Personal information
Gordana Popsimonova, PhD
Full Professor
UKIM Institute of Agriculture Skopje
Department of Vegetables
Aleksandar Makedonski bb, 1000 Skopje
Tel: +389 2 3230910
Fax:+389 2 3114283

Academic qualifications
1998. – PhD
Inheritance of Quantitative Traits in Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.)
UKiM Faculty of Agriculture – Skopje
1992. – MSc studies
Experimental work on passive solar systems
Research Institute for Northern Greece, Thessaloniki, Greece.
UKiM Faculty of Agriculture – Skopje
1990. – Specialized postgraduate studies
Specialized Postgraduate Studies in Horticultural Sciences/Protected Crops,
International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies – Paris, France
1987. – Graduate thesis
UKiM Faculty of Agriculture – Skopje

Training and research experience
Workshop on fruit and vegetable processing in the EU, TAIEX event: AGR 33421, Belgrade, Serbia
Expert mission on EU fruits and vegetables CMOs, TAIEX event: AGR IND/EXP 30935, Zagreb, Croatia.
Workshop on IPA Rural Development, TAIEX event: AGR 30996, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Adult learnig methodologies in relation to Safe and Effective Use of Agrochemicals, Macedonian Agricultural Advisory Support Program, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
Food safety, Cohran program, US Department of Agriculture, North Dacota, USA
Production and Marketing of Agricultural products, Research and Development Station, Taitchung, Republic of China
Plant Conservation: Documentation and Data Manangement of Biodiversity Collections, Institute for Plant Breeding – Radzikow, Polland
Soil-les Cultivation, School of Biological Science, University of Manchester, Manchester , UK
International Summer School for Direct Application of Geothermal Energy, Arisotelian University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Employment and work experience
1988. – now
UKIM Institute of Agriculture Skopje

Research interests
Sustainable vegetable production
PGRFA of Vegetables
Greenhouse production
New technologies of hydroponic vegetable production RР
Rural development and traditional environments
Organization of vegetable seed production
Standardization of vegetable production (GAP)
Organization of vegetable processing capacities
Alternative and environmentally friendly solutions in vegetable production

Graduate Studies (FASF)
Programme Vegetable-Horticulture (FASF)
– General gardening and horticulture
– Growing of vegetables in protected spaces

Programme Plant protection (FASF)
– Vegetable production

Programme Processing of Agricultural Products (FASF)
– Knowledge of vegetables

Master studies (Institute of Agriculture, FASF)
Programme Plant production
Subprogramme Integrated production
– Sustainable development (coordinator)
– Fundamentals of integrated crop production (coordinator)
– Integrated production of vegetable crops (coordinator)
– Management of sustainable agriculture – systems and structures (coordinator)

Subprogramme Organic production
– Sustainable development (coordinator)
– Organic production of vegetable crops (coordinator)
– Management of sustainable agriculture – systems and structures (coordinator)

Subprogramme Seed production of Field and Vegetable production
– Breeding of Vegetable Crops (coordinator)
– Seed production of vegetable crops (coordinator)
– Expert control of vegetable seed production (coordinator)

Programme Vegetable-Horticulture (FASF)
– Hydroponic production (coordinator)

Doctoral studies (FASF)
Programme Vegetable-Horticulture (FASF)
– Methods of Scientific research (coordinator)
– Vegetable crops (coordinator)
– Technologies for the vegetable and horticulture plant (coordinator)
– Postharvest activities at vegetable and horticulture plants (coordinator)

Other professional activities
Senior Short Term Expert on Agri-Environment
Support to IPARD Preparation, GFA Consulting Group
Senior Short Term Expert
GFA Consulting Group (EU Assistance funds)
Team Leader
Introduction of the Common Market Organization (CMO) system in Macedonia, in relations to the EU acquis
Promotion of sustainable agricultural practices, energy efficiency and utilization of renewable energy sources in rural communities of the Republic of Macedonia
National Expert
SAICM Project
Deputy Team Leader
Rural Development Expert Axis 1
Agricounsulting Europe, S.A (EU Assistance funds)
Senior Expert
Supporting MAFWE in preparatory work for development of three year plan (2007-2009) for using the IPARD funds, Action Plan for European partnership, National Program for the Adoption of the EU aquis, Pre-accession economic programme-Agriculture Chapter, National Macroeconomic framework for Agriculture (2006-2007), National Development Plan, Strategic Action Plans (2006-2007), Annual Budget (2006-2007), Law on Agriculture, Development of CGAP.
European Union
Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Water Economy – Rural Development and Food Security, (EU Assistance funds)
Senior Expert for Macedonia
Structural and Legal Reform (CARDS 2004)
Consultant for Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria
Sida/ CBM
Consultant for Macedonia
CECI (Canadian Centre for International Studies and Development)
Consultant for Albania
Consultant for Macedonia and Spain
Consultant for Bosnia & Herzegovina
Project Manager
Technical Coordinator for Macedonia
1988.- now
Head of International Cooperation Unit
UKiM Institute of Agriculture Skopje

