Keynote Speakers

Prof. Bhagirath Singh Chauhan
Professor at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Speech Topic: Weed Science Education and Research needs in Asia
Prof. Achim Dobermann
Chief Scientist International Fertilizer Association (IFA), Paris, France
Speech Topic: A New Paradigm for Plant Nutrition
Dr. Suassane Dreisigacker
Head, Wheat Molecular Breeding Laboratory, CIMMYT Global Wheat Program (Mexico)
Speech Topic: Genomics-assisted Breeding in the CIMMYT Global Wheat Program
Prof. Ismail Dweikat
Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Nebraska University –Lincoln, USA
Speech Topic: TBA
Dr. Farhad Ghavami
Chief Scientific Officer of agrigenomics at Eurofins Scientific Inc.
Speech Topic: Advances in Molecular Breeding
Dr. Goetz Hensel
Head of Centre for Plant Genome Engineering, Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
Speech Topic: Precise Gene Editing Using Ribonucleoprotein-complexes
Dr. Jacqueline Hughes
Director-General of ICRISAT
Speech Topic: Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture through Smart Farming
Prof. Abdelbagi Ismail
Principal scientist and the IRRI representative for Africa, Kenya
Speech Topic: TBA
Prof. Klaus Palme
Molecular Plant Physiology
University of Freiburg, Germany
Speech Topic: TBA
Prof. B.M. Prasanna
Director of CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program and the CGIAR Research Program on Maize, Kenya
Speech Topic: Breeding and Deploying Climate-resilient and Farmer – preferred Improved Maize Varieties
Mrs. Joanna Kane Potaka
Assistant Director-General - External Relations, ICRISAT, and Executive Director, Smart Food Global Coordinator
Speech Topic: The Critical Need to Diversify Staples
Prof. Ulrich Schurr
Director of Institute of Bio- and Geosciences
Plant Sciences (IBG-2), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Speech Topic: Plant Phenotyping Crossing Borders: Overcoming Technological and Structural Bottlenecks
Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro
President of the ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF)
Speech Topic: Farmer Field School Approach- a better tool to prepare farmers for the future challenges

Prof. Mark Sorrells
Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics at Cornell University
Speech Topic: Plant Breeding in the 21st Century: Molecular Breeding and High Throughput Phenotyping

Prof. Vincent Vadez
Principal Scientist (Directeur de Recherche)
IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)- UMR DIADE- Team CERES, France
Module 4, Excellence in Breeding Platform, CIMMYT, EI Batan, Mexico ICRISAT Collaborator, System Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture (SACSA), India
Speech Topic: From genes to yield: Dealing with water stress at different levels of plant integration
Prof. Rajeev Varshney
Research Program Director- Genetic Gains, at ICRISAT, India & Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University, Australia
Speech Topic: TBA
Dr. Javad Vafabakhsh
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture-Jahad
Speech Topic: Successful Patterns of Crop Production in the World
Prof. Mansour Omidi
Faculty member of the University of Tehran, President of the Crop Science Society of Iran
Speech Topic: Assessment of the Agricultural Education in Iran: Current Situation & Future Prospects 
Dr. Majid Ghorbani Javid
Faculty Member of  the University of Tehran
Speech Topic: Smart Agriculture: A Platform for Sustainable Development in Agro-ecosystems
Dr. Jafar Kambouzia
Head of the Environmental Sciences Institute,  Shahid Beheshti University
Speech Topic: Considerations and Necessities of  Water Governance Revision for Crop Production in Iran
Dr. Babak Nakhoda
Head, Department of Molecular Physiology at the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran
Speech Topic: Forage Grasses: Their Role in Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Forage Production in Pastures and Rangelands
Prof. Reza Tavakkol Afshari
Faculty member of  the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
Speech Topic: Modern Seed Technology
Prof.  Eskandar Zand
Faculty member of  the Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection,
Speech Topic: Agriculture 4.0, The New Generation of Agriculture




Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 21 November 2021
  • Abstract Review Deadline: 21 December 2021
  • Final Decision on Abstracts:
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 21 November 2021
  • Conference: 25-27 January 2022



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