Invited speakers

Iryna Vaskina
Associate Professor
PhD on Engineering Sciences (Ecological Safety)

Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection Technologies, Sumy State University (Ukraine);
Department of Biosystem Engineering, Poznan University of Life Sciences (Poland).


Start scientific activity in 2002 at Sumy State University going from the PhD student to the Associate Professor of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection Technologies. Team-member of the Biogas Research Group of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection Technologies, Sumy State University (Ukraine). PhD on Engineering Sciences (Environmental Safety) since October 2018 (with the topic “Study of roadside ecosystems pollution”). Since April 2022 provide research activity at the Poznan University of Life Sciences (Poland) as an Associate Professor of the Department of Biosystems Engineering. Holder of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (MSCA4UA) with the project “Biogas Solutions in overcoming the energy, climate and food crisis in EU and Ukraine” (ID number 1233009)”. Member of Working group on development of National Strategy on Environmental Security and Climate Change Adaptation (in the frame of UNDP project “EU4Climate”). Head of Non-Government organization “Ecotope” (since Nov 2019) that provide informational, educational and public activity in the field of environmental protection, education and climate leadership.The list of my publications is more than 50 publications including articles indexed by Scopus and WoS databases. A reviewer of an international scientific journals (Environmental Pollution, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Journal of Ecological Engineering, Journal of Water and Land Development). Sphere of Scientific interests: Biogas production technologies and waste management, Prevention and adaptation to climate change. Projects experience:“Climate Action Planning and Leadership (CAP)” under The Kosciuszko Foundation Program for Ukrainian Scientists “Freedom starts with your mind”, Poznań, Poland (01.07.2022 – 30.09.2022) – grant holder. Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Chair «EU Climate Leadership» 620031-EPP-1-2020-1-UA-EPPJMO-CHAIR (Nov 2020 – Nov 2023) – Team member. Ukrainian-Czech research projects "Bioenergy innovations in waste recycling and rational use of natural resources" (2021-2022) – Team member.“The Circular Based Waste Management” (EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation) – October 2020 – April 2021 (Project manager).


Alexandros Stefanakis
Assistant Professor
P.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Laboratory of Environmental Engineering & Management, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete


Dr. A. Stefanakis is Assistant Professor at the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete and Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Engineering and Management. He is the elected President of the International Ecological Engineering Society and elected Regional Coordinator for Africa and the Middle East for the 'Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control' Group of the International Water Association. He has also been designated as a European Ambassador of the European Climate Pact by the European Commission. He has been included in the list of the top 2% of Scientists worldwide of Stanford University, published annually by Elsevier. For 2022, he ranked 227 in the scientific field of Environmental Engineering among 57,175 scientists. He is Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal 'Circular Economy and Sustainability' (Springer), and Associate Editor of 'Ecological Engineering' (Elsevier), 'Environmental Science and Pollution Research' (Springer), 'Nature-Based Solutions' (Elsevier), and 'Wetlands Ecology and Management' (Springer). He also is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer scientific book series 'Circular Economy and Sustainability'. He is a graduate in Environmental Engineering and holds a PhD in ecological engineering and technology. His expertise lies in water and wastewater engineering and in particular in nature-based solutions. He works and studies the content and principles of circular economy across different industries and sectors. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of sustainable and decentralized water and wastewater management with over 15 years of experience in the research, design, construction and operation of ecological technologies. He has implemented Constructed Wetlands projects for wastewater treatment in various countries around the world for a wide range of applications, such as surface water, municipal wastewater, various industrial wastewaters, oilfield wastewater and sludge dewatering. His professional portfolio includes the world's largest industrial Constructed Wetland plant (175,000 m³/day) for the management of oilfield wastewater in Oman, which has been awarded by the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for its environmental performance. He has also designed the world's largest Constructed Wetland for municipal wastewater treatment (16,000 m³/day) in Saudi Arabia, as well as one of the world's largest Constructed Wetland systems for mine effluents treatment in Brazil (75,000 m³/day).



