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Prof. Costas Nikiforidis is an associate professor of Biobased Soft Matter at the Biobased Chemistry and Technology Group of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. His research activities focus on the bio-sourcing of molecules and their use to create sustainable and functional soft materials. He is currently leading a team of 10 Ph.D. candidates, 1 postdoctoral researcher, and several undergraduate students. Dr Costas Nikiforidis has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and has 1 patent. Lecture on: 3D Printable foods using plant-based jammed emulsions
Prof. João G. Crespo, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the School of Science and Technology – NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal. Director of the Laboratory of Membrane Processes at iBET. Coordinator of the research centre LAQV at NOVA University of Lisbon (Sustainable Chemistry; the largest research centre in Portugal). Former Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation and former Coordinator of NOVA Doctoral School. Co-founder of the spin-off company “Zeyton Nutraceuticals”. Member of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering. Honorary member of the European Membrane Society. Research Keywords: Membrane materials and processes; Bioseparations; Water treatment and valorisation of bioresources; Process Monitoring using molecular probes. Lecture on: Membranes in bioprocessing
Marinella Farré, PhD, Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Spain) and one of the group leaders of the ON HEALTH research group. Her research focuses on the investigation of contaminants of emerging concern in the environment, food and humans, on the development and application of new analytical approaches by liquid and gas chromatography coupled to advanced mass spectrometry, as well as in the development and application of biological techniques, such as immunoassays and biosensors. Coordinator of the JPI-Water FOREWARN, and the national project IMAGE and she is IP in international projects EUROqCHARM, EXaMINA, TwiNSol-CECs, PARC and PROMISCES. Lecture on: The challenge of assessing contaminants of emerging concern in the environment


Prof. Ioannis Mourtzinos, an Assistant Professor in Food Chemistry and Analysis in the Dept. of Food Science and Technology, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests include the extraction and characterization of plants’ bioactive ingredients, encapsulation of nutraceutical compounds and the study of antioxidants during heat treatment. He was the principal investigator in 8 research projects and he has three patents. Lecture on: Innovative techniques for the extraction and exploitation of bioactive ingredients in foods
Prof. Danijela Bursać Kovačević, a Professor of Chemistry and Technology of Fruits and Vegetables at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb (Croatia), project leader of the scientific project "Hurdle technology and 3D printing for sustainable fruit juice processing and preservation". In 2021 she was awarded two valuable prizes for highly cited researchers who rank in the top 1% of citations for agricultural science in the Web of Science™. Lecture on: 3D-printing as a novel tool for functional foods production
Jasmina Nikić, PhD, is Research Associate at University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, in the field of Environmental Protection. Her scientific research is mainly focused on the material synthesis and their application in water treatment, with special emphasis on the removal of arsenic and heavy metals from water. She realized her scientific work through participation in several national and international projects. She is the co-author of more than 40 publications, of which 11 are papers in scientific journals of international importance. Lecture on: Magnetic nanoparticles: new generation adsorbents for arsenic removal
Prof. Petar Vrgović, an associate professor at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. He is interested in researching human aspects of production processes: communication, conflict management, creativity management, and networking within open innovation. He is especially passionate about empowering SMEs in developing countries to collaborate, synergize, explore and utilize creative potentials in their employees, external partners, and customers. Lecture on: Co-creation as an effective tool for novel nutraceuticals development
Brankica Kartalović, PhD, a Research Associate at the Department of Toxicology, Drug and Residues Testing at the Scientific Veterinary Institute "Novi Sad", Novi Sad, has 20 years of experience in determining food and feed safety by HPLC and GCMS instrumental methods. Main field of interest is development of methods for pesticides, antibiotics, PAHS and phthalates testing in food and feed, as well as development methods for sample preparation. Lecture on: How does the use of pesticides in protecting oil rape production affect bee health and safety of bee products?
