Plenary and keynote speakers

Plenary speakers

Prof. Martin Scheringer

Chemistry and the Environment – Where Do We Stand in 2023?

ETH Zürich
Dep. of Environmental Systems Science

Martin Scheringer is a professor of environmental chemistry at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and a group leader and research scientist at ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. He has worked in the fields of chemical hazard and risk assessment, environmental fate modeling for chemicals, and human exposure assessment since 1994 and has published more than 280 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several books. From 2015 to 2020 he was an Associate Editor of the ACS journal, Environmental Science & Technology. In addition to his scientific research, Martin Scheringer has worked extensively at the science-policy interface. He has conducted several projects with the OECD, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and with UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme; he is a co-author of the chapter on chemicals and waste in UNEP’s 5th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5). Martin Scheringer is a founding member of the International Panel on Chemical Pollution, IPCP, and is currently the chair of the IPCP.

Prof. Christian Zwiener

PFAS: Allrounders or Problem Generators? - Environmental and Analytical Perspectives

University of Tübingen
Center for Applied Geoscience

Prof. Christian Zwiener is head of the group of Environmental Analytical Chemistry at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany. He is an executive board member of the Water Chemical Society (GDCh), vice speaker of the Department of Geosciences, member of the Division of Chemistry and the Environment (EuChemS) and active in the Expert Committee on non-target screening (GDCh). His research focuses on environmental and analytical chemistry, more specifically on the analysis, occurrence and fate of organic micropollutants in the environment and in water treatment (e.g. disinfection by-products, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products). In recent years we developed analytical approaches for non-target and suspect screening by LC-high-resolution mass spectrometry, and combined lab scale experiments for photochemistry, biodegradation and electrochemical oxidation with field investigations to identify transformation products. A large-scale contamination in southwestern Germany (the “Rastatt” case) directed our focus to the problems and challenges associated with per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).

Prof. Roberto Terzano

Unraveling environmental issues in the soil-plant system with X-rays: opportunities and challenges

University of Bari "Aldo Moro"
Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences

Roberto Terzano is associate professor of Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy. He is the President of the Division of “Chemistry and the Environment” of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). He holds a master’s degree in Chemistry (Analytical) and a PhD in Agricultural Chemistry. He is the founder and scientific manager of the “Micro X-ray Lab” at the University of Bari, Italy. He was Marie Curie Fellow at the MiTAC (Micro and Trace Analysis Centre) of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Roberto Terzano has been leading a number of projects at different European Synchrotron Light Sources on the use of X-rays to study trace elements in soils and plants. His research activity is focused mainly on the biogeochemistry of trace elements in the soil-plant system, development of X-ray based analytical methods, plant nutrition and soil remediation.

Prof. Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou

Degradation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern on Reactive Surfaces: Kinetics, Mechanisms and Transformation Products

University of Cincinnati
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou is currently a Herman Schneider Professor of Environmental Engineering and Distinguished Research Professor (STEMM) at the University of Cincinnati. He has served as a UNESCO co-Chair Professor on “Water Access and Sustainability”. He teaches courses on drinking water quality, treatment and reuse, advanced unit operations for water treatment, advanced oxidation technologies, and physical-chemical processes for water quality control. Professor Dionysiou is leading several projects of local, state, national and international importance focused on water quality, treatment, reuse, and monitoring. His work encompasses surface water, groundwater, agricultural water, and industrial waters of complex mixtures. His research interests include (i) physical chemical processes for water treatment, (ii) urban water quality, (iii) advanced oxidation processes, (iv) UV and solar light-based remediation processes, (v) treatment of contaminants of emerging concern (i.e., pharmaceuticals and personal care products, biotoxins, heavy metals), (vi) remediation of Harmful Algal Blooms/cyanotoxins, (vii) environmental nanotechnology and nanosensing, (viii) water-energy-food (WEF) nexus, and (ix) water sustainability. Several of his current projects are focused on the treatment, sensing, and monitoring of cyanotoxins in freshwater aquatic systems as well as removal of a diverse group of contaminants of emerging concern in water treatment and reuse applications.

Prof. Adrian Covaci

Human exposure to emerging contaminants: advances and challenges

University of Antwerp
Toxicological Center

Prof. Dr. Adrian COVACI (50 y) is currently a Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is the current director of the Toxicological Center in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. After he has acquired a PhD in Chemistry in 2002, he became a full professor in 2012. Current fields of interest are the “Application of advanced mass spectrometric techniques to the human exposome”, “Human biomonitoring of emerging contaminants”, and “Metabolomics and human metabolism of xenobiotics in in vitro and in vivo systems”. He has co-authored more than 650 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has an H-index of 85. His papers have been cited more than 32,000 times which has earned him the title of Highly Cited Researcher for consecutive years between 2015 and 2022. Since 2011, he is the Belgian representative in the Division of Chemistry in the Environment of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS). He is also co-Editor-in- Chief for Environment International (IF2020: 13.4) and an Associate Editor for Science of the Total Environment (IF2020: 10.5).

Keynote speakers

ICCE 2023 will also offer keynote presentations on highly relevant selected topics, including:

Prof. Guenter Gauglitz
Sensor systems in water analytics
University of Tübingen
Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Prof. Jose Julio Ortega-Calvo
Bioavailability reductions through nature-based remediation of soils and sediments: potential regulatory aspects
Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Avda
Prof. Nicola Senesi
The unique role of natural nonliving organic matter (NOM) and humic substances (HS) in the environment with emphasis on soil
University of Bari “Aldo Moro”
Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences
Prof. Albert Lebedev
Complementary techniques for GC-MS environmental analysis
Moscow State University
Department of Organic Chemistry
Prof. Peter Šebej
Environment and health: What did we learn after five years of running comprehensive interdisciplinary bachelor and master study programmes in Brno, Czech Republic?
Masaryk University
Faculty of Science
Prof. Jannis Wenk
Microplastic, trace contaminant, antimicrobial resistance and nutrient dynamics in a conventional municipal wastewater treatment process coupled to a polishing constructed wetland
University of Bath
Department of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Nicole Zumbülte
Analysing Microplastics in the Environment – Challenges and Pitfalls
German Technical and Scientific Association of Gas and Water (DVGW)
TZW: DVGW-Technologiezentrum Wasser (German Water Centre), Department Water chemistry
Prof. Juliane Hollender
Plant protection product residues in the environment – still analytical and environmental challenges to overcome!
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)
Department Environmental Chemistry
Prof. Matija Strlič
Damage functions – models of material response to stress in a museum environment
University of Ljubljana
Dr. Christopher Blum 
How to measure sustainability in international chemicals management?
German Environment Agency
Dr. Ana Rita Lado Ribeiro
Environmental enantioselectivity of chiral pharmaceuticals
University of Porto
Faculty of Engineering
Dr. Emilio Benfenati
Recent in silico model for hazard assessment and early warning
Mario Negri Institute
Department of  Environmental Health Sciences