The Latest Developments in Food Science and Technology in European and South Caucasus Countries



Dr. Esmira Alirzayeva

Presentation Title : Biological Approaches to Improvement of Degraded Lands in Azerbaijan

Dr. Esmira AlirzayevaEsmira Alirzayeva is an Associate Professor of Department of Plant Physiology, Institute of Botany, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) and Head of Department of Scientific Information and Innovation, Institute of Botany, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS). Her research interests include biodiversity, medicinal plants, plant biochemistry, plant nutrition, environmental pollution and phytoremediation. She is a participant of a number of International projects. For years she was a visiting researcher of Turku University, Finland, Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Institute of Plant Nutrition (University of Hohenheim, Germany). She was invited as a speaker to International Conference on Plants and Environmental Pollution (ICPEP), Kayseri, Turkey; to the 6th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behaviour Biogeomon, Helsinki, Finland; to the 3rd International Conference on Plants and Environmental Pollution, Lucknow, India and satellite session of ICPEP-3, New-Delhi, India; to Workshop on Metal Fluxes and Stresses in Terrestrial Ecosystems, Ascona, Switzerland.


Dr. Miguel A. Aranda

Presentation Title : Plant Viruses And Food Security. The Case Of Pepino Mosaic Virus

Dr. Miguel A. ArandaMiguel A. Aranda graduated from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in 1989. He is PhD in Plant Pathology, Research Professor as well as Head of Department of Stress Biology and Plant Pathology, CEBAS- CSIC,  Murcia, Spain. In 2000-2002 he was Deputy Director of EELM-CSIC, Malaga, Spain. Dr. Aranda is also the founder and shareholder of the company Bioprodin, a spin-off of CSIC, UM and IMIDA (Spain). He is a member of editorial boards of the following journals: Open Virology Journal, Annals of Applied Biology and Journal of General Virology. Since 2009 professor Miguel A. Aranda has been teaching in Applied Virology, Master in Plant Biology and Biotechnology (Univ. Murcia, Spain). Main Research interests of Dr. Aranda  are Plant Virology, Molecular Genetics and  Genomics. 57 papers of Dr. Aranda included in the Science Citation Index. He has participated in 7 International grants since 2005 and has had 4 patents since 2001.


Soraya Bernard

Presentation Title : HORIZON2020 Opportunities

Soraya BernardSoraya BERNARD graduated from the University of Caen with a Master degree in European project management. After working in Spain and in the UK, she joined Inno TSD as a consultant in economic development and European project management. She has a good knowledge of innovation and technology transfer system, at regional, national and European level. Furthermore, she has an experience in international cluster cooperation, SMEs internationalization. Soraya has confirmed competences on identification strategic cooperation priorities and innovation networking, she has been responsible for the dissemination and knowledge diffusion in various FP7 projects, including the organisation of training courses, workshops, brokerage events, etc. In addition to her native French, she is fluent in Spanish and English.


Dr. Marin Berovič

Presentation Title : Nano Particle Magnetized Wine Yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae in Sparkling Wine Production

Dr. Marin BerovičMarin Berovič is a full time Professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering of University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Dept. Chemical, Biochemical Engineering. He is a co-editor of World Encyclopediae on Living Support Systems EOLLS, Volume Biotechnology, an editor and co-editor of 8 text books EFB Bioprocess Engineering, an  editor on : Biochemical Engineering :  Biotechnology Journal Biotechnology Annual Review, referee of  Biotechnology Bioengineering, Journal of Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering Journal, International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Member of Editorial Boards : Food Technology Biotechnology, Chemical Biochemical Engineering Quaterly, Phytomedicine. He is also a member of New York Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society International Organisation on Biotechnology, European Association for Promotion of Science and Technology. He obtained four awards for his scientific and research work, two National B. Kidric Awards for research and innovations and Krka Award. His scientific bibliography include 456 various contributions from the field of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering. He was a  chairman of European Section on Biochemical Engineering Sciences, a Vice-Chairman of International Organization on Biotechnology and Bioengineering (World Association), a Member of The Executive Board of European Federation on Biotechnology, Co-Editor of Volume Biotechnology – Encyclopediae of Life Support Systems (World Encyclopediae of Science and Technology).


Dr. Alexandre Didebulidze

Presentation Title : Agriculture of Georgia: Reforms, Global Impact and Outlook

Dr. Alexandre DidebulidzeAlexandre Didebulidze is a Corresponding member of Georgian Academy of Sciences, Academician of the Georgian Academy of Agrarian Sciences, Professor (Electric Engineering and Electric Drive, Doctor of Technical Sciences (Farm Electrification), Professor of Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia. He graduated from the Georgian Technical University in 1966. Up to 1968 he worked at the Technical University as an assistant at the Chair of Electric Machines. In 1968-1974 – worked at the Institute of Mechanization and Electrification of Agriculture. His scientific activity deals mainly with the problems of electrification of agriculture and electromechanics – with special electrified transportation-technological machines, exploitation of electric plants. He is deputy chairman of the Board of Academic Experts), secretary of sub-committee for Education of the National Committee of UNESCO, member of the Board of Library Development Foundation (1995), member of the National Academy of Energetics.


