In order to facilitate project execution and provide strategic support and advice to the PMT, a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) is assembled, consisting of five experienced international experts, invited from among the Project Partnering Institutions.
The Committee will meet four times, at the beginning of the Project and afterwards annually, to review progress of Project implementation and provide policy and technical guidance as may be required. Representatives of national research institutions and major stakeholders active in the plant health domain, and also WULS Management, relevant local authorities (Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Ministry of Agriculture) and EC Office representing Plant Health domain, will be notified and/or invited to participate in TAC meetings.
Advisory Committee Members
Prof. Marc De Meyer – Work Package 2
Marc De Meyer is an entomologist specializing on systematics of African fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae). His research includes different aspects, from taxonomic revision to studies on morphological and molecular phylogeny, evolutionary trends and speciation events with this family of flies. He has extensive experience in collaborative research with different partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently head of the entomology section and acting head of the department of African zoology at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium.
Prof. Brian Grout – Work Package 3
Brian Grout is a Professor of Horticultural Science at the University of Copenhagen, with additional responsibility for PhD education in the Graduate School. A graduate in botany and cell biology, with a PhD that started a continuing interest in biotechnology, Brian Grout has maintained active research in both plant and animal science and, latterly, in science education. Current biological research interests are based around the ex situ conservation of genetic resources, particularly by cryoconservation, and the impact of naturally-emitted plant volatiles on pest infestation. Research in education is focused on PhD supervision and the creation of learning opportunities.
Prof. Jaco Vangronsveld – Work Package 4
Jaco Vangronsveld studied biology at the universities of Hasselt and Antwerp and obtained a PhD in plant physiology 1990. He is full-professor Biology and Environmental Sciences at Hasselt University. Since 2001, he also is director of the Centre for Environmental Sciences of Hasselt University. The fundamental research program of his group concentrates on the (eco-) physiological effects and the molecular and biochemical sequences of events after application of pollutants to plants. From 1990, they started with laboratory and in situ studies on phytoremediation of metals and organics (nitroaromatics, mineral oils, BTEX, …). Special attention is paid to the interaction between plants and their associated microorganisms.