Other Experts

Here are the CVs of the experts not involved but who have agreed to participate in the event.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University - United States

Professor Criddle is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.

He received his BA, BS, and MS at Utah State University and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science at Stanford. He was a member of the faculty at Michigan State University from 1989 to 1998 and has been a Stanford faculty member since 1998.

His research focus is environmental biotechnology and aquatic biogeochemistry for resource recovery and environmental remediation. He is best known for large interdisciplinary field projects, studies to understand microbial ecology in engineered systems, and research to convert waste and wastewater into valuable products.

He has mentored 25 doctoral students, advised 14 postdoctoral researchers, and authored/co-authored >100refereed publications. He is co-author with cartoonist Larry Gonick of The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry, a supplement for introductory college chemistry courses (>100,000 copies sold).

Current research projects focus on uranium remediation in groundwater, biotechnology for energy recovery from waste nitrogen, biological and chemical recovery of electrical energy from wastewater, development of decision support tools for planning of water & wastewater infrastructure, and microbial production of bioplastic from biogas.

Extra Class Professor at University of Montpellier - France
      • Expert in Urban Hydrology
      • 145 publications in Urban Hydrology
      • Supervisor of of 25 PhD thesis in Urban Hydrology
      • Founder member of the Joint Committee on Urban Storm Drainage (IAHR/IAWPRC) in 1981. Vice-President of the Committee in 1986 and 1987
      • Former President of NOVATECH International Conferences (1992-2007)
      • President of the Scientific Committee of CEREVE (ENPC-ENGREF-Paris XII Univ.) (1999-2007)
      • President of the Scientific Committee of OTHU (Joint experimental laboratory in Urban Hydrology of Lyon University 1 and 2, INSA, EcoleCentrale de Lyon, ENTPE, IRSTEA Lyon)(1999-2013)
      • Member of the Urban Water Resource Research Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (USA)
Researcher at the University Montpellier 2 – European Membrane Institute - France

Marc Heran was graduated in 1997 with a Engineering level in water science and technologies and obtained his PhD in 2000 with the thesis High frequency reverse filtration in Micro/Ultrafiltration. Its fields of expertise concern water and wastewater treatment, separation process, membrane separation, biological process, physico-chemical process, membrane bioreactors.

He has taken part in national and international conferences and has been tutoring several Ph.D in fields of wastewater treatment by membrane bioreactor. His research team has various equipment, and hardware dedied to wastewater treatment and modeling. And its mains activity is dedicated to process intensification by the help of membranes.

He works at the European membrane institute and is co-author of about 30 scientific publications in international reviews), 10 invited conferences, more than 40 communications in scientific congress.

Harald HORN
Head of Chair Water Chemistry and Water Technology - Germany

1995 : PhD at University Kassel

1995 - 1996 : Research assistant University Kassel.

1996 - 1996 : Research assistant at the Institute of Biochemical Engineering, TU Braunschweig.

1996 – 2005 : Professor for Hydro and Waste Chemistry at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal (FH)

2001 - 2002 : Visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2005 - 2011 : Professor and head of chair and Research Laboratories for Water Quality Control at TU München

Since 2012 : Professor and head of chair Water Chemistry and Water Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Santiago de Compostela - Spain

Juan M. Lema is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (USC). He has been Assistant and Associated Professor at the University Autonoma de Barcelona (1976-1984), Head of the Technology Transfer Centre (1989-90), Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at USC (1990-1999) and Dean of the School of Engineering (2003-2012) (USC).

Head of the Environmental Engineering and Bioprocess Group (1985- ) His current research interests include : Factors affecting micropollutants removal from wastewaters; Advanced control of anaerobic (co) digesters and; Enzymatic reactors for degradation of recalcitrant compounds Supervisor of 42 PhD Thesis, author of 270 published papers with a h= 37 (WOK). Author of 7 patents (3 of them European). More than 100 invited conferences National and International Congresses and in Universities. Responsible of 31 research projects founded by European Union (12), Spanish Commission of Science and Technology (11) and Galician Regional Government (8). More that 35 research relevant projects with. Coordinator of the COST action Water 2020.

Awards : Ingeniero Comerma ; European Prize A-IQS of Enzymatic Technology; Technology innovation BABCOCK, Gold Insignia of Chemical Engineering, University of Valladolid, Martinez Moreno Award, Gold insignia of University of Santiago de Compostela.

Associate Professor at Technical University of Denmark, Department of Environmental Engineering - Denmark

Civil engineer (MSc) from DTU in 1990 and PhD in environmental engineering in 1996. Guest scientist (1993-94) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Environmental Science at Technology (EAWAG), assistant professor at DTU in 1996, associate professor since 1999 and chairman of the Urban Water Management (now Stormwater Management) research group at DTU Environment since 2003. Visiting Scientist (2010-11) at Monash University Australia and Deputy Head of the Urban Water Engineering section at DTU Environment since 2011.

