Taye Minichil Meshesha | Agroecology | Best Researcher Award

Mr Taye Minichil Meshesha | Agroecology | Best Researcher Award

PhD student at  Tottori University, Japan

Dr. Meshesha earned his Ph.D. from Tottori University, Japan, with a research emphasis on agroecology-based land management. His academic journey includes an MSc in Hydraulics Engineering from Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, and a BSc in Hydraulic and Water Resource Engineering from Wollega University, Ethiopia.

 

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Education:

  • Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from Tottori University, Japan (Expected graduation in September 2024).
  • MSc in Hydraulics Engineering from Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.
  • BSc in Hydraulic and Water Resource Engineering from Wollega University, Ethiopia.

Professional Journey:

  • Assistant Lecturer (Sept. 2015 – Oct. 2016) and later Lecturer (Jan. 2018 – Oct. 2020) at Debre Markos University, Ethiopia.
  • Currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Tottori University, Japan, focusing on agroecology-based land management.

👩‍🔬 Research Focus:

Dr. Meshesha has made significant contributions to the field of sustainable land management, as evident in his publications. Notable works include articles on gully erosion susceptibility, land use/land cover changes, and household dietary diversity in the Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia. He actively engages in conferences, presenting research findings such as at the AGU Fall Meeting in 2022.

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Célia Silva | Organic Farming | Best Researcher Award

Assoc Prof Dr Célia Silva | Organic Farming | Best Researcher Award

Associate Professor with Aggregation at Universidade dos Açores, Portugal

Dr. Célia Costa Gomes da Silva is a Portuguese biochemist and academic with a distinguished career in the field of food science and health. She earned her B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Lisbon in 1988, followed by an APCC (equivalent to M.Sc.) in Biochemistry from the University of the Azores in 1993. Dr. Silva completed her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology at the University of Reading, UK, in 1998, and later obtained her Aggregation in Food Technology from the University of the Azores in 2021.

 

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🎓 Education:

  • B.Sc. Biochemistry, 1988, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • APCC (M.Sc. equivalent) Biochemistry, 1993, University of the Azores, Portugal.
  • Ph.D. Animal Physiology, 1998, University of Reading, UK.
  • Aggregation Food Technology, 2021, University of the Azores

📚 Career Highlights:

  • Director of the Master’s Degree in Technology and Food Safety, University of the Azores (2016-present)
  • Coordinator of the Food Science and Health Group, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research and Technologies (IITAA) (2008-present)
  • President, Food Chemistry Division, Portuguese Chemical Society (2007-2009)

Research Focus 📝:

Dr. Célia C.G. Silva’s research spans diverse domains within food science. Her expertise is showcased through a comparative study investigating the bacterial community in organic and conventional cow’s milk, exploring microbial communities in dairy products. With a focus on Portuguese cheeses, she evaluates gamma-aminobutyric acid content in cheeses with protected designation of origin. Dr. Silva’s contributions extend to advancements in edible films and coatings, employing probiotic and bacteriocin-producing lactic acid bacteria. She delves into lactobacilli from breast milk, emphasizing probiotic, technological, and health-related characteristics. Additionally, her work addresses fungal contamination prevention in semi-hard cheeses through innovative whey–gelatin film incorporation. 🌐🥼🔬🧠

 

Publications Top Notes:
  1. Title: Comparative study of the bacterial community of organic and conventional cow’s milk
    • Journal: Food Microbiology
    • Date: 2024-06
    • Contributors: Nuno M.L. Paiva; Susana C. Ribeiro; Henrique J.D. Rosa; Célia C.G. Silva
  2. Title: Microbial communities and microbiomes in dairy products
    • Journal: Frontiers in Microbiology
    • Date: 2023
    • Contributors: Celia C. G. Silva; Susana C. Ribeiro; Benedetta Bottari
  3. Title: Evaluation of gamma-aminobutyric acid content in Portuguese cheeses with protected designation of origin status
    • Journal: Journal of Dairy Research
    • Date: 2023
    • Contributors: Rodrigo J. M. Sousa; Susana C. Ribeiro; Jose A. B. Baptista; Celia C. G. Silva
  4. Title: Recent advances in the use of edible films and coatings with probiotic and bacteriocin-producing lactic acid bacteria
    • Journal: Food Bioscience
    • Date: 2023-12
    • Contributors: Sofia P.M. Silva; José A. Teixeira; Célia C.G. Silva
  5. Title: Probiotic, technological, and health-related characteristics of lactobacilli isolated from breast milk
    • Journal: Journal of Applied Microbiology
    • Date: 2023-06-01
    • Contributors: Vanessa Pires; Susana C Ribeiro; Sofia P M Silva; Dominika Juraskova; Celia C G Silva
  6. Title: Prevention of Fungal Contamination in Semi-Hard Cheeses by Whey–Gelatin Film Incorporated with Levilactobacillus brevis SJC120
    • Journal: Foods
    • Date: 2023-03-25
    • Contributors: Sofia P. M. Silva; José A. Teixeira; Célia C. G. Silva

