Prof. Dr. Daniela Fuchs-Hanusch (Technical University Graz)
Topics: Sustainability, Innovation, Urban Water Management
Prof. Fuchs-Hanusch studied at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and graduated and habilitated at the Technical University of Graz. She is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Urban Water Management at the Technical University of Graz and responsible for the field “Sustainable development and optimization of water infrastructures”. Together with her team she does research and teaching about asset management of urban water infrastructures, as well as monitoring and the model-based optimization of drinking water networks. In her field of expertise she published more than 70 scientific publications and two books. Additionally, she was able to internationally establish the results of her work in form of a Software.
Dr. Peter Lepom (Federal Environment Agency)
Topics: Quality, Environment, Analytics
Peter Lepom was the director of the laboratory of water analysis of the German Federal Environment Agency in Berlin, working in the fields of waste, soil and water analysis for more than 25 years already. He participated in different national and international expert committees and in working groups of the European Commission dealing with the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. He focused on the development and validation of analysis procedures for organic pollutants, pilot studies about the occurrences of new environmental pollutants and the development of monitoring strategies and quality assurance concepts. He is currently working as a technical consultant for the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt on a project to assist the Indian authorities in monitoring the water quality of the River Ganges.
Prof. Dr. Mark Oelmann (Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences)
Topics: Management, Economy, Supply
Prof. Dr. Mark Oelmann studied economics and ethnology in Marburg and at the Penn State University in the USA. He did his doctorate about the subject “About the realignment of price- and quality regulations in German water management” under Prof. Dr. Juergen B. Donges, chairman for many years of the “five wise men” of the German council of economic experts. Mark Oelmann’s thesis was honoured with the Ehrhardt-Imelmann-Price of the University of Cologne. He was able to gain practical experiences during his 13 years of working for the water sector and other related infrastructure sectors. In March 2011 he started working as a Professor for water- and energy economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Mülheim an der Ruhr. There he is responsible for the field “Energy- and water management”. He is a spokesperson for the first interdisciplinary research collaboration „Water Economy and Water Management“ at the University. Prof. Oelmann published around 70 publications and is member of numerous advisory boards and committees.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Panglisch (University Duisburg-Essen)
Topics: Process technology, Water technology
Since June 2014 Prof. Dr.-Ing Stefan Panglisch is the Chair of the Mechanical Process Technology department with focus on Water Technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). He also is one of the scientific directors of IWW Water Centre. Previously, Stefan Panglisch was the head of the research and development department of inge GmbH, where he dealt with the new and further development of membrane materials, module housings as well as the operation modes of ultrafiltration modules. He also was responsible for the optimization of production processes and –plants. Before that Stefan Panglisch worked for more than ten years at the department of water technologies at IWW Water Centre, where he carried out numerous research- and consultation projects. Stefan Panglisch is a member of different working groups and committees, among them the IWA Specialist Group “Particle separation”, the DVGW- working committee „Water treatment processes“ and the ProcessNet specialist group „Membrane technology“.
Prof. Dr. Torsten C. Schmidt (University Duisburg-Essen)
Topics: Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Quality
Torsten C. Schmidt studied chemistry at the Philipps-University Marburg and the Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh. He obtained his PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry in 1997 in Marburg. After postdoctoral and senior scientist positions at EAWAG/ETH Zurich and in Tuebingen he became full professor for Instrumental Analytical Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen and scientific director at the IWW Water Centre. He is currently president of the German Water Chemistry Society. In 2013, he received the Fresenius Award of the German Chemical Society. His main research interests include the development and application of analytical methods with focus on separation techniques (GC, LC), sample preparation and compound-specific isotope analysis, process-oriented environmental chemistry and oxidation processes in water Technology.