Palermo 2024, July 11th and 12th

Innovations For Sustainable Crop Production In The Mediterranean Region

ISPAMed 2024 International Conference

We are pleased to announce the second edition of the ISPAMed International Conference. This conference will take place for the second consecutive year in the city of Palermo in July 11th and 12th. The conference aims to continue the discussions and dialogues started last year, providing an important moment for debate and knowledge exchange in the field of sustainable agricultural development. It represents a unique opportunity to delve into the most current and relevant issues for industry professionals, scientists, students, and enthusiasts. The conference will include plenary sessions, presentations of scientific posters, and networking moments revolving around the theme of sustainability and ecological transition, addressing it in the light of five main thematic areas.


Scenario

Agriculture is an economic sector of the utmost importance, as it can meet the food needs of a growing world population and generate income. However, the application of high-input agricultural techniques in recent decades has led to a decline in soil fertility, an increase in desertification, excessive pressure on water resources, an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, unsustainable use of non-renewable energy resources and a loss of biodiversity. Agriculture thus contributes to climate change but is also itself vulnerable to its effects. Therefore, innovations in production methods are needed to increase the sustainability of agricultural production. The goal of the conference is to define the state of the art in terms of environmental impacts in agriculture and to promote possible innovations to increase the sustainability of agricultural products. The event will be focused on tree fruits, crops, protected horticulture and plant protection.

Topics

The programme is divided into five thematic sessions:

  1. Mediterranean Region - Biodiversity, Crop Productions, Livestock Systems and Environmental Sustainability
  2. Medicinal Plants and Industrial Crops - Towards Sustainable Management
  3. Food and Health - How the research of Well-being passes through the Agri-food Production System
  4. Entomology and Pathology - Pesticide which scenario for the next future in a contest of the new European Green Dial?
  5. Innovative approaches for agricultural water management in a climate change


Mediterranean Ecosystem: Biodiversity, Primary Productions, Livestock Systems, and Environmental Sustainability

  • - Growing systems and orchard management for improved efficiency of horticultural productions in a low input agriculture context.
  • - Precision farming.
  • - Genetic resources as a tool to alleviate abiotic stresses in crop systems.
  • - Social, environmental and economic impact of climate changes on crop yield and quality.

The focus of this first thematic area will be oriented towards assessing interventions and strategic actions for the proper resource management, with specific attention to raw materials and primary productions, in both herbaceous and woody crops. Discussions will cover strategies to promote sustainable livestock feeding, exploring actions for animal health promotion and the reduction of pharmacological treatments, presenting alternative approaches to intensive farming, analyzing the associated benefits and challenges. Debates will also address waste management, valorization of by-products, sustainable water resource management, and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the role of the latest technological innovations in agronomy will be examined, aiming to balance economic needs with environmental and social considerations.


Medicinal Plants and Industrial Crops: Towards Sustainable Management

  • - Medicinal and aromatic plants as a new opportunity for the Mediterranean area
  • - Industrial crops for a more resilient agriculture in Mediterranean Basin
  • - Improvement of agronomic techniques for medicinal plants and industrial crops production in a climate change scenario
  • - Industrial crops as a way of agriculture adaptation to climate change in a semi-arid environment

The section will encompass insights into the medicinal and industrial uses of medicinal plants, along with the analysis of the industrial applications of crops intended for the production of manufacturing materials Sustainable agronomic practices will also be explored, with a particular focus on eco-friendly techniques. The discussion will extend to the importance of biodiversity in these crops and strategies to preserve it. Additionally, the latest technological innovations applied to the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of these plants will be presented. Finally, future perspectives in the sector will be explored, along with the identification of current and future challenges requiring innovative solutions.


Food and Health: How the research of Well-being passes through the Agri-food Production System

  • - Dietary interventions to slow-down the aging process
  • - Foods’ allergies, intolerances and sensitivities
  • - Superfoods
  • - Molecular and immuno-nutrition
  • - Food as diseases prevention strategies

This session aims to create a comprehensive framework that combines agronomic research, practical innovations, and medical considerations to promote an integrated approach to food, nutrition, and health. The thematic session seeks to explore fundamental pillars such as Nutraceuticals, Functional Nutrition, and Nutrigenomics, with the goal of analyzing the relationships between genes, diet, and health, as well as the nutritional and therapeutic aspects of foods in enhancing health and preventing diseases.


Entomology and Pathology: Pesticide which scenario for the next future in a contest of the new European Green Dial?

  • - Sustainable Agrifood in a contest of Climate change
  • - Green Dial, Farm to Fork: new prospective on pesticide
  • - One health from plant crop and tree: New prospective for crop management
  • - Smart diagnosis and precision agriculture: a tool for early sustainable crop protection strategies

This session will be dedicated to delving into the topics of biological control through agronomic practices that minimize the use of chemical pesticides and promote sustainable crop management. Plant defense against diseases will be addressed through advanced research and pathology strategies, along with the selection of crops resistant to attacks from insects and pathogens. The session will also feature the presentation of new technologies and advanced tools for monitoring and managing entomology in agriculture.


