18th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WASTE MANAGEMENT
AND SUSTAINABLE LANDFILLING / 11-15 OCTOBER 2021

Lecturers of the Sardinia Academy

  • Raffaello Cossu, University of Padova (IT)
    Basics of Sanitary Landfilling (25/02) - Sustainable landfilling (13/05) - Landfill remediation (17/06)

    Raffaello Cossu retired in 2018, is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Padova (IT). He is Chairman of "Sardinia" International Symposia on Waste Management and Sustainable Landfilling, and “Venice” International Symposia on Biomass and Waste to Energy. He carried out intensive scientific research on landfilling and designed more than 20 landfills in Italy and abroad.  President of IWWG (International Waste Working Group) from 2004 to 2009. From 2009 to 2017 he was Editor in Chief of Waste Management, the international scientific journal published by Elsevier. From 2018 he is Editor in Chief of DETRITUS, the new IWWG multidisciplinary journal for Waste Resources and Residues. In 2017 he was recipient of the IWWG "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 has authored more than 200 articles and conference papers and co-edited five international books on waste management and landfilling technology, published by Academic Press, Elsevier, EF and Spon. READ MORE ABOUT WEBINAR 1 - WEBINAR 2 - WEBINAR 3 >

  • Rainer Stegmann, Hamburg University of Technology (DE)
    Basics of Sanitary Landfilling (25/02) - Sustainable landfilling (13/05) - Landfill remediation (17/06)

    Rainer Stegmann retired in 2008 as Professor Head of the Institute of Waste Management at the Hamburg University of Technology (DE). He has been a visiting professor at several Universities and has coordinated several international and national research projects. 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. From 2009 to 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-chairman of several national and international conferences and has authored more than 300 scientific papers and several international books. Since 2008 he has been Chairman of IWWG (International Waste Working Group). READ MORE ABOUT WEBINAR 1 - WEBINAR 2 - WEBINAR 3 >

  • Hans-Günter Ramke, OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (DE)
    Drainage systems in Landfills - 4 March (Part 1) & 25 June (Part 2)

    Professor of Waste Management and Sanitary Landfilling at the Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Arts (DE). He graduated in Civil Engineering at the Technical University Braunschweig, specialising in Environmental Engineering, Road Construction, Geotechnical Engineering. He received his PhD at the same university in 1991. Since 2002 he is publicly certified Expert on Waste Management and Landfill Technology by the Chamber of Engineers of Lower Saxony, Germany. He is Head of the Laboratory of Waste Management, whose main activities include: analyses of municipal and industrial wastes; municipal solid waste management; restoration and aftercare of landfills; computer modelling of water balances and emissions of landfills; energetic utilisation of biological wastes and biomass; hydrothermal carbonisation of organic wastes and residues. READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR PART 1 AND PART 2 >

  • Marco Ritzkowski, Hamburg University of Technology (DE)
    Basics of landfill aeration - 11 March / Landfill gas: modelling and management - 1 April

    Marco Ritzkowski is a lecturer at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Sustainable Resources and Waste Management since 2008, and associate professor at Polytech, Peter the Great, St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia since 2018. In 2005 he received his PhD from TUHH. He participated in several national and international research-projects regarding the landfill-behaviour of municipal solid waste, waste pre-treatment and aftercare of MSW landfills and he was the responsible researcher for the scientific attendance of the German R&D-project 'Aerobic in-situ stabilisation of landfills'. Since 2009 he is managing international projects in connection with the impact of climate change on the environment as well as aftercare of solid waste landfills. Marco Ritzkowski is Managing Director of the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) since 2011 and leader of the IWWG Task Group on Landfill Aeration since 2008. READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR 1 AND WEBINAR 2 >

  • Keith Knox, Knox Associates (UK) Ltd
    Leachate recirculation: objectives, design, operation and control - 18 March

