Piotr Ziętara has been associated with the Waterworks of the City of Cracow since 2001. He started work as a clerk, and in the following years, he was gradually promoted to the positions of the Head of the Management Board and PR Office (at the same time the press spokesman of WMK S.A.), Director of Personnel Organization and Management, Managing Director. In 2015, he became a Member of the Management Board of the Company, and then the Vice President. Since April 1, 2017, he has been the President of the Management Board. In the years 2013-2015 he was a proxy, as well as the Plenipotentiary for Organization and Social Communication in Krakowski Holding Komunalny S.A., as part of the project to build an eco-incineration plant. In July 2017, he became the Vice-President of the Council of the Polish Waterworks Chamber of Commerce, and in October 2021 he was elected the Vice-President for the next term of office. Piotr Ziętara has been cooperating with the world of science for many years. He is the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Małopolska Water Cluster, participates in many conferences and scientific symposia in the country, and actively participates in international industry benchmarking workshops organised by the European Benchmarking Co-operation. On April 29, 2019, by the Resolution of the Senate of the University of Economics in Cracow, Piotr Ziętara became the President of the First University Council, and in December 2020 he was elected the President of the University Council for the 2021-2024 term. In May 2020, he was appointed by the Cracow City Council to the composition of the Social Councils of municipal medical entities: Szpital Miejski Specjalistyczny im. Gabriela Narutowicza in Cracow and the Specialist Hospital. Stefan Żeromski SPZOZ in Cracow. Piotr Ziętara is a member of the Council of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Cracow, in the term of office 2021-2025.
Prof. Jacek Mąkinia is the Head of the Department of Sanitary Engineering at the Gdańsk University of Technology. He graduated from the Faculty of Hydrotechnics at the Gdańsk University of Technology in 1989, obtaining a master’s degree in environmental engineering. He obtained his doctorate in 1998 at Portland State University (USA), and habilitation (with honors) in 2007 at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Gdańsk University of Technology. In 2013, he was awarded the title of professor of technical sciences. In 2012, he was elected Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Innovation at the Gdańsk University of Technology (2012-2016). Author of over 220 publications, including 1 independent book and 2 monographs on technology and modeling of wastewater treatment processes. Supervisor of 4 doctors and tutor of 6 doctoral students (including from Yemen and Iran). Member of the Gdańsk Scientific Society and TAU BETA PI in the USA, secretary of the Management Committee of the “Nutrient Removal and Recovery” specialist group within the International Water Association (IWA), IWA Fellow (2016), chairman of the Polish Section of IWA, chairman of the Gdańsk Branch of Societas Humboldtiana Polonorum, member working groups of the German Water Association (DWA) and the Water Environment Research Foundation in the USA.
Prof. Michał Bodzek was graduated at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology (Gliwice, Poland). Now he is professor in Polish Academy of Science, in Institute of Environmental Engineering. He is specialist on Environmental Engineering. His research subject is connected with membrane techniques and other separation processes and their application in solving environmental problems. In particular studies are associated with the use of membrane processes primarily in hybrid systems, industrial wastewater treatment technology and treatment and desalination of water, using the membrane processes in biotechnology. He is the author of numerous publications in reputable scientific journals, monographs and books and conferences. He is a member of the Polish Chemical Society, Polish Membrane Society, European Membrane Society and other scientific societies and the Editorial Board of scientific journals.
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.
Dr Eng. Tadeusz Rzepecki, president of Tarnowskie Wodociągi sp.z o.o., chairman of the IGWP Council, chairman of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce "Wodociągi Polskie", president of the board of Tarnowskie Wodociągów sp. Wodna, member of the Tarnów Scientific Society, member of the program board of the journal "Technologia wody". A physicist and chemist by education, PhD in technical sciences, specialist engineer of the 1st degree. He is also an academic teacher, the author of several dozen scientific and popular science works as well as the monograph "Historia tarnowskich wodociągów i kanalizacji – od drugiej połowy XV wieku do 2010 roku", co-author of several books, including the "Encyklopedia Tarnowa".
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 (IGSMiE PAN). 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 IGSMiE PAN, member of the Scientific Council of IGSMiE PAN. 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.
