Invited speakers

Joan Garcia is Professor of Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Catalonia-BarcelonaTech (UPC). Joan holds a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona (UB), and presented his doctoral dissertation on wastewater treatment engineering in the same University. He has been a postdoc research visitor at University of California at Berkeley (2001), and University of Ghent, Belgium (2005). For his contributions to water resources research and wastewater engineering he received (in 2008) an award of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation for the Intensification of Research Activity. Also he has received an award by the Fulbright Comission to take a sabbatical in Florida Gulf Coast University, USA (2018). He has written over 250 articles in scientific as well as technical journals and proceedings. Joan carries out interdisciplinary research on the development and improvement of environmental biotechnologies that mimicking nature and maximizing eco-efficiency allow treatment of wastewaters and other kinds of wastes. In particular research is currently conducted on systems for wastewater treatment and at the same time materials and energy recovery, like constructed wetlands and microalgae photobioreactors.

Dr Hans-Joachim Nägele, has studied agriculture at the University of Applied Sciences in Nürtingen (Stuttgart) and got a very good insight of practical farming. He has large practical experiences working in large dairy farm in Australia and for a development project (municipal waste composting) in Morocco. He finished studies with a thesis in agricultural engineering for the Company Südzucker. Then he decided to study again and chose the Humboldt University of Berlin as they offered a combination of agricultural economics and politics. For his Master thesis, he chose again a topic related to agricultural engineering and worked together with the company Pöttinger (Austria) on overloading concepts in harvest chains. After completing the studies he started a Ph.D. Program at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart) at the State Institute of Agicultural Engineering and Bioenergy) within the frame of the bioenergy research platform Baden-Württemberg. His work has been related to efficiency studies at the worldwide first full-scale biogas research plant located at one of the University farms. After graduation, he worked as a post-doc on the State Institute and he have been responsible for several full-scale research projects with partners from Industry and Research. Since 2018 he is working at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland as a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Biotechnology. Alongside lecturing in the field of Biomass and Bioenergy he is involved in research and education in this field. He is glad to have a very broad and active network to researchers, industry and farmers in the field in Europe and worldwide.  

 Ph.D.D.Sc Magdalena Gajewska in 1993 graduated Hydro-Engineering Faculty at Gdańsk University of Technology.  Both Habitation (2013) and PhD (2001) at  Gdańsk University of Technology ( GUT).At present she is an associate professor in the Department of Water and Wastewater Technology at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering GUT. In the 2016-2020 term, serves as Vice-dean for science. She specialize in technologies related to eco-engineering: natural methods of wastewater treatment and disposal of sewage sludge, sustainable water management in urban areas (SUD), protection and restoration of water bodies as well as resource renewal. She used to conduct research on the application of treatment wetlands for wastewater treatment and water pollution control in the aspect of circular economy. Particularly she is interested the transformation of nitrogen compounds  and new emerging pollutants in wetlands systems.  Magdalena Gajewska is an author or co-author of 70 papers listed in the Web of Science database, seven books and over 100 peer-reviewed publications.She is a member of the Global Water Partnership and the IWA, and in 2014 -2016 was coordinator for the European Region in the IWA Specialist Group on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control and from 2016 she is a president of this Specialist Group. 

Prof. PhD DSc Eng. Czesława Rosik-Dulewska is a full Professor and Head of the Institute of Land Protection at the University of Opole (Poland) as well as  she works in a position a full Professor in the  Institute of Environmental Engineering Polish Academy of Sciences in Zabrze (Poland). Professor Czesława Rosik-Dulewska is a Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). Her scientific discipline it is: Engineering and Protection of the Environment, and specialty: Protection of Earth’s Surface (waste management, soil protection). Main directions of scientific activity of Professor Czesława Rosik-Dulewska:

  • Technologies, principles and requirements associated with the natural management of mineral and organic waste, including sewage sludge and composts from municipal waste and its interaction with the environment, 
  • Sorption of organic contaminations on waste organic and mineral sorbents,
  • Transformations of organochlorine compounds in the process of aerobic and anaerobic decomposition of contaminated organic waste. 

She has written over 265 published works, inter alia: 13 monographs (authorial and co-authored), including the monograph ‘Basics of waste management’, which gained up to 6 issues. She is Editor in Chief: Works and Studies monograph series, published by The Institute of Environmental Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Zabrze (Poland), and Archives of Environmental Protection, ISI Master Journal List (WoS). She is a member ten other scientific periodical. Professor Rosik-Dulewska has a lot of functions in scientific and professional organizations e.m.: the Chairwoman Scientific Councils: The Institute of Environmental Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Zabrze (Poland,), The Central Mining Institute (GIG) in Katowice, The Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU) in Katowice and She is a member four others Scientific Councils.  

