1st International Conference of Greek Stevia

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Volos, March 5th, 2013

 

This past weekend has been held with astonishing success at Valis Resort Hotel in Agria Volos, the “1st International Conference of Greek Stevia”

 

The event was attended by a mixed audience of students, teachers, farmers, traders, doctors and professionals, but also by the merely curious consumers who so had the opportunity to get to know Stevia and learn about its properties, the cultivation methods and the processing and the marketing of the finished product.

More than 500 people filled the hall and listened with keen interest to the speakers during the two-day conference.

 

The great success of this meeting is due not only to the efficient organization, but also, and above all, to the intervention of eminent Greek and Foreign professionals, professors and doctors gathered from all over Greece, Europe, India and South America to share their experience. Among them, it is worth mentioning:

Mr. Sourabh Agarwal, President of the India Stevia Association, Chairman and Managing Director of Stevia Biotech Pvt. Ltd, Ms. Maria Teresa Scardigli, Managing Director, International Stevia Council, Belgium,  Ms. Ozlem Yesil Celiktas, Bioengineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Ege University, Turkey,  Ms. Mariella Alfonsi Badouvas, NL Stevia Industry, Paraguay, Mr. Ioannis Kyriazis, Internist-Diabetologist, Director at the 1st Internal Medicine Department & Diabetes – Obesity Outpatient Clinic at Αsclepeion General Hospital, Member of the Board of Hellenic Diabetes Association – EDE, Mr. Theodoros Embeslidis MD, Consultant Opthalmologist, Leicester Royal Infirmary, UK, Dimitar Dimtrov, Rector, University of Agribusiness & Rural Development, Bulgaria,  Mr. Pantοleon Skayannis, Professor, Department of Planning & Regional Development , Dean of School of Engineering, University of Thessaly and Ms. Constantina Tzia, Professor, Laboratory of Food Chemistry & Technology, National Technical University of Athens.

 

The strong interest shown for Stevia is demonstrated by the massive presence of eminent political personalities such as Mr. Dimitris Melas, General Secretary, Ministry of rural Development & Food,   Mr. Thomaj Tokli, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Albania, Mr. Theodoros Skylakakis, Member of the European Parliament, H.E. Dragan Zupanjevac, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Greece, Mr. Kostantinos Agorastos, Head of the Region of Thessaly and Mr. Panagiotis Skotiniotis, Mayor of Volos, who intervened at the Conference, this being the first International Conference ever to be held in Greece under the auspices of

4 Ministries (Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Ministry of Rural Development & Food, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Health) and 2 Universities (University of Thessaly, University of Agriculture and Rural Development of Bulgaria) that supported and believed in this initiative, demonstrating that this is a huge opportunity for Greece to join an ever growing market, dealing with a product that attracts new supporters every day.

 

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 Languages: English – Greek

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FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013

 

20:00         Welcome Reception at the Valis Resort, Agraia Hall

(by invitation only)

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013

 

10:00         Registration Coffee

10:30         Introductory Remarks

 

10:50         Official Remarks

Chair: Stergios Tzortzios, f. President, Department of Agriculture, Plant Production & Rural Environment, University of Thessaly

 

11:45           Stevia, the international perspective

Chair: Panagiotis Milis, President, Conference Committee

 

12:00           Coffee break

12:15         The business development of Stevia

Chair: Dimitris Kalesopoulos, Engineer of Urban Planning & Regional Development

 

 13:30        Stevia and Agriculture – Cultivating the plant

Chair: Stergios Tzortzios, f. President, Department of Agriculture, Plant Production & Rural Environment, University of Thessaly

 

16:00     End of Day 1 – Lunch

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013

 

10:00         Welcome Coffee

10:30         Keynote Speech

 

11:00         Stevia, Products and Marketing

Chair: Panagiotis Milis, President, Conference Committee

 

12:45         Coffee break

 

13:15         Stevia, Nutrition and Health

Chair: Stergios Tzortzios, f. President, Department of Agriculture, Plant Production & Rural Environment, University of Thessaly

 

14:30         Closing Remarks

15:00         End of Conference

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