Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Anna Rita Bilia is a professor at the University of Florence, and Director of the Post-graduate School of Hospital Pharmacy. Awards: "Claudio Redaelli" for outstanding young researchers in the field of phytochemistry; "Egon Stahl Medal" of GA for researcher younger than 40 years; “2018 Qihuang Prize” China Association of Chinese Medicine. Appointments: expert of the European Pharmacopoeia (TCM group). Vice-president and former president of the International Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA). Italian delegate of the board of directors and of the scientific committee of the European Scientific Cooperation on Phytotherapy (ESCOP). Former president of the scientific Italian Society of Phytochemistry and Sciences of plants for medicinal, food and cosmetic use (SIF). Prof. Bilia’s list of publications shows more than 250 papers in international journals the majority of them are the most important journals of her field of research, she is authors of several invited book monographs and chapters.

Prof. Anna Rita Bilia

University of Florence, Italy

Prof. Alessandra Braca has completed her degree (1996) and PhD (2000) at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Pisa University where she was also a post-doc fellow (2000-2002). From 2004 until 2006 she was researcher of Pharmaceutical Biology at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Pisa University, in the years 2006-2015 she was Associate Professor and since 2015 she was nominated as Full Professor. Her main research field is natural product chemistry, phytochemistry, and medicinal/food plants used in folk medicine of European, Latin American, African and Asian countries. She is authored ca 160 publications and she attended also many national and international Meetings where her contributes were both oral communications and/or posters. She won the Egon Stahl Award in Silver 2007 of the Society for Medicinal Plant Research (GA). Since 2016 she is Editor of Planta Medica, while in the years 2006-2015 she was Associate Editor of Natural Product Communications.

Prof. Alessandra Braca

University of Pisa, Italy

Angela I. Calderón, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Panama, Panama City, Republic of Panama (1990), M.S. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois under the supervision of Dr. Djaja Djendoel Soejarto and Dr. Cindy K. Angerhofer (1997), and Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland under the guidance of Prof. Kurt Hostettmann (2002). Then, she conducted her postdoctorate at Prof. Richard B. van Breemen’s laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joined the faculty at Auburn University School of Pharmacy as an Assistant Professor in August 2008. Dr. Calderón specializes in natural drug products research, specifically applications of mass spectrometry to natural products drug discovery for infectious diseases and quality and safety assessment of botanical dietary supplements.

Assoc. Prof. Calderon

Auburn University, United States

Dr. Ilias Giannenas, DVM (2000), PhD (2004), DipECPVS (2014), Director of Laboratory of Nutrition, is a veterinarian and Assistant Professor at the Veterinary Faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Formerly he served as Lecturer in the Veterinary Faculty of University of Thessaly (2006-2011). In 2017, he did sabbatical studies in Newcastle University for 3 months to study further on the interaction between nutrition and immunity to gastrointestinal parasites in broiler chickens. He is particularly interested in issues of applied poultry nutrition, the use of aromatic plants, plant extracts and essential oils as alternative growth promoters or natural anticoccidials. He is co-author of 3 books, 12 book chapters and over 60 papers in refereed journals. He has been several times an invited speaker in national or international Congresses or Conferences and he has presented more than 100 Conference papers. He has been scientific responsible or member of the research group in more than 25 research projects. He served as reviewer in several journals, is member of the editorial board in 2 international journals and evaluator for several international funded projects. His work has more than 1800 citations and an h index of 24.

Assist. Prof. Giannenas

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Professor Christer Hogstrand (CH) has a Ph.D. in Zoophysiology (1991) from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He was a Research Fellow at McMaster University, Canada (1992-1994), and Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky, USA (1994-1999), before moving to King's College London (UK) where he is now Professor. His research interests are in trace elements in health and disease, and in molecular toxicology. CH is also an Expert for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) since 2004 and vice-chair of its Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (Contam). He is chair of EFSA’s working group on combined exposure to multiple chemicals (mixtures toxicity). CH has authored 18 books and book chapters, over 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and >120 EFSA Opinions and Guidance Documents.

Prof. Christer Hogstrand, Ph.D.

Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Life Course Sciences, King’s College London

