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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.

Maria Cristina Albertini

From 2008, Professor of General Pathology at the Department of Biomolecular Sciences (DISB) of the University of Urbino (Italy).
Member of the European TRANSAUTOPHAGY Cost Action.

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].

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 fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI; She received her PhD in Biodiversity from the University of Barcelona. Her research sits between the established disciplines of biodiversity, ecology, chemical ecology, mineralogy and conservation palaeoecology using understudied marine invertebrate groups (e.g bryozoans and microgastropods) from tropical to cold waters as models for environmental change. She has received a number of awards for research, including SENACYT & STRI, Juan de la Cierva and COMNAP Antarctic Research fellowships.

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.

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.

Arda Yildirim

Associate Professor of Feeds and Animal Nutrition, Tokat Gaziosmanpasa University. He has attended 45 International/National conferences in Turkey and abroad. He has reviewed over 120 peer-reviewed articles and currently serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals. His research focused on Feeds and Animal Nutrition. He has over seventy research publications in reputable local and international journals.

Cheng-Chia Yu

Dr. Cheng-Chia Yu is a professor of Institute of Oral Sciences, College of Oral Medicine at the Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan. Dr. Yu obtained his Ph.D. degree and completed the postdoctoral training at the Institute of Oral Biology, School of Dentistry, National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan. He serves as visiting professor at Harvard Medical School & Brigham & Women's Hospital from 2018-2019. Research in his laboratory mainly focuses on the significance of non-coding RNAs in oral submucous fibrosis and oral cancer stem cells. He also serves as an Academic Editor or Editorial Board member for other scientific journals, such as Frontiers in Oncology, J Clin Med., Nutrients, Sci Rep., ‎Int J Mol Sci, Non-coding RNA, PLOS ONE, Medicine, and Int J Dent. His remarkable work has attained Ministry of Science and Technology Special Outstanding Talent Award since 2002 in Taiwan.

Hai Yu

I’m Project Scientist at University of California, Davis. My research interests focus on developing novel chemoenzymatic methods for efficient synthesis of biologically important complex carbohydrates and glycoconjugates; exploring substrate specificities of glycosyltransferases and other carbohydrate biosynthetic enzymes; as well as analyzing, purifying, and characterizing carbohydrates and glycoconjugates.