Lingling Li is a professor at Gansu Agricultural University, and an internationally known crop scientist with the Gansu Provincial Key Laboratory of Aridland Crop Science. Her focus is on technical and theoretical research of conservation agriculture and rainfed farming systems for the Loess Plateau of China, and she has completed 18 research projects funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) among other funders. She has published more than 160 papers in peer reviewed journals. She has been invited to serve as as scientific committee member for the 4th and 5th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design and the 7th and 8th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, and gave a key note address at the 4th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design. She has received the Advancement of Science and Technology award from Gansu Province five times. She was also recognized with the Outstanding Young Teachers in Universities award by the Fox Ying Tung Education Foundation of the Ministry of Education of China and the Gansu Province Youth Award.
Braun has served as the Director of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program since 2006, Braun has an M.S. from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim and a Ph.D. from the University of Hohenheim. His achievements include contributing to the development and release of 44 winter wheat varieties grown on nearly 1.5 million hectares in Central and West Asia, and he is the main author or co-author on more than 120 scientific articles, including 36 in refereed journals. In 2003 he received the Chinese Friendship Award for his contributions to wheat improvement in Gansu Province.
Professor Paul C. Struik is a Full Professor of Crop Physiology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and head of this University’s Centre for Crop Systems Analysis. He obtained an M.Sc in Agronomy and a Ph.D in Agricultural Sciences from Wageningen University. His fields of expertise include: crop systems biology, photosynthesis, resource-use efficiency, seed systems, agrobiodiversity and the synergy between natural and social sciences.
Professor Struik is the author and co-author of many publications including most recently “Deconstructing and unpacking scientific controversies in intensification and sustainability: why the tensions in concepts and values?” in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability” (2014) and “Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security” (2014) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
He is on the editorial board of several international scientific journals including Editor in Chief of Potato Research (1990 – present); Editor of Annals of Applied Biology (2004 until present) and Academic editor of PLoS ONE (2014 until present). He is a member of the Council of the European Association for Potato Research and in 2014, he was recognized for the Outstanding Paper on Plant Genetic Resources from the Crop Science Society of America.
López graduated with a food industry engineering degree from University of Santiago, Chile, and obtained her Master of Science at Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. López worked as a consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization and served as the national representative for the International Cereal Chemists. López has a variety of experiences, in Quality Control and Flour Treatment and Quality Assurance Systems, specialized in cereal fortification in the American Institute of Bread (AIB.)
López is the author of over 20 scientific publications and 100 journal articles. Currently, her research is focused on biotechnology and the development of functional food based cereals.
Porter is an internationally known scientist in crop ecology and physiology, biological modelling and agricultural ecology. Main contribution has been multi-disciplinary work in the response of arable crops, energy crops and complex agro-ecosystems to their environment with an emphasis on climate change, agronomy and ecosystem services.Porter has published more than 130 papers in reviewed journals and has won three international prizes for his research and teaching and is a former past-president of the European Society for Agronomy. Recently he has led the writing of the critically important chapter for the IPCC 5th Assessment in Working Group 2 on food production systems and food security. He has recently expanded his interest into food systems and food security and was elected Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy for Agriculture and Forestry in 2014.