The 3rd Biennial International Conference on Bioresource Technology for Bioenergy, Bioproducts & Environmental Sustainability (BIORESTEC) will convene in May 2021, bringing together researchers in academia and industry, as well as policymakers, to discuss the progress made during the intervening two years and the latest trends in biotechnology, bioenergy, and biobased products.
The conference will build upon the successful 1st and 2nd BIORESTEC conferences held in 2016 and 2018.
The programme will be curated by a committee of world class academic leaders in their respective fields with key topic areas including:
- Pretreatment and de-construction of lignocellulose and algal biomass/bioresources
- Bioresources (including waste) recovery and recycling, including microbial electrochemical systems
- Bioresources for biofuels (liquid and gaseous)
- Bioresources for biobased chemicals & products, including gas fermentation and in situ product recovery
- Thermochemical conversion of bioresources (lignocellulose and algae)
- Biorefineries and white biotechnology
- Systems approach: bioresource systems analysis, life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon accounting, nutrient-energy-water (NEW) nexus
- Industrial applications and up-scaling of bioprocesses
- Bioresource policy & economics
Abstract submission deadline – 18 December 2020
Early registration deadline – 26 February 2021
CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India
Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at the Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Executive Director (Honorary) at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability – India. Formerly, he was Eminent Scientist at the Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali and prior to that Chief Scientist & Head of Biotechnology Division and Centre for Biofuels at CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum.Ashok Pandey">
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His major research and technological development interests are industrial & environmental biotechnology and energy biosciences, focusing on biomass to biofuels & chemicals, waste to wealth & energy, industrial enzymes, etc.
Professor Pandey is Adjunct/Visiting Professor/Scientist in universities in France, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, South Africa, and Switzerland and also in several universities several in India. He has ~ 1350 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 83 books, ~ 700 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 97 and >43,000 citations (Goggle scholar). He has transferred several technologies to industries and has done industrial consultancy for about a dozen projects for Indian/international industries.
Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and honours, which include Highest Cited Researcher (Top 1% in the world), Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science (2019); IconSWM Life-time Achievement Award 2019, International Society for Solid Waste Management, KIIT, Bhubaneshwar, India (2019); Yonsei Outstanding Scholar, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2019), Highest Cited Researcher (Top 1% in the world; Top 10 in India), Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science (2018); Life-Time Achievement Award from the Biotech Research Society, India (2018); Life-Time Achievement Award from Venus International Research Awards (2018), Most Outstanding Researcher Award from Career360 (2018), Life-Time Achievement Award from the International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2017); Academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Austria (2015); Honorary Doctorate degree from Univesite Blaise Pascal, France (2007); Thomson Scientific India Citation Laureate Award, USA (2006); UNESCO Professor (2000); Raman Research Fellowship Award, CSIR (1995); GBF, Germany and CNRS, France Fellowships (1992) and Young Scientist Award (1989), etc. He is Fellow of various academies, which include Royal Society of Biology, UK (2016); International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2016); National Academy of Sciences, India (2012); Association of Microbiologists of India (2008), International Organization of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2007) and the Biotech Research Society, India (2005).
Professor Pandey is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India (www.brsi.in); Founder & International Coordinator of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France (www.ifibiop.org), Chairman of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (www.isees.in), Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology (http://em.elsevier.com/bite/), Honorary Executive Advisor of Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (www.jees.in) and Journal of Systems Microbiology and Biomanufacturing (https://www.springer.com/journal/43393),Subject Editor of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India (https://www.springer.com/life+sciences/journal/40011) and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals.
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Dr. Lee has worked on research projects on biomass energy, resource recovery from waste and microscale heat and mass transfer, which led to successful supervision of five Ph D and 64 M Sc theses in past 30 years. The research carried out till-date has credited him with 11 patents, one book, 12 book chapters, and 865 SCI papers with WoS citations over 23,000 with h-index=70.
