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Stefano Amaducci, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, IT
Associate professor of Agronomy and Field Crops at the Department of Sustainable Crop Production, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Research interests span from the agronomic evaluation of industrial crops, particularly for fibre and biomass production; management strategies to increase sustainability of agricultural systems; remote sensing and precision agriculture; studying and modelling the response of crops under agrovoltaics.


Greg Barron-Gafford, University of Arizona, USA
Greg Barron-Gafford’s work has largely been based in the drylands of the world. He has worked for the last 18 years in the southwestern US studying Earth System science, plant ecology, and the impacts of climate and land use change. In 2011, he began studying photovoltaic installations and pushing for ways to co-locate native plant restoration and food production alongside renewable energy from photovoltaics (agrivoltaics). In recent years, his work has extended globally thanks to multi-national partners that span physical and social sciences, engineering, and community development. Greg Barron-Gafford is author or co-author of about 80 articles in scientific journals and is excited to participate in this meeting around this great food-energy-water solution.


Christian Dupraz, INRAé, FR
Christian Dupraz is a senior researcher in agroforestry and agrivoltaism at INRAé (formerly INRA), Montpellier, France. He suggested for the first time the "agrivoltaism" word in a paper published in 2011. He was involved in agroforestry research for more than 30 years, with a focus on modelling tree and crop interactions. He manages long-term experimentations to document the productivity of agroforestry and agrivoltaic systems, putting in evidence that both agroforestry and agrivoltaic systems are more productive and efficient than the monocropping systems. He chaired the 4th World Agroforestry Congress in 2019 and is currently the president of the International Union for Agroforestry.


Mohammad Effendy Ya’acob, Universiti Putra Malaysia, MYS
Mohammad Effendy Ya’acob graduated M. Sc in Engineering Management by the year 2005 at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He successfully defended his PhD Doctorate in March 2014 in the field of Electrical Power Engineering. He was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Process and Food Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia since March 2015. He is currently the Hon. Treasurer for the Malaysian Society for Agricultural Engineering (MSAE). Currently he is heading the research group on Hybrid Agrivoltaic System Showcase (HAVs) and large scale 2 MWp Agrivoltaic system for UPM site with emphasis on the Natural Cooling Mechanism via Herbal Crops. His research interests are in Green and Renewable Energy, AgriVoltaic System, Water Purification, Solar PV System, and Environmental Impact Assessment.


Petra Högy, University of Hohenheim, GER
Petra Högy is Associate Professor at the Institute of Landscape and Plant Ecology of the University of Hohenheim, Germany. From 2008 to 2018 she was involved in the DFG Research Unit “Agricultural Landscapes under Global Climate Change - Processes and Feedbacks on a Regional Scale” (FOR 1695) and in the Integrated DFG Project “Structure and Functions of Agricultural Landscapes under Global Climate Change - Processes and Projections on a Regional Scale” (PAK 346). As project leader of APV-Resola (BMBF-funded), she was involved in the establishment of the first German Agrophotovoltaic Research Plant and responsible for the experimental design of the related field experiments in terms of agriculture, biodiversity, environment and microclimate. Her main topics are experimental research on the effects of climate change on agroecosystems, the mechanistic understanding of wheat growth, yield formation and yield quality, including crop physiology, ecophysiology as well as proteomics and metabolomics. She provides experimental data for model improvement and has a strong interest in innovations in resource-efficient land use and bioeconomy.


Cheolhyun Lim, Korean Green Energy Institute, KOR
Dr. Cheolhyun Lim is head of the Solar Energy R&D department of the Green Energy Institute, Korea. He received his PhD degree in engineering in electronics and applied physics at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. His fields of research are PV applications for agrophotovoltaic and aquavoltaic systems. He is also active in the field of solar cells: epitaxial crystal growth and chemical vapor deposition.


Thierry Simonneau, INRAé, FR
Dr T. Simonneau is a senior scientist at INRAE Montpellier. From 2003 to 2010, he headed the Laboratory of Plant Ecophysiology in Montpellier (LEPSE). Since 2010, he has been leading a group who specialized in the analysis of the physiological determinism of water, radiation and nitrogen use efficiency in grapevine with the aim of improving plant performance by genetics (Coupel-Ledru et al., 2014; 2016) or management practices (Prieto et al., 2012, 2019). He currently coordinates the participation of 5 INRAE’s labs in the huge French program on agrivoltaics, Sun’Agri 3. He studied crop physiology and agronomy at the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon (now AgroParisTech, France). He completed a PhD on water uptake regulation by roots in 1992 and has been accredited to supervise PhD at Montpellier University in 2010. He studied water use by plants and consequences of drought on growth with special focus on plant hydraulics (root water uptake, stomatal control of plant water status, leaf and berry growth control by cell turgor). He modeled the role of the plant hormone abscisic acid in the control of transpiration by stomata in various species including grapevine and used the resulting model in one of the first attempt to predict the influence of gene polymorphism on whole plants in silico. He modeled the role of various genes in whole plant responses to water stress (Borel et al., 2002; Hosy et al., 2003; Lebaudy et al., 2008; Taochy et al., 2015).


