Keynote speakers

  • Luca Alibardi, Cranfield University (UK)
    Hydrogen in a circular economy - Session A1

    Dr Alibardi holds a degree and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Padova (IT). His PhD focused on innovative treatments of tannery sludge and the project was sponsored by Acque del Chiampo S.p.A., a water company treating the industrial wastewater from the tanning pole of Arzignano, Vicenza – Italy. After his PhD, Dr Alibardi continued to work at the University of Padova as a research fellow with research activities mainly focusing in the field of biological hydrogen production from organic waste. He also worked on a project for the co-treatment of source segregated wastewater and organic waste (AquaNova concept) with a pilot installation in a mountain hut (EnergiaNova project). Dr Alibardi’s current research interests centre on the development of alternative technologies for solids removal in wastewater and water treatments. His research currently focuses on the use of cloth filtration as an alternative to conventional membranes to develop combined membrane-biological processes to sustain the production of added value products from waste materials. To deliver on the EPSRC PLEXUS Project, Dr Alibardi is looking at the impact of temperature variations on water and wastewater treatment infrastructure and distribution systems due to the installation of heat exchange systems.

  • Mohamed Osmani, Loughborough University (UK)
    Circular economy in construction - Session C2

    He is an architect with a PhD in sustainable building design, currently Professor of Sustainable Design and Construction at Loughborough University (UK). He is known for his research and collaborative interdisciplary projects on circular economy, material resource efficiency, anthropogenic resource classification, designing out waste, construction and demolition waste recovery and end of life asset and material optimisation. He has authored over 135 publications and developed a significant portfolio of research projects, winning in excess of £4 million research funding from a range of UK, EU and international sponsors (over £25million cumulative projects’ value). He is currently leading several international panels and expert groups, including BS 8895 series, IWWG C&D Task Group, and the EU COST Action CA15115 Working Group on Resource Potential of Construction and Demolition Waste. He is a Referee for 21 international journals and Scientific Committee Member for 18 international conferences. He presented work at 60+ international conferences in over 30 countries across the world.

  • Edith Ipsmiller, Vienna University of Economy and Business (AT)
    Circular economy in the global textile industry from an economic and business perspective - Session C4

    The textile industry’s value chain is subject to a high degree of internationalization, which has important effects on the circularity of the industry. This introductory talk gives an overview of global stakeholders, (economic) interlinkages and the consequential complexities involved in increasing circularity. It also addresses recent developments in the industry (e.g. growth of the fast fashion business model, legal changes, changes in consumer behavior) and their effects on circularity.

    Edith Ipsmiller is Assistant Professor at the Institute for International Business at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research interests lie in the fields of decision-making under uncertainty, internationalization and sustainability in international business. Her most recent work on real options theory in strategic management has been published in the European Management Review. Her research was recently awarded the Adam Smith Best Doctoral Dissertation Award as well as the Buckley and Ghauri Prize for the Best Early Career Researcher Paper from the Academy of International Business, UK.

  • Huang Yongping, Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences (CN)
    Black Soldier Fly traits and organic waste based circular economy - Session B5

    Professor of Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, CAS. He is the Vice President of Chinese Entomological Society, and the director of the Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Molecular Ecology. He was the chairman of Asian-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecology. He is en expert of insect molecular genetics and genomics and his current research interests include the molecular mechanism of insect sex determination and its application in population genetic management.

  • Nina Butler, MORE Recycling (US)
    Transition from to a circular economy using life cycle tools to evaluate End of Life technologies - Session C5

    Nina Bellucci Butler is the CEO of More Recycling, a mission-based research and information technology firm, striving to harmonize human behavior with the natural world. Nina and her team have developed resources such PlasticsMarkets.orgBuy Recycled Plastics DirectoryThe Information Exchange, and Nina believes in delivering unbiased guidance in navigating the role plastics play in the movement towards circular supply chains, valuing carbon, and reducing GHG emissions, which is why she was invited to testify before the U.S. Congressional Hearing on Challenges Facing Recycling. Her team also leads multi- stakeholder initiatives; the latest resulted in a “Roadmap to Plastic Recyclability”. Her team is working to harmonize design guidelines in Europe and North America. 

  • Christian Zurbrügg, Eawag (CH)
    Experiences with Black Soldier Fly biowaste treatment in Indonesia - Session E5

    Christian Zurbrügg is member of the Eawag directorate (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) and senior researcher on solid waste management in developing countries at the Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development (Sandec). He has a MSc. degree in Geology from the University of Berne, Switzerland and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Brescia, Italy.
    His research interests lie in the interdisciplinary approach of upgrading infrastructure and services in urban areas of low and middle income countries – with a special focus on solid waste, sanitation and water.
    As director of the department Sandec he obtained the IWA Development Solutions Award for Science in recognition of outstanding innovation or contribution to science which has led to demonstrable uptake, impact or influence at national, regional or international levels in low and middle income countries.