Ecohydrology, BiotEchnology & Engineering 2013 Lodz Poland Ecohydrology, Biotechnology & Engineering Towards the Harmony between Biogeosphere and Society on the basis of Long Term Ecosystem Research Symposium organised within:
The United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation 2013, 16th-22nd September 2013

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Opening speech will be delivered by:

Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Prof, PhD, Certified Environmental Engineer
Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Prof, PhD, Certified Environmental Engineer
Blanca Jiménez is currently the Director of the Division of Water Sciences, and the Secretary of International Hydrological Programme, at the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO. She obtained her PhD Summa Cum Laude in Water and Wastewater Treatment from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, France. She has chaired various Mexican and international scientific, professional and editorial groups and has received 22 honours and awards – among them the shared Nobel Peace Prize (2007) as part of the United Nations IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the Mexican National Science and Arts Prize in Technology and Design (2009), the Global Water Award (2010) granted by the IWA (International Water Association), and membership of the Nominating Committee for the Stockholm Water Prize (2007-2012). For some of these awards she was the first person from the developing world to receive them, and in some cases the first woman.

She has 31 years of professional experience with UNAM as her permanent base since 1980. In addition, she has held the following positions, some of them as part of sabbatical visits: 1985 - research engineer for Lyonnaise des Eaux, Paris; 1991 – deputy coordinator of the Water Quality Department and 1991-1992 – coordinator of the Human Resources Development Department of the Water Sector at IMTA (Mexican Institute of Water Technology); 1988-1989 –coordinator of the Environmental Engineering Department at UNAM; 1991-2001 – head of the Hydraulics and Environmental Department at the Engineering Institute, being the first, and until now, the only woman to have attained this position; 2005– leader of the project to control helminths eggs and reuse sludge from dry toilets for agricultural production at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.; and from 2009 to September 2012 she was a Professor and Head of the Treatment and Reuse Group, Department of Environmental Engineering, Engineering Institute, UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) development of the Mexican Climate Change and Water Research Program at the National Ecological Institute of Mexico and Coordinator of leading authors for the freshwater resources chapter under the adaptation theme for the IPCC. In parallel, Dr. Jiménez has collaborated with 15 international groups and provided consulting services to 31 technological projects for local and national governments, as well as UN organizations and private enterprises in Mexico, other developing countries and countries in transition.

Dr. Jiménez’s scientific and technical (national and international) writing amounts to 414 publications (books and book chapters, papers in journals, norms, standards and patents) which have received more than 1221 citations. Her fields of expertise include: water and wastewater treatment technologies; sludge treatment and revalorization projects; water and health, urban water, development of achievable norms to control and prevent pollution in developing countries and countries in transition; evaluating and maximizing benefits of non-intentional or incidental water reuse (recently denoted as ‘de facto reuse’); developing IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) plans to achieve effective environmental linkages of the quantity and quality dimensions of the resource, and assessing the environmental, social and economic effects of climate change on water.
Giovanni Bidoglio, Head of the Water Resources Unit, Joint Research Centre, EU
Giovanni Bidoglio, Head of the Water Resources Unit, Joint Research Centre, EU
Giovanni Bidoglio is Head of the Water Resources Unit at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission where he provides science-based support to the implementation of EU Directives related to water resources and contributes to the integration of water resource-efficiency considerations into sectoral EU policy areas (agriculture, industry, energy, trade, environment, development cooperation). His research interests include the sustainable management of water resources, mapping of ecosystem services, modelling of bio-geochemical fate and hydrological processes of pollutants, environmental risk assessment and environmental monitoring. His previous work included research on soil and groundwater protection and greenhouse gas emissions from natural ecosystems, and assessments of impacts of agri-environmental and rural development measures. He is member of various advisory boards and has published widely in the scientific press.
Pleanary lectures will be delivered by:

