9-12 September 2019
Auditorium 500

11 renowned keynote speakers confirmed their participation : 


Ricardo Hirata, DSc, MSc, PGeo,
Full Professor & Director CEPAS|USP: Groundwater Research Center Institute of Geosciences, University of São Paulo
Rua do Lago, 562, CEP 05508-080 São Paulo (SP), Brazil
Phone : (5511) 30914230
Mobile (5511) 994820864
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Ricardo Hirata is a Full Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP, Brazil), Director of CEPAS|USP (Groundwater Research Center) and Certified Geologist (University of the State of São Paulo), with MSc (USP), DSc (USP) and Post Doctorate (University of Waterloo, Canada) in hydrogeology. He also was a member of the Groundwater Management Advisory Team of World Bank, a Visiting Professor at the universities of Calgary and Costa Rica, and an Adviser for IAEA and UNESCO. He also served as a Hydrogeologist for World/Pan American Health Organization. Hirata has 30 year-experience working intensively in many aspects of groundwater and water resources for private and government companies in more than 30 countries in areas that include, among others, groundwater contamination, groundwater resource development, water resource management, and groundwater protection policy. Hirata has been a coordinator in a large number of research projects involving many national and international institutions, which have resulted in a significant number of trained high-level students and publications, including some technical manuals for WHO/PAHO, World Bank, and UNESCO.


Prof. Dr. Daniel Hunkeler
Centre d'hydrogéologie et géothermie (CHYN)
Rue Emile-Argand 11
CH-2000 Neuchâtel
Tel.: +41 32 718 25 60
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Daniel Hunkeler is a professor at the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN) of the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland and directs the hydrochemistry and contaminants laboratory. He is also adjunct professor at University of Waterloo, Canada. He received a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Waterloo from 1997-2001. His research focusses on understanding the fate of organic contaminants in groundwater with an emphasis on the role of reactive processes and geochemical heterogeneity. His group has been developing stable isotope methods to identify and quantify degradation mechanisms, recently expanding from legacy to emerging micropollutants.  Another thread of research consists of the use of geochemical and environmental tracer to understand the dynamics of groundwater flow systems, in particularly in mountain and alpine areas. He is the author of over 100 journal articles and has co-authored a book on “Environmental Isotopes in biodegradation and bioremediation” as well as the US EPA Guideline on using isotopes method to assess the status of contaminated sites.

Joaquín Jiménez-Martínez
EAWAG, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Uberlandstrasse 133,
CH-8600 Dubendorf
Tel: +41 58 765 5475
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Joaquín Jiménez-Martínez is since 2016 Research Scientist (Group Leader) at EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) and Lecturer and Research Associate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering-ETH Zurich. He is also Guest Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (US). His research focuses on the study of transport and reaction phenomena in porous and fractured media, particularly in multiphase systems. He tackles these problems mainly by experiments performed over scales ranging from micromodels to field scale, and blending them with theory and modeling. After graduating (BSc) in Geological Sciences from University of Granada (Spain), and to obtain the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Geotechnical Engineering (MSc) at the Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain) in 2007, he obtained his PhD degree in Hydrogeology at the same university in 2010. He was then a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CNRS-University of Rennes 1 in France (2010-2012), and subsequently awarded as titular of the International Chair on Environment and Innovation (Foundation Rennes 1) (2012-2014). He completed his formation as Post-doc Research Associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, US (2014-2016).


Julie Konzuk, Ph.D., P.Eng. (ON)
Geosyntec Consultants International, Inc.
1243 Islington Avenue, Suite 1201
Toronto, ON M8X 1Y9
Mobile:  +14162712373
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Dr. Julie Konzuk is a Principal Engineer from Toronto, Canada with more than 20 years of experience in environmental site assessment and remediation.  Dr. Konzuk specializes in environmental fate and transport evaluations and building cost-effective environmental site assessment and remediation programs to mitigate exposure risk and achieve site closure.  Dr. Konzuk has had experience designing and implementing multiple innovative in situ remediation technologies, she has worked in a wide range of subsurface environments ranging from fractured bedrock to sand and silt/clay, and has also worked with multiple contaminants including non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs, both dense and light), chlorinated solvents, petroleum and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, munitions, heavy metals, nitrated and chlorinated benzenes, and per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS).  Dr. Konzuk has also been active in research and development including several years researching NAPL and groundwater transport behaviour in fractured bedrock, critical evaluations of DNAPL remediation technology performance, and development of novel environmental characterization and fingerprinting methods based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analytical methods.  She has used this experience in litigation support and expert testimony on remedial costing and future cost liability estimation, environmental forensics and diagnostics including application of various tools for source composition/delineation and contaminant attenuation behaviour, cost allocations, remediation program strategy development, and third-party independent review and advice.  Dr. Konzuk has conducted short courses and lectures on the application of advanced remediation technologies and environmental site assessment to practitioners and regulators in North America and Australia and is an author of several peer-reviewed book chapters and journal papers on remedial cost estimating, bioremediation, DNAPL migration in fractured bedrock and NMR analytical applications.


