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.

Dr. Andrew Clark (Australia). He is a Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga, Australia) and Senior Researcher with the Australian National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC). As well as lecturing in the suite of Wine Science and Viticulture courses at Charles Sturt University, he has delivered lectures as part of the International Vintage Masters (Groupe ESA) in Valencia (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), and Angers (France). He completed his undergraduate and PhD studies at The University of Melbourne and commenced his position at Charles Sturt University in 2001. His research interests include general wine oxidation/reduction chemistry, compositional measures of wine, metal speciation/fractionation techniques and their application to predict the metal-induced spoilage of wine, the impact of light on wine and the use of ascorbic acid in wine.
Dr. Ramón González is Research Professor at the Instituto de Ciencias de la Vid y del Vino (ICVV), Logroño. During his PhD in IATA-CSIC (Valencia), he pioneered development of genetically engineered wine yeast strains (1990-1993). As an EMBO and Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow (1994-1998), in the Institute de Génétique et Microbiologie (Orsay, France), he completed his training on microbial genetics and molecular biology. From 1999 to 2008 he worked on the genetic improvement of wine yeasts by classical genetic tools and genetic engineering, addressing yeast autolysis and mannoprotein overproduction among other features. In 2008 he joined the ICVV. During this later period he focused on understanding yeast physiology during winemaking in the context of global warming. His group is now developing procedures to ferment quality wines with lower ethanol yields. Interactions between S. cerevisiae and non-Saccharomyces yeasts are at the core of their current research interests.

Dra. Chloé Roullier-Gall is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Analytical Food Chemistry group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and guest of the research unit Analytical BioGeoChemistry at the Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen. She graduated from University of Burgundy / France and Technical University of Munich / Germany in 2014. Her main skills are oriented to high throughput mass spectrometry-based analyses. Her research focuses on metabolomics of grape, wine and spirits, with topics spanning enological practices, wine ageing, oxidation, authentication.... She is also involved in metabolomics of food.
Dr. Silas Villas-Boas is an Associate Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland, in New Zealand. His scientific career is focused primarily on metabolomics, biodiscovery of bioactive metabolites, and food fermentation. Since 2001, Dr Villas-Boas has established international expertise in metabolomics, with over 85 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, 9 book chapters, and 5 patents. Dr Villas-Boas has contributed and co-edited the first international text-book on metabolome analysis published by John Wiley & Sons (2007), and he is also the co-director of Green Spot Technologies, a start-up focused on food innovation via fermentation (www.greenspot-tech.com).

Dr. Stephanie Marchand is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Vine & Wine Science, The University of Bordeaux, in France. Her scientific career started with food chemistry with a great interest for analysis and quantification. Among the aliments offered by gastronomy, she developed a particular interest in the wine studies. She graduated from the University of Bordeaux in 2002 after a study on the contribution of heterocyclics to the wine aging aroma. That study investigated the possibility of a "low energy" Maillard reaction in wines. After a few years spent as assistant professor in faculties of pharmacy,Stéphanie Marchand is back to oenologie since 2008. With the collaboration with several PhD student and Post Doc, she investigated the composition of aged wine, the sensorial definition of aging for red Bordeaux wines and also for Champagne wines and attached great importance to link the scientific discoveries to wine production knowledge and needs.
Prof Melané Vivier is Professor in the Institute for Wine Biotechnology, Department of Viticulture and Oenology of Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is program leader of the Grapevine Molecular Biology and Biotechnology group and coordinator of the Viticultural platform of the Institute for Grape and Wine Sciences. Her research group focuses on integrative research, where the process under study is evaluated as a system. The methodological core of the research is molecular and metabolite profiling of the biological systems under study and are being applied to the following two themes: (i) Interactome profiling of the grapevine-pathogen interaction and (ii) Molecular and metabolite profiling of grapevines in vineyard settings (“FieldOmics”) to understand the genotype X environment interactions.