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Keynote speakers

Professor Prosun Bhattacharya

Prosun Bhattacharya holds a PhD in Sedimentary Geochemistry from University of Delhi, India (1990). Besides KTH, he also held an Adjunct Professor at University of Southern Queensland, Australia between 2016 and 2019. Since January 2020, he is appointed as Affiliate Scientist at the KWR Water Research Institute in the Netherlands.

His primary research interests address the challenges with arsenic, fluoride and geogenic contaminants in groundwater and drinking water treatment in different parts of the world. He has collaborative research engagements with several universities and research organizations across the world. He is leading the Sida funded bilateral Research Capacity Building programs between Sweden and Tanzania as well as Sweden and Bolivia, focusing on drinking water contamination from groundwater sources and treatment. He has coordinated the prestigious Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency supported action research and implementation project “Sustainable Arsenic Mitigation-SASMIT” Community driven initiatives to target arsenic safe groundwater as sustainable mitigation strategy in Bangladesh (2007-2017).

In addition, he has led the project in collaboration with UNICEF-Bangladesh on “Enhancing private sector capacity for scaling up access to safe drinking water - policy, systems strengthening and sustainable service delivery” and currently leading a project on “Enhancing private sector capacity and digital data management for arsenic risk reduction in Bangladesh" in collaboration with UNICEF-Bangladesh and DPHE, Government of Bangladesh. Since March 2020, he is actively working with the global initiative on the wastewater-based epidemiology as a global collaborative effort to maximize contributions in the fight against COVID-19 and other emerging viruses which involves the academic, government, research institutions and the Community based organizations.

Dr. Mohamed Ateia Ibrahim

Dr. Mohamed (Moha) Ateia Ibrahim is Group Leader with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response (CESER). Moha combines his expertise in environmental chemistry and materials chemistry to develop and evaluate innovative water treatment technologies to remove and/or degrade emerging contaminants, such as PFAS and microplastics. In parallel, Moha has initiated and is currently leading a multi-agencies project to evaluate the environmental impacts of PFAS-replacement chemicals and formulations in firefighting foams and consumer products.

He is a member of the Weapons Systems and Platforms Technical Committee of fluorine-free foams (F3) for the U.S. Department of Defense’s SERDP-ESTCP Program. Moha is also an Adj. Assistant Professor at Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department, Rice University. Prior to joining the US EPA, he was a Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Postdoc at Clemson University, and Visiting Researcher at the University of Copenhagen. Moha received his B.S. degree from Alexandria University, Egypt, and his M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.

Professor Jörg Rinklebe

Dr. Jörg Rinklebe is Full Professor for Soil and Groundwater Management at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. His academic background covers environmental science, bioavailability of emerging contaminants, and remediation of contaminated sites. His main research is on soils, sediments, waters, plants, and their pollutions, and linked biogeochemical issues with a special focus in redox chemistry. He also has a certain expertise in soil microbiology.

Professor Rinklebe has been selected as ISI Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in 2019–2022. He is Past President of the International Society of Trace Element Biogeochemistry (ISTEB). He is serving as Editor in Chief for Environmental Pollution, and he was Editor of the Journal of Hazardous Materials, Co-Editor in Chief of the international journal Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology (CREST), and guest editor of multiple international journals such as Environment International, Chemical Engineering Journal, Science of the Total Environment, and Applied Geochemistry. Also, he is member on several editorial boards.

In 2016, professor Rinklebe got an appointment as Honorable Ambassador for Gangwon Province, South-Korea, which was renewed in 2018. Also, he got an appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, Visiting Professor at the Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea and Guest Professor at the China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

Scientific Committee

Shakil Regmi

Senior Lecturer at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk)