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Invited Keynote Speakers

“The Use of Environmental Sustainability Indicators in Policy Contexts” 

Dr. Alex de Sherbinin (Columbia University, USA)

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Alex de Sherbinin is the Associate Director for Science Applications at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), an environmental data and analysis center within The Earth Institute at Columbia University specializing in the human aspects of global environmental change. He also serves as deputy manager of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC); co-Coordinator of the Population-Environment Research Network (PERN); co-chair of the International Council for Science (ICSU) WDS-CODATA Citizen Science Data Task Group; and co-author of the bi-annual Environmental Performance Index (EPI). He is a member of the scientific committee of the ICSU World Data System (WDS), the editorial board of The Geographical Journal, and the advisory committee for the Platform on Disaster Displacement, and holds a visiting appointment with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

 


 

“Vegetable bioindicators or adaptation of plants to environmental conditions”

Prof. Monica Butnariu (Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine “King Michael I of Romania”, Timisoara, Romania)

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Monica Butnariu heads the Romania Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences Group-Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and also National Correspondent of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology, has 70 articles published in the Web of Science Core Collection-Clarivate Analytics that have been cited over 1300 times, and she has been serving as an editorial board member of reputed Journals and she has peer review activity. Prof. Butnariu has written several books and book chapters in different areas of chemistry. Her research interests focus on the Agricultural chemistry (agrochemistry, biotechnology, agro–food, agro–environment, chemical pollutants; environmental protection); Applied chemistry (instrumental analysis, chemical plants and processes, biocides, biochemistry, agrofood waste biovalorisation; chemistry and analytical biochemistry, applied biotechnology); Material chemistry: (biomaterials, nanotechnology, biological and materials science, material science, bioresources for a sustainable bioeconomy).

 


 

“Metabolic networks in microbial communities”

Prof. Elias Hakhaleto (University of Helsinki, Finland)

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Elias Hakalehto is an Adjunct Professor in the Universities of Helsinki and Eastern Finland. In his R&D Company Finnoflag Oy, he conducts numerous hands on projects on ecosystem engineering, modern biorefineries and microbiome studies. He is the vice president of the International Society on Environmental Indicators. Editor of 4 scientific books (2012-2016) and one forthcoming book (2017), including the “Microbiological Hygiene” series for Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (Microbiological Clinical Hygiene 2015, Microbiological Food Hygiene 2015, Microbiological Industrial Hygiene 2016, Microbiological Environmental Hygiene to be published in 2018).

 


 

“Emerging organic contaminants as domestic wastewater indicators: Discussion of several Israeli test cases”

Prof. Ovadia Lev (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

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Ovadia Lev is a professor of chemistry at the Casali Center for Applied Chemistry of the Institute of Chemistry and head of Environmental Chemistry Laboratory of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on water and wastewater treatment, development of advanced materials for environmental and green chemistry and the analytical chemistry and electrochemistry of trace organic contaminants. Prof. Lev is recipient of the Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship, the Barnard scholarship awarded by the AAAS and the USEPA, the Key Innovations the Rita Levi-Montalcini Award for scientific collaboration between Israel and Italy and he is Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry.

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