Maia Bitadze is anauthor of more than 12 scientific articles on International Environmental Law and Human Rights Law. She graduated from Tbilisi State University International Law School in 1999 with Honors and was awarded with the Doctorate Degree in Law later, in 2007 after defending thesis in the field of Environmental Human Rights Law. Mrs. Bitadze is the Associate Professor at Tbilisi State Universitysince 2005. She had worked as a legal expert for the various international organizations, such as the UNDP, the OSCE and the FAO, focusing on the Environmental topics. Mrs. Bitadze has also held the positions in the governmental institutions of Georgia,such as the Parliamentary Committee of the Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, among them in 2011- 2014 she worked as a Head of the Legal Department of the Ministry. Ms. Bitadze is the Chair of the Bureau of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and the Chair of the working group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention since 2015 and held the position of the Deputy Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia from 2014 until the end of 2017.
Marina FRONTASYEVA, Professor, PhD in Physics and Mathematical Sciences, Director Advisor in Applied Research and Innovations of FLNP JINR is a graduate of the Department of Theoretical and Experimental Nuclear Physics, Physical faculty, Saratov State University, Russian Federation. Since 1977 she has been working in the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics in the field of instrumental neutron activation analysis at radioanalytical complex REGATA at the reactor IBR-2 designed for studies in the Life Sciences and Material Science. In 1997 she was elected to the International Committee on Activation Analysis (ICAA) Since 1997 till 2019 she was the Head of the Department of NAA and Applied Research at FLNP JINR combining her activities with lecturing on nuclear methods for studying the environment at the Department of Chemistry of the International University of Nature, Society and Man of Dubna. She is leader of numerous international projects co-ordinated by the IAEA, Vienna, and by the European Union Frame programmes. Since 2014 she is a Coordinator of the UNECE ICP Vegetation (moss surveys) M.V. FRONTASYEVA is the author and co-author of more than 450 scientific publications in refereed journals, of 25 books and two patents of the Russian Federation.
Маrija Maksin was born in Belgrade, in 1954. After the Mathematical High School in Bel-grade and the completion of a John Marshall high school in the Indianapolis, United States (with the Honor of Society), she graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, received her master’s and doctoral degrees at the Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade, and acquired the academic title of Doctor of Science in Spatial Planning. From 1978 to 1984, she worked as an architect in the designing office of the Napred Construction Company. From 1984 to 1991, she worked on the development programmes for the regions in Serbia struck by an earthquake and flooding. From 1991 to 2000, as an advisor to the Minister of Construction, she initiated, coordinated and monitored the preparation and implementation of spatial plans. From 2000 to 2004, as a assistant professor, she taught Town and Spatial Planning at the Department for Landscape Architecture of the Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade. From 2001, as a visiting lecturer, she taught Space Organization in Tourism (spatial planning module) at the Department for Tourism and Hotel Management of the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade both at graduate and postgraduate level. She joined the Faculty for Tourism and Hotel Management, Singidunum University, where, at the end of 2005 as the associate professor, and since September 2010 as full time professor, leactured two subjects: Tourism and Space, Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in Tourism at the graduate level, as well as Sustainable Development of Tourist Destinations at postgraduate level. Since October 2013 she is the Research Counsellor and Leading Spatial Planner at the Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia (IAUS). In 2000, the Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade, published the monograph Space Protection and Reservation – Normative Regularity and Practice, which was used as a text-book for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the mentioned faculties. At the begin-ning of 2005, the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, published the textbook Intro-duction to the Geography of Tourism with the Basics of Spatial Planning (coauthor). At the beginning of 2007, the Faculty for Tourism and Hotel Management, Singidunum University, has published the texbook Tourism and Space, and at the end of 2009 the new textbook Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in Tourism. The monograph Sustainable Tourism Development in European Union and Serbia was published by Institute of Architecture and Urban and Spatial Planning of Serbia, and since than used as a textbook for postgradutae students at the Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade and Singidunum University. Professor Marija Maksin has published more than 140 scientific and professional papers in domestic and international journals, monographs and proceedings. She has participated in over 70 scientific researches, spatial plans, as well as spatial planning studies and programs as an author, consultant and planning or project manager. The most significant research pro-jects, entrusted to the Institute of Architecture and Urban and Spatial Planning of Serbia by the Republican Ministry of Science, in which she has participated as a subproject manager, are “Development, Spatial Planning and Use of the Main Infrastructure Corridors