Komal Choudhary | Sustainable Agriculture | Best Researcher Award

Dr Komal Choudhary | Sustainable Agriculture | Best Researcher Award

Postdoctoral Fellow at  Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Dr. Komal Kumari Choudhary is a distinguished professional with a dual role as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark, and an Associate Professor at the Scientific Research Laboratory of Geo-informatics, Samara National Research University, Russia. She holds a Ph.D. from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with a dissertation on “Quantitative Remote Sensing for Agricultural Monitoring.”

 

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📚 Education:

  • Postdoc. in Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark (2023 – Present)
  • Ph.D. in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (2018 – 2022)
  • B.Ed. in Geography, University of Rajasthan, India (2006 – 2007)
  • M.A. in Geography, University of Rajasthan, India (2003 – 2005)
  • B.A. in Geography, University of Rajasthan, India (2000 – 2003)

🚀 Professional Experience:

Postdoctoral Fellow at Aarhus University, Denmark (11/2023 – Present). Associate Professor at Samara National Research University, Russia (09/2021 – Present). Ph.D. Researcher at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (09/2018 – 08/2021). Jr. Scientist at Samara State Aerospace University, Russia (09/2015 – 08/2018). Lecturer in India with six years of teaching and research experience (07/2007 – 07/2013)

🏆 Achievements & Awards:

Aarhus University Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient (11/2023 – 10/2026). Best paper awards at ITNT Russia (2023, 2022) and ICIKM Hong Kong (2022), Hong Kong Polytechnic University Ph.D. studentship recipient (09/2018 – 08/2021). Received research fellowships in Czech Republic and Russia

Research Focus 📝:

🌾 Dr. Komal Kumari Choudhary specializes in the dynamic field of Agricultural Remote Sensing and GIS Technology. 🛰️ Her research focus revolves around spatiotemporal variations in Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) for cropland, employing innovative machine learning approaches. 🌱 With an emphasis on sustainable food production, she models farmland GPP and assesses agricultural land suitability using remote sensing techniques. 🌍 Dr. Choudhary’s contributions extend to integrating landscape ecological risk with ecosystem services, evaluating land sustainability, and predicting wheat yields through advanced machine learning methodologies. 🏆 Her work spans international conferences, journals, and collaborations, showcasing a holistic commitment to advancing agricultural and environmental sciences.

Citations:
  • Citations: 1140 (Since 2019), 814 (Overall)
  • h-index: 16 (Since 2019), 13 (Overall)
  • i10-index: 30 (Since 2019), 17 (Overall)

Michiel Daam | Agroecology | Best Researcher Award

Dr Michiel Daam |  Agroecology | Best Researcher Award

Invited Professor at  Universidade Federal de Alfenas, Brazil

Michiel Adriaan Daam is a Dutch environmental scientist and Assistant Professor at the NOVA University Lisbon’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Born on February 3, 1976, he holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Wageningen Environmental Research, with specializations in Biology and Toxicology.

 

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📚 Education:

  • PhD: Biology, Wageningen Environmental Research (2008)
  • MSc: Environmental Sciences, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2001)
  • MSc: Biomedical Health Sciences, University of Nijmegen (2001)

📝 Research Projects (Selected):

  • Ongoing projects funded by FAPESP on microplastics and pesticide impacts.
  • Invited expert for UN Environment Program report on pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Involved in projects assessing environmental effects of pesticide use in Brazil and Europe.

Employers & Experience:

  • Worked at NOVA University Lisbon, University of Aveiro (Portugal), Chemical Regulation Directorate (UK), University of Lisbon, and more.
  • Background includes roles as a postdoctoral researcher, research scientist, and regulatory ecotoxicologist.

 

Research Focus 📝:

  • Expertise in ecological risk assessment of contaminants like pesticides, metals, and emerging concerns.
  • Current projects on microplastics and pesticides in agricultural contexts.
  • Research topics include biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, chemical stress ecology, and ecological effect modeling.

 

Citations:
  • Citations: 1,720
  • Documents: 1,217
  • h-index: 24

The h-index is a measure that considers both the number of publications and their respective citation counts. In this case, an h-index of 24 suggests that Michiel Adriaan Daam has published 24 papers, each of which has been cited at least 24 times. This metric provides a balanced view of both the quantity and impact of a researcher’s work.