The field is engineering and integrated management of urban water systems with emphasis on stormwater, pollution and flood control, modelling and risk assessment of dynamic systems, and uncertainty in modeling and decision making. Current activities focus on modelling and control of combined urban drainage-wastewater systems during wet weather, monitoring, treatment and fate modelling of priority pollutants in urban drainage systems, and climate change adaptation.

Professor at the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse - France

Mireille Montrejaud-Vignoles is Associate Professor at the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse France (INPT). She holds a PhD degree in Physics and Science.She is specialized in the behavior of organic and inorganic trace elements that could lead to toxicity for the environment.


Three principal areas are covered:

  • Studying the phenomena of water-ground-grass transfers, closely linked to the development of analytical methods of trace elements.
  • Characterization of the polluted aqueous effluents (studying city of Toulouse rainwaters since 1987). Optimizing the treatment processes and/or carrying out new treatment processes using agro-resources by-products.
  • Environmental evaluation such as the Life Cycle Assessment: optimizing and analyzing the working methodologies by specifying the outlines of the studied systems and the evaluation methods of flows and impacts.

She is involved in the scientific community of her establishment where she was elected member of the scientific council. She is also a member of IWA, ASTEE...

She is in charge of the “certificate of competences” for Water Treatment at the CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) in Toulouse (France).

Professor (retired) at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) - Spain

Civil Engineer (1971) by the Polytechnic University of Madrid, MSc in Sanitary Engineering (1973) and PhD in Engineering (1976) by the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor of Environmental Engineering for 35 years (1976-2011) at the School of Civil Engineering of Barcelona, Spain, where he has promoted teaching and research on water quality and integrated management of water resources.

Director of applied research and technology transfer on water reclamation and reuse, as an essential component of integrated management of water resources, in close collaboration with public institution, since 1985: Consorci de la Costa Brava, Barcelona Metropolitan Area, and Ministry of the Environment.

Professor in residence at the Orange County Water District (OCWD) (2002-03) during the completion of the construction plans for the Groundwater Replenishment System Project.

Chair of the Council for Sustainable Water Use (since 2000), at the Catalan Water Agency. Chair of the Spanish Association for Sustainable Water Reuse (since 2008). Chair of two IWA International Conferences on Water Reuse, held in Castell Platjad’Aro (1991) and Barcelona (2011), Spain.

Water Reuse Person of the Year 2010 by the American WateReuse Association, for his significant contributions tothe advancement of water reuse and continued dedication to the water reuse community.

Wun Jern NG
Executive Director at the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute, Professor at Nanyang Technological University - Singapore

Prof Ng is the founding Executive Director at the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Professor, Environmental Engineering in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. NEWRI operates with some 400 researchers and 8 member units. The latter include 4 Centres of Excellence and a research group covering the domains of membranes, modelling and process control, biotechnologies chemistry and sensors, and waste management and resource reclamation.

Unusually NEWRI carries a philanthropic arm focusing on provision of clean water and sanitation. Prof Ng has interests in technology development for water and wastewater management and has serially brought R&D to full-scale applications.

He has some 400 publications including technical papers, books, and patents. Aside from his academic pursuits, he has managed a spin off EPC company specialising on cyclic bio treatment technologies and was chairman on the board of directors of a major consulting firm in Singapore. He is currently technical advisor to a number of environmental companies operating in ASEAN, China, and India.

Etienne PAUL
Professor and researcher in the LISBP - France

Pr Etienne PAUL is professor at INSA Toulouse and member of LISBP (UMR CNRS 5503 / INRA 792).

Biochemical engineer graduated from the Provence Technical University at Marseille (ESIL), he obtained in 1992 his PhD in Biochemical Engineering from the INSA, Toulouse. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of biological treatment of waters, wastewaters and wastes.

He managed for 15 years the team of “Ecosystèmes microbiens et bioprocédés d'Epuration et de valorisation” (Symbiose, 20 persons). His research interests are in the areas of innovative waste and wastewater treatment and development processes, anaerobic digestion, excess sludge reduction, polymer and bioplastic production from sludge, composting, biofilm processes and reactors, modelling population dynamics of suspended and attached cultures.

He has published over 60 SCI-tracked journal papers and 8 book chapters in English. Dr. Paul has supervised 20 PhD students, 7 Post-doctoral Fellows and 25 Master students so far.

Fernando POLANCO
Professor at University of Valladolid - Spain

Professor of Chemical Engineering. (University of Valladolid). PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineer from IChemE.

In the academic field has held positions of Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Director of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Founder member of the Environmental Technology Group, author of more than two hundred international papers and communications and seven patents, supervisor of twenty seven PhD Thesis and one hundred Master Thesis. The group is very active in industrial R&D projects, (22 financed in competitive calls and 61 financed by private companies). He has participated in numerous international committees. Member of IWA, WEF and Fellow of IChemE.

