We are proud to announce that renowned scientists and politicians will be part of our scientific program as well as our framework program.

Here we would like to inform you with great pleasure which invited speakers have already confirmed their contribution at this point in time.

Tapan Kumar Adhya

Dr. T.K. Adhya, Director, South Asia Nitrogen Centre, New Delhi, holds the chair of Professor, School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), India (www.kiitbiotech.ac.in). He has research interest in the area of environmental microbiology and sustainable agriculture with emphasis on greenhouse gas emission, nitrogen nutrition and microbial diversity analysis, with tropical paddy as the model ecosystem. He is actively engaged in GEF-funded project ‘International Nitrogen Management System’ and GCRF-UKRI project “South Asia Nitrogen Hub”.
Dr. Adhya initiated field-level research in India on quantifying methane and nitrous oxide emission from tropical Indian paddy and also identified strong mitigation options. He has contributed to India’s first NATCOM on GHG and was invited to the elite panel of reviewers of the IPCC-2012 database and methodologies (2013) on GHGs by WMO/UNEP. He has contributed to an integrated global framework to assess the current capability and future vision on the impact of land use and management change on soil carbon, and prepared a UNFCCC document on ‘Standardized Baselines for Rice Cultivation CDM Methodology involving Annex III countries of Africa’.
Prof. Adhya has extensively published in leading national and international journals (https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=aW0plMsAAAAJ&hl=en) and member, editorial Board of several international journals.

Dr. Vincent Aduramigba-Modupe

Vincent Aduramigba-Modupe is the Africa Centre Director of the International Nitrogen Initiative; and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a developmental soil scientist, with over 20 years’ experience in integrated soil fertility management, nutrient budgeting and use efficiency, digital soil mapping and systems agronomy; and has published extensively in high impact factor journals. He was a recipient of the Israeli MASHAV, German CIPSEM, Australia ALAF and Chinese NDRC fellowships (among others) which enabled him to acquire specialized skills at the Technische Universitat Dresden – Germany and University of Sydney – Australia. Vincent is presently working on the management and NUE of pro vitamin A cassava for enhanced livelihoods in Nigeria; and currently the Nigeria team leader of the recently EC approved H2020-MSCA-RISE-2019 INSA project involving 15 institutions in Africa and Europe.

Dr. Heike Bach

Dr. Heike Bach is founder and CEO of VISTA, a company now belonging to the BayWa Group. Digitisation is taken as chance to support sustainable agriculture and water management using environmental models and satellite image analyses. Core applications include site-specific fertilisation and yield forecasting.

Dr. Belay Begashaw


Anna Engleryd

Anna Engleryd is a Senior Policy advisor at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.  For the last 15 years she has been lead negotiator on air pollution for the Swedish Government in several international fora. Since 2014 she is the chair of the Executive Body to the UNECE Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution. She has a background in energy systems analysis and energy efficiency from the Swedish Energy Agency and served for many years as vice chair to the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

Dr. Jessica Fanzo

Jessica Fanzo, PhD is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA. She also serves as the Director of Hopkins’ Global Food Policy and Ethics Program. From 2017 to 2019, Jessica served as the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report and the UN High Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition. Before coming to Hopkins, she has also held positions at Columbia University, the Earth Institute, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Jessica has a PhD in nutrition from the University of Arizona.

Prof. Dr. Bretislav Friedrich

Bretislav Friedrich is the head of the research group “Interactions of molecules in and with fields” at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin and honorary professor at the Technical University Berlin. Aside from his research in molecular physics, he maintains an abiding interest in the history of science and is engaged in efforts to eliminate weapons of mass destruction.

Dr. Emile A. Frison

Emile Frison is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. A Belgian national, he spent his entire career in international agricultural research for development, including six years in Africa in Nigeria and Mauritania. In 2003, he became Director General of Bioversity International and developed a strategy entitled “Diversity for Well-being” focusing on the contribution of agricultural biodiversity to the nutritional quality of diets and to the sustainability, resilience and productivity of smallholder agriculture. Dr Frison is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Ecoagriculture Partners and a member of the Mission Board on Soil Health and Food established by the European Commission. Dr Frison is the lead author of the IPES-Food report “ From Uniformity to Diversity: a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems”.