Francis Sourd, Sun'R, FR
Francis Sourd’s work has always been driven by optimization models also known as Operations Research. He first worked for twelve years on rather theoretical approaches of scheduling as a PhD student and then a tenure researcher at CNRS and as a scientist for a software company (ILOG). In 2008, he decided to study more practical scheduling and optimization problems at the Innovation & Research department of the French railway company (SNCF). He has been working for Sun'R since 2014 to build new solutions to speed up the energy transition. He discovered agrivoltaics at Sun'R and since then he has been excited by this extraordinary rich multidisciplinary field. He is also happy to use his knowledge in Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence to optimize the design of their agrivoltaic systems and the operational move management of the PV panels to improve the environment for the crop growth. Francis Sourd is author or co-author of about 40 articles in scientific journals.



Yaojie Sun, Fudan University, CHN
Professor Yaojie Sun is the deputy dean of the institute of Six-sector Industries, Fudan university. He is the chairman of the national cooperative innovation strategy alliance of modern agriculture and photovoltaic industry and is also the director of shanghai integrated energy system artificial intelligence engineering technology research center. He was previously the CTO of SMA new energy technology (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd affiliated with the SMA group.


Makoto Tajima, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), JP
Makoto Tajima has over 25 years of experience in international development work and research working overseas for NGOs and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as expert/advisor, which fostered his practical knowledge and experiences in international development assistance in developing countries. He currently acts as director / senior research fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), advisor on disaster risk reduction and response of Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), director of CWS Japan and director of Women’s Eye. He recognizes a great potential of agrivoltaics seeing it as “modern agroforestry” from his professional and academic background of BS in natural resources management from the University of Michigan and MSc in agronomy and soil science specialized in agroforestry from the University of Hawaii and East-West Center, Honolulu.


Max Trommsdorff, Fraunhofer ISE, GER
Max Trommsdorff is project manager and junior scientist specialised on Agrophotovoltaic (APV) systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. In 2015, Max Trommsdorff received his M.Sc. in Economics and Politics at the University of Freiburg. He wrote his master thesis at the Fraunhofer ISE titled “Agrophotovoltaic: Opportunities, Risks and Strategies Towards a More Efficient Land Use”. Since then he is project manager and expert for APV with a focus on economic feasibility, technology transfer and institutional designs. Recently he developed APV projects on aquaculture in Vietnam and horticulture in India. As assistant project manager he was further responsible for legal aspects of Germany's largest APV research plant at Lake Constance.


Harry Wirth, Fraunhofer ISE, GER
Dr. Harry Wirth, born in 1968, studied physics at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and at the University of Massachusetts, USA. He earned his PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and from Fraunhofer ISE. From January 1999 he headed the R&D group of a specialty insulating glazing manufacturer. In 2005, he returned to Fraunhofer ISE to build the group “Photovoltaic Modules” and to conduct the setup of the PV Module Technology Center. In October 2010 he took charge of the new division “PV Modules, Systems and Reliability”. Since August 2017, he is a director of the division “Photovoltaics” and responsible for activities in Modules and PV Power Plants. Harry Wirth is also Executive Committee Member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics.



Barbara Wojtowicz, Polish Agroforestry Association, POL
Barbara Baj Wojtowicz developed her research interest in renewable energy and agroforestry topics as a climat mitigation systems after researching migration and minorities during her interdisciplinary Phd studies in social sciences and humanities. She is a board member of Eco-Energy Cluster in Lublin promoting plant cultivation alongside energy production for sustainable food system. She served as a member of the international organizing committee for the 4th World Agroforestry Congres in 2019 and vice – president of Polish Agroforestry Association. Curently she  is engaged in EURAF work. Being a founder of two first EIP Agri Grups in Poland researching and implementing agroforestry and agrivoltaic systems for herbal production she is also engaged in national education programs in cooperation with Agricultural Advisory Centre in Brwinów. Currently she divides her time between United Kingdom and Poland. At the Oxford University she works as an East European specialist providing expertise for Bodleian, as well as for Social Science and Humanities Faculties. In Poland she manages long - term experimentations to document the productivity of agroforestry and agrivoltaic systems for herbalal production.

Organizing Committee

Christian Dupraz, INRAé, FR
Beatrix Feuerbach, PSE Conferences & Consulting GmbH, GER
Francis Sourd, SUN'R, FR
Max Trommsdorff, Fraunhofer ISE, GER
Werner Warmuth, PSE Conferences & Consulting GmbH, GER
Harry Wirth, Fraunhofer ISE, GER


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AgriVoltaics 2020: October 14-16, 2020


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