Invited speakers

Barbara Demmig-Adams

University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Talk Title: Integrative Plant Physiology for Climate-Resilient Crops

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Barbara Demmig-Adams received degrees in plant biology from Würzburg University, Germany, was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford in the mid-1980s, and returned to Würzburg, where she proposed that xanthophylls carry out photoprotective dissipation of excess light.

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Ian Dodd

Lancaster University, UK

Talk Title: The ups and downs of root-shoot communication in planta

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Ian Dodd is Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at the Lancaster Environment Centre, where he investigates the effects of variation in crop genetics and soil management options (especially irrigation techniques) on plant water relations and long-distance phytohormone signalling.

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Vasileios Fotopoulos

Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Talk Title: Plant acclimation to environmental stress using chemical compounds

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VasileiosFotopoulosis Associate Professor in Structural and Functional Plant Biology and head of the CUT Plant Stress Physiology Group established in 2008 (

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Queila S. Garcia

Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, Brazil

Talk Title: Breaking-dormancy and germination of seeds from the tropics: what are the microhabitat and temperature telling us?

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Queila Garcia is Titular Professor of Plant Physiology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She obtained her PhD in Plant Biology from University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, and her post-doctoral research was carried out at the University of Barcelona, Spain.

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Jim Giovannoni

United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service

Talk Title: Insights into the complex regulation of tomato fruit ripening

Jim received his Bachelors degree in Biochemistry at the University of California, Davis (1985) and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Physiological Plant Biology at the University of California, Berkeley (1990).  He undertook postdoctoral research at Cornell University (1990-19992) and joined the faculty of the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University (1992 – 2000).

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Nick Smirnoff

University of Exeter, UK

Nicholas Smirnoff (University of Exeter, UK) has research interests in the metabolism and functions of antioxidants and reactive oxygen species in plants.

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Jian-Hua Zhang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Talk Title: Rice grain filling problems and its physiological and genetic regulations

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Prof Jianhua Zhang is currently the Dean of Science and Chair Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University.

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