Dr. Luigi Mondello (Opening Plenary Lecture) is Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Messina, Italy. His research is focussed on the development of multidimensional chromatographic instrumentation and software (GC×GC, LC×LC, LC-GC×GC, LC-GC-GC-GC-prep.), coupled to state-of-the-art MS, for the study of complex matrices constituents and contaminants. He is the author of around 400 scientific papers and 1000 conference presentations, with an H-index of 41 (ISI) and a total impact factor of 900. He is in the Analytical Scientist’s “Power List”, and has been awarded with the HTC Award, COLACRO Medal, Silver Jubilee Medal, Liberti Medal, TASIAs, IFEAT Medal, GC×GC Lifetime Achievement, Golay Award. He is editor of Journal of Essential Oil Research (Taylor&Francis), Journal of Separation Science (John Wiley&Sons), Food Analytical Methods (Springer).
Dr. Gonzaga Santesteban (Closing Plenary Lecture) b. 1975, Agricultural Engineer, PhD, started his research career in 1998 with a PhD grant aimed at evaluating the influence of water management on vineyards, a very relevant issue at that time in Spain, where irrigation ban for vineyards had been lifted shortly before. From then on, he has combined research and lecturing at the Public University of Navarra (UPNA), where he obtained in 2010 an Associate Professor position, and now is Head of Agricultural Production Department. His research is focused on grapevines, with special focus on evaluation of cultural practices, precision viticulture, isotope discrimination applications and crop modeling. He was in charge of the reactivation of the Viticulture Section of the Spanish Society for Horticultural Sciences, leading it from 2012 to 2016, and he now coordinates RedVitis, a network aimed at favouring synergies between Spanish research teams in viticulture.