Baden-Württembergisches Brasilien- und Lateinamerika-Zentrum

Round Table

Prof. em. Dr. Georg Cadisch (University of Hohenheim)

Prof. Dr. Georg Cadisch, Professor at the department of Plant Production in the Tropics & Subtropics at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute), University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. His main research interests are sustainability and resilience of tropical farming systems under changing climate and land use conditions.

A special focus has been on improving natural nutrient cycling processes (N2 fixation, biological nitrification inhibition, soil carbon sequestration, soil fertility) and designing integrated agricultural production systems (intercropping, agroforestry, crop-livestock). He further developed soil quality monitoring tools (infrared spectroscopy, stables isotopes) and integrated spatially explicit dynamic land use change impact modelling approaches coupled with animal and socio-economic (multi-agent) models. He has experiences in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Senegal, Southern China, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

Prof. Dr. Dolores Galindo (Federal University of Campina Grande)

Dr. Dolores Galindo, a distinguished scholar and researcher at the Federal University of Campina Grande, possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of Psychology, Education, and Contemporary Culture. Her work centers on an expansive perspective of Sustainable Development, encompassing both social and political dimensions, as well as the processes of subjectivization. With a keen focus on everyday life and the utilization of traditional knowledge, she explores strategies that empower individuals to define themselves and fortify communities. Since 2023, Dr. Dolores Galindo has taken the helm as the coordinator of the North-Northeast and Legal Amazon Anti-Racist Feminist Incubator within the National Institute of Science and Technology Caleidoscópio. In this capacity, she has spearheaded initiatives aimed at investigating and bolstering the trajectories of marginalized communities, including black quilombola, indigenous, and peasant women. Her work emphasizes the development of strategies to combat ethnic-racial and gender inequalities.

 


Keynotes

Keynote A: Dr. Georgia Jordão (University of Brasília)

Georgia Jordão holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability Policy and Management from the University of Brasilia, as well as master's and bachelor's degrees in Geography from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. With over 11 years of experience, she has worked as a researcher and technical coordinator in environmental, socio-economic and cultural studies, collaborating with private sector companies, non-profit organizations, international cooperation agencies, and governments. Her expertise includes evaluating public policies, coordinating environmental licensing, conducting socio-environmental impact assessments, facilitating public consultations and the curation of knowledge. She is also an affiliated researcher at the University of Brasilia, where she is involved in projects related to Agroecology-Water-Energy-Food Nexus. Additionally, Georgia works in The Amazon Concertation, an initiative by the Arapyaú Institute.

Keynote B: Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer (Leuphana University of Lüneburg)

Klaus Kü mmerer is Director of the Institute of Sustainable Chemistry and holds the chair of Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources at the public Leuphana University Lü neburg. He is also Director of the Research and Education Hub of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3, www.isc3.org) in Bonn. His research and teaching are focused on Green Chemistry, Sustainable Chemistry, Green Pharmacy, Sustainable Pharmacy, Material Resources, Aquatic Environmental Chemistry with a focus on micro pollutants, and Time in Environmental and Sustainability Research. He developed and leads the worldwide unique extra-occupational online study programs “Sustainable Chemistry (Master of Science)” and “Managing Sustainable Chemistry” (Master of Business Administration) at Leuphana University) as well as the Master of Science Sustainability Science: Resources, Materials, and Chemistry. Complete version!

Keynote C: Prof. Dr. Ricardo Abramovay (University of São Paulo)

Ricardo Abramovay is a full professor at the Josué de Castro Chair at the School of Public Health and a senior professor at the Institute of Energy and Environment at the University of São Paulo. He began his academic career in the Economics Department at FEA/USP, where he became a full professor in 2001. He is the author of Infraestrutura para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Amazônia (Ed. Elefante, 2022) and Amazônia. Para uma Economia do Conhecimento da Natureza (Ed. Elefante, 2020). Paradigms Paradigmas do Capitalismo Agrário em Questão (Edusp), Beyond the Green Economy (Routledge) and Lixo Zero: Gestão de Resíduos Sólidos para uma Sociedade mais Próspera (Ethos). He is co-author and leader of the bioeconomy chapter of the Scientific Panel on the Amazon.

