On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am honored to invite you to join the 1st International Applied Scientific Conference Medicinal, Aromatic and Edible Plants (MAEPs) and their by-products: Utilization and valorization for a sustainable and circular economy, which will take place on 26 and 27 November 2020 in Plovdiv, BULGARIA. The conference aims to bring together the best practices in the field of MAEPs utilization as a foundation of the circular economy and to serve as a forum for exchange and share of high-value knowledge between the science and business. The conference covers different aspects of plants application with special emphasis on production and marketing of high value added products, MAEPs as source of biologically active substances, utilization as functional foods, technologies for treatment of MAEPs, waste minimization and valorization of MAEPs processing, etc.
In addition to the scientific program, the Organizers hope that the participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the visit and the possibility to feel the atmosphere of the beautiful ancient city of Plovdiv, the 2019 European Capital of Culture!
The situation with the Corona virus all over the world is continuing to be troubling. During the winter season many authorities awaits second peak. Last week the Organizing Committee of the 1st International Applied Scientific Conference Medicinal, Aromatic and Edible Plants (MAEPs) and their by-products: Utilization and valorization for a sustainable and circular economy - MAEP&WASTE 2020, based on the recent e-mail survey through the participants, the recommendations of the Management of the University of Food Technologies and the Management Board of the Bulgarian National Association of Essential Oils, Perfumery & Cosmetics, had a meeting in order to discuss the situation. The opinions in general were towards postponing the conference for the next year. In any cases we are determined to realize the conference next year and depending from the situation in a suitable format.