"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)
"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban
"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
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: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
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Hydrogen economy is the synonymous for sustainable energy system in which pure hydrogen replaces fossil fuels – hydrocarbons. In order to be successful and sustainable hydrogen economy, hydrogen should be produced using renewable energy sources (RES). In the near future primary energy of fossil fuels should be gradually replaced with different forms of renewable and clean energy sources where hydrogen has proven to be the most suitable energy carrier. Due to automobile industries have announced increased manufacture of hydrogen powered vehicles, it gives wind back for organizing this SS with higher goal of networking with scientists working in this field all over the world.

Highlight of the session is on overall recent progress of hydrogen technology including hydrogen production, storage, infrastructure, and its utilization followed by discussion on codes, public acceptance, national legislations as well.

Dr. Ankica Kovač
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture,
Zagreb, Croatia
Assistant Professor, Ankica Kovač, Ph. D., MEng. AE. is the Head of Power Engineering Laboratory, Department of Energy, Power Engineering, and Environment at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (UNIZAG FSB), Croatia. Within her Ph.D. thesis titled Hydrogen production via water electrolysis using solar energy and photovoltaic module she has investigated hydrogen production technology without CO2 emission, both experimentally and mathematically.
Ankica holds theoretical lectures and experimental work within courses of New Technologies in Energetics, Laboratory Work E and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells at the UNIZAG FSB. Her research interests include renewable energy sources (RES) and hydrogen economy, i.e. hydrogen technologies including hydrogen production – water electrolysis, its storage, distribution and utilization - fuel cells.
Among other projects, Ankica designed first Croatian hydrogen powered bicycle (project finished) and first Croatian hydrogen refuelling station (in progress). Because of original and innovative design of hydrogen refuelling station it was protected as an intellectual property on national level (trademark) and international level (design).
Ankica has authored and co-authored numbers of scientific papers published in international scientific journals and conference proceedings, and she serves as a reviewer in the prestige international journals.
As a member of Executive Committee of The Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells (AFC TCP), Ankica is the representative of Republic of Croatia.

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SPECIAL SESSION: The green economy, the SDGs and the challenges of measuring inclusive and sustainable industrial 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. The SDG9 is the reference goal to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development and research is emerging to define composite indices useful to monitor to what extent countries can boost industrialization by promoting environmental and social objectives.

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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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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: Energy 4.0 – Use of big data and artificial intelligence in energy sector
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In the recent years, collection, analysis and use of data (the so called Industry 4.0 revolution) is completely changing the industrial processes: smart metering is becoming cheaper as the computational cost to analyse data. Consequences are decrease of the effort to collect suitable data and massive use to improve processes, meanwhile innovative methods are used such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. This revolution will affect also the energy sector: for example data combined with machine learning will be used for energy forecasting, increasing accuracy.

Special session will focus on the application of data to energy systems in order to increase efficiency. An illustrative but not limiting list of arguments is: energy smart metering, use of big data and artificial intelligence to analyse energy data, energy forecasting, analysis and analytics of open energy data, discussion on energy performance indexes (EnPI) to analyse and perform energy efficiency, use of GIS information and tools for energy purposes.

Mr. Giulio Vialetto
University of Padua
Vicenza, Italy
Ph.D. student of Energy Engineering at University of Padua (Italy). Giulio Vialetto graduated as Mechanical Engineering M.Sc. with a thesis regarding innovative systems based on SOFC and heat pumps for residential buildings. The thesis was awarded in 2015 as the best master thesis by AiCARR (the Italian HVAC association, member of REHVA, the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations). He has also experience as private consultant. The main themes are efficiency improvement of industrial facilities and data for analytics and business intelligence. In the last years he used also big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning methods for industrial processes.