Asst. Prof. Dr. David Kanter

David Kanter is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU and Vice-Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative. His research examines new policy options for addressing nitrogen pollution and how to manage the transition to a global food system consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to his current position, David was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He received his BSc in Chemistry and Law from the University of Bristol in the UK and his MA and PhD in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from Princeton University.

Maria Krautzberger

Maria Krautzberger heads the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) since May 2014. Ms Krautzberger, born in Upper Bavaria and a graduate of administrative sciences, served as Permanent Secretary in the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment from 1999 to 2011.

Prof. Dr. Annette Peters

Annette Peters is Director of the Institute of Epidemiology at Helmholtz Zentrum München and full Professor of Epidemiology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. As head of the KORA study in Augsburg and the German National Cohort, her main research interest today is to understand the role of epigenetics, metabolism and immune activity in the interaction of genes and the environment.

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Prof. Dr. N Raghuram

N. Raghuram is the current Chair of theInternational Nitrogen Initiative and a Professor of Biotechnology at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India. He co-founded the Indian Nitrogen Group, co-organized the fifth INI Conference (N2010) in New Delhi, co-led and co-edited the Indian Nitrogen Assessment and is currently co-leading the South Asian N assessment under INMS and South Asia Nitrogen Hub. He also facilitated the Indian Govt led resolution on Sustainable Nitrogen Management adopted by UNEA4 in March 2019. His lab has recently discovered the phenotype for nitrogen use efficiency in rice and is working towards characterizing the genotype and identifying the candidate genes for NUE in rice.

Professor Dr. Johan Rockström

Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam.
Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, where he led the development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. He is a leading scientist on global water resources, with about 25 years of experience from applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.
Aside from his research helping to guide policy, Rockström consults several governments and business networks. He also acts as an advisor for sustainable development issues at noteworthy international meetings, such as the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC). Supplementary, he chairs the advisory board for the EAT Foundation and the Earth League.

Svenja Schulze

In March 2018, Svenja Schulze took up office as Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany. In 2010, she was appointed Minister for Innovation, Science and Research in North Rhine-Westphalia; she held this position until 2017. She attended the Ruhr University-Bochum and graduated in German studies and political science.

Carly Stevens

Carly Stevens is a plant ecologist and soil biogeochemist at Lancaster University in the UK where she is a senior lecturer. Carly is particularly interested in the impacts of nitrogen deposition on semi-natural habitats, something she has investigated in a number of countries and habitats. Lancaster University is one of the leading research universities in the UK.

Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Taube

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Dr. Norbert Taubken


Prof. Dr. Harold van Es

Harold van Es is a Professor of Soil Science at Cornell University, USA, the 2016 President of the Soil Science Society of America, and Special Advisor for Digital Agronomy at Yara International.  He is the lead inventor for Adapt-N, computational technology for crop nitrogen management which received the $1M Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge prize.

Prof. Dr. Maren Voss

Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde, Germany

My research focuses on the biogeochemistry of nitrogen including microbial rates measurements and nitrogen fixation in the ocean and the Baltic Sea in particular. Studies on the effects of eutrophication in coastal regions include estuaries and river plumes as well as hypoxic systems.

Prof. Dr. Chaoqing Yu


Prof. Dr. Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern

Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern is Professor for Soil Science and Soil Microbiology, Director of the Institute of Soil Research and Deputy Director of the Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Her research focuses on the role of soils as sources and sinks for atmospheric trace gases with particular attention to the underlying microbial processes. She aims to provide management recommendations for better nitrogen use efficiency and adaptation to climate change. She is a member of the KIÖS of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Xin Zhang

Xin Zhang is an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Her research investigates socioeconomic and biogeochemical processes that affect the global nutrient cycle and the sustainability of agricultural production. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Yale University and held a postdoctoral position on environmental policy at Princeton University.