Dr Eleni Maloupa is an agronomist. She has graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and had her PhD in Biology and Physiology of Plants in the Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris. She is Research Director and Director at the Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources of the Hellenic Agricultural. She is Research Director and Director at the Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization Dimitra. She is an honorary member of the Association of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Greece. Her research interests are primarily focused on the protection, conservation, propagation, cultivation and sustainable utilization of the diversity of Greek plants, with an emphasis on aromatic-pharmaceutical plants, floricultural and edible native plants of Greece. She is the instigator, creator and scientifically responsible both for the Balkan Botanic Garden of Kroussia (Pontokerasia, Kilkis Perfecture, Greece) and for the Laboratory for the Conservation and Exploitation of Native and Floricultural Species (Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece). She is also a scientific advisor of the Botanic Garden of the Aegean (Chios Island, Greece) and the Botanic Garden of Kefalonia Island; she is the prime mover in the development of a Hellenic Botanic Garden Network. She is the national representative of Greece in the European Botanic Gardens Consortium (Botanic Gardens Conservation International, BGCI) and a member of the steering committee of the international conservation network PLANTA EUROPA. She has taught for several years at Alexander Technological Education Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH), at the University of Thessaly, at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH), as well as at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Biology (in MSc level). Also she has taught at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki and at various Agricultural Centers or Centers of Vocational Training. Much of her research work has been published both in Greek and in international scientific journals and books. She has planned and carried out important scientific programs in corporation with researchers of international recognition. She has implementing pilot programs on new cultivations of native plants of Greece, especially MAPs and their processing methods in corporation with groups of producers or Social Enterprises in various regions of Greece. She has organized three international congresses as well as many other workshops and events. She has taken part in researches relevant to the sustainable exploitation of native Greek plants mainly focused on Medicinal and Aromatic species, in actions aiming to spread the research results and in programs of environmental education. She is a member of several evaluation committees of academic institutions, of MSc and Doctoral theses, evaluations of researchers and academics as well as in scientific committees of Greek and international conferences. Also, she is been a reviewer for international scientific journals. She has organized numerous tasting events on aromatic plants both for Greek and international scientific audiences along with other associates. Her family, friends and associates enjoy her passion for cooking and good Greek wine. She is married and has three children. She was born in the Mastichochoria region of the island of Chios.

Dr. Eleni Maloupa

Hellenic Agricultural Organization – Demeter-ELGO, Greece

Research interests: Isolation and structure elucidation of secondary metabolites from higher plants Biological activities of plants/natural products History of Pharmacy & Ethnopharmacology with emphasis on Greek classic, Roman/hellenistic and Byzantine periods. Publications: 162; Supervisor of 14 Ph. D. theses; 42 M. Sc. theses; several diploma theses Member of the organizing committee of several congresses; Invited Speaker. Referee of many international scientific journals. Member of several Scientific Associations/Societies

Prof. Helen Skaltsa

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Prof. Dr. Hermann Stuppner, born in Italy, studied Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Innsbruck, was then licensed as qualified pharmacist in Italy, and received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Biology from the University of Munich. He did his postdoc stay at the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, Phytochemical & Toxicology Laboratory, University of California and was then habilitated at the Institute of Pharmacognosy, University of Innsbruck. Since 2001 he is Full Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology and Head of the Institute of Pharmacy/Pharmacognosy at the University of Innsbruck. His main research interests are: Isolation and structural elucidation of secondary metabolites from higher plants with anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-microbial activities, Analysis and quality assessment of (medicinal) plants and phyto-pharmaceuticals, Discovery of pharmaceutically active natural products by means of computer aided models, NMR-based metabolic profiling.

Prof. Hermann Stuppner

University of Innsbruck, Austria

Born in 1969, Pretoria South Africa. Completed a BSc, BSc Hons. (cum laude) and MSc (cum laude) in Botany at Stellenbosch University (SA). In 1994 Alvaro commenced with a PhD at the University of Johannesburg on the chemotaxonomy of the genus Aloe. In July 2005 he was appointed as a research fellow and full professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria). More than eighty post-graduate students have graduated under his supervision since 2002. He has authored / co-authored >250 peer reviewed papers mostly on the phytochemical exploration and pharmacological activity of indigenous medicinal and aromatic plants. These papers have attracted > 5300 citations resulting in an author h-index of 40. He has been elected on to the editorial boards of Phytochemistry (Elsevier), Phytochemistry Letters (Elsevier) and he is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Elsevier). In October 2013 Alvaro was awarded the National Research Chair in Phytomedicine a position which he holds concurrently as Director of the SAMRC Herbal Drugs Research Unit in South Africa.

Prof. Alvaro Viljoen

Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria

Günter Vollmer retired from the Chair for Molecular Cell Physiology & Endocrinology at the Faculty of Biology, School of Science of Technische Universität Dresden on April 1st, 2020. He is now Senior Professor at the Faculty of Biology of the Technische Universität Dresden and Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition, he is president elect of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology. His research is/was dedicated to the elucidation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of action of natural compounds, synthetic chemicals with receptor dependent hormone-like activities, as well as some potentially hazardous chemicals. Overall, the research outcomes contribute to - basic research on reproductive organs by the elucidation of biological consequences of the simultaneous activation of hormonal and detoxifying signaling cascades and their resulting interaction - consumer protection by evaluating the efficacy and safety of plant derived alternatives for the treatment of menopausal complaints - breast cancer prevention by investigating the impact of chemical exposure during fetal, neonatal and pubertal development on tumorigenesis of the mammary gland.

Prof. Günter Vollmer

Technische Universität Dresden,


I am a General Medical Practitioner and an Academic Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences at the University of Southampton. I have experience of conducting clinical trials of herbal medicines in different settings since 1997. I am part of groups working on Integrative Health Care and Antimicrobial Resistance, in the UK and internationally. This includes conducting randomized controlled trials of different interventions to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use – for example delayed prescribing and alternative (herbal) medicines. We have conducted randomized controlled clinical trials of herbal medicines (including Traditional Chinese Medicines) as alternatives to antibiotics in the UK for urinary tract infections, acute bronchitis, and acute exacerbations of COPD. I have also collaborated with colleagues in Africa conducting clinical trials of herbal medicines for the treatment of malaria.

Prof. Merlin Willcox

University of Southampton, United Kingdom

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