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Speakers

Here are the CVs of the 9 experts external to Veolia Environnement that were asked and accepted to present a key note speech during the Workshop and accepted.

Yves COMEAU
Professor at Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal in the Department of Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering - Canada

Yves Comeau obtained his Civil Engineering degree from Polytechnique Montréal (1980), his Ph.D. degree (1989) from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Biotechnology Research Institute in Montreal (1991).

He worked for 3 years as a consultant in civil-environmental engineering, prior to becoming Professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal in the department of chemistry in 1989. Since 1992, he is Professor at Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal in the Department of Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering where he is the Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Engineering and a member of the CREDEAU Research Center.

His research activities are focused on wastewater treatment with an emphasis on nutrient removal, minimising sludge production, maximizing energy recovery and mathematical modelling. He has published nearly 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, presented more than 200 papers or posters at conferences, and directed or co-directed 90 master and Ph.D. students and 13 post-docs. He collaborates closely with industrial, governmental and academic partners.

His 1986 paper on a biochemical model of enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) was chosen as one of the 10 significant groundbreaking papers to celebrate the 40 years of the journal Water Research.

Actively involved on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association on Water Quality since 1992 (as secretary, VP, President), he played an active role in organizing the International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress held in Montreal in September 2010 and in a number of other conferences in Canada. He has been nominated Fellow of IWA in 2012.

Albert GERMAIN
Professor at the University of Liège - France

Albert Germain is a chemical engineer with a Ph.D. in Applied Sciences from the University of Liege. As a professor at this university, he lectures in industrial chemistry and teaches more specialized courses on energy carriers, the prevention of industrial pollution, effluent treatment and chemical process safety. He was previously a departmental chairman and dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

His research interests include multiphase chemical reactors, gas-liquid-solid interfaces and responsiveness which find applications in many industrial processes. Germain conducts research in the treatment of industrial effluents by catalytic hydrogenation and oxidation as well as in the field of fuel cells. He will also address the behavior of materials in cryogenic rocket engines.

Most of these studies are conducted in close collaboration with industry. He has held various positions in professional associations: European Process Safety Center, Loss Prevention Working Party of the EFCE, American Chemical Society, Higher Hygiene and Public Health Committee, Chair of the AILg Scientific Committee, General Chairman the AILg, Vice-President of the FABI.

Currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Liège, he performs consultancy work for industry and government, in particular the Technology Park Eco Wallonia.
Jurg KELLER
Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre at the University of Queensland - Australia

Prof Jurg Keller (IWA Fellow, FTSE) is the Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre at The University of Queensland. He is also a member of the Executive of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

He has over 20 years experience in water industry research, particularly in biological wastewater treatment, (bio)electrochemical processes, environmental biotechnology and process engineering.  He has also proposed the novel resource recovery concept in 2005 and has been strongly developing this further since. He aims to combine leading edge research and development activities with effective industry-relevant collaborations, with a strong focus on innovative, resource efficient urban and industrial water systems.

Prof Keller has a strong academic track record with over 180 journal papers and some 8000 ISI citations but has also worked with many of the leading water industry partners in Australia and internationally. He has been the founding Director of the AWMC since 1996 and has developed it into one of the leading research centres in this field worldwide with over 100 staff and students investigating innovative ways to develop and support modern water management approaches.

Karell LOWETTE

Karel Lowette finished his studies in the field of architecture in 1984 at Sint-Lucas architecture institut in Brussels. Since then he is registered at the Order of Architects of the province Vlaams-Brabant.

During his studies, he has taken part to the ILAUD summer school (International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design) in Siena (Italy) under the guidance of architect Giancarlo De Carlo.

Afterwards he has acquired professional experience in several offices. From 1984 until 1986 he ran training period at TOP Office of Luc Deleu (Antwerp), Alphonse Hoppenbrouwers (Brussels) and Ausia (Brussels).

He worked successively as a collaborator at Sluw under the guidance of Lode Janssens (Brussels), Lucien Kroll (Brussels) and Henri Gaudin (Paris).

Finally, in 1989, he worked as project manager at Aries (Brussels), after which he set up his own architectural office, Architecture bureau Lowette bvba in 1990.

The development of his own office was combined with an assignment as advisor of Mr. Charles Picque, chief minister of Brussels Capital Region, in charge of urbanism (1990-1994).

He regularly participates to additional trainings on various topics : increasing management skills, training for security coordinator etc. Workshops related, closely or remotely, to the construction world are rarely missed out.

Karel gives lectures at the Université Libre de Bruxelles for the training Formation en management communal. He teaches the course Contemporary Architecture in Brussels.

Since 1992, he has been part of the board of executives of the vzw ANCIENNE BELGIQUE in Brussels. Starting as vice-chairman from 1994, he becomes the chairman in 2002.

He has been an active member of VOKA committee Brussels (Flanders' chamber of commerce and industry) since 2003 and he became chairman in January 2008 till January 2011. Since January 2011, he is part of the board of executives.

Moreover he is a member of the executive committee of BECI (Brussels enterprises commerce and industry) since 2004 and he became vice chairman of the executive committee of BECI in 2007.

Since 2009 Karel Lowette is a member of the "Advisory board SN Brussels Airlines" Since June 2011 he is a member of the board of the wastewater treatment company Aquiris in Brussels.

Since May 2011 architecture bureau Lowette is a member of the association of architects G30 (more information on www.G30.be)

François MARECHAL
Professor Process and energy system engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - Switzerland

François Marechal holds a process engineering degree (1986) and a Ph D from University of Liège in Belgium, where he realized a Ph D. in the field of process integration of industrial sites under the supervision of Prof. B. Kalitventzeff. In 2001, he moved to Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland where he joined the Industrial Energy Systems Laboratory.