Yurii Karpinskyi is doctor of science, professor, the director of the Research Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, the head of the Department of Geoinformatics and Photogrammetry of the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture.  Yurii Karpinskyi graduated at the Department of Engineering Geodesy Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture in 1973. In 1989, Yurii Karpinskyi defended his Ph.D. thesis at the Leningrad Mining Institute. In 2003, he obtains the degree of Doctor of Science in Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture. One of the main scientific interests of Yurii Karpinskyi is the development of the use of the finite element method in the mathematical processing of the results of geodetic measurements. In particular, in numerous scientific papers he developed and substantiated the theoretical foundations of the variational approach to the application of the method of finite elements of geodetic measurements, developed discrete one-dimensional models of finite elements of geodetic networks, and derived the continual two-dimensional models of finite elements of geodesic fields for solving transformation problems and constructing digital elevation models. Yurii Karpinskyi together with prof. Anatolii Lyashchenko AA launched in Ukraine a scientific direction of development of the national spatial data infrastructure, which provides a transformation from the infrastructure of cartographic production to geoinformation production and complies with the INSPIRE directive. Yurii Karpinskyi completed a series of researches on the development of the composition and principles of the formation of core reference data set, the function of forming metadata and the principles of creating profile data sets. Yurii Karpinskyi participated in conducting fundamental research on the creation of a national geodetic coordinate reference system UKS-2000, connected with the European and World reference coordinate systems. In addition, he participated in the reconstruction of the State Geodetic Network of Ukraine, the development of a bank of geodetic data, the creation of a coordinate transformational field, the creation of a quasigeoid model on the territory of Ukraine, and the development of a GeoPortal.

Associate Professor, Dr.Eng Livia Nistor-Lopatenco is a Dean of the Faculty of Constructions, Geodesy and Cadastre, Technical University of Moldova. She is an engineer and her specialty is geodesy, topography and cartography. She is Republic of Moldova representative and a Member of the Commission for National Agency for Quality Assurance in Professional Education. She has written more than 60 publications, including 7 methodical teaching materials. Livia Nistor-Lopatenco is a local coordinator in international educational (TEMPUS, ERASMUS+) and research projects (FP7 program).


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietrich Schröder is a full time professor at the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart - University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Faculty of Geomatics, Computer Science and Mathematics. He is the Course Director of the International Master Program Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics since almost 20 years and currently the Vice-Dean of Faculty and Head of Geomatic Department. He received a Honorary Doctor Degree of the Yerevan State University for Architecture and Construction, Armenia. In his doctoral dissertation he worked on Inertial Geodesy, whereas today his main interest is in research on the application of GIS in different fields, in particular related to environment, hydrology, and renewable energies. At the faculty, he is running the Lab for Geodetic Data Processing, from which a number of research projects have been initiated. He has supervised more than 100 Master Theses and the work of a number of PhD candidates.  Ongoing research projects are:

  • Modelling and Visualizing of Gully Erosion with GIS (joined project with the University of Tübingen, University of Pavia and Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften),
  • GIS based Flash Flood Risk Analysis for the Sinai Peninsula (joined project with the University of Tübingen),
  • Geoinformation and GIS applications in the context of the renewable energy revolution.

One of his interest is on transfer projects from research to practice and applications, for which he is working together with a number of companies. In the context of knowledge transfer, he consulted several municipalities for implementation of GIS and worked on several software-development projects in the field of GIS. Another key aspect is on curriculum development in the broader field of Geodesy, including Geoinformatics, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Cadaster, in particular in the international context. In this regard, he consulted e.g. the Department Geo-Spatial Sciences and Technology of Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek (Namibia) and Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, School of Engineering in Ethiopia.  He is also organizer, co-organizer and project partner of a number of conferences and projects like the regional esri user conference, the international AGSE summer school Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Geoinformatics, which took place in Peru, Malaysia, India, Kenya, Namibia, Iran and Germany or the GIDEC TEMPUS project with partners in Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia. He has been invited as external lecturer to different Universities like Universidad de El Salvador, San Salvador, University in Klaipeda, Lithuania or CEPT University Ahmedabad, India. 


Wiesław Kosek is Associate Professor of geodesy and cartography at the Department of Geodesy of the University of Agriculture in Krakow. Wiesław holds a degree in geodesy and cartography from the Technical University of Warsaw, presented his doctoral dissertation in the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and presented his habilitation dissertation in the Academy of Agriculture and Technology in Olsztyn. He has been a postdoc research visitor at Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut, München, Germany (1987), Center for Space Research, University of Texas at Austin, USA (1987-88, 1993, 1996), Institut Geographic National, Paris, France (1989), Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France (1989); Atmospheric and Environmental Research Inc., Cambridge, USA (1989, 2002), and in U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington D.C. (1989, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003). His main fields of scientific research are: Earth orientation parameters (polar motion, UT1-UTC, nutation corrections), Geophysical Fluids - atmospheric and oceanic angular momentum, time series analysis (spectral analyzes, filtration, prediction, time-frequency analyzes), International Terrestrial Reference Frame - optimal of global stations distribution, sea level variations (time-frequency analysis of sea level anomalies determined from satellite altimetry to investigate El Nino and global warming impact on Earth Rotation). He has published about 150 papers including 22 individual publications. He presented 35 (4 invited) oral papers and 120 other presentations (mainly posters) at international conferences. He had 18 seminars in foreign institutes and 39 in domestic institutes. He presented 59 oral papers at national conferences. According to Web of Science Core Collection his Hirsh Index is 9 with 180 citations. During his scientific work he received many awards. In 1995 two awards of the director of the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences for - ,,Elaboration of prediction method for polar motion." and ,,Participation in the local organizing committee of Journees 2005 in Warsaw.". In 1998, award of the director of the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences for Habilitation disseratation. In 2007, award of the director of the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences for ,,Elaboration of the new method of polar motion prediction for the IERS.". In 2009, award of the director of the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences - ,,Organization of the IERS Workshop on EOP Combination and Prediction." In 2018 Prof. Lubomir W. Baran Award at University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Faculty of Geodesy, Geospatial and Civil Engineering. 


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Patrycja Pochwatka, MSc
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