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. Since 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.
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.
He was Professor from 1982 to 1990 at the Institute of Environmental Protection and from 1991 to 2008 Head of the Institute of Waste Management at the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany. He retired in March 2008. 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. He co-ordinated several international and national research projects, and was member of the environmental advisory board of Shanks, England. From 2009 until 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-organiser of several national and international conferences and has published more than 300 scientific papers and several books. Since 2008 he has been the chairman of IWWG (International Waste Working Group).