in Serbia” (2002-2004), “Sustainable Spatial Development of Towns in Serbia” (2005-2006), “Towards Sustainable Spatial Development of Serbia” (2008-2011), “The role and implementation of the national spatial plan and regional development documents in renewal of strategic research, thinking and governance in Serbia” (2011-2017) and “Sustainable spatial development of Danube corridor in Serbia” (2011-2017). She is a member of expert team at INTERREG DTP projects: Strengthening Capacities to Enhance Territorial Attractiveness (ATTRACTIVE DANUBE, 2017-2019); and Restoring and managing ecological corridors in mountains as the green infrastructure in the Danube Region (Con-nectGREEN, 2018-2021). The most significant spatial plan in whose preparation she has participated is the Spatial Plan of the Republic of Serbia (1990-1996, 2009-2010, 2019-2020). As a licensed spatial planner and licensed urban planner, she has been project manager or member of the management team for the preparation of spatial plans of special-purpose areas (the watersheds of the Bogovina, Rzav, Stuborovni and Uvac impounding reservoirs, trans-European transport corridors “VII“ and “X“ – the sections Belgrade-Niš and Niš-border with the FYR Macedonia, highway corridors Nis-Merdare and Belgrade-Montenegro border, Kopaonik National Park, Djerdap National Park, Zlatibor Nature Park and Stara Planina Nature Park), regional spatial plans (for South Pomoravlje, Timok Region, Zlatibor-Moravica Region and Kolubara-Macva Region), spatial plans for the municipalities of Valjevo, Novi Pazar, Tutin, Sjenica, Aranđelovac, Knjazevac and Bor, Master plan of Bor town and Regulatory plan of Gocmanci tourist resort (Kopaonik mountain). She was the manager of the expert team for the preparation of Serbian Sustainable Urban Development Strategy until 2030 (2019). She has been a member of an expert teams for several strategies (e.g. Strategy for Tourism Development of Belgrade, 2008), and master plans in tourism (e.g. Master Plan for Sustainable Rural Tourism Development in Serbia, 2010-2011). Professor Marija Maksin is a member of AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning, individual memebership), ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners), Serbian Chamber of Engineers, etc. She has been the President of the IAUS's Scientific Council since 2015. She has been the Vice Predisent of the International Research Academy of Science and Art – IRASA (seated in Belgrade, Serbia) since 2018.
Christopher Koroneos is a chemical engineer. He did all his studies at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Columbia University in New York, USA, where he later was a professor and continues to be associated with the Earth Engineering Centre as a Research Associate. Now he is Associate Professor having the chair of Renewable Energy and Energy Management at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. He is also at the Unit of Environmental Science and Technology of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. He is teaching at the Interdisciplinary Programme of Post Graduate Studies ‘‘Environment & Development’’ of the National Technical University of Athens. His research interests are in Renewable Energy, Exergy Analysis, Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Development. He has more than 90 publications in Scientific Journals and more than 220 publications in proceedings of International conferences. He is in the editorial committee of 35 scientific journals, and he has participated in 37 national and international research projects.
Dr. Edward A. McBean is a world-class expert in water security and risk assessment, and Professor of Water Resources, Canada Research Chair in Water Supply Security, and one of seven University of Guelph Research Leadership Chair Professors, at University of Guelph in Canada. Dr. McBean was born in 1945 in Vancouver, Canada. He received his bachelor degree from University of British Columbia in 1968 and both his master degree (1971) and Doctorate (1973, Grande cum Laude) from M.I.T., all degrees in Civil Engineering. Following a post-doc at Cornell University, Dr. McBean joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo as an Assistant Professor in July 1974, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1977, and to Professor in 1981. In the mid-1990s he left academia to become President of CRA Engineering Inc. and, simultaneously, a Vice-President of Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA) where CRA was one of the largest engineering firms in Canada. In 2003, Dr. McBean rejoined academia at the University of Guelph where he continues to this day. An eminent scholar, Dr. McBean is both nationally and internationally acclaimed for his novel contributions to water security issues, environmental risk assessment procedures, his strategic insights into methods for defining vulnerability in water security. One of his strategies for negotiation now used in resolution of water security conflicts. Dr. McBean’s innovations in providing safe water supplies have been successful at dramatically reducing the intake of arsenic in water supplies derived from contaminated groundwater (e.g. Bangladesh, China, and Cambodia) and providing effective pathogen removal, allowing delivery of safe water to rural populations (e.g. India, China, Cambodia, Pakistan) at prices rural societal members can afford, and at levels that make technology transfer to village users, readily feasible. Dr. McBean has an excellent research track record. He has published 245 articles in engineering journals indexed in Scopus. He has been the recipient of many awards at both the national and international level (China, India and Japan). Dr. McBean has participated as a Keynote and/or Plenary speaker at more than 25 major conferences over the last five years. He is also a major influent scientist in the international arena.