Wojciech Janczukowicz
PhD, DSc

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Faculty of Geoengineering
Institute of Engineering and Environmental Protection
Department of Environmental Engineering 



Academic promotions: M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, specialization: water supply, sewage and waste disposal, 1980 - Faculty of Sanitary and Water Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology; PhD in Environmental Engineering, 1990 - Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology; habilitated doctor of technical sciences in the discipline of environmental engineering, 2006 – Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology; Professor of Technical Sciences, 2015, - Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Lublin University of Technology, President of the Republic of Poland
Area of scientific research: specialization: water, sewage and sludge technology: wastewater treatment in biofilm (RBC) and suspended biomass (SBR) reactors;  wastewater treatment from the agri-food industry (dairy, brewing, fruit and vegetable processing, aquaculture);  the use of external carbon sources in the processes of dephosphatation and denitrification in biofilm reactors and SBR reactors (wastewater from soilless cultivation of plants under cover, dairy wastewater); wastewater treatment in biofilters and hydrophyte treatment plants (wastewater from de-icing and snow removal of airports, wastewater after biological treatment); wastewater treatment in electrobiological and electrochemical reactors (wastewater from soilless cultivation of plants under cover, wastewater after biological treatment), technologies for conditioning and stabilization of sewage sludge, bottom sediments from water reservoirs; environmental impact assessment.    
Guest Editor Special Issues: "New Trends in Environmental Engineering, Agriculture, Food Production, and Analysis" (2021), "Water and Wastewater Management in Agriculture" (2022), and "Environmental Management in Milk Production and Processing" Applied Sciences (2023/2024). Member of the Council of Scientific Excellence.
Administrative activities: Member of the Council of Scientific Excellence; Vice-Rector for Education at UWM in Olsztyn (2008-2012), Vice-Dean for Quality of Education and Part-time Studies at the Faculty of Environmental Protection and Fisheries, UWM in Olsztyn (2005-2008; 1993-1996), Director of the Institute of Engineering and Environmental Protection of the UWM in Olsztyn (2019-2021); Head of the Department of Environmental Engineering at UWM in Olsztyn (2012-2020).
Scientific internships: Research internship at University of Texas at Austin, College of Engineering at Austin, New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J (Fulbright scholarship), research fellowship at the University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK.
Professional experience: Construction Engineer - Engineering Works Company in Olsztyn (1980-1981), Member of the commissioning committees of the sewage treatment plants; Designer-technologist - BUDIMEX, Engineering and Construction Company; Consultant - Grontmij Poland, Consultant-technologist - Warmia and Mazury Environmental Protection Company. 


Elizabeth Duarte
Full Professor
PhD in Environmental Engineering

Department of Sciences and Engineering of Biosystems, School of Agronomy (University of Lisbon);
Member of the research group LEAF (Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture)


Elizabeth D’Almeida Duarte, Full Professor in ISA-ULisboa, has more than 30 years of experience in the scientific domain of biotechnological processes applied to organic waste fractions valorization and wastewater treatment, with a particular focus in anaerobic co-digestion for bioenergy production. Furthermore, the main objectives of her research activity have been on agronomic/ energetic valorisation of biowastes from the wine, cheese, and livestock-production and olive oil sectors implementing new management strategies along the production chain. Her research vision is the definition of new routes for improving resource efficiency through waste minimization to mitigate climate change linked with the benefits/applications of biogas systems for the development of clear recognized circular strategies globally, either in urban or rural areas. She has expertise in teaching in service staff, undergraduate, MSc, PhD and, Post-doc students in bioenergy, organic waste recycling and environmental technology. She has coordinated several organic waste management projects in Portugal, and in more than 20 EU financed project, and projects in Brazil, Cabo Verde, Mozambique, Timor, Guinee Tunisia, and Morocco. Author, senior author, and co-author of more than one hundred publications of which 50 are in international refereed scientific journals, more than 25 are book chapters or conference proceedings and more than 50 are reports, popular articles published in farmer’s journals etc. The peer reviewed journal papers have been highly cited. Most of the publications related with environmentally friendly techniques applied to biowastes produced in agro industrial and urban sectors to improve resource efficiency through bio-waste minimization and the selection of ecologically engineered systems for pollution mitigation, contributing to zero waste concept. She is responsible for different courses and modules in the Master Program of Environmental Engineering, Food Bioenergy, Master Program in Engineering of Renewable Energies, Master Program in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Doctoral Program in Environmental Engineering, and Doctoral Program in Sustainable Chemistry.