Keynote D: Prof. Dr. Angela Oels (University of Augsburg)

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Moderators Sessions

Moderators Session A

Prof. Dr. Marcus Giese (University of Hohenheim)

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Moderators Session A1

Dr. Thomas Hilger (University of Hohenheim)

Dr. Thomas Hilger was trained in soil science and agricultural sciences at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany where he specialized in tropical agriculture. He heads the Acocomia Hub at the Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics, University of Hohenheim Stuttgart, Germany. His area of expertise is in tropical crop science. His particular research interest is in crop management, improvement and diversification of cropping systems, and conservation agriculture. He has extensive research experience in Southeast Asia and South America. Since the mid-1990s, his research has focussed on neglected crops with a strong emphasis on bio-economy. These include promising plants such as Acrocomia ssp., Musa textilis, and Ananas lucidus. He has been involved in the Education and Training for Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition in East Africa (EaTSANE) project international research project which brings together multidisciplinary stakeholders to make agriculture more sustainable and improve household nutrition in Kenya and Uganda by diversifying the food system with a participatory action learning approach. Dr. Hilger is currently coordinating the AcroAlliance project, a Brazilian-German vision to promote the sustainable use of local biodiversity in the bioeconomy.

Dr. Evellyn Couto (Federal University of Viçosa)

Evellyn Couto has a degree in Biology from the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA, Lavras - MG / Brazil), a Master’s degree in Vegetal Biotechnology from the same university, a PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the University of São Paulo (Esalq/USP, Piracicaba - SP / Brazil), and worked as a Research Scientist at the University of Hohenheim in 2018 (Stuttgart, Germany). She held a post-doctoral program at São Paulo Agribusiness Technology Agency/APTA (Piracicaba - SP / Brazil) and currently has a postdoctoral position at Federal University of Viçosa (Viçosa - MG / Brazil).

 

Throughout her career, Evellyn has developed scientific studies about doubled haploids in maize as haploid selection and characterization, chromosome duplication, genetic variability, DH lines obtantion. Nowadays, she is researching the neotropical macaúba palm with a focus on genetic improvement of this species combined with sustainable development. Her interests include areas such as communication, genomics, plant breeding, GWAS, genomic selection, quantitative genetics and R programming.

 

Moderators Session A2

Dr. Birgit Hoinle (University of Hohenheim)

Birgit Hoinle is Postdoc-Researcher at the chair of ‘Societal Transition & Agriculture’ at the University of Hohenheim. She studied Political Sciences and Geography at the University of Tübingen and Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói. She holds a PhD in Geography by the University of Hamburg with a research stay at the Universidad Externado de Colombia. For her PhD project on urban agriculture and empowerment processes in Colombia she conducted 18 months of field research and developed a participatory mapping platform with agroecological networks in Bogotá. Her current research is on sustainable public catering, food justice and the role of food policy councils. Birgit Hoinle is part of the network of Critical Geography GeoRaizAL (Red de Geografías Críticas de Raíz Latinoamericana).

Dr. Georgia Jordão (University of Brasilia)

Georgia Jordão holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability Policy and Management from the University of Brasilia, as well as master's and bachelor's degrees in Geography from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. With over 11 years of experience, she has worked as a researcher and technical coordinator in environmental, socio-economic and cultural studies, collaborating with private sector companies, non-profit organizations, international cooperation agencies, and governments. Her expertise includes evaluating public policies, coordinating environmental licensing, conducting socio-environmental impact assessments, facilitating public consultations and the curation of knowledge. She is also an affiliated researcher at the University of Brasilia, where she is involved in projects related to Agroecology-Water-Energy-Food Nexus. Additionally, Georgia works in The Amazon Concertation, an initiative by the Arapyaú Institute.


