Plenary & Keynote Speakers

8th International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Treatment and Protection (ICEPTP 2023)

We are pleased to announce our plenary and Keynote Speakers for ICEPTP 2023:

Dr. Bruce E. Rittmann

Dr. Bruce E. Rittmann
Arizona State University, USA
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Bruce E. Rittmann is Regents’ Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the science and engineering needed to “manage microbial communities to provide services to society.” Services include generating renewable energy, cleaning water and soil, and improving human health. Dr. Rittmann is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of AAAS, WEF, IWA, AEESP, and NAI; and a Distinguished Member of ASCE. Dr. Rittmann was awarded the first Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Water Science and Technology from the NWRI, the Walter Huber Research Prize and the Simon Freese Award from ASCE, the G.M. Fair Award from AAEES, the Perry L. McCarty/AEESP Founders Award, and the Camp Applied Research Award from WEF. He is the co-winner of the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize. Dr. Rittmann has published over 790 journal articles, books, and book chapters, and he has 21 patents. With Dr. Perry McCarty, Dr. Rittmann co-authored the textbook Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications (McGraw-Hill Book Co.), which is now out in its second edition.

Topic of Keynote: Destroying PFAS by Combining Nanoparticle and Microbial Catalysis
Plenary Abstract

Dr. Leon Higley

Dr. Leon Higley
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Leon Higley is a Professor of Applied Ecology in the School of Natural Resources. His work is focused on insect ecology; however, he and his students have concentrated in four areas: (1) the ecophysiology of plant-insect interactions, with emphasis on photosynthesis and yield loss mechanisms, and applications through pest management decision making, (2) insect conservation biology, (3) decompositional ecology and forensic entomology, and (4) ecophysiology of insect extremophiles. Dr Higley received a BA in chemistry (Cornell University), MS in entomology (Iowa State University), and PhD with a double major in entomology and crop production/physiology (Iowa State University). He has served as subject or associate editor of 5 scientific journals, has co-edited or written 5 books, has written 22 book chapters, and is co-author of 125 peer-reviewed papers.

Topic of Keynote: Reducing Environmental Pollution from Pesticides through Increasing Environmental Resistance and Reducing Use
Keynote Abstract

Dr. Margarida J Quina

Dr. Margarida J Quina
University of Coimbra, Portugal
Keynote Speaker

Margarida J. Quina is Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Chemical Engineering – University of Coimbra, Portugal. Her work is focused on waste and wastewater management aiming at developing circular economy and biorefinery approaches while ensuring environmental protection. The main technologies studied have been anaerobic digestion and composting for organic waste, while the recovery of nutrients and metals has been tackled through physical and chemical processes (e.g. adsorption, chemical precipitation, membranes, etc.). Studies involving ecotoxicity assessment of waste have been addressed to ensure environmental protection. She participated in more than 30 R&D projects and supervised several Master’s and Ph.D. theses. She is the author/co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers, 12 book chapters, 1 patent, and more than 120 communications in International Congresses.

Topic of Keynote: Classification of Waste: Assessment of HP 14 Ecotoxicity
Plenary Abstract

Dr. Zahari Zlatev

Dr. Zahari Zlatev
Aarhus University, Denmark
Keynote Speaker

Zahari Zlatev received his MSc from the Sofia University and his PhD from the Sct. Petersburg University. He is now emeritus senior scientist at the Department of Environmental Science of Aarhus University, Denmark, where he worked during many years. He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Zahari Zlatev developed, together with several of his co-workers, the Unified Danish Eulerian Model (UNI-DEM), which is used by scientists from several European countries in many environmental and climate change studies. He participated in many international scientific projects.
Main areas of research: Scientific Computing, Applied Mathematics and Air Pollution Modelling (including here studying the influence of climatic changes on high pollution levels). Zahari Zlatev published seven monographs. He has been editor of many proceedings volumes and twenty special issues of international journals, has published 182 papers in international journals, 233 papers in proceedings of international conferences and more than 200 institutional reports.
Zahari Zlatev has been involved in training young specialists; including graduated students and PhD students. Zahari Zlatev organized five international conferences. Moreover, Zahari Zlatev was one of organizers of sixteen mini-symposia at international conferences. He has been an invited speaker at 53 international conferences and many times a member of the organizing committee of international workshops and conferences.

Topic of Keynote: Applying Digitalization of the Transport of Air Pollution Pollutants Over Europe in the Efforts to Study More Efficiently Some Dangerous Effects
keynote Abstract

Registration fee includes the following:

  • Publication of 1 accepted paper in the proceedings. Publication of each additional paper requires a €200 EUR registration
  • Conference package including a USB of the proceedings with all registered accepted papers
  • Buffet lunch for each day of the conference
  • 2 coffee breaks for each day of the conference
  • 1 banquet dinner OR cruise tour

Important information for accompanying person(s): Please be informed that the accompanying person can NOT be a co-author.
Co-authors, regardless if 1 author is attending, must pay the full registration fee.
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Virtual registration fee includes the following:

  • Publication of 1 accepted paper in the proceedings. Publication of each additional paper requires a €150 EUR registration
  • Access to all the sessions of the conference