Invited Speakers

As part of the CAMA2020 we are preparing an exciting program with an inspiring list of invited speakers to complement your original contributions. The first experts that have accepted our invitation to join the conference are:

Robert Prange

Robert Prange  (Ph.D.) 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


Maria Isabel Gil

Mabel Gil is a senior researcher at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in the Food Science & Technology Department at CEBAS-CSIC institute in Murcia, Spain.

Her current research activities are related to Quality and Safety of Fresh-cut Vegetables from preharvest to postharvest advanced aspects. She coordinates an expert group involved in fundamental and applied postharvest aspects related with physiology, biochemistry, food safety and technology, which are actively transferred to companies.

Mabel will give a presentation entitled:

New trends in minimally processed foods for the new consumer demands