    Prof. Keith Knox is Visiting Professor within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. Keith Knox is Principal of Knox Associates (UK) Ltd, an independent consultancy providing advice on landfill and waste treatment. His main professional interests are in the areas of leachate management and landfill processes, particularly those affecting long term stabilization and sustainability. Keith’s work on leachate management has included many projects on the design and operation of a wide variety of leachate treatment plants and processes, both UK and worldwide. He has been at the forefront of technical developments in leachate treatment, including ammonia nitrification, single tank SBR denitrification, use of activated carbon, and high temperature stripping of ammonia. His interests also include leachate quality and he has undertaken several Environment Agency funded projects on, for example, trace organics in landfill leachates, and on the anticipated leachate quality from hazardous wastes, MSW incinerator residues and mechanical-biological treatment residues. In the area of Water Balance methods and prediction of leachate generation, Keith has a particular interest in the prediction of leachate generation in tropical countries that experience very high wet season rainfall, and the effect this has on the sizing of leachate treatment plants and seasonal storage facilities. Keith’s interests and work on landfill processes have included. READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR >

  • Luciano Butti, B&P Lawyers (IT)
    Waste Management and Contaminated Land Regime(s) in European Law - 25 March

    Luciano Butti joined B&P Avvocati as a Partner in 1998. Before entering the practice, he worked as a magistrate from 1984 to 1997. He is Affiliated Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Padova (Faculty of Engineering – Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering). He has been actively involved in several training courses for judges and lawyers, organized by the “Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura” (Higher Judicial Council) and the various “Consigli dell’Ordine” (Bar Councils), respectively. Since November 2015, Luciano has been member of a Task Group coordinated by the Prime Minister’s Office and aimed at making proposals for the improvement of the Italian contaminated land regime. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of “Detritus” (CISA Publisher) and “Waste Management” (Elsevier). For many years he has been a member of Det Norske Veritas Italia’s Certification Committee for Environmental Management Systems and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Rivista Giuridica dell’Ambiente (Environmental Law Review). He specializes in Italian and International Environmental Law. At the firm he assists clients in litigation before the Italian Court of Cassation and other Higher Courts and through out-of-court advice. He has written books and articles on Italian, European and International Environmental Law and frequently gives lectures at workshops and conferences targeting public and private sector actors. He is also regularly involved in academic research projects and training courses held in Italy and abroad. READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR >

  • Evangelos Gidarakos, Technical University of Crete (GR)
    Industrial waste management - 8 April

    Since 2019 he is Emeritus Professor at the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete, where he founded and directed the Laboratory of Toxic and Hazardous Waste Management for almost 18 years. During the period 1985-2001 he was Director and Vice-President of the Battelle Institute of Germany, while from 1980 untill 1985 he was Scientific Associate and Program Manager in the Research Centre GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht also in Germany. The scientific fields of his concern include hazardous waste management, sustainable municipal solid waste management and soil and groundwater remediation, using innovative technologies. He has collaborated with many research centers and institutes (e.g. Max-Planck, MIT, Battelle Memorial Institute, BNNL, etc.) and has been a visitor professor in many Universities, such as the Technical University of Hamburg, Dresden and Cottbus in Germany. He possesses 5 patents, has published more than 100 papers in scientific journals and has presented more than 200 papers in different international scientific conferences. In 2015, he became an elected member of the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) Managing Board and this period (2021-2022) he is the President of IWWG. READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR >

  • Umberto Arena, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" (IT)
    Process and technological aspects of solid waste thermal treatments - 14 April

    Umberto Arena, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, is full professor of “Solid waste management”, "Industrial Pollution Control Engineering", and “Life Cycle Assessment of Industrial Processes” at the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Waste Management journal (Elsevier), since January 2018, and Associate Editor of the same journal from 2012 to 2017, with specific competence in thermal treatments and LCA studies for integrated waste management. He has been guest professor or visiting scientist in some universities and research centres (Tongji University of Shanghai (China), Nanyang Technological University of Singapore; Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research of Kuwait City) and lecturer in several international schools. He is Member of the Managing Board of the International Waste Working Group, and, in the same association, the leader of the Task Group on Thermal Treatments. He is team leader of national and international projects about processes and technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste, waste management planning, and life cycle assessment of waste management treatments. He is also consultant of public institutions, industrial companies and research centres on similar topics. He is author of more than 100 scientific papers published in primary international scientific journals and wrote chapters in multi-authored books dedicated to Fluidized Bed Reactors, with specific attention to Gasification and Pyrolysis of different kind of solid wastes. READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR >

