ECO-BIO 2018


The following speakers are among the 20 invited speakers that will give keynote lectures at the conference:

Plenary Speakers

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

Scientific Director, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz is the Science Director for the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). A researcher in the field of Physics of Ultrafast Phenomena, he has been a visiting researcher at the Quantum Optics Laboratory at the Universitá di Roma, at the Femtosecond Research Laboratory at the Universitè Pierre et Marie Curie, and a resident researcher at the AT&T's Bell Laboratories.

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Mark Ferguson

Director General, SFI, Ireland

Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland in October 2012.  Previously he was Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Manchester (since 1984) and co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Renovo Group plc (1998-2011).

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Roberto Rinaldi

Imperial College London, UK

Roberto Rinaldi FRSC is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London.

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Goncalo Pereira


Gonçalo Pereira is a full professor at Unicamp, where he has supervised 73 masters and PhDs, guides 17 PhD students and 8 master's degrees, published 136 articles and 9 book chapters, with 4772 citations, and required 32 patents and 6 software registrations.

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Rob van Leen

Chief Innovation Officer –Member Executive Committee DSM, The Netherlands

Rob van Leen is Chief Innovation Officer and Member of the Executive Committee, Royal DSM N.V., The Netherlands

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Jeremy Woods

Imperial College London, UK

Jeremy Woods is a Senior Lecturer in bioenergy at Imperial College London working on the interplay between development, land-use and the sustainable use of natural resources. At Imperial, he is a co-director of ICEPT (Centre for Energy Policy and Technology) and a member of the Bioeconomy Platform of Climate-KIC which is dedicated to the development of advanced biorenewables.

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Keynote speakers

Isabel Arends

TU Delft, The Netherlands

Isabel Arends is professor in Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry at the Delft University of Technology. In addition she is heading the department of Biotechnology at the TUDelft. Her ambition is to facilitate excellent research and education at the forefront of Biotechnology. Isabel has been trained as a chemist, and holds a fascination for green chemistry and oxidations

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Lotte Asveld

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Lotte Asveld investigates whether biotechnology can contribute to social objectives. Is biotechnology necessary, for example, in combating climate change, and if so, how? How do we translate social values ​​into concrete innovations?

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Maurice Collins

University of Limerick, Ireland

Maurice N. Collins is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering and vice lead of composites in the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick. He has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. To date, Maurice has been awarded >€6million as principal investigator (PI) and further €2 million as Co-PI. He is the director and coordinator of the H2020 LIBRE consortium which is dedicated to converting lignin to carbon fibre.

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Stefan de Kok

Zymergen, USA

Stefan de Kok is currently senior scientist at Zymergen Inc. Stefan joined Zymergen in 2015 and has led technical teams focused on metabolic engineering for novel molecules, development of strain engineering workflows for new microbes, and exploration of novel molecular biology techniques to accelerate strain engineering.

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Ludo Diels

VITO, Belgium

Prof. Ludo Diels, Dr. in chemistry & biotechnology, works  at the University of Antwerp, and is research manager Sustainable Chemistry for the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Mol, Belgium.

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Henrique Franco

Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory - CTBE, Brazil

Researcher leader at Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory – CTBE, belongs to Brazilian Center for Research in Materials and Energy - CNPEM and head of Agricultural Research Division of CTBE, located in Campinas-SP, Brazil.

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Paolina Garbeva

Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands

Dr Paolina Garbeva received her MSc degree in General and Ecological Microbiology in 1992 and earned her PhD from Leiden University, the Netherlands in 2005.

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Daniel Hayes

Celignis Analytical, Ireland

Daniel Hayes has extensive experience in the analysis of biomass. He received his PhD from the University of Limerick in 2012 and played an important role in the development of UL’s Carbolea Biomass Research Group.

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Floor van der Hilst

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Floor is an assistant professor in the Energy and Resources group of the Copernicus Institute of Utrecht University. Her research focuses on sustainable biomass production for the biobased economy and sustainable land use.

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Mike Jones

Department of Botany, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Professor Mike Jones is a plant ecophysiologist and is Emeritus Professor in Trinity College Dublin where he formerly held the University Chair of Botany (1711) from 1996 until 2011. He is currently chair of the Royal Irish Academy Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee.

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Michael Koepke

Lanzatech, USA

Michael is a pioneer in genetic engineering and strain development of gas fermenting organisms. His research on Clostridium ljungdahlii demonstrated for the first time that gas fermenting acetogens can be genetically modified and provided a first genome and genetic blueprint of such an organism.

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Rafael Luque

University of Cordoba, Spain

Rafael Luque is Full Professor from Departamento de Quimica Organica at Universidad de Cordoba (Spain), where he graduated in 2005.

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Jan Marienhagen

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Jan Marienhagen graduated from the Heinrich-Heine University in Duesseldorf with a degree in Biology (2004).

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Solange I. Mussatto

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Solange I. Mussatto is Head of Research Group at the Technical University of Denmark, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability.

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Henk Noorman

DSM, The Netherlands

Henk Noorman was trained as Chemical Engineer from Groningen University (NL). He obtained a PhD in Biotechnology from Delft University of Technology (NL), on microbal systems modeling. He became a post-doc fellow in a Nordic research consortium and co-ordinated a fermentation scale-up project among academic groups in Sweden, Denmark and Norway

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Patricia Osseweijer

Department of Biotechnology, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Patricia Osseweijer is full professor and Leader of the Section Biotechnology and Society in the Department of Biotechnology, at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the Delft University of Technology.

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Arthur Ragauskas

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Dr. Arthur Ragauskas held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI.  He started his academic career in 1989 at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology and in 2003 transferred to the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Maria Reis

Environmental/industrial Biotechnology, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal

Maria Reis is full Professor in Environmental/industrial Biotechnology at Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT NOVA), Portugal.

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Luuk van der Wielen

Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick, Ireland Luuk A.M. van der Wielen (Amsterdam, 16 -06-1964) holds a MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Twente University (Netherlands), and a PhD degree (with honours) from Delft University of Technology (TUD).

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Session chairs include:

Isabel Arends, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Bram Brouwer, BioDetection Systems BV, the Netherlands

Erik R. Coats, University of Idaho, USA

Maurice Collins, University of Limerick, Ireland

Tjalf de Boer, MicroLife Solutions (MLS), The Netherlands

Telma Franco, UNICAMP, Brazil

Dick Janssen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Adam L. Meadows, Amyris, USA

Patricia Osseweijer, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Kevin O’Connor, University College Dublin, Ireland

Goncalo Pereira, UNICAMP, Brazil

Arthur J. Ragauskas, University of Tennessee, USA

Roberto Rinaldi, Imperial College London, UK

Willem Sederel, Biobased Delta, The Netherlands

Bryan Tracy, White Dog Labs, USA

Bart van der Burg, BioDetection Systems, The Netherlands

Wim van der Putten, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), The Netherlands

Ton van Maris, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Gavin Walker, University of Limerick, Ireland

Luuk van der Wielen, Bernal Institute, Ireland

Jeremy Woods, Imperial College London, UK

Antonis Zorpas, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus