Plenary Speaker. Mon, 06 Jun 2022

José Manuel Sabucedo

Prof. of Social Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Citizenship and environmental sustainability

Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Founder and first president of the Spanish Scientific Society of Social Psychology. His research is focused on the influence of cognitive and emotional factors in human behavior, mainly in two areas:
environment and politics.

In the 90s, and in collaboration with colleagues from his group, he coordinated and supervised the first research projects and Ph.D. Thesis on social psychology and environment that were carried out in Galicia. In 2002, he was Chair of the 17th Conference of the

International Association for People-Environment Studies. In 2015, he took part along with other colleagues from eight other research groups in the creation of CRETUS (Cross- disciplinary Research Center in Environmental Technologies). From his psychosocial approach, he is interested in analyzing how people frame the current environmental situation, the perception and social acceptance of new technologies and the factors that facilitate or prevent people from having a greater environmental commitment.

Plenary Speaker. Tue, 07 Jun 2022

Sylvie Baig

Head of Scientific Innovation. Treatment Infrastructure. SUEZ (France)

Micropollutant removal in waters: strategies and achievements

Sylvie Baig received her degree as a chemical engineer in 1989 and obtained three years after her PhD from the National Superior School of Chemistry at Toulouse, part of National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France. In 1992, she joined the company Degrémont, subsidiairy of Suez, as Research Engineer. She is currently Head of Scientific Innovation at the Suez, Strategic Development Department, in charge of collaborative innovation with academia and industry partners, innovation valorization through scientific and technical communication and acting as referent for R & D/industrialization projects and expert for business projects. Through these missions, she works on treatment technologies for water, sludge, air in both industrial and municipal areas.

She is co-author of the Suez’s degremont water handbook, active in events in the water field and in the international network of associations and institutions. She is President of the International Ozone Association, European – African – Asian – Australasian Group and particularly leads its Ozone Engineering Group.

Plenary Speaker. Wed, 08 Jun 2022

Kathrin Fenner

Assoc. Prof. of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Zurich (Switzerland)

Identifying drivers of contaminant biotransformation: From the big to the small

Dr. Kathrin Fenner is Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the Chemistry Department of the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and a senior scientist and group leader at the Department of Environmental Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag).

Her research focuses on experimental and model-based approaches to gain an in-depth understanding of chemical persistence in the environment. The goal of her research is to not only improve current hazard assessment schemes but also provide tools and design principles for better degradable compounds and efficient approaches to bioremediation.

In 2015, she received an ERC Consolidator grant to support this line of research. She has published more than 90 scientific research articles in the field of environmental science. Kathrin chairs the section of “Chemistry and the Environment” of the Swiss Chemical Society, has been member of several ECETOC expert groups and is currently Associate Editor with Environmental Sciences: Water Research & Technology.

Plenary Speaker. Thu, 09 Jun 2022

Celia Manaia

Assoc. Prof. at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. (Portugal)

Antibiotic resistance at the crossroads between One-Health and Circular Economy

Dr. Celia Manaia research interests include the study of the diversity and ecology of bacteria in human-impacted areas, with special emphasis on the potential impacts of antibiotic resistant bacteria and genes as environmental contaminants. The importance of municipal and hospital wastewater, the influence of the treatment processes, as well the tracing of possible antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes have been main research issues. The inter-laboratory antibiotic resistance monitoring in water environments, aiming at the development of surveillance schemes has also been an issue of interest.

Célia Manaia is an associate professor at Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, has a background in Biochemistry and specialization in Microbiology and teaches in the areas of Microbiology and Genetics. Currently, she is Vice-President of the Porto Regional Center of Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Vice-President of the Portuguese Society of Microbiology.