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Prof. Guanghui DONG

 

Sun Yat-sen University, China

 

Environmental Pollution and Health Impact in China

 

Dr. Dong is a professor of environmental epidemiology and environmental toxicology. He has years of experience working as an environmental epidemiologist in China and his research areas of focus include adults and child health, environmental health, exposure assessment, greenness, artificial light at night, anthropogenic heat flux, indoor and outdoor air pollution. Also, His research area focused on the toxicological evaluation of some emergent chemicals on human health, such as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Chlorinated Paraffins, and heavy metals. Dr. Dong has severed as dean for the Joint International Research Laboratory of Environment and Health, Ministry of Education, and director for Guangdong Provincial Engineering Technology Research Center of Environmental Pollution and Health Risk Assessment. He has held and led multiple research projects including “The Seven Northeastern Cities (SNEC) Study”, “Chinese Isomers of C8 Health Project”, “The 33 Communities Chinese Health Study (33CCHS) “, “Chinese Exposure and Response Mapping Program (CERMP)”, and China Birth Cohort Study (CBCS); He won the second prize of National Science & Technology Award, the first prize of Guangdong Provincial Science Technology Award and the second prize of Guangdong Provincial Natural Science Award in 2024, 2022 and 2019, respectively. Professor Dong has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in highly acclaimed journals such as Lancet Planetary Health, Nature Mental Health, Lancet Reginal Health, JAMA Network, EHP, ES&T as the first or corresponding author. He was the PI of the National Key R&D Program of China and obtained 9 grants of NSFC.


Prof. Gustavo Lagos

 

University of Chile, Chile

 

Providing copper supply for defeating climate change and environmental protection challenges

 

Gustavo Lagos Studied Mining Engineering at the University of Chile 1968-1973, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mineral Processing (1975) and a Ph.D. at the University of Leeds, U.K (1980). Later he worked at Imperial College, London (1979-1982) in solid state lithium conductors, materials which are now used in lithium batteries. He was associate professor at the University of Chile (1983-1993) and later at the Catholic University (1993-2010) where he created the Mining Centre and became Full Professor. In 2023 he was appointed Emeritus Professor. He is a founding member of CESCO (1984), the main Chilean Think Tank on mining. From 1990 to 1993 he was Executive Director of CESCO. In 2000-2001 he was executive Director of CIMM, the Mining and Metallurgical Research Center in Chile. He has over 200 scientific and technical articles in international and national journals, has published (edited) 17 books and two monographies, mining related themes, including a book on the development of lithium industry, published in 2017 and out of print. He supervised 35 M.Sc. thesis, 39 engineering thesis, and 5 Ph.D. thesis. He has written over 200 opinion columns in the main Chilean newspapers, El Mercurio and La Tercera. He is interviewed on a regular basis by the media in Chile regarding mining economics, the environment, social and labour policies. He was Editor for South America of Resources Policy (2000-2010) and of Mineria Chilena several times since its creation in the 80´s. He was advisor to the governments of Chile and China on mining related matters. He is a consultant on Mineral Economics and strategic matters for main global mining companies and for the Chilean Government. He was member of the Board of JRI Ingeniería (2011-2014), Cesco (in several periods), CIMM T&S (2000-2001), and the Engineering Faculty of the Catholic University of Chile (2008-2010 and 2012-2014). He was deputy director of the Presidential Panel on the future of copper smelters in Chile (2015-2016), and was member of the Presidential Panel on copper in Drinking Water (1994-2010). He also worked with the Chilean Government on the evaluation of the Royalty Law passed by Congress in 2023, and is working at present on the economic evaluation of the lithium strategy announced by President Boric in April 2023. He has been a member of the Government Panel on the reference copper price for the Chilean budget from 2002 to 2023.


Dr. Hongzhen Luo

 

Ghent University, Belgium

 

Nutrient and energy recovery through bio-processing: close the loop between crop production and animal husbandry towards a more sustainable agricultural system

 

Dr. Hongzhen Luo is a researcher in the Lab for Bioresource Recovery at the Department of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ghent University, Belgium. She holds a PhD Degree in Bioscience Engineering and her research mainly focuses on bioprocessing technologies for nutrient and energy recovery from agro-wastes, as well as agronomic and environmental assessment of the recovered products. She has been involved in several EU Horizon projects dealing with sustainable agriculture, such as NUTRI2CYCLE (2018-2023), NUTRIMAN (2018-2021), NUTRI-KNOW (2023-2025) and NutriBudget (2022-2026), with a common goal towards optimization of manure processing technologies for energy and nutrient recovery, reduction of greenhouse gaseous emissions and contaminants dispersion in the environment, and enhancement of soil carbon storage.