He is now professor in EPFL, heading the energy system engineering group conducting research in the field of the analysis and the design of sustainable industrial energy systems. His activities are focussing on the development of computer aided methods applying process integration and optimization techniques.

He has produced more then 100 scientific papers in the field of energy efficiency in the industry, process system design for biofuels and electricity production, industrial ecology and sustainable energy systems in urban areas studying the optimal integration of renewable energy resources. He is member of the scientific committee of IFP Energies nouvelles and representative of Switzerland in the working party on the use of computers in chemical engineering of the european federation of chemical engineering.

Publications of Francois Marechal may be found on www.researcherid.com/rid/B-5685-2009

Christian MEYERS
CEO of EcoTechnoPôle-Wallonie - Belgium

      • Engineer « Polytechnique Liège » (Chemistry)
      • Economy and Management « University Liège »
      • 38 years in Cement Industry (Heidelberg Cement)

 

 

Laboratorium, production, plants director in Belgium and Netherland,
Total quality manager, purchasing director Benelux,
Group purchasing in the field of alternate fuels and raw materials (AFR),
Group Environmental Sustainability for AFR, fuels and energy,

Board member of :

  • HC Benelux – MT Belgium
  • Recybel – Fly ash Belgium
  • Recyfuel – (sec. fuel) Belgium
  • Scancem Energy and Recovery Sweden
  • HeidelbergCement Fuels UK
  • Eucopro EU
  • ETP-W Belgium

Today :

  • Owner of Carbon-Hydrogen-Minerals SPRL (consultancy)
  • CEO of EcoTechnoPôle-Wallonie, Research and Development plateform in the field of thermoconversion www.etp-w.be
Eberhard MORGENROTH
Professor (ETH) and Head of Process Engineering Department (Eawag) - Switzerland

Eberhard Morgenroth holds an MS (University of California 1994), Dipl.-Ing. (Technical University of Harburg 1995), and PhD (Technical University of Munich 1998), all in civil and environmental engineering. After two years of postdoctoral research at the Technical University of Denmark he was first an assistant professor and from 2007 to 2009 an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a joint appointment in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Animal Sciences.

In 2002 he won the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award. Since August 2009 he is a Professor for Process Engineering in Urban Water Management with appointments both at ETH: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich and at Eawag : Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. His research interests include the biological treatment of wastewater and drinking water using activated sludge, membrane bioreactors, or biofilms. He is an editor for Water Research and for Water Science & Technology.

Makram SUIDAN
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut - Lebanon

Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut.  His research and teaching interests cover a broad spectrum of water quality, with special emphasis on bioremediation, adsorption and sustainable water quality practices.

Dr. Suidan is recipient of many University and professional awards that include the three highest awards given by the University of Cincinnati.  Additionally Dr. Suidan was named the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Distinguished Lecturer, and gave the AEESP address at the WEFTEC Annual Conference.  He was also recipient of the 2008 Frederick G. Pohland Medal.  Dr. Suidan was editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE.

He has published over 250 journal articles, 14 book chapters, 234 conference proceedings.  He has supervised 36 Ph.D. and 100 M.S. students to completion and is currently advising 5 Ph.D. and 7 M.S. students.  Additionally, he has two undergraduate students working in his laboratories.

Mark VAN LOOSDRECHT
Chair Environmental Biotechnology at TU Delft University - Netherlands

MSc Environmental Sciences 1985
PhD Microbiology/Colloid Chemistry 1988

Since 1988, Prof. Mark Van Loosdrecht has been working on Environmental Biotechnology at TU Delft University and was trained in environmental engineering, where his focus on microbiology and biotechnology engineering have seen significant contributions in advancing scientific knowledge in these areas.

He is a well-renowned scientist recognised for his significant contributions to the study of reducing energy consumption and the footprint of wastewater treatment plants through his patented and award winning technologies of Sharon®, Anammox® and Nereda®. His main work is on the use of microbial cultures within the environmental process-engineering field, with a special emphasis on nutrient removal, biofilm and biofouling.

A Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch Academy of Engineering (AcTI) and the International Water Association, Prof Loosdrecht has won numerous accolades such as the DOW chemical Energy price(2007) and the Grand Award (Gold Medal - 2008) for research and development from the International Water Association.

Prof Loosdrecht is also a Scientific Advisor at KWR Water Cycle Research Institute where he conducts wastewater and water cycle research in his continuing efforts to identify more sustainable solutions to solve global water problems. His other research interests include granular sludge systems, microbial storage polymers, wastewater treatment, gas treatment, soil treatment, microbial conversion of inorganic compounds (N,P,S), production of chemicals from waste and modelling.

Apart from his other achievements, he has published over 450 papers, supervised 65 PhD students and is the Honorary professor at University of Queensland, Australia. He is also currently the Editor-in-Chief for Water Research and the Advisor.

Publications Company of the International Water Association where 12 international journals and approximately 70 books are published each year.
Jes VOLLERTSEN
Professor in Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University - Danemark

Professor in Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark. Research experience and interests are focused on processes in sewers and stormwater systems.

The research covers sewer processes in order to develop and optimize methods for the integrated design and operation of sewer, treatment and environment. Here among to manage hydrogen sulfide and malodors in conveyance systems. The knowledge gained in the fundamental studies on in-sewer processes are combined and applied in a numerical model, simulating biological, chemical and physical processes.

Another focus area is stormwater best management practices with focus on stormwater runoff from urban surfaces and highways. It is the purpose to contribute to the development of conceptual design methods based on the processes taking place.