Invited Speakers

Internationally-recognized speakers in the various fields of experimental and human
and social sciences will be invited for the opening lecture and the four keynotes.


Laboratory of Histology and Embryology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, University of Porto

Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Histology and Embryology, Department of Microscopy, in the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS) of University of Porto (UPorto) and researcher at iNOVA Media Lab, ICNOVA of NOVA University Lisbon. Teaching experience covers: Histology and Embryology (Human and Comparative), Animal Models of Human Disease, and Science Communication. Director of the continuing training course “Science communication - Life and health sciences” (6ECTS) and of the continuing training unit “Animal Models of Human Disease” (6ECTS). She obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in UPorto. Paula Silva presents in her CV 27 original articles published in journals indexed in the Science Citation Index (SCI), 1 book chapter, participation in some I&DT projects, and numerous works in many national and international congress. At present, her main research topic is the influence of moderate consumption of wine on chronic diseases, particularly, neurodegenerative diseases and health science communication. Editor of the Science & Wine blog (


Department of Viticulture and Oenology of Stellenbosch University - South Africa

Prof Melané Vivier is Professor in the South African Grape and Wine Research institute and the Department of Viticulture and Oenology of Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is program leader of the Grapevine Molecular Biology and Biotechnology group and interim director of the South African Grape and Wine Research Institute at Stellenbosch University. Her research group focuses on integrative research, where the processes under study are evaluated in a systems approach. The methodological core of the research is molecular and metabolite profiling of the biological systems under study and are being applied to the following two themes: (i) Interactome profiling of the grapevine-pathogen interaction and (ii) Molecular and metabolite profiling of grapevines in vineyard settings (“FieldOmics”) to understand the genotype X environment interactions.

Maurizio CIANI

Polytechnic University of Marche

Maurizio Ciani is Full Professor of Biotechnology of Microorganisms in the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at the Polytechnic University of Marche since October 2006. He graduated in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Perugia, where he was Researcher since 1990. He spent a period at Viticulture and Enology Department of UC Davis, USA. The scientific activity is focused on yeasts and concerns new fermentation biotechnology in wine making (immobilization, multistarter fermentations), the use of non-conventional yeasts in wine and beer production to improve complexity and aroma profile as well as increase/reduce specific compounds, the physiology of wine yeasts (metabolic characterization of yeasts for food and industrial application), the molecular and biochemical characterization of antimicrobial compounds from yeasts for food and industrial application. He is author or co-author of more than 180 publications.

Thomas LABBÉ

University of Burgundy

Thomas LABBE is Doctor in medieval history from University of Burgundy. He is research fellow of the Leibniz-Institut (GWZO) in Leipzig, Germany and research associate at University of Burgundy (UMR 6298 ARTEHIS (Archéologie-Terre-Histoire-Société) in Dijon, France. His work focuses on the history of viticulture in Burgundy from the middle age to the modern age, including the history of climate and natural disasters. He has authored two books and numerous research papers :

Charles SPENCE

Professor Charles Spence is a world-famous experimental psychologist with a specialization in neuroscience-inspired multisensory design. He has worked with many of the world’s largest companies across the globe since establishing the Crossmodal Research Laboratory (CRL) at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University in 1997. Prof. Spence has published over 900 academic articles and edited or authored, 12 books including, in 2014, the Prose prize-winning “The perfect meal”, and the recent international bestseller “Gastrophysics: The new science of eating” (2017; Penguin Viking) – winner of the 2019 Le Grand Prix de la Culture Gastronomique from Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie.
Prof. Spence has been awarded numerous national and international prizes for scientific excellence, including the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society: Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year, and, the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany): ‘in recognition of past accomplishments in research and teaching’. In 2008, together with Dr. Max Zampini, he was awarded the 2008 IG Nobel prize for nutrition for his work on ‘the sonic crisp’.