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International Speakers

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Dr. Ghanimeh 

Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Notre Dame University – Louaize (NDU), Lebanon


Dr. Ghanimeh is Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Notre Dame University – Louaize (NDU), Lebanon. Her research focuses on the treatment and management of solid waste and wastewater and climate change impacts and adaptation. She is a technical consultant for municipalities and local companies in the fields of waste management, water, and wastewater treatment and environmental impact assessment. She is currently the technical co-chair of NDU Environmental Sustainability Task Force. She has 45 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences in the areas of environmental engineering, waste management, and climate change.

Research philosophy – While conventional engineering practices render the waste management sector a heavy energy consumer, with less-than-optimal resource conservation, Dr. Ghanimeh’s work focuses on efficient treatment processes that recover energy, water, and resources from solid waste and wastewater. Specifically, she studies systems that include biological treatment components – as those are known to have low environmental impacts, high nutrient reuse, and reduced carbon footprint. Also, Dr. Ghanimeh is interested in addressing the effects of climate change on local communities and searching for available adaptation measures, namely from the water-waste-energy nexus perspective. 


"The energy dilemma of waste treatment"

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Dr. Francisco Vera García

Professor in the field of energy engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena – Cartagena, Spain


Lecture Professor and Coordinator of Renewable Energies Master at Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT). Degree as Industrial Engineer (1999) specialized in Energy Techniques and PhD Degree on Thermo-fluid-dynamic Processes in Thermal Engines (2004) by Technical University of Valencia. Founded member of the research group named " Modelling of Thermal and Energy Systems" of UPCT in 2004 , researching and working on modelling and testing in several topics such as: Internal Combustion Engines, two-phase flow, heat exchangers design, evaporation & condensation processes, Efficiency Use of Energy, Thermal & PV Solar Energy, Water Desalinization and others topics related of Thermal Energy among others.


"Renewable Energies in Europe"

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MSc. Asli Firat

Senior specialist in sustainability at T. Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları A.Ş.


Graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Civil Engineering Faculty, Environmental Engineering Department. She received her master degree from Stuttgart University WASTE (Air Quality Control, Solid Waste, and Waste Water Process Engineering) program and worked on international projects in Stuttgart University Energy Institute and Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality, and Solid Waste Management. From 2008 to 2013 she worked in Fırat Plastic as a Research and Development Engineer, and she was responsible for investments and quality/environmental management systems. She worked in Turkish Green Building Council as Certification Coordinator and managed the project about National Green Home Certification System. Since 2014, she is working in T. Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları A.Ş. as Environmental Management Senior Specialist in Sustainability Directorate. She manages projects on environmental management; mainly solid waste, emissions, and water; sustainability.  


"Approaches for Sustainable Waste Management"


Dr. -Ing. Regina Matos Jorge

Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR).


Regina is a Chemical Engineer from the State University of Maringá (1988). She holds a doctorate (2000) and a master's degree (1993) in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of São Paulo. Currently, she is a professor at the UFPR. She coordinates the disciplines of Transport Phenomena II, and she is the President of the Sector Monitoring Committee and representative of the Technology Sector in the General Monitoring Committee of PROGRAD / UFPR. Broad experience in the teaching of chemical reaction engineering and transport phenomena-related subjects.


Her research fields include catalysis, treatment of effluents by adsorption and processes of advanced oxidation, immobilization of biomolecules, biofilms, and recovery of industrial waste. Furthermore, she coordinates the Laboratory of Process Engineering in Particulate Systems (LEPSP). She has published 37 articles in indexed scientific journals, 3 book chapters, and 1 book. She is the head of the Group of Research in Process Engineering in Particulate Systems registered in the Directory of the Research Groups CNPq.


"New materials for treatment of effluents by adsorption and processes of advanced oxidation, biofilms, and recovery of industrial waste"

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