Board of Directors
Managing Director – ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH (located in Flörsheim/Germany)
Dr. Römbke has a Ph.D. and a Diploma in Biology from the University of Frankfurt a.M.. In 1994, he co-founded ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH (located in Flörsheim/Germany) as a private contract research laboratory, where he is still one of two Managing Directors. Dr. Römbke is responsible for ecotoxicological effect and fate tests as well as the environmental risk assessment of chemicals (pesticides, metals, or pharmaceuticals) working both for chemical industry and for national and international governmental authorities. He has published about 200 papers in indexed journals. Dr. Römbke is specialized in the taxonomy, biogeography and ecology of soil fauna. He is involved in several ecological and ecotoxicological field studies in Germany, other European countries, Brazil and in North Africa, most recently the EU-FP7 project EcoFINDERS. Especially he is interested in the development and standardization of ecotoxicological test methods as well as in the international harmonization of methods for biological soil monitoring, serving e.g. as chair of ISO TC 190/SC4 (the committee responsible for biological methods).
Full professor at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Food Science
Professor Lília Ahrné has a Master’s Degree in Food Engineering from Portugal (ESB-UCP) with a Diploma Thesis from Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany. She did her PhD at the Catholic University of Portugal in collaboration with the University of California in Davis and went to Sweden during 1994 for a postdoc between Tetra Pak and Lund University. After working for Tetra Pak Processing Systems, she joined SIK – the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology – where she worked for 18 years. For the last 7 years, she headed up the Process and Technology Development section. At the University of Copenhagen, her core areas are mild processing, functionalised dairy ingredients and structure processing. Exploring technologies that are emerging or under development, that are sustainable and that can produce added value products. The effect of technologies on product properties like texture, taste and nutritional value is a major interest of her research – especially the development of healthier and tasty alternatives. Professor Ahrné was elected fellow to the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) in 2016 and is the President of the European Federation of Food Science & Technology (EFFoST) Executive Committee.
Horticulture and Product Physiology group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Leo Marcelis is full professor Horticulture and Product Physiology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Leo has a vast experience in experimental and simulation research on growth and functioning of horticultural plants grown in greenhouses and vertical farms. His main expertise is on physiology, growth and product formation of plants and plant organs. In particular fluxes of assimilates, water and nutrients in the plant, sink/source interactions and partitioning among plant organs in response to environmental growth conditions are subject of study. His research contributes to sustainable horticultural production while improving crop production and quality; this includes saving of energy, efficient use of (LED)light, efficient use of water and nutrients. He has (co-) authored more than 160 scientific articles and over 250 articles for growers or general public. H-index is 41 (Google Scholar).
Manager of the Research, Development and Innovation Unit at LIPOR
Graduated in Environmental Engineering from the ESBUC (School of Biotechnology of the Portuguese Catholic University) with a postgraduate degree in Environmental Health from ESBUC and with Training in Business Management and Leadership. Collaborator at Lipor since 2001. Currently Manager of the Research, Development and Innovation Unit of Lipor. Participation in cross-national, national and international working groups. Participation in European projects (Life and H2020). Expert in Circular Economics from FCT and Biobased Industries from the European Commission. Supervisor of curricular and professional internships and MSc thesis in environmental engineering, environmental sciences, environmental health, environmental awareness, nutrition sciences and sociocultural animation.
Executive Director at PortugalFoods
BSc in Food Engineering, Faculty of Biotechnology of the Catholic University of Portugal. RTD financial incentives manager. RTD projects analysis and technical monitoring. Since 2017 Deolinda Silva is Executive Director at PortugalFoods. Between 2004 – 2017 she was Project manager at ANI (National Innovation Agency). Skills in the organisation and management of projects, teams and events. Experience in participating in international projects and in University-Company interface, technology transfer and in promotion and dissemination of RTD projects results. Thorough knowledge of the Portuguese business fabric and Research and Innovation System, with emphasis on the agri-food sector, as a result of 20 years of work experience in the area. Experience in programs such as: R&TD TEAMS IN COMPANIES (Projects in Co-Promotion); DEMONSTRATORS – Projects demonstrators of advanced technologies and pilot lines; MOBILIZING PROGRAMMES – Strategic cross-thematic R&D projects that envisage the development of new products, processes or services highly intensive in technology and innovation; R&TD in CO-PROMOTION – Business projects in co-promotion with other companies or other entities of the R&I system; SIFIDE – the R&D tax incentive system for companies.
Manager of Kiwi GreenSun, SA
Vítor Araújo is since 2002 Director of Kiwi GreenSun, a horticultural company located in Guimarães – Northwest of Portugal – and dedicated to the production and commercialization of kiwis. This company has a total revenue of 5 600 000 € and exportations are its main market (80%), being one of the most relevant company in this sector in the Iberian Peninsula. Victor Araújo is also Vice President of Portugal Fresh – Association for the Promotion of Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers of Portugal, having extensive experience in the national horticultural sector.