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Professor Lee is the recipient of many national and international awards and fellowships. He is the National Chair of Ministry of Education, Taiwan, and is the Specially Appointed Distinguished Researcher of Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan. He is the past President of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers with 3500 members in Taiwan and overseas. He was also the Vice President of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and Chief Executive Officer of National Taiwan University System. Dr. Lee is now Editor-in-Chief of journal Bioresource Technology Reports.
University of Valladolid Department of Chemical Engineering and Environment, Valladolid, Spain
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Head of the Environmental Technology Research Group and member of the Institute of Sustainable Processes of the University of Valladolid (Spain). She has worked in different lines of research, closely related to the industry and environment, such as crystallization and adsorption processes and wastewater treatment.
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During the last years she is responsible for the research line on Residual Biomass Valorization. She has participated in more than 50 research projects, with public and private financial support and published more than 65 articles and book chapters, and a high number of presentations to Congresses. Besides, she has developed an extensive teaching research work, participating in many Erasmus projects.
Ángeles Sanromán Braga
Universidad de Vigo, Spain
Professor M. Angeles Sanroman is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1987). She completed her PhD degree in Biotechnology (1991), focusing on the development of bioreactor and cell immobilization techniques. She joined the staff at the University of Vigo in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
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She is the head of the Bioengineering & Sustainable Processes Group at the University of Vigo. This is a multidisciplinary research group that joins knowledge and efforts in the development of technologies to be applied in several industrial sectors. Currently, main research lines carried out are biodegradation of recalcitrant organic compounds, solid state fermentation, enzymatic technology, bioreactors design and advanced oxidation technologies. The results of these research works have been published in more than 300 papers, 5 patents, 20 chapters of books and more than 400 research communications. She has collaborated in more than 50 research and innovation projects at national and international calls and various contracts and actions in relation to the transference of technology to business administration and companies. In this context, she was director of the Research Results Transfer Office of the University of Vigo and member of ANEP-Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in the Chemical Technology Area (2007-2011), Technology Transfer Area (2015-2018) and Materials Energy and Environmental (2019-present). She is a regular evaluator of research projects in competitive calls for various national and international programs and member of the editorial board of several journals, including Bioresource Technology as associate editor.
Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand
Professor Dr. Benjamas Cheirsilp received scholarship from Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand, since 1992 for her study in Japan.
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She graduated with a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan, in 1997 and graduated with a master degree in 1999 and Ph.D. in 2003 in Biotechnology Engineering from Osaka University, Japan. In the past 16 years of her carrier as lecturer and researcher at Prince of Songkla University which is located in the south of Thailand, she has been supervising >50 graduate students with >80 international papers. She is the recipient of several national awards and fellowships i.e. Outstanding Researcher Award from Thai Society for Biotechnology, L’Oreal Thailand “For Women in Science” Fellowship from L’Oreal Thailand and Thai National Commission for UNESCO, and Bioresource Technology Top Paper Award Winner JOINT THIRD PLACE 2015.
University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Ken Fukushi is Professor and Vice Director of the Institute for Future Initiatives (formerly Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, IR3S), The University of Tokyo (UTokyo). Kensuke Fukushi also has an appointment as an Academic Programme Officer at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.
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Kensuke is a civil-environmental engineer and holds appointments at the University of Tokyo Graduate Schools of Engineering and Frontier Sciences, where he organizes the Urban Sustainability Science Laboratory. He is one of the founding faculty members of IR3S and achieved remarkable progress in promoting sustainability science in various academic communities. He serves as an Editorial Advisor of Sustainability Science Journal, the Science Planning Group member of Asian Pacific Network for Global Change Research, and Distinguished External Faculty member of Asian Institute of Technology. He is a member of Engineering Academy of Japan and Associate Member of Science Council of Japan. He received B.S. and M.S from Tohoku University in Civil Engineering, and Ph.D. from University of Utah in Civil Engineering.
University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Sydney, Australia
Prof. Wenshan Guo is a Professor in School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Her research focuses on the innovative water and wastewater treatment and reuse technologies.
