LEADING VOICES AND THOUGHT-LEADERS
LEADING VOICES AND
THE WATER MICROBIOME
UNIVERSITY SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
MARCOS VON SPERLING
UNIVERSITY OF MINA GERAIS, BRAZIL
JULES VAN LIER
TU DELFT, THE NETHERLANDS
PWN TECHNOLOGIES, THE NETHERLANDS
Agenda setting thought leadership from the most prominent figures within the water sector and beyond. Keynote speakers are the top specialists in their field and will provide the overarching narrative for the congress. Keynotes and supporting panels will frame the key discussions and topics that will be addressed during the week of the congress.
Founder & Partner
Water Planet, United States
Dr. Eric Hoek has over 20 years of experience in water treatment research, education, philanthropic, consulting and entrepreneurial activities.
Dr. Hoek has co-founded numerous successful water technology businesses including NanoH2O, NanoMem Consulting, Water Planet, PolyCera, IntelliFlux and MembranePRO. Dr. Hoek has been an engineering professor at UC Riverside and UCLA since 2002 with over 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications and over 70 patents filed globally. He is co-editor of the John Wiley & Sons Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and the Editor in Chief of the npj Clean Water – a Nature publishing group online, open access scientific journal.
Dr. Hoek has a Ph.D. in Engineering from Yale University and completed UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Executive MBA Program.
Bruce E Rittmann
Professor Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Arizona State University, United States
Dr. Bruce E. Rittmann is Regents’ Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the science and engineering needed to “manage microbial communities to provide services to society.” Services include generating renewable energy, cleaning water and soil, and improving human health. Dr. Rittmann is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of AAAS, WEF, IWA, and NAI; and a Distinguished Member of ASCE.
Dr. Rittmann was awarded the first Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Water Science and Technology from the NWRI, the Walter Huber Research Prize and the Simon Freese Award from ASCE, the G.M. Fair Award from AAEES, and the Perry L. McCarty/AEESP Founders Award. He is the co-winner of the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize. Dr. Rittmann has published over 670 journal articles, books, and book chapters, and he has 16 patents. With Dr. Perry McCarty, Dr. Rittmann co-authored the textbook Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications (McGraw-Hill Book Co.).
Mark van Loosdrecht
Professor in Environmental Biotechnology
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Mark van Loosdrecht is Professor in Environmental Biotechnology at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He graduated from and did his PhD research at Wageningen University. His PhD topic was a combination of microbiology and colloid chemistry. He was appointed at Delft in 1988 and became Full Professor in 1998. His research is characterized by the combination of scientific understanding of complex systems and development of new processes. Dr. van Loosdrecht’s scientific interests are mainly related to biofilm processes, nutrient conversion processes and the role of storage polymers in microbial ecology. In particular, he is interested in new processes related to wastewater treatment and resource recovery. His research has resulted in several processes currently applied on full scale such as the Sharon process, Anammox process and Nereda process. He is active member of the International Water Association (IWA) and past chairman of the Biofilm and the Nutrient removal specialist groups. He is Editor in Chief of Water Research. He obtained several prizes for his work, including the Lee Kuan Yew Singapore Water Prize, 2013 AEESP distinguished lecturer and the IWA Grand Award. He is member of both the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Dutch Academy of Engineering and the US National Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the Spinoza Award, Simon Stevin Award and a knighthood in the order of the Dutch Lion. He has published over 600 scientific papers, has 20 patents and has supervised over 50 PhD students.