Andreas BORNER
Leibniz Ins. of Plant Genetics (IPK), GERMANY

Prof. Andreas Börner is working in the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Corrensstr. 3, 06466, Stadt Seeland, OT Gatersleben, Germany. and doing research in the field of Plant Ecology, Nature Conservation, Environment Sciences.


Dr. Braun was director of the Global Wheat Program at CIMMYT until 2020. The program develops and distributes wheat germplasm to more than 180 cooperators in over 100 countries. Dr. Braun was previously Director of CIMMYT’s Rainfed Wheat Systems Program and also led the Turkey/CIMMYT/ICARDA International Winter Wheat Improvement Program. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and book chapters.

Sabanci University, TURKEY

Ismail Cakmak received his Ph.D. at the University Hohenheim in Stuttgart, and Professor at the Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. Published 225 peer-reviewed journal articles, which received over 40 000 citations with H-index of 99 (Google Scholar). Named among the “highly cited researchers” by Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters). Received IFA “International Crop Nutrition Award" in 2005, Australian Crawford Fund “Derek Tribe Medal” in 2007, World Academy of Sciences 2016-Agricultural Sciences Prize and International Plant Nutrition Institute-IPNI Science Prize in 2016. He is elected member of                               “The Academy of Europe”, and The Science Academy-Turkey.

University of Nebraska, Lincoln USA

Dr. Mitra's research program is aimed at gaining an understanding of gene expression and molecular basis of differentiation in the plant kingdom. He has developed a convenient plant vector-transformation system based on Ti plasmid of Agrobacterium tumefaciens and electroporation. With these systems, regulatory regions of several plant genes are currently being studied. Present efforts are centered on identifying DNA sequences controlling the expression of plant genes and on nuclear protein factors that bind to these regulatory sequences. The regulatory mechanism of T-DNA genes is also being studied as                               simple models of plant genes. In addition, transformation systems for monocots and legumes are being developed.

Juliüs Kühn Inst., GERMANY

Frank Ordon (born May 17, 1963 in Hildesheim) is a German agricultural scientist specializing in crop production and plant breeding. He is a professor at the Martin Luther University in Halle, took over the management of the Institute for Epidemiology and Resistance Resources in Aschersleben and the Institute for Resistance Research and Stress Tolerance in 2002 and has been President of the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) with headquarters in Quedlinburg since January 2019.

Adrián Rodríguez-Burruezo
PhD Plant Breeding Full Professor Director COMAV Institute (UPV)

Adrián Rodríguez Burruezo (1974) is Full Professor at Techn. College Agricultural Engineering and Natural Environment of UPV (ETSIAMN) and current Director of the Instituto Universitario de Conservación y Mejora de la Agrodiversidad Valenciana (COMAV). His PhD was aimed to the adaptation and quality breeding of pepino (Solanum muricatum L.) for Mediterranean conditions (2003, cum laude). He joined UPV as Assoc. Prof. in 2007. He works on germplasm evaluation, phenomics, genotyping, selection and improvement of vegetables, mainly Capsicum peppers (he currently leads the Capsicum Breeding Group at COMAV) and neglected crops for adaptation to low input conditions, organic farming, and the improvement of nutritional and organoleptic quality. He uses conventional breeding strategies, participatory breeding with agri-food actors, HPLC and GC/MS devices and biotechnological tools, to implement new technologies, experimental populations and improved materials in horticultural production. He collaborates with several national and international groups, with a remarkable international projection reflected in European projects and publications. Author of over 70 JCR-indexed papers (70% in Q1), and several dissemination publications, books and chapters, 200 contributions to congresses, including invited conferences and scientific committees, and 20 invited ERASMUS+ seminars. His activity was recognized with several awards and distinctions: Young Researcher Sociedad Española de Ciencias Hortícolas (SECH) 2007, Distinguished Researcher Univ Trujillo (Peru) 2006, Outstanding Paper 2010 Award ASHS, Research Excellence USAMV Cluj-Napoca 2012. PI of 16 competitive projects (national, regional, EU H2020 and ERASMUS+) and R+D contracts. Breeder and obtentor of several vegetable cultivars. He coordinates the Participatory Plant Breeding Group of Spanish Soc. Agroecology (SEAE). His academic activity has been focused on Plant Genetics and Breeding, receiving the Teaching Excellence Award from Generalitat Valenciana 2010, and surveying 23 MSc and 30 graduate thesis, and several PhD thesis.


Rajeev Kumar Varshney is a geneticist who researches in the area of international agriculture. He works as Global Research Program Director at Genetic Gains at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), that encompasses different disciplines including Genebank, Pre-Breeding, Genomics & Trait Discovery, Cell & Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Forward and Integrated Breeding, and Seed Systems.


Prof. Dr. Richard G.F. Visser ‘s research interests on ornamental crops within Plant Breeding. He is the Professor of Plant Breeding at Wageningen University & Research. The first crop he worked on after graduating was the potato. He is primarily interested in understanding the fundamental processes that help to create better and more sustainable varieties in the most efficient way.

John Innes Center, ENGLAND

I was awarded a first class bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science, majoring in plant breeding and genetics, from the University of Queensland in 1980 and won a University of Adelaide overseas student scholarship to undertake a PhD at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, under the supervision of Dr KW Shepherd. My thesis topic centred on the exploitation of the ph1 mutant gene to induce wheat chromosomes to pair and recombine with related chromosomes in other grass species. Direct outputs of the thesis research were four papers in leading international peer-reviewed journals, and the identification of a set of genetic wheat/rye recombinant materials, which entered the Waite Institute wheat breeding programme on the strength of the presence of a rye gene encoding resistance to stem rust, which is yet to break down in the field.

Subsequently, I joined the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge as a postdoctoral fellow in a project which extended the work on introgression in wheat. When the PBI was privatised in 1989, my research programme was relocated to the John Innes Centre, Norwich, where I stayed until 2006. In addition to managing a full research programme, I acted as a PhD supervisor and examiner on behalf of the University of Cambridge, and continued in these roles in Norwich on behalf of the University of East Anglia. I have supervised to completion eight PhD students and numerous MSc students, and has acted as examiner on behalf of UK and overseas universities.

Rishi Kumar BEHL
CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125, INDIA

He is former director, Universal Institute of Technology, Hansi, Hisar, Associate Dean in College of Agriculture, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University.He is General Secretary of International Foundation for Sustainable Development in Africa and Asia, Germany. He is presently working in Jagan Nath University, NCR as a Dean of Faculty of Sciences.