Nicolas ROCHE
Deputy-Director M2P2 - France

Nicolas ROCHE (52), is full Professor (Exceptional Class) of Chemical Engineering at the Aix-Marseille University and deputy-director of the Laboratory for Modeling in Mechanics and Green Processes (LM2P2 - UMR CNRS 7340). He is member of the French National Council of Universities in Chemical Engineering, president of the executive board of the Journal of Water Science, member of the executive board of the Global Competitiveness Cluster for Water, and, of the French Chemical Engineering Society, vice-president of Ea-écoentreprises (specialized cluster in environmental and Substainable Development), referee for a number of peer reviewed journals in the field of water technology and environmental engineering, has been involved in the organization of numerous conferences.

He had act as organizing director of the French Chemical Engineering Society’s biennial conference (Marseille, October 2009) and he is the coordinator of the 10th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (Nice, 2015). Since his appointment as permanent researcher in 1990, he has produced more than 50 peer reviewed publications and more than 140 communications. His expertise is situated in the fields of waste and wastewater treatment processes, sludge rheology characterization and process modeling.

Full-time professor& Head of Department of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Belgium

Michel Verbanck is a Brussels-born water engineer with more than 25 years experience addressing environmental hydraulics issues.

He specializes in water & wastewater management in large urban areas, environmental metrology, data mining, contaminated sediment management and alluvial hydraulics. The patents & publications (incl. 2 books) he authored in these research fields are listed at :

His expertise led him to become: Chairman of the Belgian Committee of the International Water Association; Chairman of the ‘Water Quality’ Task Group of the Intnl Scheldt Commission; invited into PhD Jurys, nationally and internationally; founding member of World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research; member of PPGIE and of the board of Cebedeau. Presently he teaches environmental technology at ULB-VUB Brussels Faculty of Engineering, and heads the Dept Water Pollution Control (Ecole Polytechnique de Bruxelles).

Jean-Philippe STEYER
Director of research of INRA-LBE - France

1991: Ph.D. of the Paul Sabatier's University, Toulouse, France. Title: "Qualitative Approach of Physical Systems: A Real Time Expert System for the Control of a Biological Process". Awarded by the CNRS as one of the best Ph.D. thesis in Applied Process Control in France in 1991.

1992 : Post-Doc for the "Elf Aquitaine" company at the "Chemical Process Modelling and Control Research Center", Lehigh University, USA: "Agitated Bioreactors : Coupling of Mixing and Kinetics Models".

1993 : Process Engineer at the "Elf-Sanofi Chimie" company. Development of a real time expert system for the control of a pharmaceutical production process. Awarded in 1993 as the "best application of Artificial Intelligence for a Process Industry" by the French Chemical Engineering Foundation (SFGP).

Since 1994 : Research Scientist at the "Laboratoire de Biotechnologie de l’Environnement" (LBE) of INRA in Narbonne, France.

2005 : Sabbatical at the Technical University of Denmark studying modelling of anaerobic digestion processes for bioenergy (hydrogen) production.

Since 2009 : Head of the INRA-LBE (38 permanent positions, 137 persons  in 2012).

Simon TAIT
Professor, Pennine Water Group, School of Engineering Design and Technology, University of Bradford - United Kingdom

Research Interests

Research activities are all linked to the management of water, especially in sewer and drainage systems. Current funding from UK EPSRC, EU (FR7, Marie Curie and Interreg) on projects looking at fundamental pollutant and sediment transport processes, the potential for synthetic biology in urban water systems, low costs sensing technologies, how urban water system can be used to harvest energy, and how water utilities can be more adaptable to climate change. Previous work has resulted in over 60 journal papers. Chair of IWA/IAHR Modelling and Data Working Group, past Secretary of the IWA/IAHR Sewer Systems and Processes Working Group. Management role in the Pennine Water Group a UK government platform grant funded research centre.

Higher Education

PhD, University of Aberdeen, 1994, “The Physical Processes of Bed Armouring in Mixed Grain Sediment Transport”

BSc.(Eng.) Class 1 University of Aberdeen, 1989


Director Bradford Centre for Sustainable Environments, 01/02/11 to date

Associate Dean – Research, School of Engineering Design and Technology, University of Bradford , 01/08/09 to date

Professor, Pennine Water Group, School of Engineering Design and Technology, University of Bradford, 01/08/06 to date.

Previous Appointments

Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, 01/10/03 to 31/07/06

Lecturer, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, June 1994 to September 2003

Lecturer, Department of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Oct 1993 – June 1994

Research Assistant, Civil Engineering Hydraulics Group, Dept. of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, 1989-1993   

Periods of Research Study Leave

June 2001- February 2002 – WL Delft Hydraulics