Moderators Session B

Prof. Dr Stefan Laufer (University of Tübingen)

Stefan Laufer is Professor and Chairman for Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry at Tuebingen University. He received his degrees from Regensburg University. After 10 years in Pharmaceutical Industry he joined in 1999 Tuebingen University as Chairman Pharm./Med. Chemistry. His research interests are anti-inflammatory and cancer drug discovery with various eicosanoid (COX-1,2,3, LOXs, mPGES1, cPLA2) and protein kinase targets (e.g. p38, JAKs, JNKs, CK1d, mtEGRFs, BTK, ATM, AurKa) . Prof. Laufer chairs the ICEPHA (Interfaculty Center for Pharmacogenomics and Drug Research) and TüCADD, Tuebingen Center for Academic Drug Discovery and is co-founder of two start-up companies. As part of this work, a proprietary kinase inhibitor collection is established (TüKIC, 12.000 cpds, >1 Mio data points). He is associate editor of the ACS Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, authored more than 633 publications, 16 books/book chapters and is inventor in 48 patent families with 377 national applications. 5 compounds from his lab made it to first into man studies.

Prof. Dr. Niels Olsen (University of São Paulo)

Graduated in Medicine from the Federal University of Ceará (1991), Master of Sciences in Medicine (Nephrology) from the Federal University of São Paulo (1997), specialization in Transplantation Immunology at the University of Tours (Diplome des Etudes Appronfodies, France, 1997-1999), PhD in Medicine (Nephrology) by the Federal University of São Paulo (2000), postdoc at Imperial College London (2000-2003) and habilitation at the Federal University of São Paulo (Medicine) in 2006. He is currently a professor at the Department of Immunology at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of São Paulo (since 2011). Visiting Professor at the University of Tours, France in 2006. The laboratory has experience in the nephrology area and in cellular and applied immunology, acting on the following topics: kidney transplantation, experimental models of acute and chronic kidney diseases, ischemia and reperfusion injury, regulatory cells, and stem cells in kidney diseases. More recently, the laboratory has been studying the microbiota interface, cellular metabolism, and inflammation in models of autoimmunity and allo. Full member of São Paulo Research Academy. Member of Brazilian Academy of Sciences. CNPq 1A grantee award. Deputy Provost at the USP Graduate Office (2022-2023).

Moderators Session B1

Prof. Dr. Christa Müller (University of Bonn)

Christa E. Müller studied pharmacy at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1988. After postdoctoral stays at the National Institutes of Health (USA, 1989-1990 and 1992), she became Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Würzburg University, Germany. Since 1998 she is Full Professor at Bonn University. Her scientific interests are focused on the medicinal chemistry, structural biology, and molecular pharmacology of purine-binding membrane proteins, orphan G protein-coupled receptors and G proteins, and recently also on coronavirus therapeutics. Disease indications include neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases, cancer, and infections. She has published more than 500 scientific papers. Among a number of awards, she received the Nauta Pharmacochemistry Award for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology by the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) in 2018, the Tony Holý Lecture Award by the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, in 2019, and she was the first recipient of the Dieter Binder Lectureship in Medicinal Chemistry by the Society of Austrian Chemists (awarded in 2022). Since 2021, she acts as Editor-in-Chief of ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science. Since 2023, she is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

 

Prof. Dr. Flávio Emery (University of São Paulo)

I completed my degree in Pharmacy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1998 and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Natural Products Chemistry in 2005 from the same university, at the Natural Products Research Center, which is now known as IPPN. Presently, I work as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto (FCFRP), University of São Paulo (USP), where I carry out projects related to medicinal chemistry and synthesis of heterocycles. Additionally, I am a co-founder and director of the Medicinal Chemistry Division of the Center for Research and Advancement in Fragments and Molecular Targets (CRAFT), a drug discovery center at FCFRP/USP. In the past, I have served as the President of the Brazilian Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (ABCF, 2019-2020). Lastly, I hold the position of Adjunct Coordinator (academic) of the Pharmacy area at CAPES.