A graduate of the Faculty of Environmental Engineering of the Krakow University of Technology, the Faculty of Management of the University of Economics in Krakow and MBA in Public Management at the Krakow Business School. He has been working in the Waterworks of the City of Krakow for 16 years, currently as the Director of Technology and Innovation. For 3 years he has been the President of the Galician Waterworks Forum Association, which brings together representatives of the water and sewage industry in Małopolska and Podkarpacie. As a representative of the "Wodociągi Polskie" Chamber of Commerce in EurEau, he participates in consultations on European legal acts and policies relating to the water and sewage industry. Professionally, he deals with, among others water and sewage technology, innovative projects and legal and environmental issues in the water and sewage industry.
Dr Klara Ramm graduated from the Faculty of Precision Mechanics at the Warsaw University of Technology. She also holds an Executive MBA diploma. She obtained a doctorate in technical sciences in the specialization of environmental engineering. She completed post-graduate studies at the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw, as well as studies conducted by HEC (School of Management) in Paris and the Warsaw School of Economics. For several years she has been associated with the environmental protection sector, especially water and sewage management, gaining experience in Warsaw waterworks, the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, the National Water Management Board, Veolia. Since 2006, he has been actively cooperating with the Polish Waterworks Chamber of Commerce. She represents the Polish water and sewage industry in the EurEau federation, which brings together the European community of this sector. As a member of the EurEau General Assembly, she participates in activities to protect water resources and improve the functioning of water supply and sewage services in the EU. She is a member of the Water Supply and Sewerage Technical Committee at the Polish Committee for Standardization, a member of the Board of the Horizon Europe Mission for healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters.
Since 2007 co-founder and Head of Research and Development at EasyMining and is also a part-time researcher at SLU University in Sweden . Is a specialist in chemical separation technologies and has a long experience in phosphorus chemistry. Obtained his Doctoral Degree from SLU University in Sweden with the title “Phosphorus recovery from urban wastes and ashes”. Was awarded the 2008 Science Technology and Environmental Award from the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf, for research regarding recovery of phosphorus from municipal wastes, ashes and iron ore mine wastes. Was awarded the 2019 Chemical Engineering Award from the Swedish Society of Chemical Engineers.
Doc Dr Habil Eng. 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 and water – including industry interaction interfaces, retrofit, waste to energy, wastewater minimisation leading to GHG and water footprints reduction. Dr Varbanov is the European Editor of the Springer Journal “Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy” and Subject Editor of the Elsevier journal “Energy – The International Journal” and he served as the Managing Guest Editor and Guest Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production, Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Computers and Chemical Engineering. He has been a long term Scientific Secretary of and recently a Co-Chair of the Conference on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction –PRES (www.conferencepres.com), member of the International Scientific Committee and chair of the Poster Evaluation Committee of the International Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems SDEWES international conference (www.sdewes.org), as well as member of the Scientific Committee of the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory Scientific–SPIL conferences. He is also the Scientific Secretary of the International Conference “Sustainable and efficient use of energy, water and natural resources” – SEWAN. He served many years as the Scientific Secretary of the CAPE-WP of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. He has published over 186 papers indexed by Web of Science with H-Index of 30. He is a co-author of two books and several chapters in books. He has been external examiner at University of Surrey, The University of Manchester, University Mohammed I – Oujda. His research has been successfully implemented in collaboration with industrial partners.
Luiza is has ca. 20 years of experience in the global water sector. She holds MSc MEng in Environmental Protection & Engineering (Warsaw Agricultural University, Poland) and MPhil in Water Resources Engineering (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden). She is also chartered with The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (MCIWEM C.WEM), UK. Luiza currently works for a global innovation consultancy Isle Utilities at the role Senior Technology Consultant. At Isle Utilities, Luiza leads a team of people with strong background in project delivery for Isle’ strategic clients, including focus on digital transformation, energy efficiency, circular economy aspects and energy neutrality (including technical lead on hydrogen generation, storage and use). She has successfully delivered consultancy work for banking clients, due diligence projects for investors and technology companies, projects for water companies and research/regulatory institutions. Luiza has a strong background in energy efficiency, energy optimisation and Net Zero Carbon work, design and feasibility studies for water and wastewater treatment works, including sludge treatment design, resource recovery, innovative solutions for wastewater/sludge treatment and digital data transformation, regulatory compliance, R&D & a wide range of process engineering and net zero carbon studies.
