Congress chair

Prof. Claas Nendel
Claas Nendel is co-head of the ZALF Research Platform „Data analysis & Simulation“ and professor of Landscape Systems Analysis with the University of Potsdam. A studied geo-ecologist, he has been working for 20 years in agricultural research, on applied integrated modelling of water, nitrogen and carbon dynamics, organic matter decomposition, crop growth, product quality, and farm economics in various cropping systems. His main focus is the carry-over effect within crop rotations and the consequences for yield and product quality. Prof. Nendel is president of the European Society for Agronomy and speaker-elect of the German Soil Science Society plant nutrition section.

Session 1: Increasing the resilience and resource efficiency of cropping systems            

Experiment, theory and simulation to support new strategies for cropping systems
Prof. Jørgen E. Olesen
Aarhus University, Denmark
Jørgen E. Olesen is professor in climate and agriculture at Aarhus University and head of Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University. His research encompasses experimental and modelling studies on agricultural carbon and nitrogen cycles and local to global scales. He is recognised as a world-leading expert on climate change impacts on agriculture and on greenhouse gases from agriculture and how they may be mitigated. He has contributed as a lead author to the IPCC WG2 and to several governmental commissions and councils, including the Commission on Climate Change Policy and the Ethical Council. He is awarded highly cited researcher by Clarivate.
Prof. Edith LeCadre-Barthélémy
Institut Agro of AGROCAMPUS OUEST, Rennes, France
A trained agronomist, she holds a PhD in soil science and bioclimatology and a habilitation in functional ecology.From 2005 to 2016, she taught at Montpellier Supagro and investigated phosphorus and potassium acquisition by plants in low-input systems through experimental and modelling approaches. Since 2017, she is leading research on soil microbial resilience in biodiversity-based agroecosystems, cropping system design, and rhizosphere ecology. She is member of the French Foundation for Agro-ecological Transition and Agroforestry, and President-Elect of the European Society of Agronomy.

Additional members:

Dr. Benjamin Dumont, University of Liége, Belgium
Prof. Vera Potopová, ČZU, Czech Republic
Prof. Željka Zgorelec, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Prof. Hans-Peter Kaul, BOKU, Austria
Prof. Christine Watson, SRUC, United Kingdom
Prof. Michele Perniola, University of Basilicata, Italy

Session 2: Towards pesticide-free agriculture

Increasing biodiversity and reducing pesticides at the landscape scale
Dr. Xavier Reboud
INRAE, Dijon, France
Dr. Xavier Reboud is a senior French weed scientist. At INRAE Dijon, Xavier has worked in the 1990s on herbicide resistance before switching to weed community ecology and agricultural systems in the 2000. Xavier is now working on agroecological issues and has a special interest on how digital technology could enhance or slow down the sustainability of agriculture. Xavier is involved in the ‘Towards pesticide free agriculture’ European issue. As a dean generalist in biology, Xavier enjoys working with scientists across disciplines, such as plant pathology, genetics, agronomy and economy.

Prof. Henrik G. Smith
University Lund, Sweden
Henrik G. Smith is professor in Animal Ecology at Lund University. His research focus is interdisciplinary studies of how management of agricultural landscapes interact with biodiversity-related ecosystem processes to ensure both sustainable production and biodiversity conservation. He was the founding coordinator of the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science and is the coordinator of the strategic research initiative Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate (BECC).


Additional members:

Prof. Ingrid Öborn, SLU, Sweden
Prof. Wopke van der Werf, WUR, the Netherlands
Prof. Zita Kriaučiūnienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Session 3: Trade-offs of producing protein from crops and livestock 

Identifying key challenges for agronomy research towards sustainable crop-livestock systems of tomorrow
Dr. Moritz Reckling
Leibniz Centre for Agricultrual Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
Moritz Reckling is a PostDoc in cropping systems at ZALF and associated with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His background is in crop production systems. His research deals with the design of diversified (legume-supported) cropping systems and the assessment of yield stability. He uses and develops a range of methods including on-farm and on-station experiments, participatory approaches and modelling to increase the resilience of agricultural systems.
Prof. Mariana Rufino
Lancaster University, UK
Professor of Agricultural Systems at Lancaster University, is an experienced modeller, who made a significant contribution to global assessments of the agriculture and livestock production. She develops interdisciplinary methods to identify innovations in agriculture, using crop and livestock data, soil nutrient balances, measurements of GHG emissions and surveys. Previously, she worked for the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where she led the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) programme. Mariana held positions at Wageningen University and the International Livestock Research Institute.

Additional members:

Dr. Daniel Plaza-Bonilla, University of Lleida-Agrotecnio, Spain
Prof. Pietro Barbieri, Bordeaux Sciences Agro, France
Prof. Julie Ryschawy, INRAE, France
Prof. Evelin Loit, EMÜ, Estonia

Session 4: Crop diversification and digitalisation to support transformations in production systems

Robotics and sensors enable new forms of cropping systems
Dr. Kathrin Grahmann
Leibniz Centre for Agricultrual Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
Dr. Kathrin Grahmann is a PostDoc at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and her research is motivated by the design and understanding of sustainable cropping systems through diversification measures to achieve the bio-economy and sustainable development goals. A student of University of Göttingen, Germany, she gained research experience at CIMMYT in Mexico and at the National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) in Uruguay. Her current research focuses on short- and long-term soil quality and soil nutrient dynamics in heterogeneous agricultural landscapes and she is particularly interested in designing experiments that combine traditional methods with emerging technologies.
Prof. James Lowenberg-DeBoer
Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, UK
Prof. James Lowenberg-DeBoer holds the Elizabeth Creak Chair in Agri-Tech Applied Economics at Harper Adams University (HAU), Newport, Shropshire, UK. He is responsible for economics in the Hands Free Farm (HFF) team at HAU. He is also president of the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) and co-editor of the journal Precision Agriculture. His research focuses on the economics of agricultural technology, especially precision agriculture and crop robotics. Lowenberg-DeBoer’s research and outreach is founded in hands-on experience in agriculture, including production of maize and soybeans in NW Iowa in the USA.

Additional members:

Dr. Nadja El Benni, Agroscope, Switzerland
Dr. Victoria Gonzalez-Dugo, Institute of Sustainable Agriculture, Spain
Dr. Sebastian Vogel, ATB, Germany
Dr. Francelino Rodrigues, Lincoln Agritech Ltd, New Zealand
Dr. Stanislaw Samborski, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland