We present the profiles of the experts who will give lectures at the first PhosV4 workshop "Our phosphorus raw materials. Our food. Our future - V4 resistance in the face of a pandemic".

Prof. Marzena SMOL is the Head of the Division of Biogenic Raw Materials at the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences (MEERI PAS). She completed a master’s degree in Environmental Protection at Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa and a master’s degree in International Project Management at the Częstochowa University of Technology. She completed the PhD in technical sciences – Environmental Engineering, 2015, Częstochowa University of Technology. Manager and contractor in national and international projects in the field of biogenic raw materials management in the context of the implementation of the principles of sustainable development (SD), circular economy (CE) and the strategies for the Green Deal in the water and sewage, fertilizer and agri-food sectors. Founder of the Division of Biogenic Raw Materials at MEERI PAS, member of the Scientific Council of MEERI PAS. She participated in the work on the preparation of the Roadmap Transformation towards circular economy in Poland (Ministry of Development). Holder of the Minister’s Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists.

Mr. Ludwig HERMANN is the President of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) and specialist in Proman Management GmbH. He has over 35 years of experience as technology and business development consultant on 3 continents; co-inventor  of ash decontamination and phosphorus recovery processes; co-founder CTO and CEO of ASH DEC AG; organised and supervised design, engineering and assembling of ASH DEC’s pilot plant;  conceived  and  managed  test  programs  and  co-authored  the  patents  EP  191803,  EP  2016203,  WO 20125035, WO 2013190116, WO 20135020, WO 20145029, WO 2015189333.  

Prof. Jiří Jaromír KLEMEŠ is Head of a Centre of Excellence “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology – VUT Brno, Czech Republic, and Emeritus Professor at “Centre for Process Systems Engineering and Sustainability”, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary. Previously the Project Director, Senior Project Officer and Hon Reader at Department of Process Integration at UMIST, The University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh, UK Founder and a long-term Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification – CPI2, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. Awarded by the EC with Marie Curie Chair of Excellence (EXC). Track record of managing and coordinating 96 major EC, NATO, bilateral and UK Know-How projects. Research funding attracted over 42 M€. Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production and Chemical Engineering Transactions, Editor in Chief Cleaner Technologies and Engineering and Cleaner Chemical Engineering (Elsevier); Subject Editor of Energy and Emeritus Executive Editor of Applied Thermal Engineering. Managing Guest Editor of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. The founder and President for 24 y of PRES (Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) conferences. Seven years Chairperson of CAPE Working Party of European Federation of Chemical Engineering, a member of WP on Process Intensification and of the EFCE. A Member of the IChemE, UK, Sargent Medal International Committee on CAPE. Invited lecturer at 62 universities worldwide. He has many years of research and industrial experience.


Prof. Eugeniusz KODA, Ph.D. (Eng.) – geotechnical engineer and professor at Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Director of the Institute of Civil Engineering, Warsaw, Poland. He has gained his professional and research experience since 1984. He was awarded Ph.D. and D.Sc. (Hab.) at Gdańsk University of Technology. Areas of his principal research interest and expertise embrace remedial works on brownfields and contaminated sites; groundwater flow and transport modelling of pollutants and assessment of protection systems; environmental risk assessment; soil and groundwater environmental protection systems. He has been involved in international scientific cooperation, e.g. Geoenvironmental Engineering Infrastructure Co-operation Network in Europe “GeoEnvNet”; active member of Technical Committee 215 on Environmental Geotechnics of ISSMGE and International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). He has published more than 270 scientific articles and conference papers. He was the supervisor of six doctors in in the scope including slope stability analysis, soft soils reinforcements, geotextiles durability, remedial works and landfill engineering. He is a Member of Management Committees of COST Action TU1202 “Impact of climate change on engineered slopes for infrastructure” and COST Action CA18135 “Fire in the Earth System: Science & Society”. Frequently awarded for scientific achievements in the field of engineering, investment projects and construction processes.

Mr. Peter CHRABAK is an earth-science and material process industry based environmental (MSc) and geoinformation engineer (BSc), with 20 years of experience. His position is Circular Economy Research Group Leader at Bay Zoltan Research Institute, Hungary’s most relevant entity for applied research. Peter is a registered waste management expert at Hungarian Chamber of Engineers. His main research fields are Circular Economy, Industrial Symbiosis and Resource Efficiency in order to find proper solutions for waste management and recovery industries. He has gained strong professional experiences at:

  • European expert activity on evaluation of technologies aiming recovery and processing of secondary raw materials (from TRL 4-8),
  • International project (RIA, IA, CSA types) participations and consultancy by technical reporting and presentation (FP7, CARE-CBC, INTERREG, H2020, KIC Raw Materials) with strong knowledge on technical English,
  • Participation in development of techno-economic feasibility analysis and strategic decision making documents especially on packaging waste, MSW, WEEE, ELV,
  • Life Cycle Assessment considerations (LCA, LCC, SLCA),
  • Leading project teams (up to 10 members),
  • Vocational education activity in higher education,
  • Expert cooperation in development of project proposals on national and EU level.

Assoc. prof. Zuzana Šimková, MSc., Ph.D., ING-PAED IGIP – Associate Professor at the Institute of Earth Resources at the Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies at Technical University of Košice (Slovakia). Within her habilitation thesis she solved the issue of raw materials policy in Slovakia in the context of the circular economy. In her professional activities deals with the issue of Circular Economy as well as economics of earth resources, within which she prepares and implements education and training of professional subjects: Evaluation of mineral deposits, Efficiency of investments in the process of evaluing earth resources, Strategic management of earth resources. The publishing activity represents more than 70 outputs (scientific and conference articles, skripts, monographs). Within the framework of international projects, she has experience in submitting and project management of the H2020 and EIT Raw Materials type, within which she led her own educational project concerning the circular economy and participates in the H2020 project under the name MIREU. She is also a participant in the first Green Circular Academy in Slovakia under the leadership of the Institute of Circular Economics.


Dominika SZOŁDROWSKA is a research assistant at Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (MEERI PAS) in the Division of Biogenic Raw Materials. In 2019, she completed her Master’s degree at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland in the field of Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Water Engineering. She completed an internship at Cracow Waterworks in the Central Water Testing Laboratory. Currently, her research is focused on investigating the possibilities of using various waste streams for fertilisation purposes.

Dr. Anna PODLASEK – Assistant Professor, Head of the Department of Revitalization and Architecture in the Institute of Civil Engineering, Warsaw University of Life Sciences. She has obtained the academic degree of doctor of agricultural sciences in the field of environmental protection and development. Her scientific activities are related to environmental engineering and environmental protection. She is mainly interested in the issues of the soil-water contamination, numerical modelling techniques, landfills, and waste management. She is involved in teaching activities in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of WULS-SGGW. She was also a Principal Investigator of several research projects, financed by the National Science Centre in Poland and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Co-investigator in the national and international projects supported by the European Regional Development Fund under the Innovative Economy Operational Programme, and Erasmus+ programme.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of the Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.