Enrique Playan, Coordinator, Water Joint Programming Initiative - MINECO, Government of Spain
Enrique Playan, Coordinator, Water Joint Programming Initiative - MINECO, Government of Spain
Enrique Playán is a Scientific Researcher of CSIC at the Aula Dei Experimental Station (Zaragoza, Spain). He holds a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (1989), and a PhD in Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University, Logan (1992). With research interests on irrigation system analysis and design, irrigation districts and irrigation hydrology, Dr. Playán has performed research and development activities on a number of international and national research projects in the last twenty years, and published dozens of papers in irrigation journals. His technological contributions include the release of management software for irrigation districts and irrigation simulation models. He is coordinator of the EEAD-CSIC research group. He currently serves as President of the European Normalization Committee CEN/TC334 “Irrigation Techniques”, and as Coordinator of the European Joint Programming Initiative “Water Challenges for a Changing World”.
Brian Moss, Director of International Society of Limnology (SIL), UK
Brian Moss, Director of International Society of Limnology (SIL), UK
Brian Moss has a long and wide experience of limnology with studies on a tropical endorheic lake, and north temperate eutrophicated lakes. He works with laboratory cultures of algae and experiments in lake mesocosms, controllably heated tanks and whole lakes. He is much interested in legislation on ecological quality and in global problems of politics and water. He has long had world-wide interests and has researched in North America, Africa and Europe and taught in three other continents. He strongly believes in the value of SIL as an international body which should foster work outside the axis of the developed world and has participated in the teaching of several courses to international groups of students in South America, and Africa widening his expertise to river systems in doing so. He holds a chair in the University of Liverpool, UK, but would not want to be seen as an establishment figure, rather as someone who thinks that major change in scientific culture, academic institutions and human societies is very urgent if the biosphere is to retain even the reduced values and services it currently provides. He has produced a widely-used text book, Ecology of Freshwaters, Man and Medium, Past to Future, now being rewritten in its fourth edition and a book on a set of English lakes formed in man-made basins nearly a thousand years ago (The Broads: The Peoples’ Wetland, Harper Collins, 2002). His current passions also include playing the double bass (though badly), painting and poetry.
Graham Piper, Immediate Past Chair, CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group, Project Team Manager, Environment Agenc
Graham Piper, Immediate Past Chair, CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group, Project Team Manager, Environment Agenc
Graham Piper has twenty one years’ experience in river and flood defence engineering and is now employed by the Environment Agency in the UK, following time as both an independent consultant, and in international consultancy. Prior to this he spent seven years in Uganda as a field director for a programme of community-based water and sanitation projects, having started his career as a chemical engineer employed by Shell UK Oil.
Graham is currently the Project Executive for a programme of projects arising from the Lower Thames Flood Risk Management Strategy (LTS). He has been responsible for leading and managing a large project team comprising a joint venture between Halcrow and Jacobs, with specialist input from the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University.
He is also the Programming Executive to deliver a variety of different schemes under the umbrella of the Environment Agency’s Environment & Business programme for the SE Region. In 2012 the programme was tasked with delivering approximately 240 projects, covering Water Framework Directive, Biodiversity, Fisheries, Water Resources, Waste and Process Industry Regulations.
Hans R. Herren, Laureate of the World Food Prize, Kilby Award, Brandenberger Prize, Tyler Prize, One World A
Hans R. Herren, Laureate of the World Food Prize, Kilby Award, Brandenberger Prize, Tyler Prize, One World A
Hans Herren, an internationally recognized scientist, was appointed MI’s president in May 2005. Prior to joining MI, he was director-general of the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya. He also served as director of the Africa Biological Control Center of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Benin.
At ICIPE, Hans developed and implemented programs in the area of human, animal, plant and environmental health (the 4-H paradigm) as they relate to insect issues. At IITA, he conceived and implemented the highly successful biological control program that saved the African cassava crop, and averted Africa’s worst-ever food crisis. Over the years, Hans has moved his interests toward integrated sustainable development, in particular, linking environmental, plant, animal, and human health issues. As MI’s president, Hans’ priorities are to internationalize the Institute, and develop its public sector component with new core and project funding. This funding will enable developing countries to implement MI’s Threshold 21 (T21) integrated planning model.

