Prof. Salvatore Ceccarelli

Rete Semi Rurali, Italy

Salvatore Ceccarelli has been full professor of Agricultural Genetics at the Institute of Plant Breeding, University of Perugia. From 1980 has conducted research at ICARDA (the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas, Aleppo, Syria) until 2006, and eventually served as a consultant until 2014. Currently is a Free Lance Consultant.

During his career, he supervised nearly 25 MSc and PhD students, trained several scientists in China, Australia, South Africa, Philippines, Yemen, Jordan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, India and Bhutan and published nearly 270 papers; has been an invited speaker at nearly 30 international conferences. He is currently involved in projects in Ethiopia, Jordan, India, Iran and Europe. His areas of expertise are international plant breeding, genotype x environment interactions, breeding strategies, drought resistance, participatory and evolutionary plant breeding, crop adaptation and use of genetic resources.

Prof. Francesco Sofi, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Food Science and Clinical Nutrition, School of Human Health Sciences, University of Florence

Francesco Sofi is Associate Professor of Food Science and Clinical Nutrition at the Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine of the School of Human Health Sciences of the University of Florence. He is M.D. at the Unit of Clinical Nutrition of the University Hospital of Careggi, in Florence. In 2002 he took the degree in Medicine and in 2006 he got the Ph.D. in Clinical Pathophysiology and Ageing at the University of Florence, with a thesis entitled “Nutrition for health and prevention of disease". Researcher in Food Science and Clinical Nutrition at he University of Florence from 2007 to 2015. Vice President of the Master Degree in Food Science of the University of Florence, he teaches also at the Master Degree Course of Medicine and at the Course Degree of Dietitian of the University of Florence. He is vice director of the Interdipartimental Centre for Research on Food and Nutrition of the University of Florence. He is now member of the National Committee for Health Research of the Minister of Health.

He is member board of the Italian Society of Human Nutrition (SINU) and member of the Italian Society for the Study of Atherosclerosis (SISA), European Society of Cardiology (ESC), European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR).

He is author of about 170 scientific studies, published in peer-reviewed International Journals. H-index (27/2/2018): 39

He is one of the researchers included in the list of Top Italian Scientists, for researcher with H-index>30 (

He won several national and international prizes.

Since his graduation he has been devoted to the clinical prevention of cardiovascular diseases through the study of nutritional and lifestyle habits in healthy subjects and in patients with different localizations of atherosclerotic diseases. His current interests are: the role of nutrition and dietary habits on the occurrence of major chronic diseases; genetic factors predisposing to cardiovascular diseases; the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases; clinical evaluation of thrombophilic risk factors in all the localizations of the atherosclerosis; role of physical activity as preventing factor for cardiovascular disease.

Kimberley Bell

Owner/Baker, Small Food Bakery, Nottingham

Kimberley Bell is the owner/ Baker at Small Food Bakery in Nottingham. Occupying the kitchen of a former inner city primary school, the team at Small Food bakery work to build short food chains, buying directly from farmers, making everything from scratch and selling directly to customers from their production kitchen. Their objective is to prove that small, human scale food manufacturing business's and direct trade are what's needed to enable transition to a new kind of food economy; a resilient one that is devolved to the hands of more people, fairly valuing the contribution both of people and natural resources in the chain and celebrating diversity and flavour.

Prof. Martin Wolfe

Professer of Plant Breeding for Sustainable Agriculture and Resilience at CAWR, Coventry University

Martin was a cereal plant pathologist at the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge from 1960 to 1988 when the Institute was closed. He then took the Chair of Plant Pathology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zuerich, until 1997. Since 1994, he has been developing Wakelyns Agroforestry in Suffolk which is one of the earliest agroforestry research sites in the UK and home to the pioneering development of cereal populations as a set of modern landraces. From 1998, he also helped develop the research programme at the Organic Research Centre before becoming Principal Scientific Adviser; he remains involved in some projects at ORC. In 2017, he was appointed Professor of Plant Breeding for Sustainable Agriculture and Resilience at CAWR, Coventry University.