During his Ph.D. he is studying the possibility of increasing energy efficiency in industrial facilities by innovative energy systems and using big data methods such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has already been involved in conferences Technical Program Committees and as reviewer for peer - review international scientific journals.
Prof. Marco Noro
University of Padua
Vicenza, Italy
Dr. Marco Noro is Associate Professor at University of Padua (Italy), Department of Industrial and Management Engineering. He teaches Applied Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Applied Acoustic. Graduated in Management Engineering with a thesis concerning cogeneration for tannery industries, he achieved Ph.D. in Energy Engineering at the University of Padua in 2004. He is currently reviewer of many indexed journal with more than 160 publications in peer-reviews and technical journals. He also published several technical books as author and/or co-author for the Italian HVAC association (AiCARR) regarding fuel cells, heat pumps and national energy strategy.
His main themes of research are related to energy saving technologies applied to production and utilization of thermal and electric energy in residential, tertiary and industry. In particular, he focused on theoretic and experimental study of enhanced phase change material storage tanks for solar cooling systems, theoretic and experimental study of energy performances of integrated multi-source heat pump systems, energy performance and optimum design of hybrid heat pump solutions, energy and economic evaluation of solid oxide fuel cells in different configurations (stand alone, with reversible fuel cells, hybrid with heat pump) for different applications (industry, residential, electric mobility), energy audit and efficiency opportunities in the production and service plants of cast iron foundries in Italy.

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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: High Temperature Heat Transfer Process and Enhancement
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As the consumption of the finite resources of fossil fuels continues, the world must meet the challenges associated with energy depletion. On the one hand, many countries advocate the development and utilization of renewable energy sources. On the other hand, the efficiency of the energy and propulsion systems should be improved to reduce the energy consumption. Among these processes, the operating temperature in these processes becomes higher and higher to meet the requirements of high efficiency. This special session will provide a forum to discuss about the recent developments for the high temperature heat transfer process and enhancement in various applications. The discussion topics are:

  1. Microturbine and Gas turbine
  2. High Temperature Industrial Waste Heat Recovery System
  3. Very High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor
  4. Solar Energy Utilization System
  5. Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
  6. Heat Transfer at Other High Temperature Systems

Dr. Ting Ma
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, China
Dr. Ting Ma is the associate professor in the Department of Thermo-Fluid Science and Engineering at Xi'an Jiaotong University. His interest includes Numerical heat transfer, heat transfer enhancement technology, heat transfer mechanism in high temperature and high pressure, thermoelectric generator and cooler , et al.
Dr. Jian Yang
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, China
Prof. Qiuwang Wang
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Dr. Qiuwang Wang is now a full professor and vice-Dean of School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University. He is also the vice-Director, MOE Key Lab of Thermo-Fluid Science and Engineering, China.
His research interests include heat transfer enhancement and its applications to engineering problems, high-temperature heat transfer and fluid flow, transport phenomena in porous media, numerical simulation, prediction & optimization, etc.
Dr. Qiuwang Wang is now a member of Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT) since 2009, a Committee Member of Heat Transfer Division K-18 of ASME: Heat Transfer under Extreme Conditions since 2009, a board committee member of International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES) of Canada since 2014, a member of ASME since 2009, an Associate Editor of Heat Transfer Engineering Journal since 2011, and Editorial Board Members for several international journals such as Applied Thermal Engineering, Frontiers in Energy, International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation, etc. He is also a vice president of Chinese Society of Engineering Thermophysics in Heat and Mass Transfer. He is the Initiator and Chairman of International Workshop on Heat Transfer Advances for Energy Conservation and Pollution Control (IWHT) (since 2011, 2011-Xi’an, 2013-Xi’an, 2015-Taipei). He has also delivered more than 30 Invited/Keynote lectures in international conferences or foreign Universities.
Dr. Qiuwang Wang has instructed or co-instructed more than 60 PhD or master students, among which about 30 had obtained their corresponding degrees. He has also been authors or co-authors of 4 books and more than 180 journal papers, about half of which are international journals. He has obtained 25 China Invent Patents and 2 US Patents.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Harnessing the resource potential of our seas in a sustainable manner
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The sea represents a huge resource for renewable energy (Blue Energy - BE). BE is the energy which can be harnessed from the ocean or the marine wind and it is comprised of five main types according to the origin of the extracted power, namely marine (offshore) wind, surface waves, tides/currents, and thermal and salinity gradients. Although the growth of offshore renewable energy technologies has so far been relatively slow compared to those onshore, it is anticipated that in the future BE will substantially contribute to the energy demands of coastal and insular areas, at the same time protecting and conserving the marine environment.