  • Ian Williams, University of Southampton (UK)
    Basics of waste recycling - 22 April

    Professor of Applied Environmental Science and Associate Dean (Enterprise) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, UK. He has an established track record in the field of environmental pollution and waste management. His work at Southampton has focused on pollution, waste- and carbon-related issues. Ian has published extensively in books and peer-reviewed journals as well as producing over 100 commercial project reports. He has a long track record of holding positions as an External Examiner for taught and research degrees, service on external bodies, sitting on the scientific and organizing committees of several international conferences, working on national and international task groups. Ian has received a number of awards for his research activities, including: the International Solid Waste Association Publication Award in 2016 and 2017, the Institution of Civil Engineers Baker Medal in 2010 and awards from the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (Waste Regulation Award 2010, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15; James Jackson Award 2006, 2015/16, 2016/17; J.C. Dawes Award 2016). READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR >

  • Jurate Kumpiene, Luleå University of Technology (SE)
    Classification and management of contaminated masses in soil remediation projects - 28 April

    Jurate Kumpiene is a Professor in Waste Science and Technology at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. She has been implementing research and education in the area of waste management, with particular focus on waste properties, characterization and treatment, as well as risk assessment and remediation of contaminated soil. She has published 50+ scientific papers and book chapters and 50+ conference publications. Member of the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) and an Associate Editor of the journal Waste Management. R&D and innovation projects include close cooperation with national waste management companies, consultancies and entrepreneurs. READ MORE ABOUT HER WEBINAR >

  • Alessandra Polettini, "Sapienza" University of Rome (IT)
    Treatment and disposal of incineration residues - 29 April

    Alessandra Polettini is Full Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Here she is chair of the Undergraduate and Master programmes in Environmental Engineering and lecturer of “Sanitary and Environmental Engineering” and “Solid Waste Treatment” in the same programmes. She is a member of the School for Advanced Studies of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Her research interests include the treatment and recycling of residues from thermal waste treatment, the anaerobic digestion of organic wastes, the degradability of bioplastics, the study of the environmental behavior of waste materials, and the treatment of contaminated dredged sediments. She has co-authored over 150 scientific papers that have been published in international journals and conference proceedings. READ MORE ABOUT HER WEBINAR >

  • Luca Alibardi, Cranfield University (UK)
    Hydrogen production from waste - 6 May

    Dr Alibardi is Lecturer in Separation Processes at the Water Science Institute of Cranfield University (UK). He holds a degree and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Padova (IT). Dr Alibardi’s research interests centre on the development of separation technologies and systems integration to lead on the transition towards the circular and hydrogen economies. He is active in the definition of the role of hydrogen to decarbonise the wastewater sector and on the development of the concept of biorefinery for the waste management sector. He works the area of energy recovery systems from wastewater network to understand the wider impact of these systems and on the use of coarse separation systems as an alternative to conventional membranes to develop combined membrane-biological processes to sustain the production of added value products from waste materials. Dr Alibardi is Centre Manager of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe - www.cdtwire.com). He is also Co-Leader of the Task Group on Waste Biorefinery of the International Waste Working Group (IWWG - www.iwwg.eu). READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR >

  • Aldo Muntoni, University of Cagliari (IT)
    Hydrogen production from waste - 6 May