Innovative approaches for agricultural water management in a climate change

  • - Adaptation of conventional water management techniques to climate change.
  • - Integrated simulation models for agricultural water management.
  • - Green technologies for sustainable wastewater and seawater management.
  • - Unconventional water reuse in agriculture.
  • - Smart irrigation systems for precision scheduling and monitoring.
  • - Water crisis and geographical approaches to the perception of the drought risk

The dramatic depletion of freshwater reserves in the Mediterranean region, resulting from climate change, calls for urgent and sustainable solutions to avoid water crises in various productive sectors, particularly in agriculture. This session aims to illustrate and identify innovative solutions and technologies aimed at optimizing water management and applicable agronomic strategies to enhance the efficiency of water resource utilization within the irrigation sector. The goal is to improve environmental sustainability and address water scarcity induced by increasingly sparse precipitation and above-average temperatures, especially in the most vulnerable areas such as the Mediterranean semi-arid regions. Special attention will be given not only to more efficient irrigation systems but also to the use of "unconventional" water resources through the utilization of low-impact environmental technologies.

In addition to technological approaches, the perspective of human and cultural geography on the perception of the water crisis and drought risk by operators and stakeholders in the agricultural sector will also be considered. This is useful for assessing the effects on the territories.

Furthermore, this session will also explore the future challenges that agriculture must face in the water sector regarding the achievement of sustainable development goals.


9:00

Opening


SESSION 1

Mediterranean Region: Biodiversity, Crop Productions, Livestock Systems and Environmental Sustainability

Chair: Prof Tiziano Caruso, Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences – University of Palermo, Italy


Keynote lecture: Dr Leonardo Verdi, Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry, University of Florence, Italy


SESSION 2

Medicinal Plants and Industrial Crops: Towards Sustainable Management

Chair: Prof Saadia Zrira, Department at Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Morocco


Keynote lecture: Prof Ana Luisa Fernando, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal


Short Presentation

Chair: Prof Albino Maggio, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Napoli, Italy


9:00

Opening


SESSION 3

Food and Health: How the research of Well-being passes through the Agri-food Production System

Chair: Prof Giuseppina Candore Department of Biomedicine, Neurosciences and Advanced Diagnostics, University of Palermo, Italy


Keynote lecture: Prof Antonio Garcia Rios, Sofia University Hospital/University of Cordoba, Spain



SESSION 4

Entomology and Pathology: Scientific Insights for Sustainable Management

Chair: Dr Slavica Matic Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, National Research Council, Turin, Italy


Keynote lecture: Prof Gianfranco Romanazzi, Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy



SESSION 5

Innovative approaches for agricultural water management in a climate change

Chair: Prof Giorgio Micale Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy


Keynote lecture: Prof George Papadakis, School of Environment and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece


Short Presentation

Chair: Dr Giovanni Gugliuzza, Research Centre for Plant Protection and Certification, Italy



ISPAMed invites you to submit an abstract to the International Conference Innovations for Sustainable Crop Production in the Mediterranean Region.


Our esteemed abstract chairs and reviewers will evaluate the best abstracts that will be considered as oral abstracts. All abstracts selected for presentation will be physically presented in Palermo.



Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Now Open
Deadline: June 30, 2024


Abstract Submission Process

  1. Online Submission: Submit your abstracts online using the Indico tool
  2. Track Selection: Choose one of the designated tracks for your abstract. Each track is further divided into 23 specific topics.



TOPIC 1 - Mediterranean Region: Biodiversity, Crop Productions, Livestock Systems and Environmental Sustainability
  • 1. Growing systems and orchard management for improved efficiency of horticultural productions in a low input agriculture context.
  • 2. Precision farming.
  • 3. Genetic resources as a tool to alleviate abiotic stresses in crop systems.
  • 4. Social, environmental and economic impact of climate changes on crop yield and quality.

TOPIC 2 - Medicinal Plants and Industrial Crops: Towards Sustainable Management
  • 1. Medicinal and aromatic plants as a new opportunity for the Mediterranean area
  • 2. Industrial crops for a more resilient agriculture in Mediterranean Basin
  • 3. Improvement of agronomic techniques for medicinal plants and industrial crops production in a climate change scenario
  • 4. Industrial crops as a way of agriculture adaptation to climate change in a semi-arid environment

TOPIC 3 - Food and Health: How the research of Well-being passes through the Agri-food Production System
  • 1. Dietary interventions to slow-down the aging process
  • 2. Foods’ allergies, intolerances and sensitivities
  • 3. Superfoods
  • 4. Molecular and immuno-nutrition
  • 5. Food as diseases prevention strategies