The Blue Growth Strategy proposed by the Commission in 2014 emphasized that harnessing the economic potential of BE in a sustainable manner represents a key policy area for the EU, which requires the involvement of the widest possible range of stakeholders in order to optimize capacity building and to achieve the necessary critical mass. The BE sector was, in fact, indicated as one of five developing areas in the ‘blue economy’ that could drive the creation high-quality jobs and pave the way for a new breed of science-trained professionals, enhancing eco-efficient value creation all along the value and supply chain. Moreover, exploiting this indigenous resource would help reduce the EU dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation, and enhance energy security. In particular, islands and remote coastal regions can especially benefit from BE development, as it would provide a viable alternative to expensive and heavily polluting fossil fuelled plants, and contribute to their energy self-sufficiency.

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Dr. Hrvoje Mikulčić
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
HRVOJE MIKULČIĆ defended his PhD thesis in 2015 and works as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Power Engineering, Energy and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. His main research area include numerical modelling of fluid flow, solid fuel combustion, endothermic calcination reaction, radiation modelling, pollutant formation, greenhouse gasses emissions analysis and accounting, and energy efficiency improvements in industry. Since 2009 he has been working on the research project “Numerical modelling of multiphase flow and combustion processes” financed by the Austrian Institute for internal combustion engines AVL List GmbH. He has also been working on the national scientific project: Smart energy storage for sustainable development of energy systems, financed by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia. From 2016 he is a project manager of a European INTERREG MED project PELAGOS - Promoting innovative networks and clusters for marine renewable energy synergies in Mediterranean coasts and islands, responsible for the Croatian part of the project. He is an author of 43 scientific papers, of which 29 in scientific journals (SCI). His current Scopus h-index is 12. From 2014 he serves as a SDEWES Special Issue Guest Editor in the Journal of Cleaner Production (IF 2016 =5.715), Journal of Environmental Management (IF 2016 =4.010), and Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy journal (IF 2016 =3.331).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Smart cities vs. smart islands: unique and common points, transferability of solutions and comparison of modelling approaches
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Smart cities and smart islands have both overlapping and differentiating points. Both initiatives aim for establishing more climate resilient, environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive and economically affordable areas by utilizing IT intelligent solutions. Moreover, they can both vary greatly in their size. On the other hand, while cities are usually densely populated and more homogenous, islands are often less densely populated and located further away from other populated regions, increasing the complexity of infrastructure connections with the outside world.

This special session focuses more closely on energy systems modelling, integration of smart solutions into energy models and energy transition of islands and cities. Furthermore, the focus will be put on the role of ICT in development and operation of future energy systems based on integration of high share of variable renewable energy sources, as well as establishing the key performance indicators for smart islands and smart cities. Finally, evaluating socio-economic conditions for energy transition of cities and islands and opportunity costs of maintaining business-as-usual energy systems will be compared. Papers focusing on ecological and environmental issues in energy transition of islands and cities are also welcome.