    Aldo Muntoni is full professor of Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering and Architecture of the University of Cagliari, Italy, where he teaches the academic courses of Contaminated Sites Recovery and Remediation and of Soild Waste Management. He has been chairman of the PhD programs in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Technologies (EEST) and in Geoengineering and Environmental Technologies of the University of Cagliari. His main fields of interest are solid waste management, energy and material recovery from waste, hazardous waste stabilization, soil and sediment remediation. Author and co-author of more than 250 scientific papers published on international and national journals, international and national books, proceedings of international conferences. Reviewer for international journals. Responsible for several International and National research projects. He received awards, including the “National Energy Globe Award” in 2010 for research on combined production of hydrogen and methane from biodegradable waste. READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR >

  • Julia Gebert, Delft University of Technology (NL)
    Methane oxidation systems to mitigate landfill gas emissions - 21 May

    Julia Gebert is Associate Professor in the field of Soil Science at TU Delft, Department Geoscience & Engineering. Her research focuses on biological carbon cycling in natural environments such as river sediments and its impact of sediment abiotic properties, such as sediment rheology. Relating to sediments, she further investigates beneficial use options for dredged materials. Another focus lies on the controls on and impacts of carbon cycling in landfills, both within the waste body (organic matter degradation and contaminant release) and in cover soils and methane oxidation systems. In this context, she currently leads the in situ landfill stabilisation project CURE (Coupled multi-process research for reducing landfill emissions). Since a few years, Julia succeeded Marion Huber-Humer as chair of the IWWG task group CLEAR (Consortium for Landfill Emission Abatement Research). READ MORE ABOUT HER WEBINAR >

  • Marion Huber-Humer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (AT)
    Methane oxidation systems to mitigate landfill gas emissions - 21 May

    Marion Huber-Humer is full Professor for “Global Waste Management” and head of the Institute of Waste Management at the BOKU-University (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna) in Vienna. She is Board Member of the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) and was one of the founders of the IWWG task group CLEAR (Consortium for Landfill Emission Abatement Research) in 2002, and lead this task group for more than 15 years. Moreover, she is board member of the ÖVA (Austrian Association for Management of Contaminated Sites), of the ÖWAV (Austrian Water and Waste Management Association), and vice president of ISWA-Austria. Her current research focuses on the investigation of sustainable global waste management concepts and circular economy approaches, biological waste processing, waste characterization, sustainable landfill technologies, landfill emission mitigation concepts and monitoring, with a particular research issue on biological methane oxidation in biocover systems. READ MORE ABOUT HER WEBINAR >

  • Michael Nelles, University of Rostock (DE)
    Anaerobic waste treatment in the Circular Economy - Basics and technical implementation - 27 May

    He is an environmental engineer and studied Technical Environmental Protection (Technical University of Berlin) with 25 years of experience. Since 2006 he is full professor of Waste Management and Material Flow of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the University of Rostock, Germany. Since 2012 Prof. Nelles is also the Scientific Director of the German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ) in Leipzig. His research activity is based on: fundamental and applied aspects of waste management with focus on technological, environmental and economic aspects to mechanical, biological and thermal treatment systems of waste and biomass in different recycling and recovery routes. He is a member of national and international Advisory Boards of organisations, conferences and journals in the field of waste management and biomass utilisation. He is author of over 400 articles and chapters in books and journals since 1993. READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR >

  • Kerstin Kuchta, Hamburg University of Technology (DE)
    Basics on WEEE management - 28 May

    Kerstin Kuchta is head of the research group “Sustainable Resources and Waste Management” at the Hamburg University of Technology and full professor at the Institute for Environmental Technology and Energy Economics. Kerstin Kuchta graduated 1991 in Environmental Engineering at the Berlin University of Technology. She continued her academic carrier as a researcher at Darmstadt University of Technology and finalised her PhD in 1997. From 2002-2010 she was Full Professor for Energy and Environmental Management at Hamburg University of Applied Science and founding dean of the faculty of engineering at the German-Kazak University (DKU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2011 she moved as a full professor to the Hamburg University of Technology, established her research group and is Vice President for higher Education and Academic Affairs of TU Hamburg since 2019. Her major research interests are promoting the circular economy for electronics, critical metals, construction material as well as biobased and conventional polymers. She is president of the board of trustees of the German waste management industry (EdDE) and is leading several work groups in the field of resource recovery, climate protection and sustainability on the regional, national and international level. READ MORE ABOUT HER WEBINAR >

