Keynote Speakers

Keynote I

Prof. Roberto San Jose
Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain

 

Roberto San Jose is a Professor of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). He studied Physics in the University of Valladolid (Spain) and made the Ph. D. in 1983 on relation to Atmospheric Boundary Layer. He became associated professor in University of Valladolid in 1986. He was on leave in the Max-Planck Institute of Meteorology in Hamburg (Germany) in  1989-1990 and He was a guest senior scientist in the IBM-Bergen Environmental Sciences and Solutions Center in Bergen (Norway) in 1990-1992. In 1992 he moved to the Computer Science School of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in Madrid (Spain). In 2001 he became head professor of the UPM. In 1992 He started a laboratory in UPM called Environmental Software and Modelling Group. Up to now, Prof. San Jose has been principal investigator in more than 200 projects related with Air Quality and Climate issues. The projects were down with private and public companies and also with European Union. More than 20 EU projects on the environmental area and Information Technology have been carried out. 

 

 

Keynote II

Prof. Carlos Garbisu
The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Spain

 
Prof. Carlos Garbisu is the Head of the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources at NEIKER-Tecnalia, The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development (Spain), where he leads the Soil Microbial Ecology Group (http://www.soilmicrobialecology.com). He obtained his PhD degree in Biology at King’s College London (1992). Then, he carried out postdoctoral studies in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of the Basque Country (1992-1993, 1996-1997) and in the Department of Plant Biology of the University of California at Berkeley (1993-1996). He has published more than 100 international papers (h-index>25; total number of citations: >2500), >145 communications to congresses, led more than 30 research projects, and taught a great deal of courses at the university level. He has participated in many scientific committees and acted as project evaluator for many organizations (including the European Commission) and as reviewer for many international journals. He has focused his career on the fields of microbiology and environmental biotechnology, mainly regarding the utilization of microorganisms and plants to clean-up contaminated soils and water. At the moment, he is most interested in the field of soil microbial ecology and, in particular, in the utilization of microbial indicators of soil quality within the context of the phytoremediation/bioremediation of contaminated soils. His research projects deal with the impact of contamination on soil functioning, the biological monitoring of bioremediation and phytoremediation procedures, and the effects of agricultural practices on soil quality.

 

Keynote III


Professor R. J. (Dick) Haynes

Soil and Environmental Science, School of Land Crop and Food Sciences/CRC CARE, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland

 

Professor Haynes works in the areas of soil and environmental science. His present research interests are in the use and recycling of industrial, agricultural and municipal wastes and minimising their effects on the environment. He has extensive experience having worked as both an applied research scientist and as a university professor and has worked in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. He has published over 170 original research papers in international journals, over 20 review papers in international volumes as well as many conference and extension papers and contract reports. He has been an invited keynote speaker at 7 international conferences and has served on the editorial board of 4 international research journals. He has acted as principal supervisor and co-supervisor of PhD, MSc and honours students in both South Africa and Australia.

 

Professor Haynes has carried out research in commercial horticultural, pastoral, arable and forestry production as well as in small-holder semi subsistence agriculture. He has also worked on bioremediation of soils contaminated with organic pollutants, rehabilitation of mined sites, application of organic and inorganic wastes to soils and the effects of heavy metal contaminants on soil processes. His research has been mainly in the areas of applied soil chemistry and soil microbiology/biology with links to soil physical properties and to pollution of air and water. He has specialised in working on applied problems and maintains strong links with industry. Major areas of research have included the role of grazing animals in the fertility of pastoral soils, N cycling and gaseous and leaching losses from arable and pastoral systems, soil quality and soil degradation under agricultural land use, effects of soil contaminants on soil processes, rehabilitation and remediation of contaminated, degraded and mined sites and use of wastes as soil amendments.

 

 

 

 

 

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