Plenary speakers

MIRKO ĐORĐEVIĆ, PhD, is an evolutionary biologist, employed in the Department of Evolutionary biology, Institute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković", University of Belgrade. Both his master thesis ("Haplotype variation of COI gene of the laboratory populations of seed beetle Acanthoscelides obtectus Say (Bruchidae: Coleoptera)") and PhD thesis ("Evolution in laboratory populations of Acanthoscelides obtectus: role of mitochondria and oxidative stress”) are related to his current research interests that include the evolution of ageing, the role of mitochondria and oxidative stress in the evolution of life history, and the study of the effects of mitochondrial mutations on phenotype. Hi is also a grantee of several short-term research fellowships (DAAD in 2013, Cluster of Excellence CECAD, Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, Germany; “Start Up For Science" grant to support young researchers in Serbia, 2018 and 2020, where he worked on the development of the "Trojan Female Technique"). He is also actively involved in popularizing science, most recently as a PI of the citizen science project "Obtectus Finders", funded by the Centre for the Promotion of Science in Serbia (since 2019).

FILIP VUKAJLOVIĆ, PhD, is an entomologist and Assistant Professor at Faculty of Science, University of Kragujevac, Serbia, in Zoology. He specializes in ecology and evolution of stored product insect pests. His main research interests are trophic ecology, life history and experimental evolution of insect pests, on Plodia interpunctella and Acanthoscelides obtectus as model organisms. He is currently involved in project ELEVATE – Experimental evolution approach in developing insect pest control methods, within which he studies the mechanisms involved in methods for pest control that are not harmful to the environment, are long-lasting in effect, cost-effective and target-specific.

GORAN JOKIĆ, PhD, is a Head of the Laboratory for Applied Zoology at the Institute of Pesticides and Environmental Protection, Belgrade, Serbia. His research interests include: assessment of rodent pest status in agriculture and forestry; monitoring of consequences and management of genetic-based rodenticide resistance in rodents; development and implementation of tools for preventing rodent-caused damage. His current research focuses on potential uses of secondary plant metabolites in prevention of rodent damage, especially protection of plant products.