Invited speakers

Lisa Morano is a Professor of Biology and Microbiology at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). She is also the Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability (CUAS) at UHD. Her research has focused on the bacteria found inside plants including plant pathogens and non-pathogenic inhabitants called endophytes. Her research has also included multiple USDA-NIFA funded programs that have a strong education component that have led to the creation of new curriculum and experiential learning opportunities through the CUAS. She teaches multiple courses in environmental biology and sustainability and she organizes an experiential learning program where students work in teams to build solar-powered technology that addresses a need in urban agriculture.


Professor Wojciech Czekała is a  graduate of the Poznań University of Life Sciences in Environmental protection (2011) and of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in Geology (Management of Mineral and Water Resources; 2013). A specialist in biological processing of waste materials, management of digestate and environmental protection. A scientist that gained experience through domestic and international internships, participation in scientific projects and research contracted by industrial partners. A holder of a LIDER programme grant for a project entitled IN OIL: An innovative method for bioconversion of by-products from food processing industry. Vice-Dean for Science at Poznań University of Life Sciences – Faculty of Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, since 2020.