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Dr. Dominik Franjo Dominković
Technical University of Denmark
Lyngby, Denmark
Dominik Franjo Dominkovic finished his PhD in September 2018, on the topic of Modelling energy supply of future smart cities, at Technical University of Denmark (DTU). During his master study at University of Zagreb, he studied at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a part of his PhD, he was a guest researcher at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, the USA. Upon finishing his PhD, he has continued with a Postdoc position at DTU Compute department, where he has focused on implementing different IT intelligent solutions into energy models, with a special focus on representing energy flexibility into system level models.
As a part of his PhD, he has worked on CITIES project (, which focused on IT solutions that can foster coupling of different energy sectors in future cities, with a special focus on demonstration. His main research interests are in energy modelling of integrated energy systems, the role of different storage solutions and flexibility options in future energy systems. Furthermore, he has integrated air pollution modelling into energy modelling of future urban energy systems, with a special focus on the role of biomass regarding the air pollution in future cities. As a part of his research, he presented his results at numerous different conferences at several conferences. He has been collaborating with colleagues from Croatia, Finland, the USA, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the UK, in order to try to overcome differences between different energy modelling approaches in different research groups across the world. He was awarded with a several rewards for the best master’s thesis, the 1st prize at the 4th International District Heating and Cooling student competition, as well as the prestigious EliteForsk award by Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, being awarded to the most talented young researchers in Denmark. Results of his work have been published in 11 papers in CC/SCI database and have been cited more than 100 times. He reviews papers for Applied Energy, Energy and Energy Conversion and Management scientific journals.
Prof. Goran Krajačić
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Goran Krajacic, Ph.D., ( received Ph.D Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zagreb in 2012. Since 2004 he has been working as researcher at Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. In 2007 he spent 6 months as a guest researcher in the Research Group on Energy and Sustainable Development, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal where he investigated application of small decentralized power generation and energy storages.
From 2004 to 2007 he worked on the FP-6 project ADEG - “Advanced Decentralised Energy Generation Systems in Western Balkans”. The most of his work on the ADEG project was connected to development of H2RES computer program for energy planning. From 2007 to 2010 he was involved in the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) project STORIES – “Addressing barriers to storage technologies for increasing the penetration of intermittent energy sources”. He also helped preparation and implementation of the FP-6 project WEB-MOB, five IEE projects (GERONIMO, STORIES, SMART, BIOSIRE, FLICK THE SWITCH), two FP-7 projects JoRIEW and DISKNET and 4DH project coordinated by AAU. In 2011 he helped the team of Prof. Joško Deur in the successful preparation of HRZZ project ICT-aided integration of Electric Vehicles into the Energy Systems with a high share of Renewable Energy Sources.
Since 2007 he has been working on the national scientific project: Smart Energy Storage for Sustainable Development of Energy Systems, financed by Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of Republic of Croatia. Results of his work have been published in 14 papers in CC/SCI database and have been cited more than 100 times. He reviews papers for Energy Policy and Applied Energy. He participates in teaching the courses Introduction to Energy Management and Energy Planning.
Dr. Henning Meschede
University Kassel
Kassel, Germany
Dr.-Ing. Henning Meschede received his PhD degree in engineering from the University of Kassel after studying general engineering science with focus on energy technology at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg and regenerative energies and energy efficiency at the University of Kassel. Since March 2013 he is a researcher at the Department of sustainable products and processes at the University of Kassel and is responsible for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the tourism sector and on islands. He was a guest researcher at the solar economy school of the Technical University of Lappeenranta (Finland) and analysed transition paths for 100% renewable energy systems on islands. He completed his doctorate in January 2018 on "Demand response in typical industries as a contribution to the sustainable energy supply of islands". Since August 2017 he is also responsible for coordinating research cooperation with companies from the energy sector as well as leading research work in the field of energy data.
His work focuses on the sensitivity of energy modelling due to probabilistic input time-series on the one hand and future energy data based business models on the other hand. Results of his work have been published in seven papers, cited more than 30 times, and have been presented on several scientific and business conferences. He reviews papers for Energy and Applied Energy. He has a lectureship in Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes for the MENA region at the University of Kassel in cooperation with the University of Cairo.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable Multiphase Reactive Processes
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In recent years, it is more and more evident that the civilization expansion, correlated with the global energy consumption, is affecting the climate change. Most of the energy is still being extracted by combusting the fossil fuels, releasing a vast amount of the environmentally dangerous greenhouse gases. The most prominent approach to mid-term emission reduction is the improvement of existing technologies. Such an approach does not require a significant investment in infrastructure and can enable the desired reduction of harmful gases. In the advancement of transport and energy production sectors, there are still technical challenges to be solved, and most are related to physical and chemical phenomena accruing in the combustion chambers. Therefore, the main objective of this special session is to bring together the scientists, researchers, and experts to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of combustion science, sustainable combustion technologies, and multiphase flow related topics: fundamental physical and chemical aspects of traditional and novel fuel sources; reaction kinetics, combustion emissions, pollutants, soot and particulates; IC engine combustion; gas turbine combustion; furnace combustion; dual fuel, ammonia, coal, biomass, biofuel and waste combustion; multiphase flows and sprays, fuel introduction methods, fuel dispersion, droplet interactions; particle technology, gasification and pyrolysis; new combustion technologies.

