Speakers

Chrysi Laspidou
Professor and Vice-President
Chrysi Laspidou is a Professor at the Civil Engineering Department, University of Thessaly in Greece. Her research interests include resource Nexus and water informatics, mathematical modeling and simulation of physical-chemical and biological processes that take place in natural aquatic systems and other ecosystems, as well as urban water issues, resource depletion and sustainability, virtual water and water-carbon-ecological footprint. She has conducted research in many different aspects of water, from performing mathematical modeling of aquatic system processes to computational biology relevant to ecosystem function, to the socio-economic aspects of water use and water resource management. She is involved in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) projects that are mainly on innovative multisensors and/or biosensors, smart urban water management, smart cities and ICT for improving ecosystem function and quality. She has recently been elected the Vice-President of Research and Technology at Water Europe, while she is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge Action Network at Future Earth. She has published over 60 articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings and is actively involved either as a Principal Investigator, or as a Coordinator in research projects funded by the European Commission, or national sources.
Patricia Osseweijer
Professor
Patricia Osseweijer is full professor and Section Leader of “Section Biotechnology and Society. Her drive is to link technological innovation in biobased production with societal challenges to build a sustainable bioeconomy. Research interest focus on integral sustainable design of value chains, impact assessment, the role of values, trust and responsibility in achieving sustainability, stakeholder and public interaction, public opinion forming, novel designs of public communication and their relevance for policy making and ethics. In 2015 she was awarded the Royal Academy of the Netherlands distinguished Lorentz fellowship for integrating social sciences and technology.
Prof. Damir Brdanovic
Professor of Sanitary Engineering
Dr. Damir Brdjanovic is Professor of Sanitary Engineering at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Endowed Professor at Delft University of Technology and Honorary Professor at Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building. Areas of his expertise include city-wide inclusive sanitation, non-sewered sanitation and faecal sludge management, and urban drainage and wastewater treatment. He is a pioneer in the practical application of models in wastewater treatment practice in developing countries. He is co-inventor of DEMOS©: Digital Epidemic Observatory and Management System, and of the Shit Killer® device for excreta management in emergencies, the award-winning eSOS® Smart Toilet and the medical toilet MEDiLOO®. He has initiated the development and implementation of innovative didactic approaches and novel educational products (including e-learning) at IHE Delft. Brdjanovic is co-founder and director of the Global Sanitation Graduate School and co-founder of Global Partnership of Laboratories for Faecal Sludge Analysis. During the last decade he was instrumental in acquiring in excess of 30 million USD grants, primarily from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and European Commission. In addition to dozen of PhD students, in excess of 150 MSc students have graduated under his supervision so far. Prof. Brdjanovic has a sound publication record, including publications in Science and Nature, is co-initiator of the IWA Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, and is the initiator, author and editor of nine books in the sanitation field. In 2015 he became an IWA Fellow, in 2018 received the IWA Publishing Award, and in 2019 IWA Water and Development Research Award 2019 Runner Up.