"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)
"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb
SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable Ammonia as Hydrogen Vector
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Concerns about adverse environmental and social consequences of fossil fuels usage and their finite nature have been voiced intermittently for decades. Development of new strategies for diversification and security of energy supply, mainly focused on using existing local sources, has underpinned the scientific agenda for more than 30 years.

The hydrogen economy has been one of the main strategies proposed for decarbonisation of the power sector since hydrogen is environmentally clean fuel, which yields only water and energy when oxidized. Despite the environmental advantages, hydrogen has poor volumetric energy density and a low flash point, presenting technical and economic issues associated with its storage and distribution at a large scale including hard to handle infrastructures that would be required to properly store and distribute the chemical in a safe way, excluding the expenses that will be needed to ensure its safe use.

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Dr. Milana Guteša Božo
Educons University
Sremska Kamenica, Serbia
Dr Milana Guteša Božo is a researcher and lecturer at Faculty for Environmental Protection at Educons University in Novi Sad, Serbia. Dr Milana Guteša Božo holds PhD in numerical modelling of the flow behavior, heat transfer and energy transformation in the gas turbine plants under design and off-design regimes for gases with various calorific values, in Mechanical Engineering at University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Her second PhD thesis has been approved in field of gas turbine fuel quality impact on the environment. Her research is in the areas of modelling and simulation of design and off – design regimes in gas and steam turbine plants, combustion of gases with various calorific values, alternative fuels, pollution, fuel quality impact on gas turbine regimes, and in the areas of sustainable energy, environmental protection and climate change. She has over 30 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and International Conferences Proceedings to her credit. Dr Milana Guteša Božo is a Chartered Engineer (Serbian Chamber of Engineers) and a member of the Thermal Engineers Society of Serbia. She is also co-author of numerous design documents in the field of energy and environmental engineering.
Dr. Agustin Valera-Medina
Cardiff university
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Dr Agustin Valera-Medina is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff School of Engineering. His research interests include alternative fuels, hydrodynamics, flame stabilization, fuel injection, heat transfer and combustion technologies. He has participated as PI/CI on 19 industrial projects with multi-nationals including GE, PEMEX, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Alstom, Ricardo and EON. He has published 116 papers, 19 of these specifically concerning ammonia power. He has supervised 20 PhD students and 2 PDRAs since his appointment in 2012. He has won international conference awards including the AIAA ‘Best Paper in Terrestrial Technologies’ in 2010 and 2013, and the SDEWES SEE 2018 "Best Paper". He has been recipient of the prestigious award for “Business Innovation, 2017” in South Wales, UK.
His international works on ammonia are underway with universities such as Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, NUS, Tsinghua, Xiamen, Exeter, Leicester, Loughborough, UCL, Imperial College, CIDESI, Educon, etc. and companies such as Siemens, Yara, Tokyo Gas, C-Job Naval, amongst many others. He is a member of the ETN Ammonia Gas Turbines subgroup. Dr Valera-Medina currently leads Cardiff’s contribution to the Innovate-UK ‘Decoupled Green Energy’ Project (2015–2018) led by Siemens and in partnership with STFC and the University of Oxford, which aims to demonstrate the use of green ammonia produced from wind energy for production, storage and conversion to power of this chemical.

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SPECIAL SESSION: The food-energy-water- (FEW-) nexus – resource interdependencies and their institutional challenges
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Global challenges, such as climate change, population growth and resource shortages, increasingly touch upon basic human needs: the availability of adequate food, safe and sufficient fresh water, and affordable and clean energy. In order to achieve a secure and sustainable provision of these resources and to avoid trade-offs, the food-energy-water- (FEW-) nexus has been introduced as a concept to account for interlinkages and synergies.

When applying the FEW-nexus perspective to resource management problems, two dimensions of challenges become apparent. First, biophysical interconnections and dynamic resource flows between these resources are often not fully understood. Second, in terms of governance, a wide range of different authorities are currently endowed with single sectoral mandates. Furthermore, often a large number of public, private as well as non-state actors and institutions are involved, so that the decision-making landscape in resource management is highly fragmented and complex. In order to balance trade-offs and maximize synergies, both problem dimensions must be addressed. Therefore, innovative technical solutions as well as significant transitions in governance structures and institutions will become necessary.  

