Biographies des experts

Agriculture de précision et agriculture durable : Rêve ou réalité

Conférence - Débat

31 mars 2022


Biographies des experts :


Dr. Philippe Delfosse : Advisor to the Vice-rector for research Université du Luxembourg.

Philippe Delfosse joined the University of Luxembourg in November 2018 as Advisor to the Vice-rector for research. He contributes to the reform of doctoral education and the establishment of the Institute for Advanced Studies-Luxembourg that promotes interdisciplinarity in research. He holds a PhD in Agronomy from UCLouvain, Belgium (2000). He started his research career in 1988 as an animal nutritionist and then shifted to the domain of plant pathology to develop environmentally friendly methods for the management of crop diseases both in temperate and tropical countries. In the early 90’s, he led a research project at UCLouvain on a bacterial disease of potato in partnership with the seed potato production sector in Belgium. He then embraced an international career and moved to Asia for about 6 years and Western Africa for about 5 years at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), to work on a complex viral disease affecting various crops. He joined the Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann in 2005 (today’s Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, LIST) to lead a research team in crop disease monitoring and management, and renewable energy production through the biomethanation/anaerobic digestion process. He therefore possesses a unique approach to biomethanation by combining expertise in microbiology, animal nutrition, and sustainable crop production. He was involved in crop disease forecast via mechanistic models and, in recent year, his team was instrumental in unravelling the complex microbiome of the anaerobic digestion process through high throughput DNA sequencing and microbial genome reconstruction. More recently, his inquisitiveness was kindled by the diminishing resources required for crop production and the greenhouse gas emissions inherent to fertilizer production, a global challenge that can potentially be mitigated by the biogas process to cycle nutrients back in the food production systems. Philippe Delfosse has led collaborative research projects that yielded both fundamental knowledge and innovation thanks to a judicious balance between the contribution of the academic and private sectors. He contributed to the training and mentoring of about 50 early career researchers in Asia, Africa, and Europe with a dedicated “learning by doing” approach while mentoring junior collaborators in their first research activities. With his collaborators, he has published about 180 peer-reviewed scientific articles.


Dr. Moussa El Jarroudi : Chercheur qualifié, modélisation et simulation des maladies des cultures au service de l’agriculture prédictive, Université de Liège.

Conference organiser. Senior scientist, Qualified researcher. Dr. El Jarroudi is a Senior Scientist in Crop modeling system at the University of Liege, Belgium since 2002 where he participates in the development of numerous projects for the Walloon Region in Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He has more than 24 years of extensive experience in Agricultural Research and Development and has led several projects in sustainable agriculture involving national and international collaborators with a wide range of skills and abilities thanks to his expertise in warning systems and crop disease modeling. Dr. El Jarroudi is a member of the International Scientific Evaluation Panel for the PRIMA calls.  One of his key achievements is the creation of the University of Liege spin-off “AgrOptimize”, which is built upon his research on foliar fungal diseases of wheat carried out in Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Italy, and Morocco. As a member of the spin-off scientific council, he participates in the definition of the strategic and scientific priorities of the project. He is also involved in the recruitment of new staff members.  Over 2002-2021, he worked extensively on the modeling of cryptogamic diseases in Luxembourg and Belgium through the assessment of their epidemiological parameters and their impact on final wheat grain yield. He also established a global warning system to find the optimum time of fungicide spray in fields. Over the course of his career, Dr. El Jarroudi has developed unique expertise in the identification and assessment of fungal diseases severity in the field, which is indispensable in the development of eco-friendly and sustainable control measures. Dr. El Jarroudi also has teaching experience and sits on the Examination Committee of thesis for students of master’s courses at the University of Liège. He is an Ad hoc reviewer for some scientific journals and was a Guest Editor in Agronomy/ Special issue: "Crop Disease Modeling and Disease System". Dr. El Jarroudi was also invited to be a PRIMA Committee Member and sit on the Scientific committee of numerous conferences. He also holds a membership of the Asian Council of Science Editors.

M. Frank Adams : Agriculture des sols vivants, lycée luxembourgeois d'agriculture, Grand-Duché de Luxembourg. 

Semencier artisanal, chargé d'éducation au Lycée technique agricole à Ettelbruck et formateur d'apprentis en maraîchage.

Dr. Fouad Zouhir : PDG et co-fondateur de Maroc Environnement Solution S.A.R.L

Dr. Zouhir est le PDG et co-fondateur de Maroc Environnement Solution SARL ainsi que le co-fondateur de GROWS, Département : Traitement des eaux usées. Il est titulaire d’un diplôme d’ingénieur en chimie et microbiologie de l’eau à l’Université de Picardie Jules Verne Amiens (France) et d’un Doctorat en traitement des eaux à l’Université de Liège.

Il a participé activement à la création de la société Maroc Environnement Solution S.A.R.L, notamment par sa contribution au projet de réhabilitation et gestion de la station d’épuration de Benslimane, Maroc (de type Boue Activé et capacité de traitement de 30.000 m3 par jour).

Il a occupé le poste de chercheur au sein du Campus Environnement Arlon de l’Université de Liège pendant plus de 10 ans. Durant cette période, il a activement participé à l’encadrement de nombreuses thèses de master et de doctorat ainsi qu’à l’achèvement de multiples projets scientifiques. Il occupe à présent le poste de collaborateur scientifique chez NOVEC

M. Ayoub El Ghadraoui : Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Allemagne

Dr. El Ghadraoui est titulaire d’un diplôme d’ingénieur en ingénierie et gestion de l’environnement en milieu industriel de l’Université Abdelmalek Essaadi (Tanger, Maroc) et d’un Doctorat d’état en chimie et biotechnologie de l’environnement de l’Université Cadi Ayyad (Marrakech, Maroc). Il a participé au développement de la gamme des produits BIODEA avec l’entreprise italienne BIO ESPERIA du Groupe Romana Macerie et a ensuite occupé le poste de chercheur au département d’excellence de chimie analytique au sein de l’Université prestigieuse de Florence pendant trois ans. Il occupe, depuis quelques mois, le poste de chercheur au sein du Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) en Allemagne.

M. Philippe Grogna : Directeur de Biowallonie

Encadrement des producteurs en agriculture biologique et développement des différentes filières du secteur biologique en Wallonie.

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