Invited Speakers


Dr. Rita S. Dhodapkar. CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute Nehru Marg, Nagpur, India

Fit for purpose wastewater reuse 

Related conference topics: Water safe management (monitoring, modelling and control) and risk approaches.

Dr. Rita S. Dhodapkar is the Principal Technical Officer, Science Secretary CSIR-National, Environmental Engineering Research Institute (India) and assistant professor of chemical science at the Faculty of Academy Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) (India). She has nearly 30 years of research experience in areas focused on Science to Advance the Net-Zero Circular Economy, Water and Wastewater Management and Waste Management, including the application of advanced treatment technologies i.e., membrane processes, solar and UV photocatalysis, adsorption processes, environmental monitoring and remediation of chemicals of emerging concern e.g. PPCPs and pseudo-persistant pollutants, super absorbent polymers for environmental remediation.
Dr. Dhodapkar is a recipient of several national and international collaborative projects (Royal Society, UK, Global Challenges Research Fund-Research Council UK, CEMI, PTB, Germany etc.), and was awarded the Commonwealth Science Council training fellowship, Honorary Diploma-Seche Environment Award for excellence in Research in Wastes Valorization at the 2nd International Conference on Engineering for Waste Valorization which was held at Patras, Greece.
She is a Member of the Environment Protection Committee, Bureau of Standards, India. She has 3 patents, 3 design registrations and 70 Publications in International peer review journals to her credit, and authored and edited books for RSC, Springer Nature , Wiley, etc.

Karl G. Linden, Ph.D., BCEEM, F AAAS, F AEESP. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA

This is not your father’s UV: How novel UV sources are accelerating disinfection and oxidation in water and wastewater treatment.

Related conference topics: Novel water and wastewater treatment systems based on advanced and innovative UV systems.

Mortenson Professor in Sustainable Development and Professor of Environmental Engineering.

Chair, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering.

(https://www.colorado.edu/even/faculty/karl-linden )
(https://www.colorado.edu/klinden/)

Professor Linden has a BS from Cornell University in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and an MS and PhD from the University of California at Davis in Environmental Engineering. He teaches classes on Sustainable Water Reuse, Water and Wastewater Treatment, and Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries. Prof. Linden’s research investigates novel water and wastewater treatment systems, including advanced and innovative UV systems; the efficacy of UV and ozone disinfection for inactivation of pathogens; the use of UV and advanced oxidation processes for the degradation of organic and other emerging contaminants in water and wastewater; and sustainable implementation of water and sanitation technologies. He has authored over 220 peer-reviewed publications (H index 64) and guided more than $40M USD in research.
Linden was a Board member and past President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). He was 2013-2015 President of the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA), received the 2013 Pioneer Award in Disinfection and Public Health from the Water Environment Federation and was WateReuse Association’s 2014 WateReuse Person of the Year. Dr. Linden is the recipient of the 2019 AEESP Walter J Weber Jr. Frontier in Research Award, the 2019 Water Research Foundation Dr. Pankaj Parekh Research Innovation Award, and the 2020 Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize. He was named the 2020 National Water Research Institute Clarke Prize Laureate.

Prof. Célia Manaia. Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Portugal

Context matters: The ecology of environmental antibiotic resistance

Related conference topics: Emerging pathogens and antimicrobial resistance and risk approaches.
(Célia Manaia — Ciência-UCP | Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
(CIÊNCIAVITAE (cienciavitae.pt) C31F-553B-6365)

Professor Célia Manaia has a background in Biochemistry and Microbiology and teaches in the areas of Microbiology and Genetics at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Her research interests focus on bacterial taxonomy, evolution and ecology, with special interest in human-environment interfaces and the environmental dispersion of antibiotic resistant bacteria. She has integrated international consortia and worked with business and public entities (e.g., WHO, FAO, JRC-EU).
Prof. Célia Mania has more than 180 publications in referred journals and an H index of 56.
She is currently vice-president of the Portuguese Society of Microbiology, member of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes, editor of the International Journal of Systematics and Evolutionary Microbiology (Microbiology Society, UK) and Co-Editor-In-Chief of the journal Environmental Science: Advances (The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK).

Cesar Pulgarín, Emeritus Professor. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Lausanne, Switzerland

Key points in solar disinfection by photo- Fenton  systems

Related conference topics: Innovative and low-intensity solutions for water and wastewater disinfection.
(https://people.epfl.ch/cesar.pulgarin )

Professor Cesar Pulgarín is a chemist from Lausanne University, Master in environmental chemistry from Geneva University, Ph D in synthesis bio-inspired of natural substances from Neuchâtel University and did two post Ph D in electrochemistry and environmental biotechnology in EPFL. He is Emeritus Prof from EPFL where he was the leader of the Advanced Oxidation Processes Group active in photochemical, electrochemical, and ultrasonic processes (and their combinations with biological systems) to degrade chemical and microbiological pollutants in water. He developed self-disinfecting surfaces under visible light. He has more than 290 publications in referred journals and 20 chapters of books (H index 74 in Scopus).
Prof. Pulgarin has several seminal papers related to mechanisms of advanced oxidation processes in water disinfection and detoxification and is the 1St to 4th world most cited author in some of this research fields. Contributed to twenty international research projects and the development of two patents and two start-ups. Applied Catalysis B (IF: 22.1), the first ranked of 227 journals in his field, devoted in 2020 a special issue in his honor as he was at that moment the 4th most published author in this journal.

Dr Chao Chen. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

The 50 years of research on disinfection by-products in water

Related conference topics: Formation, fate and control of disinfection by-products

Dr Chao Chen graduated from Tsinghua University at 2005 and got the Ph.D. of Civil Engineering. He joined School of Environment, Tsinghua University as faculty at 2007 and got promoted to be an associate professor at 2010. He spent one year as the visiting scholar in UCLA, U.S.A. in 2012-2013 and gave 2 courses (in English) as the visiting professor in Venice International University, Italy for half year in 2019. His research is mainly focused on the chemical risk identification and control for drinking water, especially on the following focuses: (1) Regulated and emerging disinfection by-products (DBPs) identification and control; (2) Emergency response for drinking water treatment plants to fight against chemical spills; (3) Water chemical stability in distribution system and control. He has conducted six national projects in China as PI and joined over a dozen since 2007. He has published about 100 papers in international journals and about 100 papers in Chinese journals, edited about 10 books in Chinese or English, and won over 10 granted Chinese patents. He also devoted himself into several severe emergency response practices in China, including the odorous water problem in the Taihu Lake, Wuxi city in 2007, the emergency response for environmental safety assessment and water supply in the Wenchuan Earthquake affected area in 2008, the Cadmium contamination accident in the Longjiang River in 2012 and the Cyanide spill in the explosion accident in Tianjin in 2015. He now serves as the editorial member for several Chinese and international journals. He has been elected as the chairman of specialist group of disinfection of IWA since 2019, the strategic council member of IWA during 2015-2021, a management committee member of specialist group of tastes, odors and algal toxins in water of IWA.