Keynote Speakers


Prof. Vincenzo Belgiorno

University of Salerno, Italy


Biogrpahy: Full professor of Sanitary Environmental Engineering at University of Salerno since 2005, from July 2018 for 5 years he took over the responsibility as Director of the Campania Water Authority, the largest in Italy. For a three-year period from 2015 he held the role of Advisor to the President of the Campania Region with the task of developing regulatory and administrative proposals for the protection of the environment. He was a consultant to the Italian Parliamentary Commission of inquiry into the waste cycle. He has carried out professional and consultancy activities in many different sectors relating to environmental protection and remediation and he has been responsible for dozens of applied research agreements and environmental services for public bodies and private companies. He is the author or co-author of approximately 400 publications in the sectors of environmental engineering in national and international journals and conference proceedings and associate editor of Desalination and Water Treatment and Global Nest. He is co-owner of 7 applied research patents in the environmental protection sector and over 11,000 citations in international publications with a Hirsch index of 57 (GoogleScholar).



Prof. Eric van Hullebusch

Université Paris Cité, France


Biogrpahy: Prof. Eric D. van Hullebusch received his PhD (Aquatic Chemistry and Microbiology) from Université de Limoges (France) in 2002. From November 2002 until October 2004 he was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow at Wageningen University & Research (the Netherlands) where his research focused on the optimization of anaerobic granular sludge reactors by studying the speciation, bioavailability and dosing strategies of trace metals. In 2005, he was appointed as associate professor in biogeochemistry of engineered ecosystems at Université Paris-Est (France). In 2012, Eric van Hullebusch obtained his Habilitation qualification in Environmental Sciences from Université Paris-Est (France). The title of his Habilitation thesis is “Biofilms in the environment: from anaerobic wastewater treatment to material bioweathering”. From September 2016 until August 2018, he worked at IHE Delft as chair professor in Environmental Science and Technology and head of the Pollution Prevention and Resource Recovery chair group. In September 2018, he joined Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France) as full professor in Biogeochemistry of engineered ecosystems.




Prof. Eric J. Strauss

Michigan State University, USA


Biogrpahy: Dr. Eric Strauss is Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning at Michigan State University. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining Michigan State, he taught at the University of Kansas where he was the Chair of the Graduate Program in Urban Planning and Indiana University. While at Michigan State University, he was a former director of the URP program. In the School of Planning, Design and Construction. He also was a Visiting Professor at universities in South Korea, Ireland, and Germany. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Panama and to Romania. He was named the “Outstanding Site Visitor” by the Planning Accreditation Board for 2022. He is the current President of the Advisory Academic Council on Signage Research and Education (AACSRE). Dr. Strauss had more than 40 years of experience in planning practice in both the public and private sector. He was a planner for federal and state governments, a city and county planning director, a city attorney, and a consultant to more than 50 organizations, both public and private, on a wide variety of planning related issues. Strauss prepared many comprehensive plans and land use regulations at all levels of detail for many communities. His current research interests include measuring the impact of climate action plans adopted by local governments and universities as well as policies for sustainability. He has published articles in the fields of renewable energy, climate change and climate refugees.