Invited Speakers

As part of the CAMA2021 we have prepared an exciting program with an inspiring list of invited speakers to complement your original contributions. The following experts have gladly accepted our invitation to share some of their experience with you:

Peter Ragaert

Dr. Peter Ragaert is professor on food packaging technology at the Department Food Technology, Safety and Health at Ghent University focusing on bioplastics, active and intelligent packaging and barrier materials. One of the key elements in his research is relating different compositions and functionalisation of packaging materials with resulting shelf-life of food products.

Furthermore, he is also project manager at Pack4Food since its founding in 2005, a collaboration platform between the packaging industry, research institutes and other stakeholders in food packaging. Through collective research projects, trainings and network activities, Pack4Food aims to stimulate innovation in food packaging, in which the focus in the last years has been shifting to packaging materials in a circular economy.

Peter will give a presentation entitled:

Novel developments in food packaging

Robert Prange

Dr. Robert Prange is a co-author of the 3rd edition of the book ‘Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Fruit and Vegetables’ (CABI, 2018, 420 pp.).  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and was formerly Senior Research Scientist, Postharvest Biology and Technology, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Professor and Head, Department of Plant Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University. He has published over 100 scientific articles, primarily in the field of postharvest biology and technology with a particular interest in Controlled Atmosphere applications in fruits and vegetables. In recognition of his research, and numerous innovations adopted by the postharvest industry around the world, especially the HarvestWatch (DCA-CF) technology, he has received a number of awards including Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Canadian Partners in Technology Transfer Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada.

Robert will give a presentation entitled:

Observations on CA and DCA trends for apple and pears in the last 20 years

Joost Van Dongen

Dr. Joost van Dongen is professor of molecular ecology at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany and before, he worked as research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam, Germany. He obtained his PhD-degree in 2001 at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

His research focusses on the biochemical and molecular responses of plants to low oxygen stress. Among the most prominent findings of this work, there is the description of the bifurcation of the TCA-cycle into an oxidative and reducing branch during low-oxygen stress which is thought to be involved in the regulation of oxygen consumption. Furthermore, he was involved in the discovery of the sensing mechanism for oxygen in plants.

Joost will give a presentation entitled:

Adaptive metabolic responses of plants to low-oxygen conditions

Isabel Gil

Dr. Isabel Gil has a Pharmacy degree and a PhD in Biology. She is a senior researcher at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in the Food Science & Technology Department at CEBAS-CSIC institute in Murcia, Spain.

She is the head of the research group on Microbiology and Quality of Fruits and Vegetable. The group has a multidisciplinary approach that constitutes a perfect combination to respond to the problems of the industry related to quality and safety from an overall perspective. Among the several aspects related to her work are, the microbial and chemical food safety, fresh produce self-life, physiological characteristics, and organoleptic quality. Her research topics deal with fundamental and applied aspects of pre-harvest and post-harvest factors affecting the quality and safety of fruit and vegetables. She has been involved in different projects of National and International private and public organizations.

Mabel will give a presentation entitled:

How CAMA can help in the new trends of minimally processed foods