Christopher Bryant has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1970) and has been Professor at the Universities of Waterloo (1970-1990) and Montréal (1990 to 2014) and is currently Adjunct Professor,School of Environmental Design and Rural Development,University of Guelph (1912 onwards), and he is also Adjunct Professor, Geography Department, University of Montreal (September 2014 onwards). Christopher Bryant has published many articles in different journals, a huge number of book chapters, many books and monographs; many Reports to different governments and agencies; many other publications and book reviews; and he has made almost 600 presentations during his career. His fields of research are: agriculture and food production in and around cities and metropolitan centers; food security and food insecurity; tourism development; community development; land use planning; strategic development planning for communities, organizations and agriculture and other economic activities; sustainable development; resilience building for communities exposed to flooding and climate variability; adaptation of agriculture and tourism development to climate change and variability. He is placed in the top 4 to 5% of the over 16 million researchers on Research Gate. He has also directed or co-directed one of the largest numbers of doctoral (29) and masters students (29), and most of his doctoral students now have positions as professors in different universities or in government ministries or agencies
M A Martin-Luengo has studied Chemistry in the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. At Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain; she presented her Masters work on Oxidation Catalysts and her PhD on Hydrogenation Catalysts. As a Postdoctoral grant holder of the CSIC she has worked in Brunel University, UK and in the University of Louvain la Neuve, Belgium. She has worked as a Fellowship IA with the Scientific Engineering Research Council, UK, on Fischer-Tropsch and from 1992 she is permanent Scientific Staff of CSIC, Spain. She has participated in more than 25 research projects, 100 scientific papers and chapters of books, 120 congresses and several patents. She is a Chartered Chemist of RSC and Member of ACS and the Spanish Societies of Catalysis and Clays. Presently she carries out studies on sustainable issues, searching for the use of renewable materials, energies and chemical processes, especially giving priority to countries with deprived economies.
Barbara Ryan’s career began in 1974 when she joined the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the nation’s largest natural resource science and civilian mapping agency. She advanced steadily in the USGS, earning master’s degrees in geography from the University of Denver and in civil engineering from Stanford University. As associate director for geography at the USGS, she was responsible for the agency’s remote sensing, geography and civilian mapping programmes, including the Landsat satellites. From 2008 to 2012, she was Director of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Space Programme, and from 2012 to 2018, Ryan was the Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Ryan has served as chair of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS). She has been awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree from her alma mater, SUNY Cortland. She has been named an Honorary Fellow of the American Geographical Society, and in 2017, was one of 10 global Leaders to be named to the Geospatial World Forum’s Hall of Fame. She serves on several Boards and Advisory Committees including the Ecological Sequestration Trust, the International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES), the International Symposium for Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE), the Jane Goodall Institute, and the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC).
Dr. Fernando Aragón-Durand International policy consultant, researcher, project evaluator and adviser to policymakers and politicians on sustainable urbanization, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, vulnerability and policy for Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America with 19 years´ experience partnering with national and regional institutions, organizations and think-tanks. Lead Author of the "Special Report on Global Warming 1.5C" for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2018) and Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report (5AR) (IPCC, 2014) chapter 8 Urban Areas, Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development Program. Author of more than thirty policy reports, book chapters and scientific papers on risk, climate change adaptation, policy, urban development and environmental education. PhD in Urban Development Planning at Development Planning Unit/University College London. Extensive teaching experience of more than 25 years at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level on climate change and environmental history, urban environment, disaster risk management, sustainable development and political ecology.
Quamrul Chowdhury has served as a Lead Climate and Sustainable Development Negotiator of the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at UN and UNFCCC fpr many moons. He has also served as Chair of UN Kyoto Protocol Joint Implementation Committee and member of UN Climate Adaptation Committee as a nominee of the developing countries. A guru of environmental and sustainable development movement in Asia-Pacific region, Chowdhury is a lead author of Bangladesh National Environment Management Action Plan (NEMAP), 1995, Bangladesh National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), 2005 & Updated in 2008, Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP), 2008 & 2009, Bangladesh Roadmap to National Adaptation Plan (NAP), 2015. He also edited Bangladesh State of Environment Report, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001, State of World Water 2000, 2001 & 2003, Air Pollution in Asian Cities, 1999, State of Commonwealth Environment, 2001, State of Chittagong Hill Tracts Environment, Bangladesh Paribesh Chitra 2000 & 2001, Bangladesh State of Arsenic 2000 & 2001, Bangladesh Arsenic Chitra 2000 & 2001, State of The Sunderbans, 2000, Bangladesh State of Biodiversity, 2000. As a professional economist, Chowdhury is a Life Member of Bangladesh Economic Association & President of Bangladesh Green Accounting Association.
