Thomas Bartzanas is Associate Professor at the Agricultural University of Athens and Director of the Lab of Farm Structures. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Thessaly, with a PhD in agricultural constructions at the University of Thessaly and the Bioclimatology station of INRA in France and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Aarhus in Denmark (Department of Engineering). His research interests focus on the development, evaluation and application of new techniques and technologies in controlled environment production systems (greenhouses, vertical farming systems, hydroponic systems, livestock buildings), the rational management of natural resources in the agrofood sector and the assessment of the environmental impact (environmental footprint) throughout the agricultural production chain using the life cycle analysis. 


He has participated as a Coordinator and / or Researcher in 50 national and European research programs and has more than 350 publications in international journals and conference proceedings (h-index 27 / 3830 citations). He is a reviewer of international journals, European programs and a member of related scientific associations. For five years (2015-2020) he was the coordinator of the Agri-food innovation platform of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) and is vice-president and representative of the academic / research bodies of the Food for Life platform of the Federation of Greek Food Industries (SEVT). He is the Chair in the European networking action COST LivAge for greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock sector, vice-chair in the Structures & Environment Committee of CIGR, member of the Scientific Council of the European Union, in the Directorate for Research and Innovation for open access to research results in the field of “Agricultural Sciences” and was a member as an expert of the European Innovation Focus Groups (EIP Focus Group) a) for circural bioeconomy in the agricultural sector and b) for greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock sector. He is the President of the Hellenic Union of Agricultural Engineers of Greece (EGME) and since December 2021 CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Competence Center in the application of smart technologies in the agri-food sector Smart Agro Hub A.E.

Topic: Environmental sustainability of under cover crops: The role of cutting-edge technologies