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Confirmed Invited Speakers (Alphabetical order)



Lisa ALVAREZ-COHEN, the Fred and Claire Sauer Professor, past-Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and current vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate at UC Berkeley. She received her Bachelors Degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Harvard University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. Her research areas include biotransformation and fate of environmental water contaminants, environmental microbiology and ecology, bioremediation, biological wastewater nutrient removal, and application of molecular and isotopic techniques for studying environmental microbial communities. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental microbiology, environmental engineering, and biological process engineering, and has co-authored the textbook Environmental Engineering Science. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She has won a number of awards including the China 1,000 Talents National Award, the ASCE Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award, the W. M. Keck Foundation Award for Engineering Teaching Excellence, and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award.


Irini ANGELIDAKI, a Professor at the Technical University of Denmark. Her research field is in wastes/wastewater treatment systems. Focus is in development of biotechnological processes for conversion of organic matter to biochemicals and bioenergy. Research in biogas is her core area. Focus in microbiology and processes technology; process optimization; molecular methods for characterization of bacteria; biological production of biochemical and biofuels; microalgae; macroalgae; bioelectrochemistry; and biorefineries. She has served in committees and worked with a range of organizations and research bodies including Member of the Danish Free Research Council, Chair for the Swedish Energy Research (Formas), Member for The Panel 7 under the Swedish Research Council, the European Research Council’s (ERC) panel, Irish Research Council as panel member, Chair for the International Task Group for Harmonisation of Biogas potential ABAI (under IWA), board Member for the Specialist Group for Anaerobic Processes (under IWA), etc. She received Brinchs Award for best technical research in Denmark in 2011. She has published over 400 scientific publications with 10000 more citations (H-index=54).

Damien BATSTONE, a deputy director of the Advanced Water Management Centre, and leads the anaerobic biotechnology and resource recovery groups in this center. He is a current UQ Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Research Fellow (2016-2019). International activities include chair of the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Specialist Group, and chair or member of multiple IWA task and working groups, including Anaerobic Digestion, CFD, Physicochemical modeling, and Benchmarking. He has over 4200 citations (2800 in the last 5 years) with H-index of 34.
Cees BUISMAN Cees BUISMAN, a Professor at the sub department of Environmental Technology at Wageningen University. His research focuses on biological reuse and recovery technology. The current focal point is on bio-electrochemistry, alternative fermentation and biological induced solid production, both for recovery of energy, chemicals and minerals.He combines his position of Professor with his position as Executive Board Member at Wetsus, "European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology". The objective of Wetsus is to create a business driven international multidisciplinary research program. Mr. Buisman is a member of 'The Netherlands Academy of Technology & Innovation', several Advisory Boards and Supervisory Boards.

Shulin CHEN

Dr. Shulin Chen is a professor of Biological Systems Engineering and the leader of the Bioprocessing and Bioproduct Engineering Laboratory (BBEL) at Washington State University. He received his PhD in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University in 1991. Dr. Chen’s research experience includes environmental engineering, bioenergy and bioproducts. He currently directs research and development initiatives advancing science and technology on biorefinery, including algal technologies, microbial production of biochemicals and biofuels, anaerobic digestion biotechnology, nature-inspired lignocellulosic biomass processing, and multi-scale modeling of industrial biological systems. Dr. Chen has published over 300 refereed journal papers and co-authored more than 40 patent applications. Dr. Chen’s work on anaerobic digestion centered on feedstock pretreatment, nutrient recovery, and system modeling.



Helmut KROISS, a Professor emeritus in Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management, Vienna University of Technology. He is a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts since 2001, member of the Board of Directors of International Water Association (IWA) for many years, chair of the IWA publishing committee from 2010 to 2014, IWA Distinguished Fellow Since 2008, IWA president for the period 2014 to 2016, actually member of the IWA Board of Directors as IWA past president. His main research field on municipal and industrial wastewater treatment focused on biological process development from lab scale to full scale plant design and operation.  His main research on river basin management focused on the role of point and diffused nutrient sources on surface, ground and coastal waters. His teaching focused on basic and advanced education in Water Quality Management and doctoral programs. Another key aspect is the enhancement of continuous flow of knowledge and experience from research to full scale operation (professional training) together with the Austrian Water and Waste Association.



Juan M.LEMA, a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA). Supervisor of 51 PhD Thesis, author of more than 350 papers and book chapters (H index: 50, Scopus) and 11 patents (3 European). Editor of the book: Innovative Wastewater Treatment & Resource Recovery Technologies published by IWA. His current research interests include: Removal of micropollutants from wastewater; Anaerobic co-digestion; Development of innovative wastewater treatment plants; Biorefinery.  He has got 36 research projects founded by European Union (16), Spanish Commission of Science and Technology (15) and Galician Regional Government (5). He has been the coordinator of the COST Action: Conceiving Wastewater treatment in 2020 (Water 2020). Coordinator of the Spanish network Novedar_Consolider. 25 relevant research projects with companies in the areas of treatment of industrial and municipal wastewater.