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Her current research is in the areas of green technologies for resource and energy recovery, waste-to-energy, water-waste-energy nexus and climate change mitigation. She has authored 1 book, 19 book chapters, and more than 350 papers. She is currently serving as Editor of Bioresource Technology Report (Elsevier), Associate Editors of Journal of Hazardous, Toxic & Radioactive Waste (ASCE), and Academic Editor of Journal of Chemistry (Hindawi Publishing Corporation, USA).
Samir Khanal, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA
Clermont-Ferrand Polytech, Aubiere, France
Professor Christian Larroche has graduated in Biochemical Engineering from INSA, Toulouse. His skills are related to biotransformations or bioenergy production processes.
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He is author of about 250 documents, including 110 articles, three patents, 16 book chapters and 30 co-editions of books or journal special issues. He is member of SFGP (French Society for Process Engineering) and administrator of IFIBiop. He is member of the Institut Pascal at University Blaise Pascal and editor of Bioresource Technology. He has been vice-president of the university in charge of research valorization and technology transfer (2008-2012) and is currently director of Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, a university graduate school of engineering.
University of Palermo Department of Civil Environmental Aerospace Materials Engineering, Palermo, Italy
Dr Giorgio Mannina is Professor of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at the Engineering Department of Palermo University – Italy.
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His research interest and focus is on: advanced wastewater treatments (MBR, MBBR, hybrid processes, IFAS, Granular systems etc..), BNR processes, environmental water quality mathematical modelling etc. He is authors of more than 350 papers of which >100 on ISI Journals and Editors of around 10 books with more than 20 authored chapters. He has been invited to give several plenary/keynotes and invited talks, seminars and lecturers in the international conferences as well as the universities/research institutions. Prof. Mannina has been visiting Professor/Researcher in several Universities: Columbia University, New York (USA), Tongji University (Shanghai, Cina), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, (Belgium), Laval University (Canada), The University of Queensland, Australia, Gdansk University (Poland).
Prof. Mannina is Associate/Guest Editor of multiple ISI Journals: Journal of Bioresource Technology, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Hydrology etc. He is Chair of the International Water Association (IWA) Task Group on Membrane Bioreactor modelling & control and Member of the IWA Specialist Group "Membrane Technology". Prof. Mannina is Fulbright research Fellow at Columbia University (New York, USA)- 2018. He is/has been Chair of International Conferences, seminars and Advanced courses supported by IWA.
Carole Molina-Jouve, Toulouse Biotechnology Institute, Bio & Chemical Engineering, Toulouse University, France
Ganti S Murthy
Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
Ganti S. Murthy is a professor in Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology-Indore. Previously he was a tenured professor in Biological and Ecological Engineering Department at Oregon State University.
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Murthy’s group broadly focuses on developing sustainable solutions for a resource-constrained world. Sustainable solutions are technically feasible, economically viable, resource sustainable, environmentally conscious and socially acceptable. Dr. Murthy’s research is specifically focused on sustainable bioprocessing and engineered systems analysis. His group employs a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches to conduct multi scale and systems level analyses. They study the nutrient-energy-water nexus with a particular focus on building the resilience of agro-ecological systems to pulse and pressure disturbances.
Research Group: https://gantimurthy.wixsite.com/stlab
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LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ganti-murthy-72aa4b4/
Huu Hao Ngo
University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Ngo is currently a Professor of Environmental Engineering and serving as Deputy Director of Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater and Co-Director of Joint Research Centre for Protective Infrastructure Technology and Environmental Green Bioprocess, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Sydney.
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He has been duly elected as Fellow of International Water Association (FIWA) and Fellow of the International Bioprocessing Association (FIBA) while serving as IBA Council Member. He has been listed as Highly Cited Researcher 2019 in Cross Field Category, Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science; Elsevier - World Top 3 ranking researcher 2019 in Environmental Engineering; and 2019 Lead Researcher in the field of Biotechnology in Australia.
Hans Oechsner, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium
Dr. Deepak Pant is a senior scientist at Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium currently working on electrosynthesis and resource recovery, specifically, the design and optimization of (bio)electrochemical cells for CO2 conversion and microbial electrosynthesis.
