Keynote speakers

Crop evapotranspiration:
the 15 years of FAO 56
Luis Santos Pereira

Professor (emeritus) and former Head of the Center for Biosystems Engineering, Institute of Agronomy, Technical University of Lisbon, and the invited professor at CIHEAM – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Italy. He has been President of CIGR and Vice-President of ICID. Co-author of the FAO Guidelines on Crop Evapotranspiration, is leading research in irrigation, water management, water scarcity and droughts and has a long history of cooperative research and teaching in numerous countries, mainly in Mediterranean, Latin America and China.

Crop evapotranspiration:
next 15 years of FAO 56 and other evolutions
    Richard G. Allen

Professor, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Biological and Agricultural Engineering; College of Engineering; Department of Civil Engineering, University of Idaho. Leader of the Water Research Program at the Kimberly Research and Extension Center. His research focuses on developing physics-based approaches and tools to quantify and solve water-related problems, including water consumption over large areas using satellite-based energy balance. Lead author of the UN FAO "Crop Evapotranspiration" Guidelines, co-editor of the ASCE Practices Manual 70 Evapotranspiration and Irrigation Water Requirements. Consultant to the UN, the WMO, US-AID and governments of Portugal, Spain and Australia with missions to India, Pakistan, Jordan, Yemen, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Turkey and Brazil. He is a member of the NASA/USGS Landsat Science Team. Past chair: ASCE-EWRI Technical Committee on Evapotranspiration.

ana iglesias

Adaptation strategies for agricultural water management under climate change
      Ana Iglesias

a Professor of Agricultural Economics at the UPM, Spain and previously a Research Scientist at Columbia University, New York. Contributing author to the IPCC since 1995. Currently, Review Editor of the Economics of Climate Change for the IPCC. She is the lead author of the Drought Management Guidelines that have been translated into seven languages and applied in Mediterranean countries of Europe, North Africa and Iran. She currently works in a Protocol for Drought Early Warning Systems in Africa as part of the DEWFORA project (EC, 7th Framework Programme).

Crops for the future
Sayed Azam Ali

Chief Executive Officer of Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Previously, the Vice Provost of Research and Internationalisation at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC).  Prior to the appointment at UNMC, he was Director of the University Tropical Crops Research Unit and Professor of Tropical Agronomy at the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington Campus  (UK).

Landscape irrigation   requirements and scheduling

     Richard L. Snyder

Biometeorology Specialist, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis, California, USA. Visiting Professor: CIHEAM – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Italy. Research and Teaching on evapotranspiration, irrigation scheduling, frost protection, phenology, and climate change. Former Chair: ASCE-EWRI Technical Committee on Crop Coefficients.  Chair: Commission on Irrigation and Plant Water Relations, International Society for Horticultural Science.


How can we produce more food with less water: a paradigm change of focus
     Theib Y. Oweis

He has been Director of the Integrated Water and Land Management Program of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) since 1991. Earlier he joined the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan as assistant professor (1983-1991) and Dar Al Handash Consultants (Shaer and Partners) as irrigation specialist (1973-1977). He received MSc and PhD degrees in Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA (1978-1983). He has over 35 years of experience in research and education, development and capacity building and in management of water related issues in the dry areas. He has published over 200 refereed journal, books/book chapters and conference proceedings in areas of supplemental irrigation, water harvesting, water productivity, deficit irrigation, salinity and the management of scarce water resources.



Achieving ethical responsibilities in water management: difficulties and challenge

    Giuseppe Rossi Paradiso

Vice-president of the Italian Association for Hydrotechnique and former professor of Hydrology at the Engineering College of the University of Catania. He has been vice-president of the International Water Resources Association (2010-12) and leading several research programs on drought mitigation and water supply systems management in European and Mediterranean countries (1994-2011). He is member of the Editorial boards of Water Resources Management, L’Acqua, Internationa Journal of Water and Journal of Frontiers in Environmental Engineering.   

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