Prof. Christopher Koroneos

 

University of Western Macedonia, Greece

 

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Dr. Siyuan Ye

 

Key Laboratory of Coastal Wetland Biogeosciences, China

 

The role of vegetated coastal ecosystems in carbon sequestration: potential ways for carbon removal

 

Dr. Siyuan Ye Senior Scientist, the Director of Key Laboratory of Coastal Wetland Biogeosciences, China Geological Survey (KLCRB, CGS), and the Head of Northern Observation and Research Station of Coastal Salt Marshes, Ministry of Natural Resources (NORS, MNR). She has been worked as a coastal wetland leading scientist with the Institute of Marine Geology, CGS for 28 years, and led more than 20 projects dedicated to geochemistry and carbon cycles in coastal wetlands. She has published more than 150 peer reviewed papers and two books, and received many academic honors.


Dr. Alexander A. Kokhanovsky

 

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Germany

 

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Alexander A. Kokhanovsky graduated from the Physical Department of the Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus, in 1983. He has received Ph. D. degree in optical sciences from the B. I. Stepanov Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus, in 1991. The PhD work was devoted to studies of light scattering properties of aerosol media and foams. His habilitation work (Main Geophysical Observatory, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2011) was aimed at the development of new cloud and snow remote sensing techniques based on spaceborne observations. Alexander Kokhanovsky was a member of the atmospheric optics group at the Laboratory of Light Scattering Media Optics Laboratory at Institute of Physics in Minsk, Belarus (1983-2004) and the SCIAMACHY/ENVISAT satellite aerosol and cloud retrieval algorithms development team (Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 2001-2013). He has designed aerosol and cloud remote sensing algorithms for the imaging polarimeter (3MI) on board EUMETSAT Polar System-Second Generation (EPS-SG) working at EUMETSAT in Darmstadt, Germany ( 2014-2017). Currently, his research interests are directed towards modeling light propagation and scattering in terrestrial atmosphere and surface including ice and snow. He has been employed by VITROCISET/Telespazio Belgium ( Darmstadt, Germany) from 2013 till April, 2022. He has worked as a guest researcher at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Mainz, Germany) from April, 2022 till March, 2023. He is employed by the GFZ Potsdam since November, 2022, where he is working with EnMAP data to retrieve snow and ice properties using hyperspectral observations, Dr. Kokhanovsky is the author of books Light Scattering Media Optics: Problems and Solutions (Chichester: Springer-Praxis, 1999, 2001, 2004), Polarization Optics of Random Media (Berlin: Springer-Praxis, 2003), Cloud Optics (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2006), Aerosol Optics (Berlin: Springer-Praxis, 2008), Foundations of Remote Sensing (Berlin: Springer, 2021, with D. Efremenko) and Snow Optics (Berlin: Springer, 2021). He published more than 350 papers( https://sites.google.com/site/kokhanovsky2016/consultancy) in the field of environmental optics, radiative transfer, remote sensing, and light scattering.


Prof. Alma Hortensia Serafin Muñoz

 

University of Guanajuato, Mexico

 

Integration scheme of waste to energy and contaminated water treatment from a circular economy perspective

 

Dr. Serafín Muñoz is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering; she is the director of the Environmental Engineering Laboratory of Sustainable Innovation and Renewable Energies of the Engineering Division of the Guanajuato Campus of the University of Guanajuato (DICG-UG) and head of the academic body Optimization of Materials and Processes in Engineering of the DICG-UG. In attention to environmental problems, she is the leader of the interdisciplinary community at the UG. Her research focuses on the development of affordable technologies for the biological treatment of water contaminated by metals or metalloids in marginalized communities, waste utilization under the circular economy scheme, bioenergy generation, and the development of environmental policies for marginalized communities. Her publication record includes articles in specialized journals, book chapters, and books. She is the executive editor of the indexed journal Acta Universitaria and a member of the editorial board of the journal Transportation Infrastructure. She has coordinated numerous national and international projects on environmental issues in marginalized communities. Among other awards, in 2023, she was the winner of the Mentefactura award in the category of impact solutions by the Institute of Innovation, Science, and Entrepreneurship for Competitiveness of the State of Guanajuato, Mexico. In the same year, she was awarded recognition like Personage of Chemistry in Mexico at the national level. She was recognized as a woman of greatness for the state. She was the winner of the best water treatment project in communities, awarded by the State Water Commission. She is a member of the Mexican Bioenergy Network, the Network of Women Mentefactura and Artificial Intelligence, and the Network of Innovation Mentors of the State of Guanajuato.


