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ETS Current Board

The Directive Committee (Board) is the executive authority of the Association ETS.

It meets twice a year and consists from 5 to 9 members elected, including ETS president, ETS secretary and ETS treasurer.

Members are not paid and they serve for 4 years.

Stewart Brown ETS President

I have been working in the sportsturf and amenity horticulture industry for over 30 years’ and during this have managed many sportsturf and landscape areas and facilities for several local authorities and government agencies. Since entering education I have taught hundreds of students in a range of sportsturf and management subjects. I am currently, Senior Lecturer in Sportsturf Agronomy at Myerscough College, an associate college of the University of Central Lancashire. I am the Course Leader for the BSc Sportsturf Science & Management and the MA Sustainable Golf Course Management ONLINE degrees.

I am a member of BIGGA, the GCSAA, and a Fellow of the IOG. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As an author I have published two books on sportsturf subjects and numerous articles for professional and trade literature.  My main areas of interest include golf course design and management, sustainability and resource management. I have Masters qualifications in both Horticulture and Parks & Greenspace Management. I am just completing a Professional Doctorate (DProf) with Anglia Ruskin University researching the efficacy of resource management and its impact on sustainability for golf greens.

Anne Mette Dahl Jensen – Board member

Born 1965. M.Sc. in Biology 1992. Ph.D. in Biotechnology. Involved in grass research since 1998. Since 2006 employed as a senior advisor in turfgrass at the University of Copenhagen. Research areas: Establishment and maintenance of turfgrass areas – especially in relation to pesticide free weed maintenance and in relation to the evaluation of quality. Implementation of the EU directive on sustainable pesticide use in Denmark especially IPM. Turfgrass, its biology, physiology and growth. Grass endophytes, their interaction with the grass plant and the commercial use.

Other responsibilities. Serve as an advisor in the university’s counselling service unit (municipalities, golf courses etc.). Serve as scientific advisor for the Danish authority (The Danish Environmental Protection Agency) in relation to pesticide use on golf courses and amenity areas. Participates in the Danish Environmental Protection Agency advisory group in relation to the phasing out of pesticides in public areas. Teaching responsibilities at the University (Park maintenance) and extern teaching of greenkeepers etc.

Claudia de Bertoldi  – ETS Secretary

I received my BA in 2003, after an internship at North Carolina State University (USA) and I have completed my M.Sc (Progettazione e Pianificazione delle Aree Verdi e del Paesaggio) at University of Pisa (Italy) in 2006. My PhD (Allelopathic interferences of plants) was from S. Anna School of Advanced Studies/Université de Fribourg (CH) in 2007-2010. I have been working as consultant at Pacini Company (Pisa – IT) for turfgrass production made in Tunisia during 2010-2012. Since 2013 I am employed by Turf Europe (Livorno – IT). I am actively engaged in landscaping and realization of gardens and turfgrasses for ornamental and sport use. Management of high-quality sport fields also through precision agriculture. Consultant for turf seeding in difficult zones (dumps and caves). Botanical censuses and visual tree assessment. Participation in R&D projects financed at European level. More than 15 publications, posters and presentations on conferences and meetings on turfgrass.

Alessandro De Luca Board Member

Degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Bologna (Italy). Diploma in Turfgrass Science at the Texas A & M University (USA). Head of the Green Section of the Italian Golf Federation, for which he also directs experimental activity and environmental projects.

Teaching activity for Technical Centre of Italian Golf Federation, for CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) and for some Universities (Catania, Viterbo, Turin, Rome). Consultant for private companies on planning, construction and maintenance of golf courses and sport fields. Author of books on turfgrass construction and management. Collaboration with several turf and golf magazines. related to the environment.

Tatsiana Espevig – Board Member

Born in 1976. Moved to Norway from Belarus in 2005. MSc from Byelorussian State Pedagogical Maxim Tank University, Minsk, Belarus in 1999. PhD from National Academy of Sciences of Belarusin 2004(resistance to downy mildew in cucumber) and Norwegian University of Life Sciencesin 2011 (winter hardiness and management of velvet bentgrass). Internship at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, USA in 2009. Since 2006 employed by Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO, former Bioforsk). Her research focuses on turfgrass pest management, winter stress and cultural practices.She also runs Disease diagnostic laboratory.Lecturer on several meetings and courses held by the national golf unions and greenkeeper assosiations in the Nordic countries. Supervisor for two MSc students. More than 100 reports, scientific and popular publications, posters and presentations on conferences and meetings on turf grass science.