Hans earned his Ph.D. at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and holds numerous awards that recognize his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. These include: Election to the U.S National Academy of Sciences in 1999; Election to the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World (TWAS) in 2005, for his contribution to the development and support of sciences in Africa; Recipient of the 1995 World Food Prize, the highest award given to an individual for advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world; Recipient of the 1995 Kilby Award, given to individuals who have made significant contributions to society through science, technology, innovation, invention, and education; Recipient of the 2002 Brandenberger Preis, for improving the living standards of Africa’s rural population through the development of agricultural projection methods that is in harmony with the environment; Recipient of the 2003 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, awarded to individuals whose contributions to environmental science, energy and medicine confer great benefit upon mankind; Recipient of the 1991 Sir and Lady Rank Prize for Nutrition, awarded by the former Prime Minister of Britian, Lady Margaret Thatcher.

Hans serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including co-chairing the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology, (IAASTD); chairman of BioVision, a Swiss foundation with a global mandate to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of poor people while maintaining the precious natural resource base that sustains life; president of the International Association of the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS); and member, US Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR).
Johannes Cullmann, Chair of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrology Programme (IHP) of U
Johannes Cullmann, Chair of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrology Programme (IHP) of U
Mr Johannes Cullmann (PhD) developed his scientific career studying flood forecasting and mitigation and hydro at the Technical University Dresden as well as Human Ecology, world population and nutrition, ecology and modern anthropology at German Broadcast College.
In 1998 J. Cullmann worked as a research Assistant in Max Planck Institute of Limnology, Research Assistant, Manaus (Brazil). In 2000 – 2001 he coordinated the workgroup German Development Service (DED), Conception-Chillán (Chile). During 2002 and 2003 he continued his research at Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), and between 2003 and 2007 – at the Technical University Dresden (Germany). Since 2007 he works in German International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO/ Hydrology and Water Resources Programme of WMO. In 2012, Dr. Johannes Cullmann, Director of the IHP Secretariat at the Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), Koblenz, was elected Chairman of the IC.
Patric S. Bourgeron, Head of ILTER Science Strategy Committee, Colorado University, USA
Patric S. Bourgeron, Head of ILTER Science Strategy Committee, Colorado University, USA
Patric S.Bourgeron (PhD) is an INSTAAR Affiliate at the Center for the American West, CU-Boulder. He specialises in integrated ecological assessments; conservation, ecosystem, landscape, and plant ecology; conservation and land use planning; ecosystem management; biogeography; statistical and numerical modeling; biological diversity; ecological classification and mapping; technology transfer; strategic planning for science and conservation programs; communication outreach; managing system and organizational change. Patric S. Bourgeron has also a vide research interests, including i.a. the recognition of Role of local and regional processes on the structure of hierarchically organized ecosystems. He tries also use of geostatistics and multivariate techniques to study ecological patterns as well as multi-scale sampling design and data extrapolation. Other interests include also analysis and modeling of species distributions; multi-scale mapping of biophysical and biotic patterns; patterns of life-form coexistence; selection of regional systems of conservation networks; ecological indicators of climate and anthropogenic change; land use change; biostatistics; integration of science in the planning process (land use and management, conservation); integration of modeling, geographic information systems, relational databases, and remote sensing data for ecological studies, ecological assessments, and conservation; development of tools to communicate research results to decision makers and the public. His scientific work has been reflected in a number of highly esteemed scientific papers and publications.
Stanisław Bielecki, Rector of the Technical University of Lodz, Poland
Stanisław Bielecki, Rector of the Technical University of Lodz, Poland
Scientific work of prof. Bielecki began in 1970. In 1990 received PhD in agricultural sciences in the field of food technology and nutrition. In 1999 received the title of Professor. In 1993, he became associate professor and in 2002 a full professor at the Institute of Technical Biochemistry. In 1993 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Food Chemistry and Biotechnology, and in 1996-2002 he served as dean of the entity. From 2002 to 2008 he was vice-rector for science and development. In 2008 appointed Rector of Technical University for four years, and in 2012 elected to a second term in 2016.
His studies have been mainly focused on biocatalysis, industrial biotechnology, molecular engineering of biocatalysts, biocatalysis in noncoventional environments, enzymatic synthesis of oligosaccharides and biopolymers with emphasis on microbial cellulose. He has authored or co-authored more than 180 publications, four patents and over 20 patent applications. He was also awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polish Rebirth (2011).
William J. Mitsch, Laureate of the Sotckholm Water Prize, The Conference Chair of the 4th International Ecosumm
William J. Mitsch, Laureate of the Sotckholm Water Prize, The Conference Chair of the 4th International Ecosumm
Dr. Mitsch is Eminent Scholar and Director of Everglades Wetland Research Park and Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, at the Kapnick Center located at the Naples Botanical Garden. He is also Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University where he was Distinguished Professor and Director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park. He received his Ph.D. in systems ecology at the University of Florida. His research and graduate teaching have focused on wetland and aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, wetland creation and restoration, ecological engineering, and ecosystem modelling. Dr. Mitsch has published over 300 papers on ecological matters and has edited or written 17 books. including the fourth edition of the widely used textbook Wetlands (Mitsch and Gosselink, 2007). Dr. Mitsch is past president of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), is a Certified Senior Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America, and a Certified Wetland Scientist with the SWS. He served on the NRC Panels on Wetland Characterization in 1993-1995 and Mitigating Wetland Loss in 2000-2001. He was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in 2004. He also received the Theodore M. Sperry Award in 2005 for a career in ecosystem restoration from the Society for Ecological Research (SER) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) in 2007.
Session chaimen profiles:

