Governing Board

The Governing Board is the decision-making body of the Network. It is composed of one representative from each member organisation, each having one vote for decision-making purposes. The list of Euphresco members can be found here.

Network Management Group

The Network Management Group is the decision-implementing body of the Network and it is composed of the following organisations: French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (FR), Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (AT), National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinarian Research (PT), Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (BE), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (GB), National Institute for Agricultural Research and Food Technology (ES), National Plant Protection Organization, Netherlands Food and Consumer Products Safety Authority (NL), and The Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (DE):


Ms Anthoine Géraldine (Deputy Chair of the Network Management Group)

Currently deputy Head of the Plant Health Laboratory at the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (France), Ms Anthoine is a PhD-engineer specialised in the coordination of diagnostic methods development and analysis. Member of the Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols for the IPPC, she is the topic leader for nematology protocols. She is also the representative for the French National Plant Protection Organisation in EPPO panels.

Ms Blümel Sylvia (Chair of the Network Management Group)

Since 2012 Ms Blümel is Head of the ‘Plant health in orchards, vineyards and special crops’ department at the Institute for Sustainable Plant Production of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (Austria). With a PhD in plant protection and a Habilitation (Venia docendi) in agricultural plant protection, Ms Blümel is experienced in international cooperation; she is an expert for the EU, EPPO, OECD, IOBC-WPRS and she has participated in a number of international ERA-NET and research projects.

Ms D'Onghia Anna Maria

Ms D'Onghia, PhD, is the Head of Unit on Precision Crop Protection at the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies of Bari and Scientific Coordinator of the CIHEAM International Master of Science course on ‘Precision IPM of fruit and vegetable crops’. With more than 30 years of experience in plant protection at national and international level, Ms D'Onghia has co-authored over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals. CIHEAM representative in several international initiatives and organizations, she is an advocate for the views of Mediterranean countries.

Mr De Jonghe Kris

Since 2007, Mr De Jonghe is group leader at the Plant Sciences Unit of the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO; Belgium), where he is responsible for the laboratory of virology and phloem bacteria (phytoplasma and ‘Ca. Liberibacter’), also the National Reference Laboratory. He holds a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences from the University of Ghent, and has ample experience in international cooperation, including participation and/or coordination of many projects (Flemish Interuniversity Cooperation, EPPO, Era-net projects, H2020, COST).

Mr MacDonald Philip

Philip MacDonald has over 20 years of experience at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) working on plant health and related issues. At the Canadian NPPO, Mr MacDonald is responsible for the coordination of national plant health research and diagnostic programs. As an active participant in national research fora, he has contributed to foster research and learning that can support regulatory programs. He has been the Canadian contact point for Euphresco matters since 2015.

Ms Melgarejo Nardiz Paloma

Ms Melgarejo Nardiz obtained a PhD in Plant Pathology in 1983 and, after a two-year postdoctoral period she gained a permanent position as researcher at the National Research Institute for Agrifood Research and Technology (INIA; Spain). Her main areas of interest are the biological control of plant diseases and fungal resistance to fungicides". Since 2003 she has coordinated plant protection research programmes for the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation and for the National Research Institute for Agrifood Research and Technology and she represents Spain in international agrifood and forest fora.

Mr Schenk Martijn

Martijn Schenk holds a PhD in Plant Breeding from Wageningen University and worked for several years as a researcher at Wageningen University, the University of Cologne and a private company on topics related to either phytopathology or microbiology. Since 2015 he is research coordinator at the National Plant Protection Organization (Netherlands Food and Consumer Products Safety Authority) in the Netherlands.

Ms Steel Elspeth

Elspeth Steel holds a PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology from the University of Leeds, and a Bachelor in Virology. Since 2006 she has been involved in the management of collaborative research projects and the coordination of several programmes at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In particular, she managed the Euphresco ERA-Net project from 2006 until 2014.

The Euphresco network is coordinated by Mr Baldissera Giovani. Mr Giovani holds a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics and worked for a number of years as a researcher in world leading universities, governmental agencies and private companies. Since 2008 he has been interested in research funding, international research cooperation and transnational public-public partnership.