Carlos Guerrero – Board Member

Carlos Guerrero is graduated in Horticulture Engineering at the University of Algarve (Portugal). Has a M.Sc. in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition at the Agronomy Superior Institute, of the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) and a PhD in Environmental Agronomy at the University of Algarve (Portugal). Assistant Professor at the University of Algarve(Faculty of Sciences and Technology), is actually the Diretor of the Degree Program in Agronomy and was the Director of the Master Program in Management and Maintenance of Golf Courses between 2008-2010.

Teaches Soil Science in Landscape Architecture and Soil Science and Agriculture Machinery in the Agronomy. Is also specialized in groundwater and soil nitrate pollution and has experience on organic and compost uses in agriculture and turfgrass. Actually is working on remote sensing for turfgrass maintenance purposes with unmanned aerial vehicles and multispectral sensors.

Bernd Leinauer – Board Member 

Dr. Bernd Leinauer is a Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist in the Extension Plant Sciences Department at New Mexico State University.  He received his degrees (Master and Ph.D.) in Crop and Soil Science from Hohenheim University in Stuttgart, Germany. Before joining the faculty at New Mexico State University in 2000, he worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. His extension and research program at New Mexico State University focuses on developing water management strategies for turf areas aimed at reducing the amount of (potable) water used for irrigation.These strategies include the screening for low water use, cold and salt tolerant turf species and cultivars, irrigation with recycled and/or high saline water, modification of turfgrass root zones, mitigation of water repellency in root zones, and subsurface irrigation. The program has led to a successful international research collaboration with University of Padova, Italy that includes projects in both turfgrass and forage. Dr. Leinauer has authored and co-authored a book, a book chapter, nearly 70 scientific peer reviewed research papers, and almost 200 reports and abstracts.  He was part of a group of NMSU researchers that received the United States Department of Agriculture’s Outstanding Integrated Program Water Resources Team Award. In 2012, Dr. Leinauer received the College’s Distinguished Research Award and in 2013 he was awarded New Mexico State University’s Distinguished Career Award.

CatturaFritz Lord – Board Member 

Study of horticultural science at Rhein University Geisenheim, in soil science/entomology.  Study of Agricultural Science at Humboldt University Berlin; crop science, plant diseases; Ph.D at Humboldt University Berlin in phytopathology, antagonistic rhizobacteria (PGPR), soil borne pathogens (Fusarium). Since 2008 working for one of  Europe`s leading fertilizer manufacturer COMPO Expert in Münster, Germany. Responsible for the segment turf and public green, vegetation-technical consultation, research and development, product management and education. Specialties/ experiences: soil-plant-microorganism interactions, bio stimulants, microbial fertilizer, turf nutrition and maintenance.

Various publications regarding turf  fertilization and maintenance (e.g. European Journal of Turfgrass Science, New Landscape).  Teaching turf  seminars for greenkeepers and groundsmen in Germany and abroad.

ETS member since 2008, board member of the  International Turf Grass Society ( ITS) since 2014.

Further memberships: German Turfgrass Society (DRG), Greenkeeper Association of Germany (GVD) , Austrian Greenkeeper Association (AGA), Förderkreis Landschafts- und Sportplatzbauliche Forschung (FLSF), Forschungsgesellschaft Landschaftsbau e.V. (FLL)

Wolfgang Praemassing – Board Member

Study of Agricultural Biology (University Diploma) at University of Hohenheim, 1991 Doctoral Dissertation (PhD) Promotion with Prof. Dr. H. Franken, University of Bonn, subject: Soil physical Effects of Aeration on Turfgrass Soils, 2008.

Occupation and activities: Professor for Sustainable Turfgrass Management at University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck, Agronomist and lecturer in Greenkeeper Education and Training for golf and sport sites at DEULA Rheinland GmbH, Education Center, Kempen. Member of editorial staff of “European Journal of Turfgrass Science”. Member of Turf expert committee of German Soccer League (DFL).

Member of working group “Water” at German Golf Federation. Member of examination boards of Chamber of Agriculture Nordrhein-Westfalen Golf Course Greenkeeper and Head-Greenkeeper, Greekeeper/Groundsmen Sport Sites, Competence of Pesticide application.

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