Prof. Karel Prach

 

University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

 

Possibilities and limitations of spontaneous restoration of various human-disturbed sites

 

KAREL PRACH Professor of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of České Budějovice, Czech Republic Research interests: Vegetation ecology (esp. vegetation dynamics), restoration ecology Other activities: Coordinating editor of Restoration Ecology (since 1993), Plant Ecology (associate editor 2006-2008), Acta Botanica Fennica, Annales Botanici Fennici, Preslia, sectional co-editor of Plant Biology (1998-2001); member of the Society for Ecological Restoration (a founding member of the European branch); honorary member of the Czech Botanical Society, and the Slovak Botanical Society; President of the Czech Botanical Society; Member of the EU working group Regenerative Agriculture of EASAC; Member of the scientific advisory board of Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic Publications: Up to now about 400 papers on various topics of plant ecology (145 listed in Web of Science), especially on succession, restoration ecology, ecology of invasive alien plants, and ecology of river floodplains; three monographs, co-editor of three proceedings; SCI: ca. 5100 (WoS); H index=41


Dr. Canul Turriza

 

Autonomous University of Campeche, Mexico

 

Effects of Sea Level Rise on Hydrodynamics and Spatial Availability in Mexican Coastal Wetlands along the Pacific Americas Flyway

 

Dr. Canul Turriza is a research professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the Autonomous University of Campeche (UACAM); responsible for the Hydraulics Laboratory and leader of the Habitat, Built Heritage, Urban Image and Sustainability academic body of UACAM. His research focuses on the analysis of coastal vulnerability, erosion and intervention alternatives, sustainable management and restoration of coastal ecosystems, as well as the hydrodynamics of wetlands under different scenarios including sea level rise. His publication history includes articles in specialized journals, book chapters, and books. He has actively coordinated and collaborated in coastal research projects in Mexico and Latin America, including the morphodynamic characterization of beaches, analysis of wetland hydrodynamics, hydrogeomorphological management plans and the development of natural risk atlases. He is a member of the National System of Researchers (Mexico), president of the Network of Hydraulics Professors (REMEPROH) and active member of various networks and working groups such as: Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), Yucatán Peninsula Basin Council, International Network of SDG Promoters, Proplayas, Network of Disasters Associated with Hydrometeorological and Climate Phenomena (REDESClim), among others.


Dr. Ingrid Olesen

 

Senior scientist in Nofima, Norway

 

Moving beyond agriculture and aquaculture to sustainable food systems in a circular bioeconomy

 

Dr. Ingrid Olesen, Senior scientist in Nofima, Norway. She has a broad experience from research in organic agriculture and aquaculture, has lead a research department of Nofima for 9 years, in addition to numerous projects funded by the the Research Council of Norway, coordinated an EU support action (OrAqua) and an ERA-net joint funding project (SeaSoil). She has published 46 peer review articles in livestock and fish breeding, genetics, consumer attitudes and regulations, of which many are cross disciplinary and focusing on sustainable food production, recently also including circular food systems.


Prof. Weide Li

 

Lanzhou University, China

 

Bipartite Graph LSTM Model for Spatio-temporal Forecasting: Model Building and Case Study on PM2.5

 

Weide Li, professor of Lanzhou University. His research interests include environmental modeling, statistical learning, artificial intelligence and mathematical ecology. He has published more than 80 peer reviewed papers, presided and participated in more than 20 research projects, and supervised more than 60 graduate students. He is the editor of 2 international journals and the reviewer of more than a dozen international journals.


Dr. Hakan Çelebi

 

Aksaray University, Turkey

 

Evaluation of Wastes in Sustainable Water and Wastewater Management: Adsorption Approach

 

Dr. Hakan Çelebi is an Environmental Engineer with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. He is actively engaged with several Universities, Research Institutes in Turkey. Dr. Hakan Çelebi is an Environmental Engineer with a PhD in Environmental Engineering. He is actively engaged with several Universities, Research Institutes in Turkey. He is Assoc. Prof. at Aksaray University (Faculty of Engineering and he is the personnel of the Lab of Environmental Engineering and Engineering Science). He teaches courses and performs research in the areas of drinking water/wastewater quality and treatment, adsorption, advanced oxidation technologies and nanotechnologies, and physical-chemical processes for water quality control. His publication record and other information can be found:


Dr. Phong H. N. Vo

 

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

 

Sustainable bio-mining using microalgae to recover Rare Earth Elements from mining waste

 

Dr Phong Vo is a Research Fellow in the Climate Change Cluster (Faculty of Science) with a keen interest on water/wastewater treatment and resource recovery. His primary focus concerns applying environmentally friendly bioprocess and green technology for trace pollutants remediation, precious rare earth elements; and understanding the fate and transformation of pollutants from the contaminated sites. Phong has published widely in top-tier journals and books. He has spoken at several conferences, including the Asia-Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology in China in 2019, and the BioRestech in 2018 in Spain, which are both internationally recognized in the field of environmental engineering and science. Phong’s research has had concrete, real-world positive outcomes. To date, Phong has secured over $600k in funding for his research through various funding bodies, including the Australian Research Council, University of Technology Sydney, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Incredibly passionate about his research work, Phong’s ultimate aim is to use the principles of engineering, biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. He works to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water pollution control. His work contributes in climate change mitigation by recovering precious materials from mining waste for producing electric vehicles and wind turbines.