Dr. Gaspar Korndörfer

Dr. Gaspar Korndörfer is currently a Professor of Agriculture at the Graduate Institute of Agronomy of Agricultural Sciences at the Federal University of Uberlândia. He has a post-doctorate from the University of Florida and earned his doctorate in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition from ESALQ of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. His past research includes ground-breaking work on the use of biologically available silica in the plantation of sugarcane, demonstrating silica's role in protecting crops from pests and enhancing crop resistance to drought. During his career, Dr. Korndörfer has published one book, 13 book chapters, over 120 articles in national and international journals and 219 papers in conferences. He has produced 21 technical innovations for production. He has participated in more than 30 scientific events abroad, many times as a guest speaker. From 2007-2011, Dr. Korndörfer served as a Member of the Chamber of Agriculture of FAPEMIG, the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Minas Gerais. Dr. Korndörfer specializes in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, Management and Fertilization of Sugarcane Production and Fertilizer Technology.

Dr. Derek Fray

Dr. Derek Fray is the Director of Research at the University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy. He is respected for his impact in materials extraction and processing for developing sustainable technologies. He is credited as an inventor on approximately 340 requested patents, 150 of which have been granted, and has authored approximately 425 scientific papers. He is a Fellow of some of the world’s most prestigious professional societies including; the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Dr. Fray has a PhD from the University of London.