TOPIC 4 - Entomology and Pathology: Pesticide which scenario for the next future in a contest of the new European Green Dial?
  • 1. Sustainable Agrifood in a contest of Climate change
  • 2. Green Dial – Farm to Fork: new prospective on pesticide
  • 3. One health from plant crop and tree: New prospective for crop management
  • 4. Smart diagnosis and precision agriculture: a tool for early sustainable crop protection strategies

TOPIC 5 - Innovative approaches for agricultural water management in a climate change
  • 1. Adaptation of conventional water management techniques to climate change.
  • 2. Integrated simulation models for agricultural water management.
  • 3. Green technologies for sustainable wastewater and seawater management.
  • 4. Non-conventional water reuse in agriculture.
  • 5. Smart irrigation systems for precision scheduling and monitoring.
  • 6. Water crisis and geographical approaches to the perception of the drought risk





Prof Giuseppe Di Miceli

University of Palermo, Italy



Prof Leo Sabatino

University of Palermo, Italy



Dr Roberto Massenti

University of Palermo, Italy


Prof Tiziano Caruso

University of Palermo, Italy – Chair



Prof Giuseppe Di Miceli

University of Palermo, Italy



Prof Georgia Ntatsi

Agricultural University of Athens, Greece



Prof Marzia Traverso

Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering, RWTH Aachen Germany



Prof Mario Licata

University of Palermo, Italy



Prof Johannes Novak

Department of Farm Animal and Public Health in Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine, Austria



Prof Carmelo Maucieri

Department of Agronomy Food Natural resources Animals and Environment, University of Padova, Italy



Prof Nazim Şekeroğlu

Department of Food Engineering, Advanced Technology Application and Research Center, Aralik University, Turkey



Prof Yaojun Zhang

School of Life Sciences, Henan University Kaifeng, China



Prof Enrica Allevato

Department of Environmental and Prevention Sciences, University of Ferrara, Italy



Prof Susana Carvalho

Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Vairão, Portugal



Dr Pradeep Kumar

Central Arid Zone Research Institute of Jodhpur, India



Prof Saadia Zrira

Department at Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Morocco



Prof Giorgio Testa

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, Italy



Prof Petronia Carillo

Department of Biological and Pharmaceutical Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Caserta, Italy


Prof Giuseppe Di Miceli

University of Palermo, Italy - Chair



Prof Salvatore Davino

University of Palermo, Italy



Prof Claudio Leto

University of Palermo, Italy



Prof Filippo Sgroi

University of Palermo, Italy



Prof Leo Sabatino

University of Palermo, Italy



Dr Simona Prestigiacomo

University of Palermo, Italy



Prof Teresa Tuttolomondo

University of Palermo, Italy



Prof Salvatore La Bella

University of Palermo, Italy



Dr Lucia Dinolfo

University of Palermo, Italy



Dr Nicoletta Lala

University of Palermo, Italy


Dr Davide Farruggia

University of Palermo, Italy


Dr Giovanni Gugliuzza

Research Centre for Plant Protection and Certification, Italy




Organizational Secretariat

Consorzio di Ricerca per lo Sviluppo di Sistemi Innovativi Agroambientali

Italy


Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences

University of Palermo, Italy


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Things to Do:



Feast Of Saint Rosalia – Palermo 14/15 July

The Feast of Santa Rosalia (U Festìnu), wich is one of the most important in Sicily, takes place from July 10 until July 15, and it is a real tourist buster in Palermo. The topic of the feast is on July 14th. The feast is dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also called La Santuzza (Little Saint) or Rusulia (in Sicilian dialect), the patron saint of Palermo. According to local faith, in 1624 Santa Rosalia saved the city’s residents from a dreadful plague after her relics were found in Monte Pellegrino. U Fistinu (the feast), starts on the 10th of July, and during the night between 14-15 July reaches its peak. Thousands of people follow the parade led by a giant iron made chariot, from the Cathedral to the Foro Italico. Folklore and religion meet and explode into traditional fireworks, making you believe the sun is shining. On July 15th at 7:00 pm, a second procession takes place which carries the relic of the Saint through the streets of the city. The 2024 edition marks the 400th iteration of the event.

Calendar of events:

The procession, led by the Archbishop and the Mayor of Palermo, starts on the evening of July 14 in front of the Cathedral of Palermo, and ends near the sea, culminating with an impressive and amazing firework display. The central point of the procession is a vessel-shaped chariot, built different every year, carrying the Statue of Saint Rosalia. The chariot is ten meters high and almost as long, decorated with roses and angels, and pulled by oxen. The feast continues the next day, July 15, with the solemn procession of the relics of the Saint, contained inside a silver urn. During the feast, you can buy food on the street that is part of the popular tradition of the city: pasta with sardines, babbaluci (snails boiled with garlic), sfincione (a thick Sicilian pizza), boiled octopus and watermelon.


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