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Dr. Sandra Venghaus
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jülich, Germany
Dr. Sandra Venghaus is senior scientist at the Institute for Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation at the Research Center Juelich, Germany. She received her B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University in 2004 and her PhD in Economics from the Leibniz University of Hannover, before she became a senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research from 2009 until 2014.
Her current research focuses on the dynamic modelling of complex socio-ecological systems with specific interest in evaluating the impacts of different political courses of action on social and environmental parameters embedded in the broader concept of sustainable development and, specifically, the nexus among food, energy and water resources.
Ms. Carolin Märker
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jülich, Germany
Carolin Märker works as a PhD researcher at Forschungszentrum Jülich in the Institute of Energy Research – Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE). Her research mainly focuses on institutional analysis and the governance of the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus. Her PhD research is about institutional change processes within the FEW nexus in Germany. Furthermore, Carolin cooperated with Delft Technical University in the SHAPE ENERGY Research Design Challenge (funded by EU Horizon 2020) and developed a value-based framework for institutional analysis of energy systems. Additional research interests are EU’s energy and climate policy.
Carolin holds a Bachelor Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Mainz. Afterwards she completed her Master in Political Science at the Universities of Bonn and Grenoble. In 2015, she graduated as third best of the year with a Master thesis about the influence of the Visegrad Group on the EU's 2030 Climate and Energy Package.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Material-Energy Nexus
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Over the last century, the increase in global population and economic activities has been accompanied with an increase in the demand for resources including metallic minerals, non-metallic minerals, biomass, and fossil fuel, and consequently an increase in environmental, economic and social pressure. The issues of sustainability have been addressed recently in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) formulated by the United Nations. Several of the SDGs are either directly relate to resource sustainability or require adequate supply of resources to be achieved. While the energy-land-water nexus has received significant attention in other sessions of the conference, this session focus on the material-energy nexus.

For the energy system, metals are significant for technologies used in both the demand and supply side of energy, either as important parts of these technologies or to enhance their efficiencies. On the supply side, metals are required for all energy production and storage technologies, especially in the transition to a low carbon society to tackle climate change. On the demand side, several technologies proposed for possible energy reduction in different sectors require the use of specific metals. Restrictions in the supply of those materials may significantly influence technology choice and the realization of several scenarios which aim at limiting the increase in average global temperature to 2 °C or below compared with pre-industrial levels including those proposed by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and other national and international organizations.

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Prof. Ayman Elshkaki
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Beijing, China
Ayman Elshkaki is professor at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is Chemical Engineer by training and obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial Ecology at Leiden University. Prior to his current appointment, he spent six years at Yale University Centre for Industrial Ecology, three years at Imperial College London Centre of Environmental Policy and six years at Leiden University Institute of Environmental Sciences. He was appointed as scientific expert by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and Latvian Council of Science. His research interests include Industrial Ecology, Dynamic Material Flow Analysis, Sustainable Resources Management, Metals Criticality Assessment, Integrated Assessment Modelling, and Material-Energy Nexus. He has published over 25 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and Conferences Proceedings. He has won the most cited paper award of the 1st SDEWES Conference. He is a member of the scientific committee and scientific advisory board for several conferences and he has reviewed more than 150 papers for 20 scientific journals including Nature Energy, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Environmental Science & Technology, Cleaner Production, Energy, Journal of Industrial Ecology, and Journal SDEWES.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Integration of Smart cities and Smart Industry for Circular Economy: Energy, Water and Waste to Secondary raw material for Sustainable Future
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At previous SDEWES conferences, the session has received a considerable attention. Many of the presenters will be soon invited to publish extended manuscripts in dedicated Special Issues of journals with a high Impact Factor, among which Applied Energy (IF2017 = 7.900), Energy (IF2017 = 4.968), Energy Conversion and Management (IF2017 = 6.377), Journal of Cleaner Production (IF2017 = 5.651).


