Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet) – SLU
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Dr Giulio Grandi. Giulio has been active in the field of veterinary parasitology since 2005, first as a PhD student, then as a researcher/assistant professor in Parma (Italy). During the last 5 years, he has been working 50% in research and 50 in diagnostics at the Department of Microbiology – National Veterinary Institute (SVA, Uppsala), focusing mainly on companion animal and equine parasitology. From September 2017, he started working full time as a researcher at SLU – Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, where he is managing a project on targeted treatment of liver flukes in dairy cattle. He is an active Diplomat of the EVPC (European Veterinary Parasitology College) since 2009 and he published over 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. His researcher activity has mainly been focused on the role of bacterial symbionts in nematodes (Dirofilaria immitis) but also the setup and exploitation of in vitro models of parasites. He collaborates with the University of Parma and with industry sector on both companion animal and farm animal parasitology. https://www.slu.se/en/ew-cv/laura-grenville-briggs-didymus/
Dr Laura Grenville-Briggs. Laura has over 10 years full time research experience post PhD in the molecular biology and, genetics of oomycete-host interactions in crop systems. Her current research focus is in aspects of fundamental and applied biology for the protection of horticultural crops including potato and cucumber from oomycete and fungal diseases. She has published over 40 research papers including in high impact journals (including Science, Nature and Plant Cell) and was recently awarded a prestigious Future Research Leaders Fellowship from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. She received the highest scoring, top-ranking Marie Curie IEF in Life Sciences in 2010. She is MC representative for Sweden to EU COST action FA1208 (SUSTAIN) and a member of the steering committee for the international society the Oomycete Molecular Genetics Network (OMGN).
Professor Erland Liljeroth. Erland is an expert in combinatory IPM in field experiments on early and late blight in potato, he holds an extension lecturer position and thus has significant expertise in the coordination of field trials as well as extensive contacts with stakeholders. He is Deputy member of “Växtskyddsrådet”, a governmental advisory board and Chairman of “Ämneskommitte Växtskydd”, a committee for dialog between academy and practical plant protection stakeholders. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Erland_Liljeroth
About Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU) or Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU) or Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is a sector university under the Ministry of enterprise, energy and communications. The SLU mission is to develop knowledge and expertise that contributes to quality of life and sustainable growth, based on a long-term utilisation of biological natural resources. SLU activities are characterised by a strong link between education and research of high international standards and close collaboration with industry and sectors concerned. The SLU role is integrated with developments within agriculture and forestry sectors, food industry, veterinary medicine, natural resources and the environment, as well as within rural development and landscape architecture. SLU has a vast network of regional partners and agencies within Sweden and all around the world. Presently SLU is successfully participating in more than 60 EU Framework programs, several of which as coordinator. SLU has also national responsibility for several unique vocational educational programs that meet considerable needs within the sectors concerned. In addition to basic research, SLU pursues problem-oriented activities governed by the needs of its sectors, including experimental and developmental operations, information focusing on industry, and government support. SLU is a research-intensive university with 3700 employees, including 240 professors, and 3800 undergraduate students and 700 PhD students. The annual turnover of SLU is about EUR 350 million, of which 55% is government grants, 18 % operating incomes, 26 % external grants and 1 % financial incomes. Research and teaching activities are carried out throughout the country at four main campuses: Alnarp in south Sweden, Skara in the west, Uppsala in central Sweden and Umeå in the north. The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health is located at the main campus, Ultuna, in Uppsala, central Sweden, and specialises in animal health, food safety and environmental health. The department employs approximately 90 staff and graduate students. Research is conducted in four areas, infection biology, food safety, risk substances, pharmaceuticals and environment, and cause, development and control of diseases. Both fundamental and applied research questions are addressed within the department and several projects are carried out in close collaboration with the National Veterinary Institute. The Department of Plant Protection Biology is based in the south at campus Alnarp, which specialises in horticulture and field trials. Plant Protection Biology consists of about 80 employees. World-leading research is conducted in resistance biology, chemical ecology/sensory biology and integrated plant protection. The research efforts are directed towards both fundamental and applied research. Applied plant protection research is carried out in collaboration with industry and primarily focuses on the development of environmentally sustainable pest control strategies for agriculture and horticulture, both in Sweden and internationally.