KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr. Ronald S. Zalesny Jr.

Team Leader and Research Plant Geneticist of Phytotechnologies, Genetics, and Energy Crop Production Unit. Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Northern Research Station (NRS), Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies.
Main areas of expertise are: Test short rotation woody crop systems for phytotechnologies, energy, and fiber, with an emphasis on evaluating genetic and physiological mechanisms controlling plant development in the face of changing climates, the need for carbon sequestration, and contamination due to natural and anthropogenic disasters.
Awarded with a.o.: U.S. Forest Service Certificate of Merit Award, 2015 Leadership; U.S. Forest Service Certificate of Merit Award, 2007 Fiber Production and Bioenergy; U.S. Forest Service Certificate of Merit Award, 2006 Environmental Remediation; U.S. Forest Service Certificate of Merit Award, 1998 Safety.
He is the Coordinator of 2.08.04 Working Group (Physiology and Genetics of Poplars and Willows) of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO); International Delegate of Environmental Applications of Poplar and Willow Working Party (International Poplar Commission, FAO); member of Editorial Board of the International Journal of Phytoremediation and BioEnergy Research;Director of Northwoods Environmental Scholars Program and Adjunct Professor of Iowa State University.
Over 85 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Dr. Reinhart Ceulemans

Full Professor of Ecology at the Department of Biology of the University of Antwerp; Visiting Professor of Plant Ecophysiology at the University of Ghent (Belgium); Director of the Research Center of Excellence PLECO at the University of Antwerp; and Chair of the Scientific Review Group for Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences of the European Science Foundation (Strasbourg, France).
Main areas of expertise are: plant ecology; bio-energy crops; global changes; plant functioning and modeling.
Awarded with a.o.: Scientific Achievement Award of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO, 1990); Doctor Honoris Causa of the Mendel University in Brno (Czech Republic); Doctor Honoris Causa of the Université d’Orléans (France); Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and the Arts (Belgium); Methusalem chair (since 2007) of the Flemish Government; Belgian Francqui Chair at the Université Catholique de Louvain (in 2007).
Publication output: (co-)editor of 9 scientific volumes on plant responses to environmental factors and tree physiology; over 330 publications in peer-reviewed (A1) scientific journals that are cited well over 10,000 times; h-index of 50. Among the 20 most cited plant scientists in Europe (cfr. Lab Times).
Over the period 2008-2016: 30 projects with a total funding of 15 M€, including ERC Advanced Research Grant ‘POPFULL’ (2.5 M€) on renewable bio-energy.
Supervisor of 25 successfully defended Ph.D.’s. Belgian Focal Point for European Infrastructure Network ICOS.