3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference


Plenary speaker

Roberto Ridolfi

FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy

Talk title: To be announced

Dr Roberto Ridolfi, Ph.D. is seconded from the European Union to FAO in Rome as Special Adviser for Strategy and Financing Development, as of January 2018.

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Keynote speakers

Sinda Ben Mariem

Agrobiotecnology Institute, Spain

Talk title: Changes in wheat grain quality during the last 170 years on the Broadbalk Wheat Experiment

Sinda BEN MARIEM is currently a third-year PhD candidate at the Public University of Navarra (UPNA, Spain).

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Michael Dingkuhn

CIRAD, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, France

Talk title: Stress adaptation, memory, plasticity: Strategic thoughts on improving crops’ coping ability

A plant physiologist by training (Ph.D. Hamburg, 1985; Habilitation Montpellier, 2003), Michael’s research career is dedicated to understanding and improving the adaptation and yield potential of tropical crops (rice, sorghum and some tree crops).

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Dave Gustafson

International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation, USA

Talk title: Use of system performance metrics to improve the efficiency of the food chain

Dr. Dave Gustafson is an independent scientist who uses modeling to help food systems meet human nutrition needs in more sustainable ways.

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Mario Herrero

CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Australia

Talk title: Transformative innovation in agriculture and its role in mitigation of and adaption to climate change

Mario Herrero is Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO Agriculture and Food and Honorary Professor of Agriculture and Food Systems at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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Jonas Kathage

European Commission Joint Research Centre, Spain

Talk title: Adoption of cover crops for climate change mitigation in Europe - new insights from farm surveys

Jonas Kathage is a research fellow at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Seville, Spain. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (University of Göttingen, 2013).

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Peter Langridge

The University of Adelaide, Australia

Talk title: The science, politics and challenges of improving wheat productivity under variable climates

Peter is Emeritus Professor at the University of Adelaide and Honorary Professor at the Kazakh National Agrarian University.  Peter established and was CEO of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) from 2002 to 2014.

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Jan Leach

Colorado State University, USA

Talk title: Pieces of the phytobiome: Environmental influences on plant health

Jan Leach is a plant pathologist whose research focus is to understand the molecular mechanisms of plant disease susceptibility and resistance.

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Stephen Long

University of Illinois, USA

Talk title: To be announced

Steve Long FRS holds the Ikenberry Chair of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology at the University of Illinois; and is Distinguished Professor of Crop Sciences at Lancaster University in the UK.

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Rodomiro Ortiz

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Talk title: Oil crops for the future

Rodomiro Ortiz is Faculty (Chair) Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

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Alexander Ruane

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, USA

Talk title: Climate change and uncertainty in future agricultural systems – AgMIP frameworks and integrated applications

Dr. Alex Ruane is a NASA Research Scientist focusing on the impacts of extreme events and climate change on agriculture and food security.  As a civil servant in the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Climate Impacts Group in New York, Alex uses NASA Earth observations and models to understand how current and future climate will affect society and the natural resources we care about.

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Philip Thornton

International Livestock Research Institute, UK

Talk title: Transforming agri-food systems in lower- and middle-income countries to meet the SDGs

Philip Thornton leads the “Priorities and Policies for Climate-Smart Agriculture” Flagship of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

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