Marcelo Morandi (Keynote)Head at EMBRAPA Meio Ambiente, Brazil
Marcelo Morandi graduated in agronomy (1995) and obtained his master’s degree in agronomy (phytopathology) at Federal University of Viçosa (1997). He received his PhD in agronomy (phytopathology) at the University of Guelph (Canada) and Federal University of Viçosa (2001) (sandwich program).
Marcelo was a professor of plant pathology (FESURV - UniRV-GO) and environmental microbiology (PUC-Campinas). He is a researcher with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, at Embrapa Environment since 2001. He has experience in agronomy with an emphasis on plant pathology, working on the issues of epidemiology, biological control and bio-compatible methods in the control of plant diseases.
Marcelo acted as chairman of the committee (CGPort) of Rational Management of Pesticides and is a member of the management committee of SaniFrut Project Arrangement (Technologic Solutions for the Great Phytosanitary Challenges of Tropical Fruits). He acted as the coordinator of the working group on biological control of the Southern Cone Plant Health Committee (COSAVE). He is a member of the Brazilian Biofuels Policy (RenovaBio) Committee, working on sustainability metrics. As a manager, he has held positions of Head of Communication and Business (2010-2011), Head of Technology Transfer (2011-2012) and Head of Research and Development (2012-2015) at Embrapa Environment. Since December 2015, Marcelo is general head at Embrapa Environment.