Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Khaled M. Bali

 University of California, San Diego, USA

Professor K. M. Bali is an Irrigation/Water Management Advisor and County Director at the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville, California. He holds a Ph.D. Degree (1992) in Soil Science (soil physics) and MS Degree (1987) in Water Science (Irrigation and Drainage) from the University of California at Davis. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (1984) in soils and irrigation from the University of Jordan, Amman.
His main fields of scientific interest include water resources and management, water quality, irrigation systems, automation of surface irrigation, evapotranspiration, salinity, water quality, and reuse of wastewater for irrigation.
Dr. Bali a member of many professional societies as American Geophysical Union and United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage. He is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and served on a number of National and International Scientific Committees.


Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Byoung Ryong Jeong

Gyeongsang National University, Republic of Korea

Professor Byoung Ryong JEONG obtained his BS (Gyeongsang National Univ., GNU) and MS (Seoul National Univ.) degrees in Republic of Korea, and his PhD in Horticulture in 1990 from Colorado State Univ., USA on nitrogen nutrition in bedding plants. He had postdoctoral research on water relations in plants at Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, USA and on environmental control for plant production at Faculty of Horticulture, Chiba Univ., Japan. Since 1992, he has been affiliated with Dept. of Horticulture, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, GNU, Korea, where he once served as the dean of the college. His current research interest and topics include, but not limited to, organogenic and somatic embryogenic micropropagation of floricultural, medicinal and rare/endangered plants; propagation and hydroponic culture of floricultural, horticultural and medicinal crops in the greenhouse and plant factory systems; lighting technology in horticulture for control of flowering and photomorphogenesis; silicon nutrition in horticultural crops; and use of plants for removal of fine dust in the air. He has published 400+ papers in reputed journals (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Byoung_Ryong_Jeong). He has been academic adviser for 19 post-doctoral, 22 PhD, and 73 MS students so far. He also served as the editor-in-chief for several journals, including Horticulture, Environment and Biotechnology published by the Korean Society for Horticultural Science for which he is currently serving as the president elect.