  • Nicole Berge, University of South Carolina (US)
    Low temperature waste conversion processes - 3 June

    Dr. Nicole Berge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Carolina. She received her BS and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1999 and 2001, respectively. She received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2006. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Berge worked as a postdoctoral associate at Tufts University. She is a co-leader of the IWWG task group on “Engineered Nanomaterials in Waste” and an IWWG board member. Dr. Berge's research focuses on improving our understanding of how physical, chemical, and biological processes can be manipulated to promote sustainable waste treatment techniques that lead to carbon sequestration, energy generation, and/or value-added product production. Specific areas of exploration include: the fate of disposed nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, personal care products and endocrine disrupting compounds in bioreactor landfills; thermochemical conversion of municipal solid waste; increasing the energy yield from waste streams; resource recovery from waste streams; leachate treatment processes; and the development and subsequent evaluation of innovative groundwater remediation technologies. READ MORE ABOUT HER WEBINAR >

  • Hans van der Sloot, Hans van der Sloot Consultancy (NL)
    Use of LEAF and LeachXS to evaluate disposal and beneficial use of secondary materials - 10-11 June

    Hans van der Sloot has held different positions in the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation (ECN, Petten, The Netherlands) until December 2009. After retiring from ECN he started his private consultancy in 2010. He has been involved in standardization of leaching tests for waste, soil and construction products at national and international level (CEN, ISO, US EPA). He is involved in several waste, construction and landfill related studies dealing with preparation of regulations (LFD, CPD, CPR, EoW, HWD). He co-authored a major study for US EPA on Lab to field relationships making use of recently issued protocols in SW846. He is a member of the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) and active in developing a decision support tool for environmental impact assessment (LeachXS) in cooperation with ECN (Petten, The Netherlands) and Vanderbilt University (Nashville, USA). READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR PART 1 AND PART 2 >

  • David Kosson, Vanderbilt University (US)
    Use of LEAF and LeachXS to evaluate disposal and beneficial use of secondary materials - 10-11 June

    Dr. Kosson is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University, where he also has joint appointments as Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He also is principal investigator of the multi-university Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP). Professor Kosson’s research focuses on management of nuclear and chemical wastes, including process development and contaminant mass transfer applied to groundwater, soil, sediment and waste systems. His research in collaboration with the Energy Research Centre of The Netherlands on leaching of contaminants from wastes and construction materials and development of the leaching environmental assessment framework (LEAF) is currently providing the foundation for environmental regulation of these materials at US EPA, the Netherlands Ministry of Environment and the European Union’s Directorate General for the Environment. READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR PART 1 AND PART 2 >

  • Andrew Garrabrants, Vanderbilt University (US)
    Use of LEAF and LeachXS to evaluate disposal and beneficial use of secondary materials - 10-11 June

    Andrew Garrabrants is an Associate Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where his research focuses on leaching tests and assessment approaches for estimating the fate and transport of constituents from soils, sediments and wastes. His research focuses on continuing development and acceptance of standardized approaches toward environmental impact assessment of solid wastes, construction materials, soils, and sediments. He is the technical lead for the interlaboratory validation of the Leaching Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF), developed in collaboration with the Energy Centre of the Netherlands, DHI Demark, and the Offices of Research and Development (ORD) and Solid Wastes (OSW) of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Other research interests include (i) beneficial reuse of waste materials in construction, (ii) release assessment approaches for semi-volatile organics in soil/cement mixtures (e.g., in-situ stabilized soils), (iii), physiochemical models for estimating source terms for risk assessment and risk evaluation, and (iv) leaching chemistry and long-term durability of cement-based solidification/stabilization (S/S) waste treatment and cementitious engineered barriers for nuclear waste disposition. READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR PART 1 AND PART 2 >