Prof. Daniela Korolija Crkvenjakov, senior conservator and associate professor of conservation at the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, involved in different national and regional conservation projects, mainly related to the religious heritage of the 18th and 19th century. Her research interests are studies of artistic technology and the impact of the degradation to the visual appearance and conservation of artworks. Lecture on: Material science and cultural heritage – a fascinating world of archeometry, conservation science, and technical art history
Prof. Alexander V. Knyazev, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Lobachevsky University, Nizhni Novgorod, Russia. Author of over 240 publications on Inorganic, Solid-State, Physical and Crystal Chemistry, Materials Science and Radiochemistry in ACS Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, etc., and three chapters in books of Nova Science Publishing. Lecture on: Educational and scientific methods in the oil and gas industry
Prof. Ivica Strelec, Full professor at the Faculty of Food Technology Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia. Head of Department of Applied Chemistry and Technology. Deputy National Delegate in the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC). Coordinator of regional branch (Osijek) of the Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (HDBMB). Scientific research oriented toward proteins and enzymes in various biological samples, food biochemistry and food waste utilization. Lecture on: A step toward complete utilization of eggshell waste
Marijana Kragulj Isakovski, PhD, employed at UNSPMF since 2007. Her research area is physical-chemical interactions in the environment with a focus on the fate of organic pollutants in the presence of carbon-based adsorbents. She published more than 40 publications in high-ranking journals. She is intensively included in the development and validation of analytical methods for organic pollutants using gas and liquid chromatography. She participated in more than 30 national and international projects which cover the topic related to environmental science and remediation technology. Lecture on: Carbon based materials as adsorbents for water treatment
Marijana Dragosavac is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University and a Chief Scientific Officer at Micropore Technology. Her principal research brings together particle engineering, encapsulation and scalable membrane technology. Her focus is continuous manufacturing of high value particles including mRNA vaccines, micro/nano capsules containing living bacteria/cells and catalysts. As a PI and Co-I she secured over £4mil from funding bodies including EU Horizon 2020, EPSRC, and Innovate UK. Lecture on: HIGH VALUE PARTICLE MANUFACTURING from Cell to Drug Encapsulation and Delivery
Prof. Sandra Balbino has been working as a professor at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb since 2009. She is an expert in food plant design and has been involved in more than 30 industrial projects on optimization and planning of food production. She has participated in numerous scientific projects resulting in the publication of notable scientific papers, book chapters and presentations at scientific conferences. Her research interests focus on advanced techniques for extraction of lipophilic bioactives. Lecture on: Optimization of supercritical CO2 extraction of lipophilic bioactive compounds: a case study on myrtle berries


Eleonora Božo-Zaboš, Quality and RDA manager, Biospringer RS, has 28 years of work experience in laboratory chemical and microbiological control, in RDA department and QA filed. Responsible for Quality Control of production, raw material and processing material as well as industrial and waste water, new product development, manage customer claims and complaints. Lecture on: Yeast extract – food of the future
Jelena Jurić, Quality Manager in the Barry Callebaut chocolate production factory is a professional with over 15 years managerial experience both in multinational and SME food production companies. Mainly focused in confectionery food technology. Areas of expertise: Quality management, Operations, Project management and Food Safety. Lecture on: Process of setting up Quality systems during a greenfield food production project
Vesna Jelenić, employed at Yuco-Hemija DOO Novi Sad since 2012. Hers current position is the Director of Research & Development of Cosmetics Product and the Head of Quality Control Unit, as well as Purchasing Department and Cosmetic production. During her rich career, she has been involved in development of more than hundred cosmetic products. Lecture on: Innovation in cosmetic industry: from formulation to final product
Biljana Bogdanović, an expert in the field of Quality and Food Safety Management, with the experience over 20 years in Sugar Industry, constantly engaged in numerous projects regarding the Quality and Food Safety Management in Sugar Industry as a consultant, auditor and professor. She has published a book on food safety, which has been translated into 6 world languages. Lecture on: Challenges in Sugar Production - Food Safety Management Systems
Damir Čjepa, graduated at Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad, in 2012, in Material Engineering. In 2015 gained first position in cement plant Lafarge BFC d.o.o., as a production engineer. Through various roles and responsibilities in production and quality sectors, from 2022 takes responsibility for new products development and sustainability. Lecture on: New materials for a new culture of building
Ivan Živanović, graduated at Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad, in 2010, Dpt. Of Pharmaceutical Engineering. Joined Hemofarm A.D. in 2014 and since then gained experience in Quality Control, Warehouse Operations and since 2022 positioned as Supply Chain Head for production Site. During the carrier went through various challenges regarding to GMP processes and optimization Projects. Lecture on: Contamination control in pharmaceutical industry
Speaker from NIS a.d., Novi Sad, Serbia
Speaker from HIP-Petrohemija a.d., Pančevo, Serbia