Prof. Milan Vujanović
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Milan Vujanović is a researcher and team leader of CFD Combustion Research Group of the Power Engineering and Energy Management Chair at Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb.
Prof. Vujanović holds PhD in “numerical modelling of multiphase flow in the combustion of fuels”. His research is in the areas of modelling and simulation of turbulent combustion, pollution formation, multiphase flows and sprays, and also in the areas of sustainable energy, environmental protection and climate change. He holds lecturers within courses “Combustion and Radiation Modelling”, “Numerical Methods in Continuum Mechanics” and “Energy Engines”. He has over 100 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and International Conferences Proceedings to his credit.
Prof. Vujanović is a consultant to many industries and several public authorities. He is a member of the Combustion Institute, member of the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, and member of the Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems.
Prof. Mário Costa
Instituto Superior Técnico
Lisboa, Portugal
Mário Costa is a Full Professor in the area of Environment and Energy at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). He graduated in Chemical Engineering at University of Coimbra in 1984, obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London in 1992 and his Habilitation in Mechanical Engineering at Technical University of Lisbon in 2009. Currently, he teaches the courses of Thermodynamics, Combustion, Renewables Energies and Integrated Energy Systems. He has supervised more than 100 MSc and Phd students. He has participated in more than 50 national and international projects in the area of Energy and Environment and has (co-)authored 1 book, more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 150 papers in international conferences. He was the recipient of the Caleb Brett Award of the Institute of Energy in 1991, of the Sugden Award of the British Section of the Combustion Institute in 1991, of the Prémio Científico UTL/Santander Totta in 2010 and of a Menção Honrosa Universidade de Lisboa/Santander in 2016.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable Enhancements of Power, Cooling and Water for Hot Climates
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The global energy demand is anticipated to grow by approximately 30% by 2040, driven primarily by developing economies with surging populations and gross domestic product growths. In parallel, water demand is projected to increase by 55% globally between 2000 and 2050, essentially contributed by industry and notably manufacturing, and the power generation and domestic sectors. While supplies need to grow to respond to the demand, lower-carbon fuels and technologies require to be deployed to limit environmental emissions and their climatic impact.

Regions exposed to hot climates, including the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asian (sub)tropics, face specific, exacerbated challenges in meeting their domestic power, cooling, food and water demands. As a result of global warming compounding population and/or economic growth, such regions are anticipated to experience increased building and industrial process cooling loads, compounded by severe water stress and a deterioration of water quality. Depending upon the type and amount of energy and water resources available locally, as well as local climatic conditions, optimal power, cooling and water technology options and their integrations in such regions will require unique, tailored solutions.

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Dr. Valerie Eveloy
Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Valerie Eveloy is an Associate Professor in mechanical engineering at Khalifa University (KU), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She holds a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering (Dublin City University, Ireland) and a M.Sc. degree in physical engineering (National Institute of Applied Science, France). She has over twenty years academic and industrial experience in mechanical and energy engineering with an extensive publication record. Prior to joining KU, she was with The Petroleum Institute (now part of KU), the University of Maryland-College Park, and Nokia. Her present research interests include sustainable and renewable energy technologies (including waste energy utilization, solid oxide fuel cell/electrolysis systems, multi-generation, energy-efficiency enhancement of seawater desalination), and atmospheric hazardous gas dispersion modeling. She received several research awards including the Academic of Distinction Leadership Excellence for Women Award (LEWA) recognizing professional excellence in women in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regional energy sector in 2017. Dr. Eveloy is a member of several international conference program committees focused on energy technologies and electronics thermal management, and a member of ASME.
Prof. Ricardo Chacartegui
University of Sevilla
Seville, Spain
Professor of the Energy Engineering Department of the University of Seville. PhD in Energy Engineering. Msc Mechanical Engineer.