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Ms. Yee Van Fan
Brno University of Technology
Brno, Czech Republic
Ms Yee Van Fan is a young however highly performing researcher in the "Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology (VUT Brno). She graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering. The field of study is solid waste treatment and management with the extension to environmental/sustainability assessment. The other research interest including the emissions assessment particularly from transportation. She has been invited to the International Scientific Committee of International Conference of Low Carbon in Asia & Beyond (ICLCA 2017) and served as Scientific Secretary for Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction Conference (PRES 2018). She is a reviewer of 5 research Journals (Journal of Cleaner Production, Clean Technologies and Environmental policy, Bioresources Technology Report, Energy, Chemical Engineering Transactions), an Editorial board member of Journal of Cleaner Production and the Guest Editor of two special issues. She was granted with 4 outstanding reviewing awards and shortlisted as Publons’ Early Career Reviewer Choice Award selected from the 600+ nominations. Her Publons (Clarivate Analytics – provider of WoS) account shows 1365 reviewing and 5 editorial merits.
Dr. Petar Sabev Varbanov
Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
is a Senior Researcher at the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratiry – NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology and at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering & Sustainability, Székesfehérvár – at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest), Hungary. He obtained his PhD in Process Integration at a prestigious British University – UMIST, Manchester, with distinction. For performing research on minimising and mitigating Climate Change he was awarded a scholarship from the UK Tyndall Centre. Later he was awarded a prestigious Marie Curie EIF Fellowship and successfully performed research on Optimising the Start-up of Distillation Columns at the Technische Universität Berlin. This was followed by a Marie Curie ERG Fellowship for assisting his integration into the University of Pannonia – Hungary, where he is a Deputy Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification CPI2. His experience covers energy saving, optimisation of energy supply networks, Process Synthesis and Process Operation. His research has been successfully implemented in collaboration with industrial partners: e.g. BP (UK) and MOL (Hungary). He has been contributing to 25 research and consultancy projects (most within the EC funding schemes) and has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-author of two books and several chapters in books.
He has been the Editor for “Energy – The International Journal” published by Elsevier.
Prof. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš
Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czechia
Head of “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno, Czech Republic and Emeritus Professor at “Centre for Process Systems Engineering and Sustainability”, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary.
Previously the Project Director, Senior Project Officer and Hon Reader at Department of Process Integration at UMIST, The University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh, UK. Founder and a long term Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification – CPI2, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. Awarded by the EC with Marie Curies Chair of Excellence (EXC). Track record of managing and coordinating 91 major EC, NATO and UK Know-How projects. Research funding attracted over 21 M€.
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production. The founder and President for 20 y of PRES (Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) conferences. Chairperson of CAPE Working Party of EFCE, a member of WP on Process Intensification and of the EFCE Sustainability platform. He authored and co-authored nearly 400 papers, h-index reaching 42. A number of books published by Elsevier, Woodhead, McGraw-Hill; Ashgate Publishing Cambridge; Springer; WILEY-VCH; Taylor & Francis).
Several times Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and University Technology Petronas, Malayisa; Xi’an Jiaotong University; South China University of Technology, Guangzhou and Tianjin University in China; University of Maribor, Slovenia; Brno University of Technology and the Russian Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow. Doctor Honoris Causa of Kharkiv National University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” in Ukraine, the University of Maribor in Slovenia, University POLITEHNICA Bucharest, Romania. “Honorary Doctor of Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia”. Awarded with “Honorary Membership of Czech Society of Chemical Engineering", "European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Life-Time Achievements Award" and "Pro Universitaire Pannonica" Gold Medal.

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SPECIAL SESSION: The green economy, the SDGs and the challenges of measuring sustainable development in the food-energy-water–nexus sector
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The UN declared that a green economy has to be implemented as an institutional framework for achieving sustainable development and defined by UNEP as “an economy that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.” The green economy incorporates also the nexus system thinking model and can “address the water, energy and food security nexus, in-line with human rights-based approaches.” The green economy should now be interpreted as a process for enabling sustainable development and one institutional response to the socio-economic and ecological challenges of the current globalized world economy. The Food Energy Water (FEW)-Nexus approach is seen as the core of the green economy.

For this transformation process towards a green economy, appropriate indicators are needed at both the macroeconomic and sectoral level for informing and guiding the transition process. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted on 25 September 2015 by the General Assembly of the United Nations are a universal agenda of sustainable development and provide indicators for measuring the success of the green economy process.

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Dr. Holger Schlör
Forschungszentrum Jülich (Research Centre Jülich)
Jülich, Germany
Holger Schlör studied economics at the University of Heidelberg and went on to complete his PhD in Economics at the Free University in Berlin. His interest in economics and the idea of sustainable development has remained with him throughout his career. He has conducted research at several institutions and is currently working at Forschungszentrum Jülich in the Institute of Energy Research -- Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEF-STE). His research here focuses on the fields of sustainable development, economics and energy systems analysis.
He was member of the Scientific Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities of the Croatian Science Foundation. He was an invited speaker at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus Conference 2016 of the National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington.
He is a member of the “Sustainable Management” and “Sustainable Assessment” Committees of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and supporting member of the International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES Centre).
Dr. Nicola Cantore
Vienna, Austria
Nicola Cantore holds a Ph.D in environmental economics and management at the University of York and a Ph.D in economics at the Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. He worked as a junior researcher at the FEEM (Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei) in Milan, as a senior researcher at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering of the University of Bologna and as a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London. He served as a consultant for many organizations such as UNEP, UNDP and DFID. He is currently a researcher at the Department of Policy Research and Statistics of UNIDO where he was the coordinator of the Industrial Development Report 2016. His CV includes a list of publications in peer reviewed journals. His research interests include environment, development and structural change.

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