Keynote Speakers

Professor Margrethe Serek
ISHS, chair of Section Ornamental Plants

Leibniz University of Hannover, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Dr. Margrethe Serek is Professor and Chair of Floriculture at Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany. She has astrong background in physiology, production and handling of floricultural crops. In the past decade she has broadened her research program to include investigation of molecular aspects of floricultural production and marketing, and has had several projects to examine the potential for molecular manipulation of these crops. Dr. Serek has published >100 papers in international refereed journals, >70 conference papers, several book chapters, books, entries in GenBank NCBI, trade and technical papers for the growers.

Professor Leon Terry
Director of Environment and Agrifood, Cranfield University

Leon BSc (Hons) ARCS MSc PhD PGCert FIAgrE FRSB FHEA holds a Personal Chair in Plant Sciences and was appointed as the Director of Environment and Agrifood at Cranfield University in 2014. The role focuses on leading Cranfield’s activities in environment and agricultural research and teaching across the University. Leon is an appointed member of the BBSRC Agriculture and Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel; is a Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers, Higher Educational Academy and the Royal Society of Biology and holds a Directorship for both CHAP Ltd and AgriEPICentre Ltd.

bart-nicolaiProfessor Bart Nicolaï
Director of Flanders Centre of Postharvest Technology
Department chair of Biosystems Department – MeBioS Division

Bart Nicolaï has an MSc in Agricultural Engineering (Ghent University, Belgium) and Applied Mathematics (University of Leuven, Belgium). He obtained a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences in 1994 at the University of Leuven (Belgium) where he now is a full professor. He is also director of the Flanders Centre of Postharvest Technology, a public-private partnership which was established by the University of Leuven and the Association of Belgian Horticultural Co-operatives in 1997. Since 2016 he is chair of the Biosystems department at the University of Leuven and also leads the postharvest research group of this department.

Stuart Symington
Managing Director of Capespan South Africa

Backed by more than 70 years’ global experience, Capespan delivers exceptional fruit from the orchard to our international retail, wholesale and food service partners according to requirements specified by our marketing divisions around the world. This covers more than 50 countries on five continents. In addition the company provides supply service solutions to international fruit trading partners. Symington, who holds a BSc and M Phil from UCT, has been CEO of the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) for the past three years. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (FPEF) for 10 years.

Ernst Woltering

Professor Ernst Woltering

Senior scientist Wageningen UR, Food & Biobased Research
Special professor at Wageningen University. Chair Physiology and Quality of Fresh Produce
Senior scientist Wageningen Top Institute Food & Nutrition

Dr. Ernst Woltering has a life-long experience in postharvest flower and pot plant research and apart from the scientific work is involved in the development of new flower treatment solutions, markers for flower quality and advanced protocols for long-term storage/transportation of flowers and pot plants. Dr Woltering’s research activities has resulted in publications  in professional journals (>50 papers), book chapters and symposium proceedings (> 30 papers) and >120 papers in refereed scientific journals.  A total of 60 lectures at international conferences were given, of which >40 lectures as invited/key note speaker. The industry-related research has resulted in new products that have entered the market, research resulted in 5 patents. In addition, he is a consultant in international flower distribution and technology providers in this research field.


Monday 4 September 2017

08:00  XVIII IPA Grower’s Day at Stias  More Info

17:00 Registration & Mounting of posters for MQUIC, IPWG and Ornamentals at Conservatorium

18:00 Welcome function

Tuesday 5 September 2017

08:00 – 17:00  Full-day concurrent sessions & poster displays for MQUIC, IPWG and Ornamentals at Conservatorium

Bart Nicolai
Online detection of internal disorders of horticultural products: the shape of things to come

Ernst Woltering
Long term storage of roses for demand management and to facilitate long distance transport in Reefer containers

Evening free to explore Stellenbosch

Wednesday 6 September 2017

08:00 – 17:00 Full-day Concurrent Sessions & Poster Displays

Leon Terry
Mediating ethylene in non climacteric systems

Margrethe Serek
Growth regulation in potted ornamentals – recent advances

Symposium Dinner – Winelands Experience

Thursday 7 September 2017

08:00 – 12:30 Half-day Concurrent Sessions & Poster Displays

Stuart Symington
The fruit tide is turning

13:00 – 20:30 “Explore Cape Town” excursion: Shuttle service to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Friday 8 September 2017

1) Technical Tour: Visit fruit and commodity ornamentals packhouses, lunch and return via scenic route

2) Peninsula Tour: Drive scenic route to include entrance to Cape Point National Park.