His research has been focused on thermal energy systems: design, development, and optimization. It comprises the analysis of new cycle’s concepts and integrations (supercritical CO2 cycle, HAT cycle, high temperature fuel cell hybrid systems or Organic Rankine Cycles, biomass boilers,..) combined with the study of existing power plants (thermo solar, gas turbines, combined cycles).
Linked to the R&D activity he has participated in more than 60 R&D collaborative projects with energy and transport industries in product development, analysis or optimization. In addition he is very passionate in innovation and business creation activities.
Dr. Alessandro Romagnoli
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore, Singapore
Alessandro gained a First Degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 from the “University of Ancona”
in Italy, after which he worked for two years at Lucci Collettori Spa (Ancona, Italy) where he supervised the design
and production of commutators for electric motors.
In 2006 he worked for 6 months at Seagate Technology Inc. and he then began a PhD at Imperial College London
in the Thermo-Fluids Division focussing on aerodynamic study of single and twin-entry mixed flow turbines under
unsteady conditions. As a part of his research, he also studied heat transfer effects occurring in turbochargers.
After completing his PhD in 2010, Alessandro worked as Research Associate at Imperial College London. He
acted as research co-investigator in projects looking at engine downsizing, waste heat recovery, and mildhybridization
of powertrain technology in passenger vehicles as well as in optimization and design of novel turbine
concepts. He collaborates extensively with world leading OEMs in powertrain R&D (Jaguar and Land Rover,
Lotus, Ford, CAT, MHI, Honda, ABB, etc.)
In 2013, he joined Nanyang Technological University as an Assistant Professor. His responsibilities include
teaching undergraduate courses, run lab-tutorial, supervising PhD students and FYPs.
Alessandro’s research activity in NTU encompasses several aspects related to propulsion energy efficiency and
waste heat recovery and. Examples of his current research include the study of waste heat recovery for ships
propulsion (thermo-electric generation), hybrid propulsion systems and mild-hybridization of powertrain,
turbomachinery design and optimization.
Besides his academic activity Alessandro has also worked for three years (2010-2013) as engineering consultant
under ICON (Imperial College CONsultant). In 2012, he founded a UK-based engineering consultancy company (RhodoConsultants, offering design, test and advice on energy efficiency,
turbomachinery and waste heat recovery systems.
Alessandro also acts as reviewer for several engineering journals (ASME, SAE, IMechE, Elsevier), collaborates as
freelancer with the automotive magazine Torque (published in Singapore) and sits in the organizing committee of
the Singapore International Energy Week.

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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, Czechia
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, Czech Republic
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: Environmental safety of bio-waste in the circular economy – potential for energy and matter recovery
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For many years, organic biowaste has been considered solely as a waste with no added value, land application being the most frequent and logical disposal issue for soil fertilization. However, in urban areas, or in countries with limited spreading-area or with surplus of nutrients in the soil, other ways of biowaste treatment and disposal are required. In addition to this, stricter regulation limits for organic micropollutants have been proposed and come into force in most of the EU countries, limiting and even banning land application in some regions. In conclusion, environmental European policies are pushing towards the recovery of resources from biowaste which starts to be seen as a permanent, valuable and non-transferable stock of organic resource that can be locally exploited.

The main objective of the proposed session is to discuss the most sustainable strategies for sewage sludge management, including treatment and disposal, considering the present state-of-art in terms of legislation, characterization, ecotoxicology, waste management and actual routes used currently in particular European countries. Decision making tools, namely End-of waste criteria (EWC) and Life cycle assessment (LCA) will allow to underline the importance of environmental, economic and technical evaluation of different management systems as well as the definition of the best available technologies for safe disposal and the appreciation of the eventual sludge potential ecotoxicity in long-term perspective. Nowadays, most Members apply legislation on a national level, while no integrated system for biowaste management is being used. The proposed session will help to establish criteria for best suitable option selection according to the requirements of circular economy in “from waste to resources” sense. It could also support the currently occurring amendment of the European Fertilizer Ordinance that will include organic fertilizer such as sludge, struvite, biochar, and ash-based materials.

