Keynote speakers

Prof. Martin Grunow, Ph.D.

Prof. Martin Grunow, Ph.D.

Head of Production and Supply Chain Management Group, Technical University of Munich

Martin Grunow is the Production and Supply Chain Management professor at Technical University of Munich. The group has its core competence in analytics. Martin also heads the German Operation Research Society’s Supply Chain Management Section. On edX, he teaches MOOCs on Quality Engineering and Lean with more than 50,000 participants from all over the world. Before joining the Technical University of Munich, Martin was a professor at Technical University of Denmark leading their Operations Management Department.

In his research, Martin assumes an industrial engineering perspective on production and logistics with a focus on the process industries, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and especially food. He is an author of more than 50 publications in leading international research journals and of a textbook on Advanced Planning Systems as well as an editor of three research journals.

Martin is a recipient of numerous research grants, recently as a co-principal investigator for a research training group on “Advanced Optimisation in the Networked Economy“ funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG and as a co-principal investigator for a large-scale project on sustainable dairy supply chains funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Prof. Luciano Piergiovanni, Ph.D.

Prof. Luciano Piergiovanni, Ph.D.

Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences - Università degli Studi di Milano

Full Professor of Food Science and Technology at University of Milano since 2000, he is author of numerous publications and books and, overall, of ground-breaking research in the field of Food packaging science and technology.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Packaging Institute from 1989 to 1991 and vice president in 1985/86. He coordinated the Subcommittee UNI "Food Conditioning from 1989 to 1999, he was President of the Agri-Food Commission (CAAL) from 2011 to 2018. He was treasurer and vice president of the Italian Food Technology Association until 2000, from the 2000 to 2010 he was an Auditor of the Association. He has coordinated Research Units related to the themes of Food Packaging both in national and international projects. Since 1999 he has been the President of the Italian Scientific Group for Food Packaging (GSICA). For 6 years he was president of the Didactic Coordination Council of "Food Science and Technology" at the Faculty of Agriculture of Milan and for 6 Coordinator of the PhD Course in "Food Biotechnology. From 2011 to 2012 he was Director of the Department of Food and Microbiological Sciences and Technologies.

In the last 5 years he has been: Coordinator of the Research Unit in the Tuscany Region project "INTRAVIVA, Creation of added value for the regional sector of ornamental plants, through the introduction of technological and process innovations in the postproduction phase of packaging and TRAsporto of VIVAistici products" (2018 - 2020); Coordinator of Research Units in the project of the Lombardy Region "NANOCRYSTALPACK, Obtained crystals of nanocellulose from plant biomasses and by-products of the paper industry, their possible functional modification and use as coatings and functional additives of food packaging materials for advanced performance and greater sustainability "(2017-2019); Coordinator of Research Units in the Horizon 2020 project "BIOCOMPLACK, Eco-friendly food packaging with enhanced barrier properties" (2016-2019); National Coordinator of the PRIN 2012 project of the Ministry of University, Education and Research "LONG LIFE, HIGH SUSTAINABILITY" (2014-2017).

He teaches in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences: Packaging Technology and Logistics since 1984; Food Quality and Safety (for Biotechnologists) from 2014; Sustainability of food production and distribution systems since 2015. He taught Logistics and Packaging at the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo (CN) from 2008 to 2015, at the National Universities of São Paulo (Brazil) in the years 1990 and 1995 and of Santafè of Bogotà (Colombia) in the years 1986 and 1995. Since 2013 he is Visiting Professor of Tianjin University of Science and Technology - TUST, China.