Alessandra Pugnetti, Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR), National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
Alessandra Pugnetti, Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR), National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
Alessandra Pugnetti is a biologist, with a PhD in Environmental Sciences. She is scientist at the Institute of Marine Sciences (www.ismar.cnr.it), National Research Council of Italy. Her background is on phytoplankton ecology (phenology, photosynthetic activity, role in the trophic web) in lacustrine, transitional waters and marine environments. She is involved in the Coordination of the Italian Long Term Ecosystem Network (LTER-Italy: www.lteritalia.it) since its inception. She is the Coordinator of the Life+ Project “EnvEurope” (Environmental quality and pressure assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring), one of the flagship projects of the European Long Term Ecosystem Network (LTER-Europe: www.lter-europe.net/).

Jun Xia, Past President of International Water Resources Association (IWRA); Chair Professor & Dean, The
Jun Xia, Past President of International Water Resources Association (IWRA); Chair Professor & Dean, The
Prof. Jun Xia is the Chair Professor and Dean of the Research Institute for Water Security (RIWS), Wuhan University. He is also distinguished professor of the Key Laboratory of Water Cycle and Related Land Surface Processes, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has ample experiences on leading water resources research, managing and consulting jobs in China and international activities since 1987. He is now severed as the President of International Water Resources Association (IWRA), Board Governor of World Water Council (WWC), and Co-Chair of the InterAcademy Council for Water Programme (IAC-WP), Co-Chair of the China-Australia Center on Water Resources Research, and member the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Water System Project (GWSP-SSC). Moreover he is associated editor of the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. He was awarded by “The International Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Water Management”, given by The Third World Centre for Water Management in October 2011.
Marek Zawilski, Head o Subdepartment of Water and Sewage  Technology Technical University of Lodz
Marek Zawilski, Head o Subdepartment of Water and Sewage Technology Technical University of Lodz
Zawilski Marek dr hab. inż. works at Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Lodz. He works as a lecturer and shares his time also as an observer in the Planetarium and the Astronomical Observatory in Lodz.
He is a well known specialist in the field of environmental engineering and urban hydrology, mainly in the field of sewerage systems and wastewater treatment. His works have gathered over 50 scientific papers concerning modeling of devices and systems for the collection and disposal of sewage, i.a. „Distribution of settling velocity - a tool of predicting the stormwater solid contamination characteristics”, „Management of urban stormwater and storm overflow water with the use of small natural watercourses”, „Stormwater management and rehabilitation of channelized river in Lodz”, „Model of Storm Sewer Discharge” and “Areal rainfall intensity distribution over an urban area and its effect on a combined sewerage system”.
He is the winner of the Golden Badge of the Polish Association of Amateur Astronomers, Honorary Award of the City of Lodz. Marek Zawilski is also a member of International Water Association, Polish Association of Sanitary Engineers and Technicians, Polish Association of Amateur Astronomers (Lodz branch), as well as International Occultation Timing Association (European Section).


