24.08.-27.08.2015 / Berlin

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Per Pinstrup-Andersen

Monday, 24 August 2015: Food Crisis in a stressed world – reasons and challenges

Plenary lecture: Achieving food security for all in the foreseeable future: What will it take?

Per Pinstrup-Andersen is Professor Emeritus and Graduate School Professor at Cornell University and Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen University. He is past Chairman of the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Past President of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). He has a B.S. from Copenhagen University, a M.S. and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, and India.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Agricultural Economics Association. In addition to his 15 years as professor at Cornell University, he served 10 years as the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Director General and seven years as department head; seven years as an economist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia; and six years as a distinguished professor at Wageningen University. He is the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate and the recipient of several awards for his research and communication of research results.


Patrick Schweizer

Tuesday, 25 August 2015: Planting future – plants resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses

Plenary Lecture: Gene- and biotechnology-driven approaches to durable pathogen resistance in cereals

Patrick Schweizer obtained his PhD degree in 1988 at the Institute of Plant Physiology, University of Berne, Switzerland, in the field of molecular plant-pathogen interactions. After a few postdoctoral stays with Prof. Klaus Hahlbrock at the Max Planck Institut für Züchtungsforschung in Cologne, Germany, with Sandoz Agro Co. in Basel, Switzerland, and with Prof. Jean Pierre Métraux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, he became appointed as senior scientist by Prof. Robert Dudler at the Institute of Plant Biology, University of Zürich, Switzerland. Since 2000 he is research group leader at the Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben, Germany. In 2001 Patrick Schweizer obtained his habilitation at the Faculty of Mathematics and Science of the University of Zürich, and since 2006 he is also leading the Genome Analysis program in the Breeding Research department at IPK. Research of the lab focuses primarily on functional genomics approaches for durable pathogen resistance in barley and wheat. For a better understanding of genes involved in basal as well as nonhost resistance, the group has developed novel tools of functional genomics based on medium- to high-throughput RNAi and automated microscopy. Together with transcript profiling approaches, transgenic barley, and allele mining gene discovery is achieved.

Myron Zalucki

Wednesday, 26 August 2015: Raising and sustaining productivity of plant production systems

Plenary lecture: Landscapes, genetically modified crops and climate change: Whither IPM?

Myron Zalucki is currently Professor of Entomology in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland. Myron obtained his first degree from the Australian National University (Canberra) and a PhD from Griffith University (Brisbane). He was instrumental in setting up one of the first Cooperative Research Centers in Australia, the CRC for Tropical Pest Management, and is Australia’s representative on the International Congress of Entomology Council. He was awarded the Ian Mackerras Medal for excellence in Entomology by the Australian Entomological Society in 1996 and became a Fellow of The Entomological Society of America in 2014.

He is an insect ecologist with a long history of working on both pure and applied issues – particularly on the ecology, biology and management of Helicoverpa spp., the major pest of field crops in Australia and a recent invasive in South America. He has led large Australian Government funded projects on Diamondback moth (DBM), a key pest of horticulture, in China, North Korea and the South Pacific. With students and colleagues Myron has published over 300 referred papers and chapters in books and Proceedings, with several papers addressing the question of why integrated pest management (IPM) has often not achieved what was promised – citing biological, technical and socio-economic reasons.

Christel Weller-Molongua

Thursday, 27 August 2015: Social participation – Key factor for food security and rural development

Plenary lecture: Social participation – Key factor for food security and rural development

Christel Weller-Molongua is Head of the Division Rural Development and Agriculture in the sectoral department of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Born in 1958, she obtained higher education degrees in tropical agricultural geography (University of Trier) and rural development (Humboldt-University Berlin). She joined GIZ (formerly GTZ) in 1989 and worked for the institution as advisor and held director positions both in the German headquarters and among others, in Niger, Mali, Benin and Honduras.