Bruce E. LOGAN , the Stan & Flora Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, an Evan Pugh University Professor, and the Director of the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute at Penn State University. Dr. Logan is also the Editor of ES&T Letters, published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). His current research efforts are in bioenergy production and the development of an energy sustainable water infrastructure. Dr. Logan has mentored over 110 graduate students and post docs, and is the author or co-author of over 460 refereed publications (h-index=114) and several books. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Water Association (IWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP). Dr. Logan is a visiting professor at several universities including HIT and Tsinghua University (China) and Newcastle University (England), and with ties to universities in Saudi Arabia, Belgium and China. He received his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a professor until 1997 at University of Arizona in Tucson.



Bruce E. RITTMANN,a Regents’ Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the science and engineering needed to “manage microbial communities to provide services to society.”  Services include generating renewable energy, cleaning water and soil, and improving human health. Dr. Rittmann is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of AAAS, WEF, IWA, and NAI; and a Distinguished Member of ASCE.  Dr. Rittmann was awarded the first Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Water Science and Technology from the NWRI, the Walter Huber Research Prize and the Simon Freese Award from ASCE, the G.M. Fair Award from AAEES, and the Perry L. McCarty/AEESP Founders Award. Dr. Rittmann has published over 610 journal articles, books, and book chapters, and he has 15 patents.  With Dr. Perry McCarty, Dr. Rittmann co-authored the textbook Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications (McGraw-Hill Book Co.).


Korneel RABAEY

Korneel RABAEY, a Professor at the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET), department of Biochemical and Microbial Technology at Ghent University as well as honorary professor at The University of Queensland. He is a member of the Young Academy, and one of the founders of CAPTURE ( ). His main research efforts are on resource recovery from wastewater, decentralized treatments, industrial liquid sidestreams and CO2 streams from industry. Typically a combination of electrochemical and/or microbial approaches is used to achieve formation of added value products. He is currently leading several scale-up projects related to organics recovery, fermentation, CO2 conversion to organics and sanitation in Indian slums. He is the author or co-author of over 140 refereed articles attracting over 17,000 citations in the past ten years, listing him as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. He is currently associate editor for mSystems and Editorial Advisory Board member for Environmental Science & Technology.



David STUCKEY, a Professor of Biochemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, and a Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Prof Stuckey has worked in Australia, the U.S., Norway (at NTH/SINTEF in Trondheim), Switzerland (ETH/EAWAG in Zurich), and the U.K.(Uni of Sussex, and I.C.). His current research interests are in the development of a submerged anaerobic membrane bioreactor (SAMBR), the production and analysis of soluble microbial products (SMPs), the role of SMPs and colloids in membrane fouling, trace metal speciation and bioavailability, and Downstream Separations of therapeutic proteins, and drug delivery. He has published over 190 technical papers, including the standard technique for Biological Methane Potential (BMP) and the Anaerobic Toxicity (ATA). Recently he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry “Sustainable Water” prize for his work on Soluble Microbial Products (SMPs) in Anaerobic Digestion, and the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation to pilot the SAMBR on sewage. He is on the Editorial Board of 3 Journals.


Jules van LIER

Jules van LIER, a full professor “Wastewater Treatment/Environmental Engineering” at the Section Sanitary Engineering of Delft University of Technology, with a 0.2 fte seconded position at Unesco-IHE. He received both his MSc and PhD from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and is specialized in Anaerobic Treatment technology. He (co-) published over 200 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 350 publications in conference proceedings and scientific books from 1988 onwards. From 1988-2008 he was working at Wageningen University, where he obtained an appointment as part time professor in Anaerobic Treatment Technology in 2005. In the period 1997-2005 he also was director of the Lettinga Associates Foundation (LeAF). His research interest comprises the development of cost-effective technologies for (waste) water treatment, recovering resources such as water, nutrients, biogas, elements from waste streams. Research projects are focused on closing water cycles in industries and sewage water recovery for irrigated agriculture. Jules van Lier chaired the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Specialist group between 2001 and 2009. In 2011 he became nominated member of the IWA Fellow programme.



Tong ZHANG, a Professor in Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory in Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong. His researches include anaerobic digestion and bioenergy from wastes/wastewater (cellulosic biomass, sludge, kitchen waste, and wastewater), biological wastewater treatment (N removal and P recovery), biodegradation of emerging pollutants (antibiotics, PPCP and EDCs), antibiotic and antibiotic resistance genes, etc. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers on the above topics, and got more than 9000 citations (Google Scholar). He has a H index of 52 and is Top 1% researcher (Essential Science Indicators) for 8 years from 2009 to 2016. He is the editorial board members of a few international peer-reviewed journals, and had served as an advisor for BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute) on Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology from 2011 to 2014, and ASM (American Society of Microbiology) Country Liaison to China (Hong Kong) from 2012 to 2014. He was Yi Xing Chair Professor of Nanjing University from 2013 to 2016. He won First-Class Award in Natural Science of China Ministry of Education in 2015 and Second-Class Award State Natural Science Award of China State Council in 2016.


Important Dates
Final Programme
September 15, 2017
Regular Registration Deadline
October 1, 2017
First Call for Papers

August 15, 2016
Paper Submission Deadline
March 31, 2017
Notification of Acceptance
May 30, 2017
Registration Open
March 31, 2017
Preliminary Programme
May 1, 2017

Early Bird Registration Deadline
August 15, 2017