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International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Elias Fereres

Dr. Fereres’ professional area of expertise is centred on the sustainability of water-limited agriculture and on the role of water in agriculture and the environment. Research activities during his career included topics such as irrigation water management, deficit irrigation strategies with emphasis on horticultural crops, efficient use of limited water supplies in drought situations, agricultural water use optimization, modelling crop yield response to water, water management at different scales, and water and soil conservation. He is currently emeritus professor in the School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering, University of Córdoba, Spain, and researcher at the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture, Scientific Research Council of Spain (IAS-CSIC). He is a co-author of the FAO publication I&D66 on crop yield response to water, and of the AquaCrop simulation model. Dr. Fereres is a former member of Technical Advisory Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and he is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain and of the Academia Europaea. He has published about 200 scientific papers, which have achieved over 30,000 citations in Google Scholar, and has directed over 40 doctoral theses. His most recent work deals with the assessment of water productivity in the Middle East and North Africa under the auspices of the FAO.

Dr. Samuel Ortega-Farias

Dr. Samuel Ortega-Farias obtained a Bachelor's degree in Agronomy Science (viticulture and enology) at the Catholic University (Chile). He obtained both Master and Ph.D. degrees from Oregon State University (USA) with a major area in bio-mathematical modeling and soil–water–plant–atmosphere relationship. He is currently working as a professor at the Agronomy School, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Talca (Chile). Furthermore, he is the Director of the Research and Extension Center for Irrigation and Agroclimatology (CITRA). His research has focused on regulated deficit irrigation, sustainable water management, and mapping evapotranspiration and plant water status using remote sensing imagery obtained from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and satellite remote sensing platforms. Finally, Dr. Ortega-Farias is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal "Irrigation Science" (Springer Nature). (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Samuel_Ortega-Farias).