Chairman: Dr. Patrick du JardinProfessor at University of Liège - Gembloux, Belgium
Patrick du Jardin (PdJ) is professor and head of the Plant Biology Laboratory at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech - University of Liège (Belgium). He was dean of faculty between 2007 and 2009. He is an active teacher in plant biology and his current research is focused on biological interactions between plants roots and their soil environment, mediated by volatile and non volatile allelochemical compounds, and on the modes of action of microbial and non microbial biostimulants in crop plants. As a consultant for the European Commission, PdJ issued two reports on biostimulants in 2012 and 2014, in the framework of a future EC fertilisers regulation. PdJ has a long-standing expertise on the risk assessment of agricultural technologies as external expert for the European Food Safety Authority. He is also a member of the ethical committees of the French Institutes INRA and Cirad, where expert advice is provided on the ethics of agricultural innovation.