Sergey Suchkov was born in the City of Astrakhan, Russia, in a family of dynasty medical doctors. In 1980, graduated from Astrakhan State Medical University and was awarded with MD. In 1985, maintained his PhD as a PhD student of the I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy and Institute of Medical Enzymology, USSR Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia. In 2001, finished the PostDoc Research Fellowship Program and maintained his Doctor Degree at the National Institute of Immunology, Russia. From 1985 through 1987, worked at Inst of Med Enzymology, USSR Academy of Medical Sciences. From 1987 through 1989, was a senior Researcher, Koltzov Inst of Developmental Biology, USSR Academy of Sciences. From 1989 through 1995, was being a Head of the Lab of Clinical Immunology and Immunobiotechnology, Helmholtz Eye Research Inst in Moscow. From 1995 through 2004, was being a Chairman of the Dept for Clinical Immunology, Moscow Clinical Research Institute (MONIKI) and the Immunologist-in-Chief of the Moscow Regional Ministry of Health. In 1993-1996, was an Executice Secretary-in-Chief of the Editorial Board, Biomedical Science, an international journal published jointly by the USSR Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. Dr Suchkov is a Co-Supervisor over the Russian-American Agreement on scientific and clinical collaboration in the field of ocular immunology between Russian Academy of Sciences and National Institutes of Health (NIH); in 1991-1995 – a member of The Reciprocal Exchange Fellowship Program between Russian Immunological Society and British Society for Immunology.
Prof. Dr. ANDJELKA MIHAJLOV Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, Serbia United Nations expert, consultant and scientist, full professor at the Faculty of Technical Sciences (Department of Environmental Engineering) at the University of Novi Sad, retired from 2015. She has PHD in Technical Sciences from University of Belgrade. She has more than 300 references (of which significant number is in reference world scientific journals) in environment and climate change, chemical engineering thermodynamics and materials science, as well as consulting references in various countries, including projects supported by the EU and the World bank.On invitation, she teaches at various universities in the country and the world.Acknowledged by UNEP in 2006 as the women environmental leader of Western Balkan. She was the Minister for the Protection of Natural Resources and Environment from (2002–2004), the member of National Committee for UNESCO (2008-2015) and the member of the Advisory Board for Environmental and Social Issues of the EBRD (2005-2010) in London. She is honorable president of Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, as well as of Serbian Solid Waste Association.Since August 2015 she has been a member in Negotiating Team for Negotiating the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, in charge of the environment and climate change.
Dr. Gordon Huang is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Energy and Environment, and Executive Director of the Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities at the University of Regina, Canada. He holds BSC from Peking University (China), MSc from Simon Fraser University (Canada) and PhD from McMaster University (Canada). Since the 1990s, Huang has led or been involved in over 100 environment-related research projects, produced over 600 peer-refereed international journal papers, and supervised over 100 Master/PhD students. He is the president of the International Society for Environmental Information Sciences. He has also served the United Nations as an international expert in the field of risk management for drinking water safety. The integrated simulation, optimization and risk assessment techniques which he proposed have been used by peers in studying water resources and environmental systems in a number of countries.
Jure Čuš is a Senior policy officer at the Ministry of agriculture, forestry and food and a Researcher at the Institute for Biology, Ecology and Nature Conservation. He is dealing with the new green architecture of the Common agricultural policy after 2020 legislative proposals and trying to figure out the relation between the enhanced Conditionality, Eco-schemes and Agri-environment Climate measures, evaluating the effectiveness of the measures of the Rural Development Programme for the period 2014–2020, analysing the impact of Common Agricultural Policy on the environment, especially species rich grasslands, habitat types and species; checking the achievement of nature protection objectives and checking the achievement and the realization of the objectives of the Birds Directive and the Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora. He is working closely together with the European Commission, European Parliament and the European Environmental Agency. He is actively involved in the monitoring of the progress and achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Sustainable development goals.
Dr. K. Baskar has completed Ph.D. in Entomology-Zoology from Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, University of Madras, Chennai, India. He is specialized in the field of agricultural & household entomology and Ecotoxicology. He is having 16 years of research experience including 6 months teaching experience. He has published more than 85 papers in the field of entomology especially in agricultural pest management and ecotoxicology. He has served as Entomologist at AL- YAMAMA trading and contracting company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has provided training to farmers and self-help groups in many villages in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts on identification of insect pests, natural enemies, botanical pesticide formulation preparation and production of vermicompost for sustainable agriculture. He is engaged in evaluating the Bio-efficacy of household and agricultural pesticides under lab and field conditions; he is also studied Eco-toxicological effects of chemicals on Daphnia sp, Alga sp., Lemna sp., Honeybees, Fish, Earthworm and Avian; Genetictoxicology effect of chemical on bacteria’Ames’ . He is currently working as Manager at ROSS Lifescience Pvt. Ltd, Pune, India. He is serving as editorial advisory board of Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology and reviewer in a few international journals including, Journal of Economic Entomology, Scientific Report and Industrials Crops and Product.