Professor Rajeev Bhat
Practical Insights on Sustainability Challenges Incurred in the Agri-Food Sector
Rajeev Bhat, PhD, is presently working as Professor (ERA Chair in Valortech) at the Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU). He holds an extensive ‘Research and Teaching’ experience of nearly 20 years in the field of agri-food technology, with his research expertise focusing on various issues pertaining to ‘Sustainable Food Production’ and ‘Food Security.’ He holds International work experiences in South-Korea, Malaysia, India, Germany, and in Fiji Islands. He has a scholarly H-index of 40 in Google scholar (with 6798 citations and i10-index of 108) and H-index of 32 in Scopus database. Till date, he has nearly 200 research articles published in ISI based journals, as refereed book chapters, etc. He has edited 4 books and authored 1 book, is in the editorial board of leading international journals, and has been the scientific committee member and invited speaker in various international conferences. He is also a recipient of several prestigious international awards and recognitions conferred by various institutions of higher learning and research establishments.
Professor István Szabó
ICT related agritechnologies, trends and new challenges
Professor István Szabó graduated from Gödöllő University of Agricultural Sciences – the predecessor of Szent István University – in 1987 as an agricultural mechanical engineer. As part of his training program he spent multiple semesters at the Goryachkin Agricultural University in Moscow, Russia and at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Since his graduation he has been involved in teaching and research activities at different levels of university positions at Szent Istvan University, Gödöllő, Hungary. In 1991 he received his Doctor of University (dr.univ) degree and later in 2001 a PhD degree in the field of technical sciences. In the year of 2008 he has been awarded the dr. habil. (habilitated doctor) degree. Since 2005 he has been the Director of the Institute of Mechanics and Machinery at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and during the period of 2008-2016 he served as the Dean of the Faculty, while between 2016 and 2018 he was appointed as the vice rector for International Relations of Szent István University.
His research interest includes new methodologies in engineering design, computer aided engineering and information technologies in agriculture. He is the author of several books and more than 200 scientific articles. Recently he is the program leader of the AgIT FIEK project, which is a 6 mEUR research program aiming at developing advanced IT solutions for tractors and implements.
Apart from his engagements at Szent István University, he is a visiting professor of Technical University in Baia Mare (Romania), an Honorary Professor at University of Szeged, and contributor to the doctoral program of the Kazakh National Agrarian University. Professor Szabó holds several positions at different professional organizations. Among others he is member of the presidium of CASEE and co-chair of the Bio-system Engineering Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
For many years he has been chairing important civil organizations including the Szent István University’s International Relations Foundation, the e-Collegium Foundation and the Agricultural Talent Management (ASTA) Foundation.
Professor John McNamara
Farm Health and Safety Adoption In Ireland through Engineering and Behaviour.
Dr John McNamara is an agriculturalist and occupational health and safety (OHS) professional and works as National Health and Safety Extension Specialist Advisor for TEAGASC – the Irish State Agriculture and Food Development Authority. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Extension in OHS at the School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin. He is Vice Chair of the EU COST Action SACURIMA aimed at developing and exchanging knowledge on enhancing OHS Culture in Agriculture. Dr McNamara’s previous career has been as mechanization lecturer/instructor and agricultural college principal. Dr. McNamara is particularly interested in both researching and applying the Research- Extension Knowledge Transfer Model operated by Teagasc to improve OHS Culture in Agriculture.
Dr. Andre Beerlink
Advances In X-ray Computed Tomography Technology And Their Applications In Life Sciences
Since the start of his scientific career as an X-ray physicist at the Institute for X-Ray Physics of the University of Göttingen, Germany, Dr. Beerlink has always been involved in collaborations with scientists and researchers around the globe to explore their specimens, animals, fossils, materials, statues, molecules, biomaterial structures, and many more. His main focus in these projects has been the development and improvement of the biophysical analytical methods mostly based on X-rays to expand the limits of the commonly available analytical technologies.
Dr. Beerlink defended his doctoral thesis at the Institute for X-ray Physics, University of Göttingen on Black lipid membranes studied by x-ray phase contrast imaging. His postdoctoral fellowship he spent at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY (Hamburg, Germany) working on Soft matter synchrotron research. At the moment he works at YXLON International GmbH, Hamburg, Germany as a international sales manager, specializing on X-ray inspection and computed tomography products in universities, research institutes and museums.
Professor Seid Mahdi Jafari
Cutting-edge nanoencapsulation technologies for food experts
Prof. Seid Mahdi Jafari received his PhD degree in Food Process Engineering from the University of Queensland (Australia), in 2006. He has been working on the nanoemulsification and nanoencapsulation of food bioactive ingredients for the past 15 years. Now, as a full Professor, he is an academic member of GUASNR (Iran). He has published more than 115 papers in top-ranked International Food Science journals (h-index=29 in Scopus) and 25 book chapters along with editing 11 books with Elsevier. In November 2015, he was awarded as one of the top 1% scientists of the world with the highest citations by Thomson Reuters (Essential Scientific Indicators) in the field of Biological Sciences. Also in December 2017, he was selected as one of the top national researchers of IRAN by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology.