Opening session

18th November 2020 / 12:00 - 13:00


    Raffaello Cossu, University of Padova (IT)
    Full Professor of Solid Waste Management, he has retired since September 2018 from the University of Padova where he led the Research Center of Environmental Engineering. Former President of the School of Environmental and Engineering at the same University from 2000 to 2013. From 2009 to 2017 he was Editor in Chief of Waste Management, the IWWG international scientific journal on waste management published by Elsevier. Since 2018 he is Editor in Chief of DETRITUS - Journal for Waste Resources and Residues, published by CISA Publisher. He was President of IWWG (International Waste Working Group) from 2004 until 2009, and currently is a member, of the Managing Board of the same Association. In 2017 he was recipient of the prestigious "A Life for Waste" Award. He has given a series of talks and presentations in conferences on Waste Management and landfilling throughout the world. He is author of more than 150 scientific papers and five international books on waste management, published by Academic Press, Elsevier, EF and Spon.


    Alessandro Marangoni, Althesys Strategic Consultants (IT)
    Economist, specialised in strategy and corporate finance in the energy and environmental industries both at an academic level and at a professional one. He graduated with honors at Bocconi University, he was researcher at Space Bocconi, since its establishment in 1990, in joint venture with Boston Northeastern University. He started teaching “Ecology&Safety in Industrial Enterprises”, the first academic course in Italy about environment management. Professor of “Technological and market profiles of the environmental services” in the Master in Economy and Management of Public Utility Services at Bocconi University. He is the scientific Director of Irex Monitor, a think tank on the renewable energies industry, he is the Director of WAS – Waste Strategy, research centre on waste management and recycling sector and of Top Utility, observatory on top public utility.


    Stefano Caserini, Polytechnic University of Milan (IT)
    Stefano has a Master degree in Environmental Engineering and PhD in Sanitary Engineering. He is adjunct professor of Mitigation of Climate Change at the Politecnico di Milano, where he is involved in researches on atmospheric pollution, life cycle assessment, municipal waste incinerator monitoring, greenhouse gas emission assessment and climate change mitigation technologies and policies as well as carbon dioxide removal technologies. Stefano is also involved in the dissemination of scientific knowledge on climate change, publishing five books and as founder and coordinator of, one of the main Italian blog on climate change. Stefano is Editor-in-chief of the scientific journal “Ingegneria dell’Ambiente” (Engineering of the Environment).



    William Clarke, The University of Queensland (AU)
    Bill has 20 years of experience as researcher in bioengineering processes for solid organic waste.  He has been one of the pioneers in intensive landfill based treatment processes, publishing extensively on leach-bed technology and the solubilisation of solid organic waste. His research group was one of the first to characterise the microbial colonisation and degradation processes for solid organic waste. He is Professor and Remondis Chair in the Schools of Civil and Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland. Professor Clarke is also the Director of the Centre for Solid Waste Bioprocessing, a collaboration between Remondis Pty Ltd, leading Australian environmental services company, and University of Queensland. The Centre has 3 research programs: Landfill Research, Bio-covers and Utilisation of Waste in the Resource Industry. Bill has over 100 journal and conference publications. He is on the Editorial Board for Waste Management, the leading journal in this field. He is also active in consulting, particularly in assessing the energy value of organic resources. He teaches in the Schools of Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering programs solid waste management and environmental systems modelling.


    Rainer Stegmann, Hamburg University of Technology (DE)
    Rainer was Professor from 1982 to 1990 at the Institute of Environmental Protection and from 1991 to 2008 Head of the Institute of Waste Management at the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany. He retired in March 2008. He is one of the prominent researchers in the field of waste management and provided in particular fundamental scientific contributions on sustainable landfilling, anaerobic digestion, biogas generation and control, treatment of contaminated soil. He co-ordinated several international and national research projects, and was member of the environmental advisory board of Shanks, England. From 2009 until 2011 he was director of the R3C Research Center at the Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore, for which he is now scientific advisor. He is co-organiser of several national and international conferences and has published more than 300 scientific papers and several books. Since 2008 he has been the chairman of IWWG (International Waste Working Group).