Last week we celebrated the First Technical Sessions of our Stoller Chair. The event took place at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and addressed two of the new challenges that arise in modern agriculture, such as climate change and the efficient use of nutrients.
Over two days, eight technical speeches were presented by international experts in different disciplines of plant physiology and agronomy. More than 200 attendees from all over the world participated in these sessions, both in person and via streaming. All of them were able to learn first-hand a clear and contextualized perspective of the new challenges in modern agriculture and how to face them with the aim of producing more efficiently despite the growing difficulties.
In addition, the day before these days we brought together clients from more than 20 countries to live an exclusive experience in Elche (Alicante). During this Stoller Experience, the guests visited our headquarters, attended technical presentations given by members of the Stoller Group and shared testimonials of their relationship with the company. To complement the experience, all of them were able to enjoy the First Stoller Chair Technical Sessions held at the UPV during the following days.
The sessions were moderated by the director of the Stoller Chair and also R&D director of Stoller Europe, Vicente Doménech. The opening was given by Francisco Espinós, director of the Business and Employment Chairs, as well as M. Loreto Fenollosa, deputy director of ETSIAMN Business Chair. In addition, they had the presence and closure of Sergio Aguilar, vice president of subsidiaries for EMEA; Maurício Andrião, general manager of Stoller Europe, as well as Elena Picó, deputy director of Agricultural Structures and Cooperativism at the Department of Agriculture.
These were the international speakers and the titles of the technical sessions of the First Stoller Chair Technical Sessions:
- Dr. Raúl Compés, Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain): “The wine sector in the face of climate change”.
- Mongi Nagi, Technical and Marketing Consultant: “The consequences of climate change on food security & agriculture”.
- Dr. Gustavo Maia, Professor at Botany Department UFPel (Brasil): “Re-thinking plant stress in an ever-changing environment: from machines toward complex cognitive systems”.
- Felicidad de Herralde, Ph. D. Researcher in the Fruit Production Program of IRTA
- (Spain): “Effects of climate change in agriculture and adaptation possibilities: the example of viticulture”.
- Trevor Wignall, Operations Manager, Water Efficient Technologies (WET Centre) Centre), NIAB EMR (UK): “Climate Smart Berries: resilience and resource-use efficiency in soft fruit production”.
- Ron Salzman, Director R&D Stoller Group (USA): “Role for cytokinins in plant reproduction under heat stress: improving crop resistance to high temperature in a warming world”.
- Dr. Héctor Moreno, Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain): “Soil quality: the key for a changing agriculture”.
- Ryan Miller, Ph. D. Director Applied Research Stoller Group (EEUU): “Food for Thought: Science, Technology & Sustainability”.