Ph.D. Eng. Monika Żubrowska-Sudoł, university professor, is Head of the Department of Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment of the Warsaw University of Technology. She graduated from the Faculty of Environmental Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology in 1999 with the title of Master Engineer of Environmental Biotechnology. In 2003, she obtained the degree of doctor of technical sciences, and in 2014 the degree of habilitated doctor in the scope of technical sciences, in the discipline of environmental engineering. Her primary area of professional interest is circular economy in reference to water-sewage systems, with consideration of recovery of resources and energy. She has been the author or co-author of more than 250 papers, including 130 published in the form of a monograph, articles, and presentations and posters for scientific-technical conferences. The remaining unpublished papers include expert opinions, reports from implemented research projects, and reviews of scientific publications, research projects, and habilitation and doctoral dissertations. She is Deputy Head of the working group of the Circular Economy National Smart Specialisation.
Assoc. Prof. Magdalena Zabochnicka, PhD. DSc. possesses multidisciplinary education. She is a researcher and an academic lecturer at Czestochowa University of Technology, Faculty of Infrastructure and Environment. The fellow of the Polish Ministry of Science and Education programme “TOP 500 Innovators – Science – Management – Commercialisation Innovation Programme at University of Oxford and University of Cambridge. Took internships at Polish Universities and Scientific Institute. Visiting Professor at University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Her scientific work is focused mainly on environmental technologies such as: water and wastewater treatment, waste mangement as well as capture of CO2 emitted by industrial source, (bio)sorption and sorbents, biomass, bioplatics, RES, Circular Economy. She is an enthusiast of implementing innovations in SMEs. As an Innovation Coach and Expert at Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy she supports activities related to increasing the competitiveness of Polish enterprises by implementing new technologies, (bio)products and services with financial support from European funds as well as other financial instruments. She is involved in the activities of European policies in the field of the European Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan and the European Bioeconomy Strategy. She is an economic and business expert in the field of innovative technologies at: the European Commission, the Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, National Centre for Research and Development and Polish National Development Bank. Propagator of responsible environmental management through the implementation of the strategy to decrease the environmental pollution through environmental footprint reduction, life cycle assessment (LCA) and circular waste management (6R- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recover, Recycle, Rethink). She is an author or co-author of >130 scientific publications, two patents, one protection right on utility model and 10 patents pending in Poland and 1 in European Patent Office (EPO) on biofilm. For inventions she received the Award of the President of the Polish Patent Office. For many years, she has been cooperating with many research centers in Poland and abroad. She has participated in more than 40 trainings and workshops, incl. industry, research and intellectual property management, commercialization of research, innovation coaching, mentoring, tutoring and e-learning. She provides lectures in English. She has supervised many diploma theses in English. She has been taking part in projects financed from European funds as a project manager or member of scientific team.
Prof. Sebastian Werle is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Energy and Environmental Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology and the head of the Laboratory of the Renewable Energy Sources. He is a Faculty V-ce Dean for Cooperation and Development and the Coordinator of the Priority Research Area Climate and Environmental Protection, Modern Energy. He has participated extensively as a partner and coordinator in European and national research projects and has published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a Member of the Polish Section of the Combustion and Thermodynamics Committee Polish Science Academy and Polish Section of the Combustion Institute, Member of the Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Society and World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. He is an editorial board member of: Journal of Power Technologies, International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering and International Journal of Waste Management and Technology. His professional interests include thermal use of sewage sludge and biomass, gasification, pyrolysis, including solar process, and modern recycling techniques, including chemical processes.
Anna Lembicz is a Polish studies graduate, editor and PR practitioner, Anna combines a humanities background with a long-standing interest in new technologies, environmental protection, as well as the water and sewerage sector, which she became absorbed with in 2010. Working for “Abrys dla Środowiska”, she was for many years editor-in-chief of “Wodociągi-Kanalizacja” monthly and organised numerous events aiming to unite the water and sewerage sector (such as “Breakfasts of Champions/Śniadania Mistrzów”, which hosted sector experts, or “The Warta River Cruise with CEOs/Rejs z prezesami po Warcie”, which used the convention of the cult film “The Cruise”). She also initiated “Making Waves/Głośna woda” competition for best educational initiatives introduced by water companies and came up with an idea of launching two other contests: The Water & Sewerage Investment of the Year/Inwestycja Roku WOD.-KAN. and The Water & Sewerage Manager of the Year/Manager Roku WOD.-KAN. Since 2017, Anna has been working for The Polish Waterworks Chamber of Commerce (IGWP), managing its periodicals and co-organising its top conferences (Water Companies Congress/Kongres Wodociągowców Polskich, Environmental Protection Forum/Forum Ochrony Środowiska, “Water. Sewage. Sludge/“Woda. Ścieki. Osady” conference). She is editor-in-chief of “Wodociągi Polskie” quarterly (which she reactivated in 2017) and of “Zeszyty IGWP” monthly. She added two new cyclical events to the array of IGWP conferences: “From Waterworks People to Waterworks People/ #must have branży wo.-kan.: Wodociągowcy Wodociągowcom” – the must-attend technical water and sewerage sector conference with events gathering 300-500 participants, and the equally popular cycle of research and development conferences called “The Water & Sewerage Sector’s Best Practice Catalogue/Katalog praktyk przedsiębiorstw wod.-kan.”. She also chairs numerous debates, discussion panels and conferences. Anna’s favourite pastime is listening to music with good lyrics. She is, by the way, married to a musician who makes such music. She has two children, Mikołaj and Łucja. Whenever she finds the time, Anna authors a blog called “Łucja Rewolucja”.