Martin Whiting, Past Chairperson of CIWEM Rivers & Coastal Group, Haskoning UK Ltd., UK
Martin Whiting, Past Chairperson of CIWEM Rivers & Coastal Group, Haskoning UK Ltd., UK
Martin Whiting is responsible for the quality and development of the company’s services to Public Sector clients, this follows his work with the Environment Agency through the NEECA2 and SFRM2 frameworks. He is identifying ways in which the company’s expertise can be specifically shared with LLFA in completing their roles under the FWM Act. Additionally Martin Whiting is the Project Director for a number of fluvial schemes and provides specialist technical knowledge.
Prior to this Martin Whiting spent eight years in the South East as the Coastal & Rivers Director where he was responsible for a team of engineers, scientists and technicians working on a range of river and coastal projects together with waterside development and numerical modelling, the Group’s annual turnover was in excess of £2.7m. Before this role Martin Whiting spent 26 years in the public sector during which time he was responsible for the management of national projects and the implementation of national and regional initiatives within regional offices. Martin Whiting has been responsible for all aspects of project management and has presented papers and training sessions to a variety of audiences. Prior to his public sector service Whiting spent seven years in the private sector in the construction industry.
Specialties: Public Sector services, Open Water Management, Asset Management (Policy and Practice), Flood Incident Management and Operational Response Plans, Trash Screen Design and Operation. Project Management, Member of the Joint Defra/EA R&D Programme Group - Incident Management and the Community. Martin was the CIWEM RCG Chairman (2011-12).
Ryszard Chróst, Head of Microbial Ecology Department, Warsaw University
Ryszard Chróst, Head of Microbial Ecology Department, Warsaw University
The scientific work of Prof. Ryszard Chróst began in 1970 when he passed the M.Sc. at the Faculty of Biology, Department of Water and Wastewater Microbiology, University of Warsaw. In 1974 he received the Ph.D. at the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw. After that in 1986 he has completed habilitation at the Institute of Ecology, Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1997 received the title of Full Professor in Biology, title awarded by the President of Polish Republic. From 1978 to 1979 he participated in the postdoc stipend at Smithsonian Institution, Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies, Maryland, USA (1978 – 79). From 1993 prof. Chróst is the Head of Microbial Ecology Department, Warsaw University. Between 1996 and 2004 he was the senior research scientist at Smithsonian Institution (Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany, Washington DC, USA) working on microbial ecology of the coral reefs off Belize. Between 1983 and 1988 he was senior research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Department of Microbial Ecology, Germany. After that, starting from 1989 up to 1992 he worked there as visiting professor. The research interests of prof. Chróst cover the application of molecular and biochemical approaches to the study of microbial diversity, ecology and ecophysiology in aquatic systems as well as molecular and cyto-biochemical markers application for detection and visualization of coupling of biodiversity and function of aquatic microbial communities in freshwater and marine systems. Prof. Chróst has been authored or co-authored more than 100 publications. He is one of the best internationally recognized and cited Polish aquatic microbial ecologist. Prof. R.J. Chróst acted as a chair of many European and International Scientific Conferences and Symposium, as well as he presented plenary or invited speaker lectures. Prof. Chróst is also a member of several scientific European and International Research Councils and he is project reviewer for European Commission, USA and other countries National Science Foundations.
Honorary Guests

His Excellency  Ato Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
His Excellency Ato Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
His Excellency Ato Alemayehu Tegenu is a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tashkent in Uzbekistan (former USSR).

Following a Masters in Mechanical Engineering he joined the Water Resource Development Authority in Addis Abba as a senior expert and served as head of the Oromiya Water Supply Department. He was a member of the Oromiya Regional Cabinet and is Chairman and Board member for several development Agencies in Ethiopia.

His Excellency Alemayehu Tegenu is a member of the parliament and H.E. had been The Minister of Mines and Energy from 2006 to August 2010 and working as The Minister of Water and Energy since September 2010.


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