 

Moderators Session B2

Prof. Dr. Matthias Schwab (Institute of Clinical Pharmacology)

Matthias Schwab is professor and chair of Clinical Pharmacology, and heads the department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Tuebingen and the Dr Margarete Fischer-Bosch-Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, Stuttgart, Germany. He studied medicine, holds board certifications in Pediatrics and in Clinical Pharmacology. He was visiting professor at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, US. Schwab’s scientific interests focus on personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics (PGx) and the contribution of ADME genes particularly related to cancer therapy. Special interests lies in the application of innovative Omics-technologies (e.g. metabonomics). He is involved in the implementation of PGx findings into clinics and is principle investigator of several academically initiated drug trials. Schwab received numerous awards, and is member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, Germany and the Academia Europea. His scientific accomplishments result in > 500 peer reviewed articles, he is Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers, rubric Pharmacology and Toxicology” or rubric “Cross Field” (2015/’16/’18/2020-23). He serves as (Section-) Editor-in-Chief (Pharmacogenetics and Genomics, Drug Research, Genome Medicine.

Prof. Dr. Fernanda Bueno (PUCRS)

Prof. Fernanda B. Morrone is a full professor in Pharmacology at the School of Health and Life Sciences, PUCRS, and a researcher at the Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul (INSCER-PUCRS). Currently, she is a Permanent Professor at the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology and at the Graduate Program in Medicine and Health Sciences, PUCRS. She has more than 100 published articles and various book chapters, along with 2 patents deposited. Prof. Morrone is the leader of the Research Group: Pharmacology of cancer and inflammation, focusing on the biochemical and molecular aspects of new therapeutic targets. She coordinates projects related to pharmacology and the relationship between cancer and purinergic signaling in various types of tumors. Her current research focuses on the interaction of the purinergic system and kinases in the response to radiotherapy in glioma models. Her work has received several awards, and she currently holds a CNPq Productivity Scholarship.


Moderators Session C

Dr. Sergiy Smetana (Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik)

Prof. Dr. Sergiy M. Smetana works as a Head of Food Data Group at the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL e.V.) since 2017 and as Professor of Food System Analysis at TiHo (University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover) since 2023. During his carrier he worked in University of Vechta (Germany), Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA) and Institute of Nature Management Problems (Ukraine). The focus of his research is sustainability assessment of innovative food processing technologies, alternative protein sources and data analysis of complex food systems.

Head of Food Data Group, German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL e.V.), Quakenbrück, Germanz.

Professor, Institute of Food Quality and Food Safety, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Bischofsholer Damm 15, D-30173, Hannover, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Abramovay (University of São Paulo)

Ricardo Abramovay is a full professor at the Josué de Castro Chair at the School of Public Health and a senior professor at the Institute of Energy and Environment at the University of São Paulo. He began his academic career in the Economics Department at FEA/USP, where he became a full professor in 2001. He is the author of Infraestrutura para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Amazônia (Ed. Elefante, 2022) and Amazônia. Para uma Economia do Conhecimento da Natureza (Ed. Elefante, 2020). Paradigms Paradigmas do Capitalismo Agrário em Questão (Edusp), Beyond the Green Economy (Routledge) and Lixo Zero: Gestão de Resíduos Sólidos para uma Sociedade mais Próspera (Ethos). He is co-author and leader of the bioeconomy chapter of the Scientific Panel on the Amazon.

Moderators Session C1

Henriette Azeredo (Embrapa)

Henriette is a food engineer, PhD in Food Engineering, who has been a scientist at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) since 2001. She was a visiting scientist at the ARS/USDA (2008), and later at the Quadram Institute (former Institute of Food Research, IFR), in Norwich, UK (2013-2015), representing the Embrapa Labex Programme. She leads research projects on the development of biodegradable and edible films and coatings based on food industry byproducts, nanocomposites in food packaging, and food and packaging applications of bacterial cellulose."

