Keynote Speakers



Speaker I



Prof. Damià Barceló

Catalan Institute for Water Research, ICRA, Spain


Born in Menàrguens (Lleida) in 1954, he obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Analytic Chemistry from the same university in 1984. He is currently working as a research professor and deputy director of the Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies (IDAEA) in Barcelona which is run by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He was appointed Director of the Catalan institute for water research (ICRA) in Girona in 2008. In 2016 he was appointed Professor in Biology at the College of Science under the Distinguished Scientists Fellowship Program (DSPF) at the King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
His research career has been focused on the area of water quality, particularly in the development of methods for controlling organic pollution by the so-called “emerging pollutants” (polar pesticides, surfactants –detergents–, endocrine disruptors and pharmaceutical products) in waste and natural water.
Since 2010 he is listed among the most internationally cited scientists (ISI Highly Cited), by the number and the exceptional quality of his publications, with the Hirsch-Index of 103 and total number of citations over 50 thousand. (January 2018)
Since 1990s he has been at the editorial board of various journals ( Talanta, ABC, Environment International) , contributing editor of TrAC- Trends in Analytical Chemsitry and editor of book series (Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry , The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry and Advances in Chemical Pollution, Environmental Management and Protection). Since 2012 he is the Co-Editor-in-chief of the Science of the Total Environment and Since January 2017 he is as well Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health.
In 2007, he received the King James I Prize for Environmental Protection (Spain), in 2012 the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water of Saudi Arabia, and in 2012 the Recipharm International Environmental Prize, a Swedish company leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in Europe
From 2011-2015 he was appointed as Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Board (STB) in the frame of the European Union-Joint Programming Initiative on "Water Challenges for a Changing World".
In 2014 he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Ioannina (Greece).
As of January 2018 he has been supervisor of 55 PhDs, short and continuous education courses in Universities from Spain, South Korea, Brazil, Greece, Saudi Arabia among others as well as at PITTCON , SETAC and ExTech international conferences.


Speaker II



Prof. Ignacio Javier Acosta García

Department of Building Construction, School of Architecture, University of Seville, Spain


Member of TEP-130 research group, specialized in design, development and integration of installations and building systems, both basic and advanced, as well as in environmental conditioning in thermal, acoustic and lighting comfort. Simultaneously ranks as one of the national reference groups in the field of analysis of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of the buildings, including the use of renewable energy.
06.2004: BS Architect Degree in Architecture
06.2007: MS Master Degree in Master in City and Sustainable Architecture
06.2012: PhD from the University of Seville.
Research experience:
15 indexed articles in JCR related with daylighting in architecture, energy efficiency in buildings and smart controls for electric lighting. H-index: 7. Accumulated impact factor JCR: 47.983
2 research stays at the Lighting Research Center of New York.
5 research projects or contracts related with energy efficiency. Main researcher of DYNALIGHT project: Efficient design for biodynamic lighting to promote the circadian rhythm in shift work centers.
Relevant awards:
Extraordinary doctorate award from the University of Seville, 2012.
University of Seville Award for research work of special relevance in the area of Engineering and Architecture, 2016.