Membership of professional bodies:
ISHS – Council representative for the Republic of Macedonia
ECPGR – National coordinator for the European Coordinative Network for Plant Genetic Resources
FAO – National coordinator for greenhouse production
PGR/SIDA – Chairmen of the Regional Steering Committee on SEEDNET (South Eastern European Development Network) – Plant Genetic Resources
CIHEAM – Scientific Focal Point for CIHEAM -MAIB Project in the Balkan area – Sustainable development of fruit and vegetable productions
President of the MB of the Development Committee of the Tomato and Paprika Sub-sector – NGO
Member of the Governmental Core Team for Euro Integration in the Agricultural Sector
FACE – President of the Board of Trustees of Foundation Agro-Centre for Education (FACE)

Current projects
IPA-Adoption and implementation of the ‘acquis’ vis-à-vis the CAP, specifically CMO establishment
European Commission
Development and Implementation of agri-environment measures
European Union
Old varieties of new generation – our innumerable treasure!
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy
Sustainable preservation of indigenous South East European legumes and their traditional food and feed products

Past projects
Leguminous crop production as a basis for organic farming
Flanders Government
The Agriculture Strengthening and Accession Project,
World Bank
Support to IPARD Preparation, GFA Consulting Group
European Union
Cataloging of ex situ conserved national plant genetic resources
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy
BAFN- Balkan Agro Food Network
European Commission (FP6)
Southeast european develop network for plant genetic resources
Forage seed inoculation as manner of soil azotofixation and implementation in prganic production
Ministry of Education and Science
Role of forage crops in nitrogen soil supplying as a possibility of organic production
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy

Scientific publications
Kratovalieva S., Popsimonova G., Vliegher A.D., Carlier L., Mihovsky T., Vlahova M., Tosev Lj. 2012. Overview on current fodder crops production in Republic of Macedonia. Journal of Mountain Agriculture on the Balkans, vol. 14 (5), 968-980.

Gordana Popsimonova, Rukie Agic, Afrodita Ibusoska, Slobodan Bandzo, Margarita Davitkovska, Biljana Ristovska, Igor Iljovski, Goce Georgievski. 2011. Greenhouse Production in Macedonia – Challenges and Opportunities. 5 Balkan Symposium on Vegetables and Potatoes, Tirana- Albania.

Gordana Popsimonova, Margarita Davitkovska, Stefanka Hadzi-Pecova, Zvezda Bogevska. 2011. Examination of substrates in the production of seedlings of Petunia hybrida grandiflora hort. 5 Balkan Symposium on Vegetables and Potatoes, Tirana- Albania.

Suzana Kratovalieva, Gordana Popsimonova , Zorica Tomich. 2010. Legumes as pre-crop in organic production of potato in Repblic of Macedonia. Biotechnology in Animal Husbandry 26 (spec.issue), 649-655.

Rukie Agic, Gafur Ajruli, Gordana Popsimonova, Sonja Ivanovska, Suzana Kratovalieva Mirjana Vasić, Jelica Gvozdanović Varga, Mirjana Jankulovska, Afrodita Ibusoska. 2009. Divergence of bean landraces (Phaseoulus vulgaris L.) according to the traits of grain. 19th EUCARPIA Conference, Genetic Resources Section, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Selamovska A., Kratovalieva S. and Popsimonova G. 2009: Influence of Some Factors on Microsporogenesis in Strawberry. Proc. 1st Balkan Symp. on Fruit Growing. ACTA Hort. (ISHS), 825, 225-230.

Kratovalieva S., Popsimonova G., Ivanovska S., Agic R., Dimov Z., Beleski K., Simeonovska E., Stefkov G., Gjamovski V. 2007. Plant genetic resources in Republic of Macedonia. Plant genetic Stocks – The basis of Agriculture of Today. t 1, 261-263.

Suzana Kratovalieva, Dusko Mukaetov, Julijana Cvetkovic, Gordana Popsimonova, Lenka Cvetanovska, Rukie Agic, Marjan Andreevski, Dime Petkovski. 2006. „Green manure” as a tool of organic produced vegetables. II International Symposium of Ecologists of Montenegro, Kotor, Proceedings of Symposium, 443-447.

Suzana Kratovalieva, Vojislav Mihailovic, Branko Cupina, Julijana Cvetkovic, Gordana Popsimonova, Dusko Mukaetov, Lenka Cvetanovska, Zoran Dimov, Aleksandar Mikic. 2007. Green manure as a way of organic produced carrot (Daucus carota L. cv. Nantes). XI Symposium on Forage crops of republic of Serbia, Novi Sad, Proceedings of Papers, vol. 44, no 2, 129-134.

Suzana Kratovalieva, Vojislav Mihailovic, Branko Cupina, Julijana Cvetkovic, Gordana Popsimonova, Dusko Mukaetov, Lenka Cvetanovska, Zoran Dimov, Aleksandar Mikic. 2007. Green manure as a tool of organic produced potato (Solanum tuberosum L. cv. Amorosa). XI Symposium on Forage crops of republic of Serbia, Novi Sad, Proceedings of Papers, vol. 44, no 2, 179-183.