Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)
Dean of Faculty of Biotechnology – October University for Modern Sciences and Arts (MSA) – Egypt
Professor Diab received his PhD from Cornell University, College of Agriculture and life sciences, Ithaca, New York. He then was appointed as a Researcher and an Associate Professor at the Gene Expression and Regulation Technology Laboratory (GERT), Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute (AGERI), Agricultural Research Center (ARC) in Egypt. After years of research at ARC, he was appointed as the President of the University of Modern Sciences (UMS) in Dubai, UAE.Professor Diab is a Visiting Professor in the School of Science at Greenwich University in the United Kingdom. His efforts in undergoing scientific researches where numerously awarded, where he received the National Encouragement Award for Advanced Technological Sciences that Serve the Agricultural Fields.
I have spent my career working on applied aspects of irrigation and water relations of woody perennial crops with the aim of improving on-farm irrigation efficiency, plant water use efficiency and indeed water productivity.
Currently I am I am the Spanish national scientific expert for the programme committee for H2020 Societal Challenge 2 and member of the PRIMA Joint Programme “Partnership for research and innovation in the Mediterranean area” Scientific Advisory Committe. I have a part time contract with the Spanish National Research Agency (AEI) supervising evaluations within the agronomy and soil sciences area and I am serving as associate editor for the Springer Journal Irrigation Science.
Ph.D. in Engineering Science obtained in 1995 from the University of Marseille III in France.
Researcher, since 1996, in the Lebanese National Center for Remote Sensing (NCRS) and promoted to Director of Research since 2014.Main line of Research is the development of applied remote sensing technology in the sector of environmental monitoring and natural resources management.National focal point for Lebanon in the United Nations Institutes UN SPIDER and UN Outer Space since 2010 in the sector of space research and activities.Vice President of the Governing Board of the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia located in Jordan.
Main expertise are in vocational education & training (VET), grounded theory research on organizational behaviour, and integrated water resources management. Alex presently acts as Deputy Principal for R&I, and was previously Head of the University College, at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). Prior to this he had set up and managed the MCAST Institute of Applied Sciences.
Alex’s previous engagements have included that of Deputy Chairman at the Malta Water Services Corporation (WSC), and he has taken on various engineering and management roles within the water sector over 15 years. Alex presently heads a number of research and skilling projects relating to the efficient use of water, as well as in grounded theory research on organizational behaviour. Alex is a Fellow and Chartered Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management
Is the Director of the Food Institute at TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center in Turkey and is also an Associate Professor of Food Science and Engineering. He is also active in Horizon 2020 Programme and has been serving as Turkish Delegate of Societal Challenges II (Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research, and the Bioeconomy) of the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee since 2017.He also serves as an Associate Editor of Food Chemistry.
He has received a number of international prestigious awards; including the IFT-Fellow Award (2012), the TÜBİTAK MAM – Most Successful Researcher Award (2012), the ISNFF Merit Award (2014), and Sabri Ülker International Science and Innovation Award on Food, Nutrition, and Health (2015), in recognition of his pioneering scientific achievements.
Françoise Lescourret, Director of Research at INRA Avignon, France, is a modeler in agro-ecology, in the area of horticulture. Her purpose is to contribute to the model-based design of ecological horticultural cropping systems. She has mainly worked onthe interactions between fruit (quality included), plants, and pests, and their control by crop management. Currently, she develops modelling work to study and manage multiple ecosystem services in orchards, and she co-leads the INRA metaprogram on agroecosystem services.
Is the Head of the Unit of Agricultural Extension, Rural Systems & Rural Sociology, Dept. of Agricultural Economics & Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens.He has been the President of the steering committees of IFSA (International Farming Systems Association-European Group), ESEE (European Society/Seminar of Extension Education) and ETAGRO (The Hellenic Association of Agricultural Economists) as well as of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization (ELGO) DIMITRA.He has also been an expert with FAO and The World Bank. Currently, he is Co-Editor, The Journal of Agricultural Education & Extension, invited expert in the Strategic Working Group AKIS4 (EU Standing Committee on Agricultural Research) and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of PRIMA. He participates/ed in several research and collaboration projects including the H2020 projects: AGRI-LINK (2017-2011); AgriDemo-F2F (2017-2019); AGRISPIN (2015-2017); member of the International Advisory Boards of the projects NEFERTITI and NEWBIE.
Obtained her BSc in biochemistry and MSc and PhD in Human Nutrition from University of Jordan. Professor Tayyem served as Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Department chair and assistant dean at the Hashemite University for about 8 years. She joined the Department at 2001and moved to Nutrition and Food Technology Dept. at the University of Jordan in 2016. She got UNESCO-L’Oreal Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences–2005. She performed her postdoc study at UCSD Cancer Center/University of California, San Diego/CA/USA.Professor Tayyem got many awards and honors including Venus International Foundation Awards, Centre for Women Empowerment, Distinguished Woman in Nutrition–2017; Honor for the outstanding Academic achievements at the Hashemite University (2015); Khalil Al-Salem Award for the best Book in Nutrition and Food Technology “Handbook of Healthy Food Preparation and Storage”, Jordan, Amman (2015); Honor for the outstanding Academic achievements at the Hashemite University (2014); and Honor for the production of low-protein flour from PKU Society, Jordan, Amman (2011).
