Marzena Smol

Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Science

D. Sc. Marzena Smol is a head of Division of Biogenic Raw Materials at MEERI PAS. She specializes in the environmental and social aspects of the introduction of innovative technologies on the market, including projects focusing on the use of waste in various industries. She coordinates international projects related to raw materials management (InPhos), recovery (CEPhosPOL) and circular economy model implementation (MonGOS). She is involved in lectures on circular economy, eco-innovations, Life cycle assessment (LCA), and corporate social responsibility (CSR) at AGH University of Science and Technology and Cracow University of Technology.

Paulina Marcinek

Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Science

M.Sc. Paulina Marcinek is a research assistant at MEERI PAS in the Division of Biogenic Raw Materials. In 2020 she completed with honors her Master’s degree in the field of Management and Production Engineering, specialization: Controlling Production Processes promoted at the Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering at AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland. In 2021 she graduated with honors her second Master’s degree at AGH in Engineering and Industrial Process Management, specialization: Lean Management. Her scientific interests are focused on the economic aspect of raw materials management, circular economy and bioeconomy.

Dominika Szołdrowska

Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Science

M.Sc. Dominika Szołdrowska is a research assistant at 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 fertilization purposes.

Jiří Jaromír KLEMEŠ

Brno University of Technology

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.

Petar Sabev Varbanov

Brno University of Technology

Dr Varbanov is the Deputy Head of SPIL – Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory, NETME Centre, FME, Brno University of Technology – VUT Brno, Czech Republic. His main fields of activity are energy saving and efficiency, development and implementation of Process Integration, Total Site and regional integration for energy, water and Circular Economy– including retrofit, waste to energy, wastewater minimisation leading to GHG and water footprints reduction. Petar Varbanov has got PhD in Process Integration from UMIST (now – The University of Manchester, UK) with distinction in 2004, on “Optimisation and Synthesis of Process Utility Systems”, completed in collaboration with Aspentech, Shell Global Solutions, MW Kellog and BP. He has been awarded Dr Habil from the University of Miskolc in February 2020 on the Thesis “Improving the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability of Industrial Sites and Regions”. Dr Varbanov has been twice the Fellow of Marie Curie research grants – an Individual Intra-European Fellowship Grant for 2 y research at Technische Universität Berlin, followed by a grant for going to the University of Pannonia, Hungary, where he served as the Deputy Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification CPI2 until February 2016, when he won the post at SPIL in Brno, Czech Republic. He has been also an Associate Professor at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering & Sustainability – Pázmány Péter Catholic University. Dr Varbanov is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal “Cleaner Energy Systems”, Subject Editor of the Elsevier journal “Energy – The International Journal”, and the European Editor of the Springer Journal “Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy”. He served as the Managing Guest Editor and Guest Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production, Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Computers and Chemical Engineering.

Yee Van Fan

Brno University of Technology

Dr Yee Van Fan is a Key Researcher of the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory - SPIL, funded by the EU, in the Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. She is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Management under EduLab4Future co-funded by the Eramus+ programme of the EU and a contract researcher in Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russian Federation. She is also acting as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cleaner Production (IF: 9.297), Editorial Board member of Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilisation and Environmental Effects (IF: 3.447), and Chemical Engineering Transactions. Amongst Dr Fan research interests are waste recovery and management extended to sustainability assessment focusing on developing environmentally sound approaches or systems. Several of her publications have been listed as ESI highly cited papers (Top 1 %) and two as ESI hot papers by Clarivate Analytics. She is listed among the Top 2 % of the world’s researchers in terms of single-year impact (2020) by a team of statisticians from Stanford University and Elsevier.

Eugeniusz Koda

Warsaw University of Life Sciences

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.

Anna Podlasek

Warsaw University of Life Sciences

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.

Peter Chrabak

Bay Zoltan Research Institute

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.

Kinga Lorencz

Bay Zoltan Research Institute

Dr Kinga Lorencz is currently a local manager of the Bay Zoltan Ltd.. She was educated as a physicist and worked for 10 years (5 in Hungary and 5 in the USA) as a space researcher modelling cosmic rays. Later she had switched to a teaching carrier due to family reason, and have worked for a decade as a teacher, education curricula developer and a science communicator in physics, informatics and astromomy. Her first international science communication experience was the active participating at the Fp6 CSA Wonders network as the manager of the Budapest Planetarium. After that she was a goverment employee at the National Research Development and Innovation Office for seven years: participating in strategic planning and international representation in the energy , environment and space areas. She was for 7 years the National Contact Point of Horizon 2020 Energy area. She has been local project manager at projects funded by European Commission She has been participated at a training course on H2020 proposal writing in Brussels in 2018. Since February 2019, she is utilising her former experiences as an international project manager. She is experienced in regional innovation governance and policy, and also has worked with European structural and investment funds on national policy level.

Zuzana Šimková

Technical University of Kosice

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.