Leonardo Leonardi

 Elena Mateescu

Prof. Dr. Elena MATEESCU, General Director of the National Meteorological Administration (2016), senior researcher, Associate Professor at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest (USAMV), Faculty of Land Reclamation and Environmental Engineering, Master Programme: Geomatics and Environmental Engineering, Discipline: Climate changes – causes and effects in agriculture(2013), correspondent member of the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences “Gheorghe Ionescu-Şişeşti” (ASAS) since 2015 (associated member since 2014).

She is a member of the CAgM Management Group, Chairperson/co-chair of the Focus Area 4: Capacity Development in Agricultural Meteorology, WMO, Commission for Agricultural Meteorology, OPCAMEs - 2014-2022;

Dr. Elena MATEESCU has also coordinated and undertaken innovative research approaches in over 30 national and international projects in the field of agrometeorology, climatology, air pollution and numerical modeling.


Presentation title: Climate change and impact on agriculture

 Nicolae Corcionivoschi


Prof. Dr. Nicolae Corcionivoschi is a Principal Scientific Officer, Head of Food Microbiology Department at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Belfast and former Head of the United Kingdom Reference Laboratory for Milk and Milk Products. His research interests include bacterial virulence, isolation and testing of novel pre and probiotics, development of novel technologies for a more efficient detection of food-borne pathogens. His laboratory is performing advanced research in developing methodologies for quantification of Campylobacter in poultry based on virulence of individual species and also identification of novel genes involved in the pathogenesis of this microorganism. Dr. Corcionivoschi was first placed on the map of internationally recognized experts in microbiology, in 2012, when he published for the first time a unique defense mechanism against Campylobacter jejuni in humans. He was the one who postulated that reactive oxygen species are the cause for the underlying mechanism resulting in the loss of capsular polysaccharides in Campylobacter jejuni and consequently to reduced bacterial virulence. This has led to the development of a number of new hypotheses regarding related areas of research in his group including some novel theories regarding the P450 enzymes. This work was published in the world highest ranked journal in host-pathogen interaction, Cell Host & Microbe (Impact factor 14).

His research group is undertaking innovative research approaches to decipher the composition of the chicken gut microbiota and how this relates to the presence of bacteria posing a threat to human health and especially in finding ways to manipulate the gut microbiota to reduce their presence. His research interests also includes the use of probiotics in food animals in order to improve animal and human health. Dr. Corcionivoschi is bringing scientific analysis and thought to an area that was dominated with “magic foo-foo dust” thinking and products, and as a result he is making an impact that will have an outsize footprint on the animal industry and food production. His fundamental and applied research projects are currently 100% funded by the local industry for the development of new products, technologies for growth through commercialization of research.

Concerning Dr. Corcionivoschi’s role as an instructor of laboratory staff, graduate students, master students, PhD students and laboratory staff they are all benefiting from his teaching and mentoring as he is praised highly, without exemption, for his talents and dedication in in fostering their own scientific growth and development. He has turned out well-educated students from his laboratory, and is one of the few professors truly dedicated to turning out well-prepared students that can fit into a variety of industrial academic and governmental positions, and they succeed in those roles because of the training provided by Dr. Corcionivoschi.


Presentation title: Natural antimicrobials and bacterial virulence



Prof. Dr. Huub LELIEVELD is Co-founder and President of the Global Harmonization Initiative, Member of the Executive Committee and a Past-President of EFFoST (the European Federation of Food Science and Technology), Founder and Past-President of EHEDG (the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group). He is a fellow of IAFoST (the International Academy of Food Science and Technology), a fellow of IFT (the Institute of Food Technologists), served on the Governing Council of IUFoST (the International Union of Food Science and Technology) and has been Chair of the Nonthermal Processing Division and the International Division of IFT. At Unilever, he was responsible for hygienic processing and plant design and novel processing technologies. He is lead editor of "Hygiene in food processing", the "Handbook of hygiene control in the food industry" and "Food preservation by pulsed electric fields: From research to application".

He is co-editor of several other books, including "Ensuring Global Food Safety: Exploring Global Harmonization", "Hygienic design of food factories" and "Food safety management: a practical guide for the food industry". He wrote chapters for many books and encyclopedia, wrote hundreds of scientific articles and articles for magazines and presented hundreds of papers, globally. He is a member of many editorial boards of books, journals and magazines. He initiated "People, planet, prosperity and the food chain" in short P3FC, an organisation of which the sole objective is to remind the food industry as frequently as possible that besides caring for shareholders, they also share responsibilities for planet and society. He has been awarded Doctor Honoris Causa at the National University of Food Technologies (NUFT) in Kiev, Ukraine.


