Stefan Gandev is a professor, PhD and DSc. in the field of fruit growing. He is an author of 108 publications with and co-author of 4 monographs. He has also developed a technology for walnut propagation, and is a co-breeder of two new walnut cultivars. Professor Stefan Gandev is a Chairman of the Scientific Council for Fruit Growing and Viticulture at the Agricultural Academy, a member of the editorial board of the journals ‘Plant Sciences’, ‘Journal of Mountain Agriculture on the Balkans’ and in ‘Acta Horticulturae’ issues 1139 and 1259. He has been a convener of an international symposium and has been a moderator and member of the scientific committee of a number of other international symposia. Prof. Stefan Gandev is a member of the ‘Plant Genetic Resources’ and ‘Pome and Stone Fruits’ commissions of the International Society for Horticultural Science. Prof. Gandev is a director of the Institute of Fruit Growing and a member of the Advisory Council on Fruit Growing at the Minister of Agriculture in the Republic of Bulgaria.