Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

Climate is changing; agriculture must adapt!

Dr. Glenn Gregorio
Academician, Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Agricultural Science Division Professor, Institute of Crop Science (ICropS), University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines

Glenn B. Gregorio obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics, M.Sc. in Plant Breeding, and BS Agriculture at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). His career was developed at the International Rice research Institute (IRRI) as researcher from 1986-1998 then serve as Post-Doctoral Fellow and assume various research positions like International Research Fellow, Scientist, Senior Scientist, and Deputy Division Head of IRRI’s Plant Breeding Genetics and Biotechnology Division . At IRRI, he worked on Rice Breeding for tolerance to saline-prone and problem soils, Coordinator - Varietal development pipeline- cross cutting R&D. University of the Philippines Los Baños and Central Mindanao University (CMU), Adjunct Professor. He had a three-year stint as crop breeding manager for corn and legumes at East-West Company. Currently he is a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) with a rank of Academician and will be joining the UPLB faculty as Professor. His Awards include among others: Ten Outstanding Youth Scientists of the Philippines (TOYS 1980), Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS 2004) in the field of Genetics; Crop Science Society of the Philippines Achievement Award for Crop Science Research (2004), Honorary Foreign Scientist of the Rural Development Administration (RDA) Award of Korea (2002-2005); The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM 2004) Philippines, Central Mindanao University centennial Most Distinguished Alumnus (2010), Medal award as “Having Great Contribution to the cause of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam” (2012), William Dar 2014 Crop Science Achievement Award in Research Management (2014), and conferred the rank of Academician as member of NAST-Philippines in 2018.

The conservation of plant genetic resources for future generation

Prof. Dr. Andreas Börner
President Designate of EUCARPIA and Head of Cereals Section of EUCARPIA
Head, Genebank, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, IPK Gatersleben, Germany


Dr. Andreas Börner received his PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg in 1988. Between 1990 and 1996 he was head of the research group Wheat Genetics of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK). He joined the Genebank of the IPK as the head of research group Resources Genetics and Reproduction in 1997. Since 2005 he has served as the head of program Management and Evaluation, which is responsible for the long term maintenance of the IPK Genebank collection of cultivated plants and their wild relatives. The Genebank is a major player in the global ex situ plant conservation effort, housing a wide spectrum of accessions representing most of the temperate crop species. In addition to his responsibility for the optimization of the management of the collection, he runs an active research program focused on the investigation of seed longevity, the study of the genetic integrity and genetic diversity as well as a comprehensive phenotypic (phenomic) and genetic description of materials related to the major temperate cereal crops. In close co-operation with many external partners, segregation and association mapping populations are exploited to detect genes (QTLs) responsible for agronomic characters of interest.