the development of a range of tools facilitating identification of TE insertions, e.g. MITE Transposon Display and TIRfinder software. He has been collaborating with many foreign research institutions, including the Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA, Julius-Kuehn Institut, Quedlinburg, Germany, Diversity Arrays Technology, Yarralumla, Australia, and others. He has co-authored more than 40 original research papers in leading journals in the field of plant science. He is a Vice-Dean for Science and Collaboration of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Horticulture, University of Agriculture in Krakow.


Molecular breeding of cereals with improved tolerance to selected abiotic stresses: from QTLs and associations to new candidate genes and selection tools

Prof. Marcin Rapacz

Marcin Rapacz is a plant physiologist with a strong interest in winterhardiness and drought tolerance of agricultural plants, mainly cereals and perenial grasses. His research link climate change issues, plant ecopysiology, molecular biology, functional genomics and plant breeding methods. He is currently Professor for biology and Head of the Department of Plant Physiology at the University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland. He collaborate with many research teams including Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) and Institute of Plant Genetics Polsish Adacemy of Sciences (IPG PAS). He has (co)authored 80+ papers in international (top) journals.