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He has a PhD degree in environmental biotechnology and has 120 peer-reviewed publications (h-Index 52), 4 books, 5 patents and 28 book chapters to his credit. His research experience lies in CO2 conversion, wastewater treatment, microbial fuel cells, sustainable chemistry, biofuels and bioenergy and life cycle analysis (LCA). He is Editor of Bioresource Technology Reports and Editorial board member of Bioresource Technology.
Alessandra Polettini, University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Ulrika Rova, Luleå
University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden
Ulrika Rova is Professor in Biochemical Process Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Prof. Rova´s research is focused on biomass pretreatment/fractionation and conversion to chemicals and fuels using enzymes.
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Prof. Rova is also the Deputy scientific leader of Bio4Energy, a Swedish strategic biorefinery center with emphasis on research that uses forest as a raw material for sustainable production of energy, new materials and biofuels. Ulrika has been the National representatives in the FP1306 Cost action “Valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass side-streams for sustainable production of chemicals, materials & fuels using low environmental impact technologies” where she also has been the leader for the working group “Preatreatment/fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass”. She currently heads the projects; Food-grade prebiotic production, merging marine and forest resources for moving up the cellulose value-chain, Bark-derived bio-adhesives for engineered wood panels, Use of organosolv lignin hydrophobic nanoparticles as biodegradable selective flotation collectors, Electricity-driven microbial symbiosis for the production of complex CO2-neutral chemicals. Prof. Rova is also PI in several other projects financed by EU’s Horizon 2020, the Swedish Energy Agency, Formas, VINNOVA and the Swedish Research Council.
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
John (Jack) Saddler is the endowed Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology / Bioenergy (originally an NSERC Industry Chair) and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.
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He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received other awards such as the 2016 Linneborn award from the European Bioenergy Organization, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO’s) Scientific Achievement Award, the Charles D. Scott award for contributions to the field of “Biotechnology for fuels and Chemicals”, the British Columbia Life Sciences Leadership award and the Canadian Renewable Energy Association’s (CRFA’s) Green Fuels Industry Award. His work is highly cited (H-index of 92, more than 30,000 citations). He has trained/supervised more than 99 graduate students/Post Docs and Research Associates. He is the Co-Task Leader of the Liquid Biofuels network of IEA Bioenergy (www.Task39.org). He is a member of the Markus Wallenberg Prize selection committee, the forest sectors Nobel Prize
Sang Jung Sim, Korea University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul, South Korea
Seema Singh, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Reeta R Singhania, Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, India
Luciana Porto de Souza Vandenberghe
Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR, Brasil
Dr Luciana Porto de Souza Vandenberghe is Full Professor of the Bioprocess Engineering and Biotechnology Department, Federal University of Paraná -UFPR, Curitiba, Brazil. She is member of the Bioprocess Engineering and Biotechnology Graduation Program at UFPR.
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Dr Vandenberghe obtained her PhD degree in Génie de Procédés Industriels - Biotechnologie from Université de Technologie de Compiègne (2000), France. Her areas of interest include Bioprocess Engineering & Biotechnology and Industrial Microbiology, with focus on valorization of solid and liquid agro-industrial subproducts through submerged and solid-state fermentation for biomolecules production including industrial enzymes, organic acids, biopolymers and plant growth hormones. She has published 101 papers, 48 book chapters and 19 patents. Actually, she is Associate Editor of Bioresource Technology (Elsevier).
Aijie Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Jonathan Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Biology, Hong Kong
JamesWatt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK
Dr. Siming You is a Lecturer in the James Watt School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow. Before joining the School, he worked as a Research Fellow at NUS Environmental Research Institute.
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He also served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at NTU and MIT in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Dr. You has an area of interest in the design and analysis of waste management and waste-to-resource generation. He was awarded the Outstanding Young Researcher Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, SLS in 2018. He serves as a guest editor for various special issues in prestigious journals like Applied Energy and Bioresource Technology. He also sits in the Editorial Board of a leading journal on Waste Management - Journal of Hazardous Materials.