 

Publications Top Notes:
  1. Residual determination and acute toxicity of the neonicotinoid clothianidin in the neotropical stingless bee Tetragonisca angustula Latreille, 1811 (Apidae: Meliponini)
    • Authors: Biscassi, G.F., Rabêlo, W.F., Sardeli, R., …, Moscardi dos Santos, D., Vieira, E.M.
    • Published in: Chemosphere, 2024, 349, 140878
  2. Ecological risk assessment for metals in sediment and waters from the Brazilian Amazon region
    • Authors: Gomes, D.F., da Silva Pinto, T.J., Raymundo, L.B., …, Moreira, R.A., Rocha, O.
    • Published in: Chemosphere, 2023, 345, 140413
  3. Drinking water treatment residuals, a low-cost and environmentally friendly adsorbent for the removal of hormones – A review
    • Authors: Dias, R., Daam, M.A., Diniz, M., Maurício, R.
    • Published in: Journal of Water Process Engineering, 2023, 56, 104322
  4. Abamectin and difenoconazole monitoring in strawberry flowers and pollen sampled from Tetragonisca angustula (Latreille) (Hymenoptera: Apidae) hives located in crop vicinities
    • Authors: Burgarelli, J.A.M., dos Santos, D.M., Prado, F.S.R., …, Daam, M.A., Vieira, E.M.
    • Published in: Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2023, 30(24), pp. 65401–65411
  5. Toward a tiered regulatory framework for the prospective aquatic effect assessment of pesticides in (Neo)tropical areas
    • Author: Daam, M.A.
    • Published in: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 2023, 19(3), pp. 638–647
    • Citations: 3

Joseph Kalonga | Soil health | Best Researcher Award

Mr Joseph Kalonga | Soil health | Best Researcher Award

Assistant Lecturer at  University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. Ernest E. Mbega (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. Dr. Mbega holds a Ph.D. and is actively involved in academic and research activities.

 

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Education and Training:

  1. 2015 – 2017:
    • Master’s degree in Life Science (Sustainable Agriculture)
    • Institution: Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Arusha, Tanzania
    • Class: Upper Second (GPA 4.2)
  2. 2009 – 2012:
    • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (General)
    • Institution: Soikoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania
    • Class: Upper Second (GPA 3.8)
  3. 2007 – 2008:
    • Provisional Diploma in General Agriculture
    • Institution: Ministry of Agriculture Training Institute (MATI) Uyole Mbeya
    • Class: First Class (GPA 3.8)
  4. 2004 – 2006:
    • Advanced Secondary Education
    • Institution: JKT High School, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • Division: III
  5. 2000 – 2003:
    • Secondary Education Level
    • Institution: Mwangaza Secondary School, Katavi, Tanzania
    • Division: II
  6. 1993 – 1999:
    • Primary Education Level
    • Institution: Kashato Primary School, Katavi, Tanzania
    • Evaluation: N/A

This educational background showcases a progression from primary education through advanced studies, culminating in a Master’s degree with a focus on sustainable agriculture. The consistently high GPA reflects a strong academic performance throughout Joseph Salvatory Kalonga’s educational journey.

Work Experience:

Joseph Salvatory Kalonga’s professional work experience is as follows:

  1. 2019 – To date:
    • Position: Assistant Lecturer
    • Institution: University of Dar es Salaam
  2. 2013 – 2019:
    • Position: Agricultural Tutor
    • Institution: Ministry of Agriculture Training Institute (MATI), Uyole Mbeya
  3. 2012 – 2013:
    • Position: Agronomist
    • Company: Technoseve Tanzania

This work history reflects a diverse range of roles, from hands-on experience as an Agronomist in the private sector to educational roles as an Agricultural Tutor and Assistant Lecturer. It suggests a well-rounded professional background that combines practical expertise with a commitment to educating others in the field of agriculture.

Honour and awards:

In 2015, Joseph Salvatory Kalonga was recognized for his outstanding contributions as he received the prestigious “Best Worker of the Year” award at the Ministry of Agriculture Training Institute in Uyole Mbeya. 🏆 This honor not only highlights his exceptional dedication and exemplary work ethic but also underscores his significant impact in the field of agriculture education and training. Joseph’s commitment to excellence, as acknowledged by this award, further solidifies his reputation as a standout professional in the agricultural sector. 🌾👏

 

Research Focus:

Joseph Salvatory Kalonga is an accomplished researcher with a primary focus on agricultural sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa. His publication, “Household food insecurity and gender inequity,” explores the intersection of food security and maternal mental health among female farmers in rural Tanzania. 🌾 In another significant work, “Potential of legume diversification,” Kalonga, alongside colleagues, delves into the role of legumes in soil fertility management, offering insights for resource-poor farmers. 🌱 His collaborative efforts extend to understanding plant health, as seen in “Major Signs and Symptoms Caused by Biotic and Abiotic Agents,” contributing valuable knowledge to tropical agriculture. 🌍 Joseph’s research underscores a commitment to addressing critical issues in agriculture and environmental science.

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