Moderators Session C2

Dr. Aymara Llanque Zonta (Leuphana University of Lüneburg)

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Dr. Antônio Augusto Fidalgo Neto (Embrapii)

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Moderators Session C3

Prof. Dr. Vânia Zuin Zeidler (Leuphana University Lüneburg)

Dr. Vania Zuin Zeidler is a Full Professor at the Institute of Sustainable Chemistry at Leuphana University (Germany), and currently the Pro-Dean of Gender and Diversity and well as the Chair of the PhD Committee Dr. rer. nat. at the Faculty/School of Sustainability. Her background is Green and Sustainable Analytical Chemistry and Green and Sustainable Chemistry Education, with major interests in developing analytical methods that are incipient to determine renewable and bioactive high-value organic substances extracted from agro-industrial residues (separation science for sustainable food systems). She has established a well-structured network between industries, governmental and non-governmental sectors to improve research and application of Green and Sustainable Chemistry knowledge all over the world.

She is author of several publications of high impact in the areas of her expertise (as Science, Nature, Cell) and has been invited to give several lectures in the academic and industrial sectors. Her distinctions include the 52o and 57o National Literary Jabuti Awards (Brazil), the title of Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of York (UK), the IUPAC CHEMRAWN VII Prize for Atmospheric and Green Chemistry, the title of Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in 2015, the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education, sponsored by the ACS in 2017 (USA) and Fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Leuphana (Germany, 2020 and 2021) and Visiting Professor at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York (UK) from 2013 to 2023.


Moderators Session D

Dr. Bernardo Jurema (Research Institute for Sustainability)

Dr. Bernardo Jurema is a political scientist from Recife, Brazil. He joined the RIFS-Potsdam in 2021 as Research Associate for the Democratic Governance for Ecopolitical Transformations (Ecopol) project, which analyzes the dynamics of sustainability governance. His research interests include US foreign policy, critical security studies, transdisciplinary research, environmental justice, and the intersection of geopolitics and ecopolitics, with the Amazon Basin as case study. He has worked at international organizations and think tanks in Europe and Latin America. He graduated in Social Sciences at the Federal University of Pernambuco, holds an MSc in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD degree in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin.

Moderators Session D1

Dr. Flavia Guerra (University of Tübingen)

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Prof. Dr. Armin Mathis (Federal University of Pará)

Armin Mathis is a professor at the Center for Advanced Amazonian Studies of the Federal University of Pará (Belém - Brazil). He studied economy and politic science at Philipps-University Marburg and at Free University Berlin. He concluded his doctorate in Political Science at the Free University of Berlin (1995) with a dissertation about small-scale gold mining in the Amazon and its importance for the regional development.
Since 1995, Armin Mathis took part in and coordinated various research projects on national and international level about the extraction of natural resources with the sponsorship of national and international agencies (Ford Foundation, WWF, UNIDO, UNESCO, European Commission, Dutsch Government, Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazilian Ministry of Education, Brazilian Ministry of Mining and Energy). He also works in university extension programs in the preparation of development plans, socio-economic and environmental impact studies.
He was a member of the Consultative Group for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (CASM/BIRD) and is currently part of the Geo-Network of Latin American Alumni-Goal, a network that unites Latin American geoscientists and geoengineers.

Moderators Session D2

Prof. Dr. Riccarda Flemmer (University of Tübingen)

Riccarda Flemmer is Junior-Professor for Political Struggles in the Global South of at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen. She holds a PhD from the University of Hamburg and has worked in several projects on indigenous peoples and consultation rights, e.g. at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the trAndeS program of the Freie Univerisität Berlin and Ponitfícia Universidad Católica del Peru. As an academic co-presenter and translator, she accompanies events of the Kulturbüro Grupo Sal with Kichwa activist Patricia Gualinga from the indigenous Amazonian community of Sarayaku in Ecuador. Her research interests include Indigenous peoples’ rights, environmental justice, and interpretive methodology. She currently works on indigenous ontologies and Rights of Nature (RoN) in Latin America.

Prof. Dr. Ana Paula Fracalanza (University of São Paulo)

Professor at the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities at the University of São Paulo (USP). Former Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Environmental Science in 2018/2019. Professor of the Graduate Program in Social Change and Political Participation at USP. She participates in the Environment and Society Research Group of the Institute for Advanced Studies. She researches the themes of water governance, environmental public policies and sanitation.