is graduated in Agro-Industrial Engineering at ISA, she has a MSc in Biotechnology-Biochemical Engineering by the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, School of Engineering) of the Technical University of Lisbon, a PhD in Agro-Industrial Engineering (ISA) and got the Habilitation (ISA) in 2004.She has more than 250 publications/communications including 85 publications cited in ISI Web of Knowledge, with a total of 1265 citations (982 without self-citations), and a h index of 22.She is also author or co-author of 13 chapters in international books, 12 manuscripts in international books of proceedings, 12 papers in national books or periodicals non-ISI, 30 manuscripts in national books of proceedings non-ISI, more than 100 abstracts in international books of proceedings, and 3 Portuguese patents. Suzana Ferreira Dias was distinguished with 8 scientific prizes and two professional distinctions. Since 2010, she is associate-editor of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society.
graduated in food science and technology (1984), defended his PhD thesis in postharvest physiology (1996). He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of fruit and vegetable storing and fat processing. From 2015 he is a full professor of plant food technologies, giving lectures in technologies of plant food at BSc, MSc and PhD level at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana (programs of food technology,) and at University of Banja Luka, faculty of agriculture.His professional interests include postharvest physiology of fruits and vegetables, nutirional value of fruit and vegetable as influenced by production system, application of natural antioxidants in fat processing and determination of trans fatty acids in food. His recent scientific activities include assigning of geographical origin of fruit and vegetable, application of hot water dipping of fruits and study of postharvest application of LED light on fruits.
Since 2017 Research Director “Water Resources and Environment” and since 2007 Head of the Department “Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis and Management” at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in a joint position as Full Professor for “Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis and Management” at Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden).Aquatic Ecology: Experimental research using controllable model systems (mesocosms); multiple stressors, interactions with and impacts on biota (macroinvertebrates and fish), resource competition and primary production across environmental gradients; elucidation of factors controlling natural attenuation of pollutants, in situ measurement of metabolism and nutrient turnover; sensing of matter fluxes; indicators and proxies for ecosystem metabolism and integrity Hydro-ecological modelling: cross compartment modeling of water quality; linking hydrological and ecological process modelsEnvironmental assessments: indicators for aquatic ecosystem states and functions; data and model driven assessments; analysis of natural and anthropogenic drivers, pressures and impacts across scales (regional to global)Environmental management: sustainable management of coupled human-environmental systems in network and catchment perspectives; advancement of integrated water resources management.
DVM in 1981, Mr.sc. in 1987, Ph.D. in 1990 – all at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Specialist in poultry science – Diplomate ECPVS; Head of the Department of Poultry Diseases with Clinic (2006 – 2009); Head of the postgraduate study; Head of the reference laboratory for Chlamydia; President-Working group on zoonoses in the HAH.
Area of scientific interest: microbiology, zoonoses, food safety, avian diseases. Head of 12 research projects; supervised 7 Ph.D. candidates; published over 190 scientific papers and several books; associate in one patent; winner of several international awards for innovation. President of the European Federation of the World Poultry Science Association.
Representative in The EU COST DC; Program Committee member in Horizon 2020-SC2; member of the PRIMA Foundation SAC; full member of the Croatian Academy of Medical Science.
Giuseppina Crescimanno is a full professor at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Sciences of the Palermo University (www.unipa.it), where she is currently teaching “Irrigation and Drainage”. She got her Ph.D. in “Production Ecology and Resources Conservation” at the Wageningen University (The Netherlands), by defending the thesis “Irrigation practices affecting land degradation in Sicily”. She coordinated the European Project: “An integrated approach for sustainable management of irrigated lands susceptible to degradation/desertification”. She contributed to the European “Soil Thematic Strategy for soil protection” (Monitoring soil erosion in Europe and Desertification), also coordinating the Working Group: “Links with organic matter and contamination working group and secondary soil threats”. She was appointed “Head of Science” at the UNESCO Office in Venice in 2007, where she worked until September 2008, also organizing and convening the Workshop “Needs and Priorities for Research and Education in Biotechnology applied to emerging Environmental Challenges in SEE Countries”. Her research activities focused on the topics: Sustainable management of water and soil in arid regions; Irrigation scheduling and strategies under saline and drought conditions; Impact of climate change on cropping systems; Soil salinization and desertification. She is currently carrying out research aimed at investigating the effect of biochar on the physical and structural properties of differently textured soils.
Mouad Chentouf received a M.S. degree in Animal Production from the agricultural National School, Morocco and a Ph.D. degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Namur, Belgium.
He is currently Research Director and Head of the Regional Centre Tangier at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) of Morocco His research has focused on goat and sheep breed evaluation, small ruminant assisted reproduction and production systems analysis.
Mouad has published numerous scientific publications on these topics and has coordinated several national and international research projects.
He is also invited professor of animal production and member in several scientific committees.
Latifa Bousselmi is an Engineer, PhD, HDR and Professor at the Centre for Water Research and Technologies, CERTE in Tunisia.
She is the head of the Laboratory of Wastewater and Environment and has built over thirty years of expertise in the water sector. In addition to technological and innovation aspects, she is also interested in the field of water governance and integrity.
She has implemented, as coordinator and partner, several international projects targeting Med region funded by the European Union and others institutions. She has published several impacted scientific papers and organised international conferences.
She is co-funder and president of the NGO “Research in Action, REACT”.
Latifa is member of the PRIMA Joint Programme “Partnership for research and innovation in the Mediterranean area” Scientific Advisory Committe