Costas Velis

University of Leeds, UK


"Modelling the riverine plastic litter contribution to marine litter: advances and challenges"


Dr Costas Velis (BSc MSc DIC PhD MInstP MCIWM) is an international expert on circular economy and resource recovery from waste. An academic at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, in the UK, he coordinates across the University a cross-disciplinary network on Circular Economy & Resource Recovery (CERRY), and manages a solid waste characterization laboratory. Dr Velis was recently appointed as Chair in the new ISWA Marine Litter... Read more

Detlef Bahnemann

Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

"Mechanism(s) of photocatalytic processes: Revisited!"

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Detlef Bahnemann (PhD in Chemistry TU Berlin 1981, Habilitation in Technical Chemistry Leibniz University Hannover 2012) is currently Head of the Research Unit “Photocatalysis and Nanotechnology” at the Institute of Technical Chemistry of the Leibniz University Hannover in Germany and also Director of the Research Institute Nanocomposite Materials for Photonic Applications at Saint Petersburg State University. His main research topics include photocatalysis,... Read more

Diana Aga

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

"Occurrence and Removal of Antibiotics in Municipal Wastewater and in Animal Wastes"

Diana Aga is the endowed Henry M. Woodburn Professor of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Dr. Aga’s current research interests include investigating the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, such as persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and engineered nanomaterials. She is an expert in developing trace analytical methods for organic and heavy metal... Read more

Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

 "Advances in the Field of Advanced Oxidation Processes for the Treatment of Cyanotoxins, Pharmaceuticals, Pesticides and Other Contaminants of Concern"

Professor Dionysiou was born on the Island of Cyprus.  He is currently a UNESCO Chair Professor on “Water Access and Sustainability” and a Herman Schneider Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches courses on drinking water quality and treatment, advanced unit operations for water treatment, advanced oxidation technologies, and physical-chemical... Read more

George Kallos

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

"Physical and Chemical Properties of Aerosols in the Mediterranean: Patterns and Impacts"

Dr. George Kallos is Professor at the University of Athens, Department of Physics. He has also the position of Adjunct Professor at University of Connecticut/ Civil and Environmental Engineering (since 2013). He leads the Atmospheric Modeling and Weather Forecasting Group -AM&WFG (10 post-doc and PhD students). He has BSc from University of Athens/School of Mathematics (1975), MSc and Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences/Atmospheric Sciences Division, Georgia... Read more

Gerasimos Lyberatos

National Technical University of Athens, Greece


"Biotechnological valorization of waste and biomass for the production of energy and biofuels"

Prof. Gerasimos Lyberatos is currently professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical university of Athens and a collaborating faculty member of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes (Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas). He obtained his B.S. at M.I.T. and his M.S. and Ph.D. at CALTECH (USA). His research interests are in Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies for liquid and... Read more

Hagit Messer

Tel Aviv University, Israel

Topic: On the use of microwave communication links as near-ground weather sensors"

"Capitalizing on Cellular Technology – opportunities and challenges for Environmental Monitoring"

Hagit Messer received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University (TAU), ISRAEL, and after a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University, she joined the faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University in 1986, where she is a Professor of Electrical Engineering. On 2000-3 she has been on leave from TAU, serving

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Klaus Kümmerer

Leuphana University, Germany

"Tackling Micropollutants in the Environment by Benign Design – an Important  Building Block of Sustainable Chemistry and the Protection of Water Resources"


Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer is full Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources and director of the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry at the public Leuphana University. His research and teaching is focused on Sustainable Chemistry, Sustainable Pharmacy, Material Resources, Aquatic Environmental Chemistry, and Time in Environmental and Sustainability Research. As... Read more

Lieven Bervoets

University of Antwerp, Belgium

“Do (accumulated) metal levels reflect fresh water community structures? The use of large data sets”

Prof. Dr Lieven Bervoets (PhD in Zoology, Antwerp 1996, University of Antwerp) is a field ecotoxicologist in the research group Sphere (Systemic Physiological and Ecotoxicological Research). His main research topics are the study of the bioavailability and accumulation of metals and organic micropollutants (PCBs, OCPs, PFASs, pesticides) in aquatic organisms under real field conditions. Both macro-invertebrates and fish have been studied. Moreover he is studying... Read more

Michaye McMaster

Geosyntec Consultants, Canada

"Treatability Studies in Support of Full-scale Design for In Situ Remedies"

Ms. McMaster is a Principal Scientist at Geosyntec Consultants. She has over 20 years of experience in soil and groundwater remediation and has managed large multi-disciplinary teams for design and implementation of full-scale soil and groundwater remediation projects in North America, Latin America and Australia. She has been part of Geosyntec’s Canadian operations since 1998. Her area of expertise includes source zone remediation of NAPLs, monitored natural attenuation (MNA)... Read more

Nick Voulvoulis

Imperial College London, UK

"Enabling science to deliver change"

Dr Nick Voulvoulis BSc (Hons) MSc DIC PhD DMS  is a Professor in Environmental Technology at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental Policy. He is an international expert in environmental management, especially where science and engineering interface with public policy. He leads the Environmental Quality Research Group and is the Director of the internationally renowned MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial.

The underlying principle for the interdisciplinary nature of his research is... Read more

Raul Muñoz

Valladolid University, Spain

Topic: Environmental odour monitoring and control

"Recent advances in biotechnologies for a cost-effective abatement and valorization of greenhouse gases: moving towards GHG biorefineries"

Dr. Muñoz holds a PhD in Environmental Biotechnology from Lund University (2005). Raúl is Associate Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology at the University of Valladolid. His main fields of expertise are biological gas treatment, biogas upgrading and wastewater treatment in algal-bacterial... Read more

Susan Richardson

University of South Carolina, USA

"New Impacts on Drinking Water and Non-Target Identification of New Disinfection By-Products"

Susan D. Richardson is the Arthur Sease Williams Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina.  Prior to coming to USC in January 2014, she was a Research Chemist for several years at the U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Athens, GA.  For the last several years, Susan has been conducting research in drinking water—specifically in the study of toxicologically important... Read more

Vincenzo Belgiorno

University of Salerno, Italy

"Urban mining as a sustainable strategy for the management of residual solid waste"

Professor of Environmental Engineering, Vincenzo Belgiorno carries out scientific research in the areas of wastewater and solid waste treatment. He is head of the SEED, Laboratory of Environmental Engineering of University of Salerno in Southern Italy where on field experiences are combined with scientific research.

Vincenzo Belgiorno published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been often involved in international research projects and... Read more

Vincenzo Naddeo

University of Salerno, Italy

"Environmental technologies for the sustainable development of smart cities"

Topic: Smart cities for a sustainable development

Vincenzo Naddeo joined the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Salerno in 2006, after earning his MSc degree with honors in Civil Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. From 2014 dr. Naddeo is associate professor in Sanitary Environmental Engineering. He is expert of the European Union from 2007 in the seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) first and... Read more