Dr Alexandros Stefanakis is Assistant Professor at the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal ‘Circular Economy and Sustainability’, and Associate Editor in other journals. He is an Environmental Engineer and Researcher focusing on water engineering, specifically on nature-based solutions and ecological engineering, and studies the content and implementation of circular economy. He has designed, managed, and constructed several such facilities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, USA and South America. In the past, he worked as Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Brighton (UK), the University of Beira Interior (Portugal), the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ (Germany), and the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece). He has also been employed by Greek and German multinational companies as professional engineer. His publication record includes 38 articles in scientific journals, more than 50 papers in scientific conferences, 4 books and several book chapters.
Prof. Maris Klavins works at the University of Latvia, Department of Environmental Sciences. He obtained his scientific degree in chemistry of biologically active compounds at the Moscow State University in 1986 but a habilitation degree at the University of Latvia in 1994. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences of Latvia, coordinator of International Humic Substances Research Society (IHSS), head of Natural Resources Reserch Centre. Research interests are related to studies of natural organic matter, wetlands and bogs, environmental pollution problems, circular economy and low carbon development.
Dr. Jolita Kruopienė is a professor and researcher at Kaunas University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Engineering. She obtained her PhD in environmental engineering in 1999. Research interests are related to risk management of chemicals, management of natural resources and waste, environmental impact assessment. She is an editor-in-chief of Environmental Research, Engineering and Management journal. She is the local coordinator of the InPhos project (EIT Raw Materials) in Lithuania.
Prof. Anna Grobelak is an assistant professor (Czestochowa University of Technology, Faculty of Infrastructure and Environment) specializing in environmental engineering, biotechnology and environmental impact assessment. Made contributions to the field of waste water systems treatment, molecular diagnosis of pathogens, antibiotics resistance bioremediation technologies. Author of patents , studies and implementations for the industry. Much of her work has been conducted within participation in research projects and industry concerning organic waste and sewage sludge management, bioenergy recovery, soil treatment, bioremediation, energetic biomass production, soil organic carbon sequestration (SOC). Moreover and has been working with national and international research teams and received several stipends/employment.
Przemysław Chrobot is a graduate of Biotechnology and Chemical and Process Engineering at the Wrocław University of Technology and postgraduate studies in team management and Advanced Project Management at the University of Economics in Wrocław. He is also certified project manager using various project management methodologies (PRIENCE2, Agile, SCRUM, PMBOK). Since 2012, he has been associated with Municipal Water Utility Company in Wrocław (MPWiK). He has been holding managerial positions in the Company since 2016. Currently, as Manager of the Center of New Technologies, he manages a team of 47 people and is responsible for creating the innovation ecosystem in Wrocław by implementing numerous projects in cooperation with scientific and industry partners, creating and commercializing innovative products, as well as managing the intellectual property of MPWiK. He is a co-creator of the R&D&I Policy which was implemented in 2018. He is also in charge of the accredited water and wastewater testing laboratory. He co-authored numerous scientific and sector articles. From 2012, he has performed managerial functions in 6 projects co-financed by the National Center for Research and Development with a total budget of over PLN 25 million. In addition, he managed many strategic projects which utlized the company's own funds. Since 2016, he has been cooperating with numerous governmental and local government organizations to create an environment for the implementation of the Circular Economy in the water supply industry. Since 2017, he collaborated with organizations such as the National Center for Research and Development and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, acting as an economic expert. In 2018, he was a member of the Program Council of the Faculty of Chemistry at the Wrocław University of Technology. In 2021, he was awarded a gold badge for his contribution to the development of his alma mater. From 2019 he has acted as an innovation expert under the Innovation Coach project.