President: Christophe Robaglia

I started my biological career by studying Microbiology at the University of Paris XII. A master internship on with Agrobacterium rhizogenes introduces me to Plant Sciences. I spend a predoctoral stay in Sherbrooke (Quebec) to study plant metallothioneins and I obtained my PhD at INRA Versailles with Francine Casse, sequencing the genome of Potato Virus Y (1988) and was postdoc a CSIRO Canberra (Australia) to work on Tobacco Ringpot Virus Satellite RNA with Wayne Gerlach. I was back at INRA Versailles (1991) as junior group leader and moved to Commissariat for Atomic Energy (CEA) in Cadarache in 1999 and to Aix Marseille University in 2004 as a Professor. There, I developed a team studying translation and signaling through the TOR pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana.  The team is now located on the University of Aix Marseille Campus of Luminy in Marseille and is part of the Institute of Biosciences and Biotechnology of Aix Marseille associating CEA, CNRS and the University. (

Secretary General: Laura De Gara

Full Professor of Plant Physiology Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome (UCBM)
Dean of the Department of Science and Technology for Humans and the Environment UCBM

Relevant Scientific Professional Services:

2007-2009 Elected President of the Plant Oxygen Group of the Society for Free Radical Research – Europe

2008–2013 Member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Society of Plant Biology

2008-2010 Member of the Grants & Awards Committee of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB).

2012–2019 Member of the Executive Committee of the FESPB as Chair of the Grants & Awards Committee

2014 Member of the Plant Biology Panel for the evaluation of projects on Plant Biology in Space presented for founding by NASA, ESA, JAXA

2015-2017 President of the Evaluation Committee of the Research Centers controlled by Italian Ministry of Agriculture

2017-2021 Member of the Scientific Committee or the Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria (CREA)

2019 Elected Vice-president for the year 20-21and President for the years 22-23 of the Italian Society of Plant Biology

2019- Member of the Scientific Council of the Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Sciences (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)

2020-Elected Secretary General of the FESPB

Scientific interests:

Redox signaling in plant, plant-environment interaction, plant resilience, bio-active molecules (fructans, polyphenols): characterization and metabolism in plants.

Treasurer: Christian Zörb

Executive Director; Institute of Crop Plants Chair;
Quality of Plant Products and Viticulture -

Research interests: Crop Plants, Abiotic Stress Physiology, Viticulture, Wheat, Climate Change, Quality Aspects, Plant Nutrition

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Please see list of more than 100 peer reviewed articles at Goolge Scholar.

Since 2014 – Professor of Quality of Plant Products and Viticulture, Univ. of Hohenheim
2012–2014 – Professor of General and Applied Botany, Univ. of Leipzig, Institute of Biology
2012–2013 – Senior Scientific Fellow, School of Biology, Univ. of Sussex, Brighton, UK
2007–2012 – Research Associate, Univ. of Kiel, Institute of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science
2005–2007 – Research Associate, Bundesanstalt für Ernährung und Lebensmittel, Detmold
1999–2007 – PostDoc experience in several labs including UK, USA and Germany
Habilitation, Justus Liebig Univ. Giessen, Venia legendi in Plant Nutrition
1998 – Dr. rer. nat. (PhD), Justus Liebig Univ. Giessen, Faculty of Biology
1988 – Diploma in Biology (Plant Science), Justus Liebig Univ. Giessen

Chair of the Awards Committess: Maria Isabel Diaz Rodriguez

Degree, Master Degree and PhD in Biology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

My research scientific carrier, currently focused in molecular, biochemical and functional aspects on the plant-pest interaction, is supported by 97 SCI articles, 20 book chapters and 2 books as editor. Index h: 38, total number of cites: 4,202 (source WOS). I have participated in 31 projects and collaborated with national and international research groups. I am “Garante” of the Severo Ochoa awarded project (SEV-2016-0672) for the CBGP-UPM-INIA for 2017-21. In parallel, I have developed teaching duties, I have participated in different research committees, I have been Gestor de Agriculture for the AEI (Agencia Estatal de Investigación) of Spanish Ministry of Science and I have collaborated as reviewer of articles and projects for public and private institutions.

