Plenary & Keynote Speeches

Prof. Irini Angelidaki

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Professor at the dept of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, at the Technical university of Denmark. She is leading the Bioconversions Research center at the Technical University of Denmark. Her research topic is within industrial and environmental biotechnology, with focus in valorizing wastes and wastewaters to high value products, chemicals fuels and bioenergy. She has been coordinating a large number projects and she is holder of an ERC-advanced grant.

Prof. Izzet Ozturk

Istanbul Technical University, Türkiye

He is graduated Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Civil Engineering Faculty in 1976. He received Environmental and Civil Engineering M.Sc. degrees in 1979, and Ph.D. degree in 1982 at ITU Environmental Engineering Department. During 1982-1984, he completed post-doctoral studies at the Newcastle University Environmental Engineering Department in UK. He achieved TR TUBITAK’s Scientific Research and Encouragement award in 1994. He has international expertise in the fields of water and wastewater treatment, integrated watershed management, integrated solid waste management, effects of climate change on water resources, anaerobic digestion, and industrial pollution control. Prof. Ozturk is an honorary member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) and a member of International Water Association (IWA). Prof. Ozturk, who was a member of TUBITAK KAMAG (Public Research Group), and a member of Science Board of TUBITAK for a while, was a member of ISKI Board of Management between 2015-2021.

Prof. Juan Lema

University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Juan M. Lema is an Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He has supervised 61 PhD theses and authored over 450 papers and book chapters. He is also the author of 20 patents, 9 European or international. He is ranked, as well as 6 of his former PhD students, among the top 2% of impact researchers in Biotechnology worldwide according to the “Stanford List.”

He has focused his research interests on Environmental Biotechnology, developing technology and processes to treat and recover wastewater residues and the elimination of micropollutants using microbial and enzymatic methods. 

He has received multiple honours, including being awarded Dr Honoris Causa by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain (2023), Universidad de Valladolid, Spain (2021), Politecnico de Milano, Italy (2021), and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile (2015). He is also an Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland, Australia (2018). He is a Fellow (2014) and Distinguished Fellow (2022) of the International Water Association, IWA. 

Prof. Lutgarde Raskin

University of Michigan, USA

Lutgarde (Lut) Raskin is the Vernon L. Snoeyink Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. She was previously a professor at the University of Illinois. Dr. Raskin is a pioneer in molecular microbial ecology applied to engineered water systems. She and her team are developing anaerobic bioprocesses for resource recovery from waste streams and studying drinking water microbiology. She has a strong interest in graduate education and mentoring and has advised approximately 20 postdocs and 100 graduate students, including about 30 Ph.D. students. She is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the International Water Association, and the Water Environment Federation. Past honors include the International Society for Microbial Ecology-International Water Association BioCluster Award, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Frontier Award in Research, and the Water Research Foundation Paul L. Busch Award for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research. She was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2021.

Prof. Robbert Kleerebezem

Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Robbert Kleerebezem is Associate Professor at the department of Biotechnology of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His research and teaching interests are in the field of anaerobic bioprocesses, environmental thermodynamics, microbial ecology, and computational modelling of microbial ecosystems. Robbert works on Microbial Community Engineering, the research field that aims for development of bioprocesses based on understanding and controlling of microbial competitions and other interactions. He is currently working on the implementation of Unlock, an open research facility (www.m-unlock.nl) that aims for exploring new horizons for research on microbial communities through integration, parallelization, and standardization of experimental procedures.