Damiá Barcelo
Full Professor

IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain 

  From 2008-2023, Director of  ICRA, Girona, Spain, and from 2016 – 2023   Visiting  Professor  at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Awarded as  Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universities of  Ioannina, Greece,  in 2014  and  by the University of Lleida, June  2021  and Almeria, Spain in  May 2022. Honorary and  Guest Professor at ZAFU, Hangzhou, China in 2019  till March 202 and  Foreign Expert of East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, China, 2021-2022. From January 2022 till December 2026 he has been appointed Adjunct Professor in Sustainability Cluster, School of Engineering at the UPES, Dehradun, India. Damia Barceló has received the following awards: 2023. Prize  of the Division of Analytical Chemistry (DAC) of the European Society of Chemistry (EuChemS) Euroanalysis, Geneva, King Hamad Prize for Agricultural Development in the category of Best Agricultural Research & Studies, Bahrein, Distinguished Scientist from the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS), Fellow of the  Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC and Member of the Academie Nationale de Pharmacie, Paris; 2012 Recipharm Environmental Award, Sweden   and  Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW), 5th Award on Water Management & Protection, Saudi Arabia  and  in 2007  Prize King Jaime I on the Protection of Nature from Generalitat of Valencia, Spain. He has supervised > 67 PhD students,  since 1992 – to date. He has been Instructor of  short  courses  at PITTCON, SETAC NA and ExTech conferences since early 2000. D. Barceló expertise is on analysis, fate, risk and removal of emerging contaminants, nanomaterials  and microplastics from water as well as  sewage epidemiology of drugs and proteins using advanced mass spectrometric tehcniques.  Hirsch-Index of 184 or 145  and total number of citations over  149.000 or 99770 thousand (sources Google Scholar or Scopus) and more than 1700 publications.  ranked  in 2023 D Barcelo as  3rd and 23rd environmental scientist and chemist, respectively  in the world. He has been involved in  editorial activities in the following   Elsevier journals as co-Editor in chief and editor from 1990 to date: STOTEN, GREEAC, TRAC, Methods X, CSCEE, and COESH. He is also Editor-in-chief of the book series Wilson + Wilson Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry from Elsevier since 1997- today and co-editor-in-chief of the Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series from Springer since 2007-today  and  Advances In Chemical Pollution, Environmental Management and Protection) since 2016-today. From 1993 to date he has been editor and co-editor of 39 books on environmental chemistry.

Mélynda Hassouna
Associate Professor 

Rennes University in France,
Astrochemistry Department

  After a PhD in fundamental physics and a position as associate professor in the Rennes University in France in the astrochemistry department, Dr Mélynda Hassouna joint the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) in 2002. She joint a research unit (UMR SAS) that focuses on interactions between agriculture and the environment, from the scale of a field or livestock building to that of a watershed or agricultural landscape (of a few thousand hectares). She chose to focus on manure emissions especially in barns and outdoor storage, with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of livestock farming, and of developing reliable methods to quantify these emissions. In recent years, she has broadened her research to include particulate emissions. Since 2002, she has participated to the redaction of more than fifty proposals. By the end of 2023, 30 had been funded. She is involved in several national and international networks and has contributed to the production of reference documents and databases such as the DATAMAN database by the Global Research Alliance (recognized by the IPCC) and recently a document on agricultural methane emissions by the FAO LEAP. Moreover, she has a strong expertise concerning the measurement of ammonia and greenhouse gases manure emissions and published different documents on this topic that are helpful for the scientific community. 



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