  • Uta Krogmann, Rutgers University (US)
    Basics of Composting - 16 June

    Uta Krogmann is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Dept. of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA. She has been a faculty member since 1995, teaching an undergraduate course on design of solid waste treatment systems and a graduate course in life-cycle assessment.  Her research, which has resulted in over 100 scientific publications and presentations, has focused on understanding and reducing environmental impacts of the built environment and the solid waste management system. She has extensive experience in composting of source-separated organic wastes in open and enclosed systems, but also of other wastes such as horse manure and food processing residuals. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors, and the International Solid Waste Association. READ MORE ABOUT HER WEBINAR >

  • Peter Strom, Rutgers University (US)
    Basics of Composting - 16 June

    Peter F. Strom is a professor in the Dept. of Environmental Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA.  He has been a faculty member since 1980, teaching advanced courses in biological treatment and hazardous waste, as well as introductory graduate and undergraduate courses.  His research, which has resulted in over 250 scientific publications and presentations, has focused on the microbial ecology of waste treatment systems.  This has included work on composting, wastewater, bioremediation, biofiltration of contaminated gas streams, and the rational application of genetic engineering (field application vectors).  He is a Life Member of the Water Environment Federation (also a Fellow), American Society for Microbiology, Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors, and the NJ Water Environment Association (also a member of their Wastewater Hall of Fame and Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers). READ MORE ABOUT HIS WEBINAR >

  • Howard Robinson, Phoenix Engineering (UK)
    Landfill leachate treatment - 18 June

    Howard Robinson has worked for more than 40 years, specialising in degradation processes for landfilled wastes, and the generation, composition and treatment of landfill leachates. Howard has been responsible for the design and commissioning of more than 100 full-scale leachate treatment plants, many of which incorporate innovative process designs which are state of the art internationally. He has worked on every continent except Antarctica (but remains hopeful), and is passionate about working in developing countries to advance waste training and practice. Howard has been present at all of the Sardinia Symposia since 1987, except 1993, when his second son was born. His first son was born during the week before Howard attended Sardinia 1991, and now presents papers on leachate treatment in Sardinia himself. Howard’s hobbies include cricket, and he has not yet decided what he wants to be when he grows up.

  • Kostyantyn Pivnenko, Circular Resource Management (DK)
    Chemicals of concern in waste recycling - 24 June

    Kostyantyn Pivnenko is an Environmental Engineer with a PhD from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where his primary research topics concerned secondary resource quality, material cycles and the role of chemical contaminants in the circular economy. Kostyantyn has worked extensively with identification and quantification of the chemicals of concern (CoC) in waste and recycled materials, as well as modelling of material and substance flows in society. Since 2020, he provides consultancy services to intergovernmental and civil society organizations, supporting circular economy transitions in developing countries, and development of the European Ecodesign Directive and recycling standards.

  • Mohamed Osmani, Loughborough University (UK)
    Construction & Demolition Waste - 2 July

    Mohamed Osmani is a Professor of Sustainable Design and Construction in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University, UK. He is known for his research and collaborative interdisciplinary projects on circular economy, material resource efficiency, designing out waste, anthropogenic resource classification, and construction and demolition waste recovery and optimization. Prof. Osmani is an Expert Peer Reviewer on circular economy and resource efficiency in construction for 8 major international funding bodies in the UK, Europe, Asia, and North America. He is currently leading 5 international panels and expert groups, including BS 8895 series, and IWWG Construction and Demolition Task Group. He is also a member of numerous national and international advisory boards and expert groups, including UNECE Expert Group on Anthropogenic Resources, and the UK Government Green Construction Board Resources & Waste Task Group that has been tasked to develop a roadmap to achieve ‘zero avoidable waste’ in the construction sector by 2050, which is a target set in the Resources and Waste Strategy for England. Prof. Osmani authored over 200 publications; developed a significant portfolio of funded projects, winning more than £6.5 million (over £35 million cumulative projects’ value); delivered over 20 keynote speeches; and presented his work in more than 30 countries across the world.