Keynote Lectures


Alicia Valero Delgado is head of the group of industrial ecology and resource efficiency at the Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE - Institute) and is lecturer at the University of Zaragoza in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Her more than fifteen years research activity has been focused on the identification of resource efficiency measures and the application of thermodynamics in the evaluation of resource depletion, subject from which she has received four international awards. She is the author or co-author of over 50 publications in international journals and book chapters and over 60 international conference papers, all of which relate to the analysis and optimisation of energy and the use of raw materials. She acts as advisor for the European Commission in the EIP on Raw Materials and participates in international round tables for criticality assessments of raw materials.
Prof. Ange NZIHOU (M) is Director of the Research Centre for Particulate Solids, Energy and Environment (RAPSODEE – CNRS) at the IMT Mines Albi-Carmaux (France). He is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering since 2012.
Since 2000, he has developed outstanding expertise in research fields such as Energy and added value materials from Biomass and Waste; Elaboration, functionalisation phosphate based composites / hybrid materials (sorbents, fertilizers, catalysts, energy carriers, sensors) for energy, agriculture and depollution (liquid, gas, solid phases); Thermochemical processes (pyrolysis, gasification, reforming) for biochar, bioash and energy production; The behavior of pollutants such as heavy metals and aerosols (fine particles) and Kinetics and transfer phenomena are among its field of expertise.
Through these research and industrial projects, he has supervised 32 PhDs (21 graduated already, 10 co-advised with colleagues from top universities in USA, Canada, Ireland, China and India), 12 post-docs, published 130 papers in peer reviewed journals, 4 world patents (2 scaled-up at industrial level), 38 invited plenary and keynote lectures in international conferences, published about 170 proceedings papers at national and international conferences. He has chaired and co-chaired 10 conferences and 2 international summer schools. He has obtained about 5.3 M€ of research grants over the 20 last years. He is chair and principal Investigator of joint Laboratories with industry: Solvay (Belgium) (2002-) and Terreal (France) (2014-2019).
He is Visiting Professor in number of renown Universities (USA, Ireland, China, India). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed journal “Waste and Biomass Valorization” ( journal/12649), and the founding Chair of the WasteEng Conference Series dedicated to the organisation of conferences and seminars on Waste and Biomass Valorisation ( since 2005. He is currently editing a Handbook on characterisation of biomass, biowaste and related by-products (Springer) to be published in June 2019.
He obtained some International and National significant scientific recognitions and awards such as the Grand Prix 2018 of the Academy of Sciences (France) in association with IMT (Institut Mines-Telecom) for his outstanding contribution in science and technology of Energy transition. He was also awarded with the Erudite Professor of the Mahatma Ghandi University (India) in 2018. The previous recipients of this professorship are well known and outstanding international scientists, academicians and Nobel Prize winners. He is also evaluator for Executive Committee of the World Bank (The PASET Scholarship in Innovation Fund programme). He was also appointed member of the scientific advisory board of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute WPI (USA) from 2017. He was also promoted Knight of the National Order of Merit (France) in 2017 on the besthood of the president of France. He has frequently worked as evaluator for EU projects (RTD, SME, Intereg) under the FP7 and H2020 programmes.
Stefano Mambretti started his career in Novamont in the 90's as Environmental Technician. After several years he joined the Commercial Department as Market developer waste management, which allowed him to start to collaborate with public administrations in order to develop integrated organic waste management systems with compostable carries bags. Stefano is also a member of the technical committee of Assobioplastiche, the Italian Association of bioplastics and biodegradable and compostable materials, in order to contribute and promote how bioplastics can play a fundamental role in driving separate collection systems and in reducing the organic waste contamination.
Elvira Fortunato is Vice-Rector at NOVA University and Director of the Associated Laboratory i3N (Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodeling and Nanofabrication).Since 2016 she integrates the group of Chief Scientific Advisors of the European Commission.She is an elected member of Academy of Engineering (2008), European Academy of Sciences (2016), Lisbon Academy of Sciences (2017) and since 2018 from the Academia Europaea. She belongs to the Board of Trustees of the Luso-American Development Foundation (2014).In 2008 and 2018 she was warded from the European Research Council with two Advanced Grants in the area of oxide electronics targeting the transparent electronics and the t building of multi smart devices using digital technologies, respectively. She received the Czochralski Medal (Science of Materials) assigned by the Polish Academy of Sciences in 2017 and the Blaise Pascal Medal conferred by the European Academy of Sciences, 2016. She has been distinguished with several National and International Prizes, among those it is worth mentioning the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, in 2009, by University of Galati, and the denomination of Grand Officer of Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, acknowledged by the President of the Republic of Portugal in 2010.