Presentation title: Debunking misinformation about food

 Gabriela N. Tenea

 Gabriela N. TENEA

Dr. Gabriela N. Tenea, is Associate Professor at The Technical University of the North (UTN), Department of Biotechnology, Ibarra Ecuador. She received her PhD from the Department of Genetics, University of Bucharest in 2005. She was a postdoctoral Fulbright fellow at the Department of Biology, Purdue University, USA (2006-2008) and postdoctoral fellow at the Food Safety Department, Joint Research Centre-IRMM-European Commission, Belgium (2009-2012). She joined UTN in 2014 as Prometeo Research Grant holder supported by the Ministry of Superior Education (SENESCYT) Ecuador, where she put the basis of several research projects exploring the wild-type fruits of Ecuadorian Amazon, to identify and characterized new microorganisms for biotechnological applications. She identified several native lactic acid bacteria with highly antimicrobial properties and try to understand their mode of action for further developing new strategies to control the pathogen growth in food as overall good manufacturing practice to ensure an adequate safety and desired quality of food products.


Presentation title: Fight against contaminates using antimicrobial substances rescued from microbiota of Amazonian tropical fruits

 Leonardo Leonardi

 Leonardo Leonardi
Veterinary Pathologist

Professor of Molecular Pathology for the Course in Biotechnology Professor of General Veterinary Morphopathology for the Course of Veterinary Medicine


Honorary Professor for Veterinary and Biotechnology University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest - Romania

World Chair of International Veterinary Pathology Coalition, elected from 2017 at the International Annual Meeting of American College of Veterinary Pathologists in Vancouver – Canada. Member of the Governing Council of the CEMIN (Center of Excellence on innovative nanostructured materials), member of the board of directors of T.U.C.E.P. (Tiber Umbria Comett Education Programme – International network for knowledge and job), member of Erasmus Commission for Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology at University of Perugia, delegate of the Department of Veterinary Medicine for the Commissions of T.U.C.E.P. and Job-Placement at UNIPG, national coordinator of local Unit of the European Project title: Supporting biotechnology students oriented towards an entrepreneurial path, approved from Erasmus+ European Community (European Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Florentina Matei – UASMVB). He collaborate scientifically and participated in training and educationl activities worldwide, as like as at UASMV – Bucharest, Romania. Invited keynote speaker and chairman in different international universities, meetings and research institutions in the context of Biotechnology, Veterinary and Human Medicine. He is author of about 150 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, congresses and book chapters. Referee of ministerial scientific research projects in Italy, evaluator for italian ministerial Committee for evaluation of research, Associate Editor and referee for many international journals. Treasurer of A.I.P.Vet (Associazione Italiana di Patologia Veterinaria). Member of the board of PhD in Medicine and Pathophysiology of pet animals and member of the board of PhD in Biotechnology at University of Perugia – Italy. Delegate of the Department of Veterinary Medicine for the joint teaching committee of the Courses in Biotechnology. Member of Scientific Board of the International Conference of the Universityof Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest – Agriculture for Life, Life for Agriculture. Coordinator of the official agreements with University of Florida and University of Georgia – USA.


Presentation title: New perspectives and results on the biomolecular characterization of canine and human osteosarcoma

 Joe Regenstein

 Joe M. Regenstein

Dr. Joe M. Regenstein is a Professor Emeritus of Food Science in the Department of Food Science. He also has an appointment in the Field of Global Development and serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Regenstein heads the Cornell Kosher and Halal Food Initiative. He is an Adjunct Professor of Food Science at Kansas State University, where he teaches his kosher and halal course by distance learning. Dr. Regenstein is a Distinguished Foreign Expert and visiting professor at Jiangnan University in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China; an Adjunct Professor at Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand and a Guest Faculty member at Southwest Agricultural University in Chongqing, China. He did a sabbatical year at the Torry Research Station in Aberdeen, Scotland and a second sabbatical as the Institute of Food Technologist's (IFT) first Congressional Science Fellow in Washington, DC.

Professor Regenstein’s research work had focused on flesh foods, particularly fish and poultry, with an emphasis on meat protein functionality; shelf-life extension of fresh and frozen fish; product development with underutilized fish, especially mince or mechanically deboned fish; aquaculture; and by-product recovery (edible, and non-edible products) from poultry and fish processing wastes, especially fish gelatin. He has also developed an expertise in animal welfare. In collaboration with his wife Carrie, he wrote ”Food Protein Chemistry, An Introduction for Food Scientists” and “An Introduction to Fish Technology”. His third book was “Genetic Modification and Food Quality” with Dr. Robert Blair (Emeritus, University of British Columbia). He also was a member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association’s first Humane Slaughter Panel, where he was involved in the section dealing with fish and religious slaughter of animals.


Presentation title: Total Utilization of Fish Wastes: Optimizing Opportunities