Dr. Rachid Mrabet

National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), Morocco

Dr. Rachid Mrabet having expertiese in Agroecology, Climate Smart Agriculture, Sustainable Food Systems, and Carbon Farming obtained his PhD in Agronomy from Colorado State University. He is a Research Director at Morocco’s National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) and Deputy President World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC) (2017-23).  He is a Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC AR6 WG III and MedECC 1st Assessment Report. He has published 20 books, 63 book chapters and 79 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Mrabet is a coordinator and/or member of over 60 multi-national and trans-disciplinary projects; member, Editorial Board of  several international journals and a reviewer for over 20 prestigious journals,  He is a consultant for national and international organizations and member of Scientific Committee of UNFCCC – COP 22; and adviser and lecturer for national, European and Arab universities.

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 Talk (Arable Cropping Systems): Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable and Profitable Dryland Farming


Prof. K. Butterbach-Bahl

Karlsruhe Inst. Tech, Germany and Aarhus University, Denmark

Prof. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl heads the division “BioGeoChemical Cycles” at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The focus of his work is on GHG from agricultural and natural systems and on ecosystem nitrogen (N) cycling and environmental loss pathways, thereby applying various measurements as well as modelling approaches.

As a joined appointment of IMK-IFU and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) KBB is working on the environmental footprint of pastoral and mixed livestock production systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and options to decrease the GHG intensity of livestock products and environmental N losses. Currently, he is at Aarhus Unversity, Denmark to establish a Centre of Landscape Research.

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Talk (Grassland Systems): Nitrogen cycling in savanna systems and the role of livestock in creating hotspots of N2O emissions

Prof. Maria M.-Losada

University of Santiago de Compostela, Spian

Dr María Rosa Mosquera-Losada is a distinguished professor of the Crop Production and Project Engineering Department of the University of Santiago de Compostela and the Director of the GI-1648 laboratory. She is an Agro-Silvopastoral Systems expert and an author of over 400 peer reviewed papers, 80 of which are indexed in the JCR (90% of papers in the first decile) and focused on agroforestry.

Prof.  Mosquera-Losadashe is leading the “enabling working group” of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) and the Croplands Research Group of the Global Research Alliance (GRA). Currently she is President of EURAF   (European Agroforestry Federation).

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Talk (Agro-Silvo-Pastoral Systems): Agroforestry – European extent, policy and climate change

Dr. ir. Sander Janssen

Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Dr. Sander Janssen is the leader of the Earth Informatics team at Wageningen Environmental Research. He holds a PhD on agricultural systems, scientific integration and data enigineering from Wageningen University and Research.

Sander dedicates his scientific career to the cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration that is required to achieve societal impacts in multidisciplinary projects focused on food security, climate change, agriculture and environment. He has worked in leadership and managerial roles over the past eight years in the areas of digitization of agriculture, big data, open data and application of ICTs across domains.

He has a drive for increasing the impact of research and studying evidence-based decision making relating to sustainable development.

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Talk (Decision Support Tools): Decision Support in the Digital Agriculture Era.


Dr. Pete Iannetta

The James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK.

Dr. Pietro (Pete) Iannetta is based in the Agroecology Group of the James Hutton Institute. He delivers strategic and applied research which is centred on the multi-functional potential of legumes in agrifood- and feed-value chains. He works with a broad range of stakeholders, developing novel crops, plus cropping-, processing- and marketing-techniques.

Pete’s current projects include: Principal Investigator to the Scottish Government’s (RESAS) Strategic Research Programme on ‘novel crops and farming practices’; deputy-Coordinator of RADIANT; and, advisor to the Coordination-team of FRAMEWork. His recently concluded projects include: TRUE, as Coordinator; TOMRES, as work package leader; and, DIVERSify. 

Talk (Novel Farming Systems): Novel farming systems and value-chains: Home-grown legumes as a multifunctional solution for wicked problems.

Dr. Jean Batiste Dolle

French Livestock Institute, France

Dr. Jean Baptiste Dollé is the environment head department at the French livestock institute (Institut de l’Elevage). He works with the national dairy and meat federation, producers, firms, research institute in France and Europe, and public bodies to evaluate the relation between environment and cattle production. Many studies carried out concern methodologies and tools developed to evaluate impacts (climate change, water pollution,…), and to assess the positive contributions (biodiversity, carbon sequestration,…) of milk/beef production.

The last ten years, he implemented carbon farming initiatives in livestock production (16 000 farmers) with a large national partnership. Recently, he contributed to the development of a standardized methodology for certifying carbon reductions in agriculture.

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Talk (Carbon Farming and Nature-based Solutions): Carbon farming and result based solutions, an innovative scheme for boosting carbon initiatives and developing sustainable agriculture