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Samuel Abiven

I am group leader at the university of Zurich, department of geography. My research and teaching deal with biogeochemical cycles (mainly carbon and nitrogen) in the terrestrial ecosystems.

Mateo Alajarin

Mateo Alajarin graduated in chemistry at the Universidad de Murcia, where he also received his PhD. After postdoctoral studies with Prof. Alan R. Katritzky at the University of Florida (USA) he returned to the Universidad de Murcia where he is currently Full Professor at its Department of Organic Chemistry. His research interests include ketenimines and related heterocumulenes, supramolecular chemistry, organophosphorus reagents, tandem processes promoted by H shifts, and other pericyclic and pseudopericyclic reactions.

Giovanna Bosica

Giovanna Bosica graduated cum laude from the University of Camerino, Italy, in 1993 with a Laurea degree, equivalent to M.Sc.(Hons), in Chemistry and obtained her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Sciences, in the field of organic synthesis, in 1997 from the same institution. In 1995 during her Ph.D. she spent a six months research period at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, as an Erasmus Fellow.

In 1999 she was appointed Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Camerino.
In October 2008 she moved to the University of Malta where she was appointed Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and subsequently obtained the promotion to full Professor in March 2014. She lectures for different courses in the field of organic chemistry/synthesis and natural products.

She is member of the Royal Chemical Society (MRSC) since 2011 and of the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 2015. In March 2016 she has joined the European COST Association, participating at the COST Action CA15106, C-H Activation in Organic Synthesis (CHAOS), as a MC member from Malta [CA15106 MT].

Antonio EM Crotti

Prof. Antônio E. Miller Crotti is currently a Ph.D. professor at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. His research has been focusing on the use of mass spectrometry for the investigation of gas-phase fragmentation reactions and dereplication of organic synthetic compounds and natural products, as well as for the identification of their in vitro and in vivo metabolites. Also, he is interested in the biological activities of organic synthetic compounds and essential oils, with emphasis on the insecticidal, antimicrobial and antiparasitic activities.

Mohamed Ali Ali Farag

Specializing in metabolomics, natural products chemistry, and plant biochemistry, Mohamed A. Farag completed his PhD at Texas Tech University, USA, in 2003.
Since 2009, Dr Farag has been working as a part time visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, to participate in teaching plant metabolomics and chemomterics modelling for master students, and in 2009–2010 he held the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry, Germany. Dr Farag now works full time as a professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC) where his research work focuses primarily around applying innovative biochemical technologies (metabolomics) to help answer complex biological questions in medicine, herbal drugs analysis and agriculture.

Dr. Farag has been recognized with several awards, including Abd el Hameed Shoman award (2016), Egypt Higher State Incentive Award (2012), TWAS award in science diplomacy (2014), and the Mass Spectroscopy Performance Award, TTU, USA (2004). For his highly cited publications of 100 scientific papers with close to 3500 citations and an H index of 26, Dr. Farag was selected as a top researcher in the field of plant biology in Africa by the American society of plant biology, USA.

Blanca Figuerola

Blanca Figuerola is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences of Barcelona (ICM-CSIC). She received her PhD in Biodiversity from the University of Barcelona. Her research sits between the established disciplines of taxonomy, biodiversity, ecology and paleobiology using understudied marine invertebrate groups (e.g bryozoans) from tropical to cold waters as models for environmental change. She has received a number of awards for research, including competitive fellowships such as COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship (2016), SENACYT- STRI (2017) and Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación (2018). During her postdoctoral research career, she has worked at renowned international research institutions such as Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama) and Australian Antarctic Division (Australia). There, she has participated in several multidisciplinary projects involving fieldwork in Antarctic, temperate and tropical regions. She has also be involved in several science outreach programs about marine conservation at several
public institutions, companies and NGOs (e.g. Plancton, SUBMON and GEPEC).

Veranja Karunaratne

PhD University of British Columbia (Organic Synthesis)
Post Doctoral: Prof. David Dolphin, Prof. Chris Orvig (UBC, Chemistry); Prof Val Stella (U Kansas, Pharm Chem)
Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry
Fellow National Academy of Sciences, Sri Lanka

Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (Awarded by the Government of France) 2012.
Former Head, Department of Chemistry, University of Peradeniya
Former Science Team Leader, Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC)
Former Associate Director Science & Strategic Relations (SLINTEC)
Vice Chancellor, SLINTEC ACADEMY
Professor, University of Peradeniya

Published 140 papers in peer reviewed journals
Inventor of 6 patents
Supervised 15 PhD and 10 MPhil students
H Index 29

Vincenzo Naddeo

Dr. Naddeo is associate professor at Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Salerno (Italy) where he drives research activities as Director of the Sanitary Environmental Engineering Division (SEED).

He is co-founding Chair of the conference series WaterEnergyNEXUS and is actively involved in a variety of scientific organizations, funding agencies, and European networks.

His research focuses on water/wastetater treatment, recovery of energy form waste, control of environmental odors and environmental impact assessment (EIA). He developed advanced biological processes for wastewater treatment and control of emerging contaminants, novel ultrasound-based technological processes for the treatment of environmental matrices (solid, liquid and gaseous) and biotechnologies for wastewater re-use with simultaneous energy production.

In addition to the topics above, Dr. Naddeo has published works on membrane bioreactors (MBRs), Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs), river water quality characterization, remediation of contaminated soil, management & treatment of the organic fraction of solid waste, strategic environmental assessment (SEA) & recently on the environmental technologies for the sustainable development of smart cities.

Ravindra K. Rawal

Dr. Ravindra K. Rawal is a Professor of Chemistry at Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University), Mullana (Haryana). Professor & Head at ISF College of Pharmacy, Moga. Postdoctoral Associate with Distinguished Prof. C.K. Chu’s Drug Discovery group in the College of Pharmacy, University of Georgia, USA. Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof. Don J. Diamond in the virology division of Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope, USA.

Leslie A. Weston

Research Professor of plant biology & natural products chemistry at Charles Sturt University. Director of metabolomics & plant & livestock toxicology research group. Winner of 2008 Biofirst Lifesciences Fellowship Award, Office of Medical & Science Research, NSW Australia. Recipient of 2005 Molisch Award, International Allelopathy Society for Outstanding Research Contributions. Past President of the Int. Allelopathy Society. Charter member of RACI, Royal Australian Chemistry Inst. Member of GRDC National Weeds Advisory Research Panel.

Diego Veras Wilke

Professor of physiology and pharmacology at Federal University of Ceara. Research focuses on a combination of marine natural product discovery with molecular and cellular biology to identify new anticancer leads.

Arda Yildirim

Associate Professor of Feeds and Animal Nutrition, Tokat Gaziosmanpasa University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UMR Physiologie des Comportements et de la Reproduction L'Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) Centre Val de Loire in France.His research focuses on the animal nutrition, feeds, feed additives, organic animal feeding. He has over seventy research publications in reputable local and international journals.