Keynote Speakers 2024

Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas

Insect farming to create a circular bio-economy in Controlled Environment Agriculture

Andreas Vilcinskas is a full Professor for Applied Entomology at Justus Liebig University Giessen and head of the Branch Bioresources of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology in Giessen. After completing his doctoral studies at the Free University of Berlin in 1994, he held a substitute Professorship in Evolutionary Biology and Zoology at the Department of Biochemistry and Biology at the University of Potsdam. In 2004, he moved to the Justus Liebig University Giessen where he directed the LOEWE Center for Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources from 2010 to 2022. Since 2015, he is also the founding Director of the world’s first academic institute for Insect Biotechnology at the University of Giessen. His research encompasses the engineering of technologies enabling up-scaling of industrial insect farming, as well as the development of higher added value products from farmed insects.

Prof. Laura Gasco

„Insects as feed: last research and hot topics“

Laura Gasco is a Full Professor at the Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences of the University of Turin (Italy). Laura focuses her research on fish, rabbit and poultry farming and nutrition assessing performances and the impact of alternative ingredients on product quality. Since 2012 her research is focused on the use of insect meals as innovative ingredients in animal nutrition and on the optimisation of insect rearing for the production of high quality raw materials. In particular, her research focuses on the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) and on the yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor). She is involved in projects related to insects as feed. Laura is president of the Study Commission Insects of the European Federation of Animal Science. She is Section editor for animal: The international journal of animal biosciences, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Insects as Food and Feed.

Further Keynote Speakers will be announced soon!