Chair of the Grants Committee: Jana Albrechtová

Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science; Institute of Botany of Academy of Sciences CR

Charles University: Prague, CZ
2011-11-01 to present | Full Professor in Plant Anatomy and Physiology (Department of Experimental Plnat Biology, Faculty of Science)

Charles University: Prague, CZ
2004-06-01 to 2012-11-01 | Associate Professor in Plant Anatomy and Physiology (Department of Experimental Plant Biology, Faculty of Science)

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic: Prague, CZ
2006-01 to 2011-12-31 | Scientist; Deputy Director of the Reseach Center of Excellence CBR (Insitute of Botany, Center for Bioindication and Revitalization (CBR))

University of New Hampshire: Durham, NH, US
2003-09-01 to 2004-05-31 | Visiting Professor and Fulbright Faculty Fellow (Department of Plant Biology)

Charles University: Prague, CZ
1992-10-01 to 2003-08-30 | Research Assistant, Assistent Professor (Department of Experimental Plant Biology)

Education and qualifications:

Charles University: Prague, CZ
1988-10-01 to 1997-06-30 | Ph.D. in Plant anatomy and Physiology (Department of Experimental Plant biology, Faculty of Science)

University of Wales: Bangor, GB
1991-10-01 to 1992-10-01 | Master of Science in Ecology (University Colleg of North Wales)

Charles University: Prague, CZ
1982-10-01 to 1988-06-30 | Absolvent of Magister Studies in Biology and Mathematics (Department of Experimental Plant Biology, Faculty of Science)

Charles University: Prague, CZ
1988 to 1988 | RNDr. (Faculty of Science)

Chair of the Publication Committee (and Web Media): János Györgyey

János Györgyey is the president of the Hungarian Plant Biology Society since 2006, national representative since 2012. He have got his diploma at the University of Szeged as biologist in 1985. He obtained Ph.D. at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1996 for his thesis entitled "Gene expression changes during hormone activated cell division and somatic embryogenesis in alfalfa". He began his research carrier in the same year in the Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary where he is senior researcher now and principal investigator of the research unit working on Brachypodium distachyon. His main interests are plant molecular biology, developmental genetics, and abiotic stress physiology. With his colleagues, currently they are studying root development of Brachypodium focusing on LOB-domain transcription factor family, the effects of limiting water supply on root architecture, as well as the involvement of circadian clock in drought stress adaptation in roots. His publications and citation data can be find in the Hungarian Scientific Bibliography database (

Past Executives

Past Presidents

1976–1978 Charles P. Whittingham, UK
1978–1980 Ernesto Vieitez, SPAIN
1980–1982 Roman Antoszewski, POLAND
1982–1984 Henri Duranton, FRANCE
1984–1986 Hartmut K. Lichtenthaler, GERMANY
1986–1988 Miloje R. Saric, YUGOSLAVIA
1988–1990 Ola Heide / Prof. Dr. Gunar Oquist, SWEDEN
1990–1992 Jean-Pierre Verbelen, BELGIUM
1992–1994 Stanislav Prochazka, YUGOSLAVIA
1994–1996 Amedeo Alpi, ITALY
1996–1998 Emanuil N. Karanov, BULGARIA
1998–2000 Laszlo Erdei, HUNGARY
2000–2002 Kalliopi A. Roubelakis-Angelakis, GREECE
2002–2004 Franciszek Dubert, POLAND
2004–2006 Christian Dumas, FRANCE
2006–2008 Jan Schjoerring, DENMARK
2008–2010 Jose Pio Beltran, SPAIN
2010–2012 Heinz Rennenberg, GERMANY
2012–2014 Bruce Osborne, IRELAND
2014–2016 Jana Albrechtová, CZECH REPUBLIC
2016-2018 Stefan Jansson Sweden
2018- 2021 Andrea Schubert

Past Secretaries General

1978–1984 John Dale, Edinburgh, UK
1984–1988 Peter Boger, Kostanz, GERMANY
1992–1998 Hans Lambers, AUSTRALIA
1998–2004 Mike Jackson, UK
2004–2012 Kalliopi A. Roubelakis-Angelakis, GREECE
2012-2019 Christine Helen Foyer UK

Past Treasurers

1994–2004 Renate Scheibe, Germany
2004–2008 Heinz Rennenberg, Germany
2008–2012 Karl-Josef Dietz, Germany
2012–2020 Heinz Rennenberg, Germany

Past Chairs of Grants & Awards Committee

2004-2012 Christine Foyer UK
2012-2018 Laura De Gara Italy

Past Chairs of the Publication Committee

María Dolores Rodrígue, Salamanca SPAIN