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Dr. Anna Grobelak
Czestochowa University of Technology
Częstochowa, Poland
Prof. Malgorzata Kacprzak
Czestochowa University of Technology
Czestochowa, Poland

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SPECIAL SESSION: Innovative Design Solutions for Sustainable Built Environment
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Built environment is a focal point of human socioeconomic activities and represents one of the biggest global economy sectors, which creates its inseparable connection to socioeconomic influence and general development of the society. Furthermore, the activities related to building life cycle raise severe concerns about the local and global environment situation all over the world, which calls for urgent actions to adopt and achieve the ecologically respectful design. Apart from the above stated, several other facts justifying the building functionality, structural stability, safety and predominately the indoor environment quality have a direct influence on well-being of its users, represent a strong argument supporting the need for innovative design solutions for sustainable built environment. Looking for holistic problem-solving in building construction requires integration of knowledge from various disciplines that need to undergo mutual integration and constant upgrading in order to be used in design process of contemporary sustainable built environments. In this context, the special session will focus on innovative design solutions for existing buildings and new construction considering the following themes: energy-efficient building design, LCA and LCC of buildings, adaptation of building design to climate change, indoor environment quality, integration of structural, functional and energy efficiency design requirements, contemporary building materials, design of smart building envelopes and structures. 

Prof. Vesna Žegarac Leskovar
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, University of Maribor
Maribor, Slovenia
Associate professor Dr. Vesna Žegarac Leskovar, graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, in 2000. She brought her PhD studies in 2011 at the Faculty of Architecture, Technical University Graz. In the professional field of architecture and spatial planning she was already active at the time of her studies, until 2005 she was working as an architecture engineer in the architectural office Reichenberg arhitektura in Maribor. In 2005 she started her employment at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture (UM FGPA). In 2016 she was granted the title of Associate Professor. In the study year 2013/14 she participated as an invited lecturer at the Institute for spatial planning at the TU Graz. Her professional and scientific work is oriented towards architectural structures and technologies, energy efficiency, sustainable architectural planning and renewal of the existing housing fund. She is an author of research works indexed by SCI and a reviewer for international journals in the field of energy-efficient buildings. She published her professional and scientific work in two international journals with the title “Architectural design approach for energy efficient timber frame public buildings” (published in 2011) and “Energy-Efficient Timber-Glass Houses” by Springer Verlag, which was selected by Slovenian research agency (ARRS) as the best scientific contribution in civil engineering in Slovenia for the year 2013. She is active as a leader of numerous student workshops and involved in development projects carried out by UM FCTA for the national and European industrial partners. In the period between 2011 and 2013 she led an international project “MOVE for Energy Sustainability” where UM FCTA participated as a project partner. In the context of the international development project WOOD WISDOM NET, entitled “Load-bearing timber-glass composites“, she led the work package WP 3 – Architecture. She is currently taking part in the execution and management of the IQ Home project.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Carbon Capture for Climate Neutral Energy
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In general agreement all predictions mention an increasing energy demand for the next decades. Many institutions consider carbon capture techniques to be relevant to achieve a reliable energy supply. Different technical approaches are available which can be used for carbon capture processes. Some of these techniques have already been realized in first industrial scale plants, others are still developed on the pilot scale. Carbon capture in industrial processes like calcination of minerals or iron ore reduction is an additional need as carbon dioxide emissions coming from material processing have a non-negligible share of greenhouse gas emissions.

This special section is open to actual research which is related to carbon capture technologies, i.e. oxyfuel combustion, pre- or post-combustion capture or looping processes. Experimental and numerical investigations on sequestration techniques, details thereof as well as carbon storage and utilization can be presented.

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Dr. Martin Schiemann
Ruhr University Bochum
Bochum, Germany

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SPECIAL SESSION: Approaches to Educate University Students in Sustainable Development
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The main objective of this session is to provide a survey of the different ways in which university students can be educated towards the goal of sustainability. Actual case studies will be discussed.

Engineering students need to be educated to consider and use strategies for sustainable development. Furthermore, students are motivated when learning about relevant global topics. When motivated they become self-learners, rising above the level of education normally found in the classroom.

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Prof. Gregory Davis
Kettering University
Flint, United States

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Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.