Dr. Giorgi Kvesitadze

Presentation Title : Hydrolytic Enzymes from Extremophiles in Food Processing

Dr. Giorgi KvesitadzeGiorgi Kvesitadze is PhD, DSci, Full Professor, Presedent of Georgian National Acadey of Sciences, Director of Durmishidze Institute of Agricultural Univesrsity of Georgia (DIBBAUG), Member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Kvesitadze, is also Academician-Secretary of the of Biological Department of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences and coordinates many prominent S&T activities and initiatives in Georgia in the field of biological sciences / biotechnology. He is a Member of Editorial Boards of three international Journals, two Journals of Russian Academy of Sciences and Journal of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia. In 1992-1994 he was Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing of Georgia. Dr. Kvesitadze held over 80 seminars in the USA, Germany, Belgium, Austria, France, England, Spain, Italy, etc.
Main fields of activity: Collection of mesophilic and extremophilic microorganisms (more than 3000 strains), Characterization of stable enzymes (cellulases, xylanases, amylases, etc) isolated from microorganisms growing at extreme conditions, Elaboration of new technologies based on the action of microorganisms and their enzymes, Investigation of microorganisms and plants abilities to assimilate and metabolize organic ecotoxicants and heavy metals, Biological control of plant bacterioses. Dr. Kvesitadze participated (mainly as project director in 20 International and National grants. He has more than 200 Scientific publications in National and International Scientific Journals and 6 Monographs.


Dr. Jose Neptuno Rodriguez-Lopez

Presentation Title : Application of Inulin and Tea Polyphenols in Cancer Treatment

Dr. Jose Neptuno Rodriguez-LopezJose Neptuno Rodriguez-Lopez is Professor, Head of laboratory, University of Murcia, Spain. He is a member of the Group of Enzymology of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology A and Project Leader in the field of Biotechnology and Design of Drugs. During his career he has published more than 120 publications in relevant scientific journals, has participated in more than 25 research projects (in 14 of them as a Project Leader) and has directed 12 PhD Thesis. Ongoing research is concentrated in production of recombinant proteins for their use in biomedicine and the industry and in the search for new inhibitors of dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) as anticancer and antimicrobial agents.


Dr. Tinatin Sadunishvili

Presentation Title : Biopartners Project

Dr. Tinatin SadunishviliTinatin Sadunishvili graduated from State University, Faculty of Biology, Biochemistry in 1975. She is PhD, D. Sci, and Corresponding Member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences. Since 1975 she has been  working at Durmishidze Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (DIBB). At present she  is Head of Laboratory and Full Professor of DIBBAUG. Main fields of activity of Dr. Sadunishvili are: Plant adaptation mechanisms. Ammonia primary assimilation. Energy and nitrogen metabolism enzymes: physical-chemical properties, kinetics and regulations. Phytoremediation. Elaboration of biological control methods against plant bacterioses; Xanthomonas and Pseudomonas phytopathogenic bacteria and their specific bacteriophages; Plant-pathogen-bacteriophage interactions. Dr. Sadunishvili participated (mainly as project manager) in 17 International and National grants. She has more than 100 Scientific publications in National and International Scientific Journals. 3 Monographs.


Dr. Walter Steiner

Presentation Title : Experimental Design for Media Optimization

Dr. Walter SteinerUniversity Prof. Walter Steiner was also head of the “Enzyme - Technology” group in the department of Biotechnology at the Graz University of Technology. In addition to teaching Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Enzyme Technology, Wood Protection, Process Control and Optimisation in Biotechnology at the Graz University of Technology, he is appointed as external examiner and teacher at several Universities abroad and member of the Editorial Board of several scientifically recognized journals. Evaluator in different national and international activities including EC projects. His research is focused on “Enzymes involved in the degradation of natural biopolymers”, “Enzymes for enhanced biogas(methane) production” on “Enzymes in Pulp and Paper Industries” on “Isolation and Characterization of Starch-phosphorylases”, in “Biofunctionalization of Polymers” and on Enzymes involved in the Biodegradation of Environmentally Difficult-degradable Compounds as well as on “Enzymes from Extremophiles” and on “Biocatalysis and Biotransformations”. He organized several scientific Meetings, Symposia and Summer Schools. More than 150 publications in refereed journals, 5 patents, over 200 lectures and posters, several other contributions in books, etc. show his scientific record and activities.


April 2019


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