Gideon Henderson

Prof. dr. Gideon Henderson


Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

His research focuses on understanding long-term climate change and the carbon cycle, and therefore to improve prediction of future change. In the oceans, Gideon’s research focuses on understanding the complex system of feedbacks that controls the changing carbon cycle.Gideon is also an Associate with the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, having helped to found the programme with the Oxford Martin School in 2010.


Barcelo Damia

Prof. dr. Barcelo Damia

Director of the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) and Professor at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA), Barcelona, Spain

His expertise is in water quality assessment and management, fate, risk and removal of emerging contaminants in wastewater treatment plants and analysis, fate and risk of emerging contaminants and nanomaterials in the aquatic environment. He published over 850 papers, 191 book chapters and has h index 85. He was a coordinator of several national and EU projects and at the moment he coordinates two EU projects: GLOBAQUA and SEA-on-a-CHIP.


Tamar Barkay

Prof. dr. Tamar Barkay

Professor of Microbiology Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

Her scientific interests are devoted to (geo)microbial transformations of metals (and radionuclides) in the environment with specifice reference to interaction of microbes with toxic metals (mercury). An interesting and novel aspect is the study of isotop mass fractionation in microbial processes. Her research supports efforts in bioremediation of metal contaminated environments.


Prof. dr. Gerhard J. Herndl

Prof. dr. Gerhard J. Herndl

Department of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography, University of Vienna, Austria

His Microbial Oceanography laboratory investigates the metabolic activity of Bacteria and Archaea thriving in the open ocean and relating their community composition, determined by several –omics approaches, to the biogeochemical fluxes in the water masses. This interdisciplinary approach links microbial and molecular ecology to biogeochemistry and to large scale water mass transport.


Prof. dr. Mark E. Hines

Prof. dr. Mark E. Hines

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

His Biogeochemistry laboratory investigates the role of microorganisms in controlling elemental cycles, especially carbon, sulphur and metals, in nature, in particular in freshwater and marine environments. His wetland work has shown links between trophic status and terminal decomposition inhibition that affects greenhouse gas production and other aspects of anaerobic carbon flow and methylation processes.


Prof. dr. ir. Jan Dirk van Elsas

Prof. dr. ir. Jan Dirk van Elsas

Professor at the University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands

His major expertise is in the fields of microbial ecology, genetic felxibility of microbial communities of soil and aquatic systems and plant : microbe interactions. He is one of the first to pioneer the application of molecular techniques to microbial communities in soil systems. Prof. van Elsas worked in Rio de Janeiro and in Wagenningen and has been since 2003 a professor and the chair of the Microbial Ecology Department at the University of Groningen. He has served as a coordinator of more than 5 EU sponsored projects and is an editor or a member of the editiorial board of several important journals incuding FEMS Microbiology Ecology, ISME J, Applied Soil Ecology and others. Prof. van Elsas has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and is the main editor of the book Modern Soil Microbiology II (2nd ed. 2006).


Prof. dr. Nicola Pirrone

Prof. dr. Nicola Pirrone

Director of CNR-IIA, Rome, Italy and Adjunct Professor at University of Michigan, USA

His major expertise is in the field of air pollution and cycling of persistent pollutants at different spatial scales. During the last decade he has been very active to bridge science and environmental policy. He has been Head of Italian delegations, Chair of WG in the framework of European and international programs and conventions (i.e., UNEP, UNECE-LRTAP, GEO-GEOSS) and coordinated large scale research project funded by national, European and international organizations. He published over 300 papers in books, international journals and proceedings.