Dr Dan Lapworth
Principal Hydrogeochemist
British Geological Survey Maclean Building
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB
Tel: +44 1491 692327
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Dan Lapworth is a principal hydrogeochemist at the British Geological Survey. He has 17 year experience in applied groundwater science and has published over 60 peer-reviewed, international journal articles. His research interests include water quality, groundwater protection and replenishment within the context of environmental change and anthropogenic pressures. His interest lies in applied groundwater science to inform groundwater development and improved protection of drinking water resources. Much of his work is undertaken in Africa and South Asia. Dan leads BGS research on emerging organic contaminants in groundwater as well as the application of novel field-based techniques to assess microbiological contamination in groundwater sources.

Gudrun Massmann
Hydrogeologie und Landschaftswasserhaushalt
Institut für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften
Fakultät V Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
D-26111 Oldenburg
Tel.: +494417984837 |Fax: +494417983769
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Prof. Dr. Gudrun Massmann is professor at the Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. She is head of the research group on Hydrogeology & Landscape Hydrology, which was founded in 2010. The research interests of the group include the fate of organic trace pollutants in groundwater, managed aquifer recharge, surface water- groundwater interaction, coastal hydrogeology and ecohydrology. The group aims at getting a comprehensive and better understanding on pollutant behavior in groundwater, taking into account hydrogeological, hydraulic and hydrochemical aquifer conditions. The group follows and integrative approach, conducting field work, hydrochemical analysis and laboratory experiments accompanied by numerical modeling. Gudrun Massmann has started working on surface water-groundwater interaction with a focus on bank filtration in the years she spent as a research assistant at the Free University of Berlin. Since working at Oldenburg, the focus has been extended towards the land-sea interface with emphasis on seawater intrusion, subterranean estuaries and submarine groundwater discharge.


Frédéric Nguyen, Prof. Dr.
Université de Liège
Research Unit Urban & Environmental Engineering
Department of Architecture, Geology, Environment & Building Materials
Bât. B52/3, Quartier Polytech 1
Allée de la Découverte, 9
4000 Liège-1, Belgium 
Tel +3243663797 | Fax +3243669520
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Frédéric Nguyen obtained his PhD degree from the Université de Liège in 2005 dedicated to the development and application of geophysical methods to detect and image active faults in slowly deforming regions. During his PhD research, his main interests were to develop methodologies based on image and signal processing to objectively interpret electrical resistivity data and seismic data (active and passive) for shallow surveys. From a seismic hazard point of view, his research allowed unveiling surface ruptures associated with the strongest earthquake recorded in France (Provence) in the twentieth century. He then worked from 2005 to 2008 as a post-doctoral researcher at the Forschungszentrum Jülich within the framework of the European project ALERT on the sustainable management of water resources by automated real-time monitoring in coastal aquifers. His research interest then shifted towards environmental geophysics and inverse problems. Of particular research interest were the development of image appraisal quantities and time-lapse inversion schemes.  Since 2007, he is a Professor in Applied Geophysics at the University of Liège where he leads a research team and was appointed in 2010 as a part-time Professor at KULeuven. The research focus of his group lies on one hand in solving geophysical inverse problems and associated topics (e.g. uncertainty analysis) and on another hand in the assimilation of geophysical data in highly multidisciplinary fields of research (such as geothermy or bioremediation).


Henning Prommer
CSIRO & University of Western Australia
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Dr Henning Prommer is a Winthrop Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and a Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader in the Environmental Contaminant Mitigation and Technologies Program at CSIRO Land and Water, Australia.  After completing his PhD at the Centre for Water Research at the University of Western Australia in 1999, he held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Edinburgh (UK), University of Tűbingen (Germany) and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). While at Delft University he was responsible for the numerical model development and applications within the European Union project CORONA. This work was instrumental for quantifying the role of transverse (physical) mixing processes on particular contaminant degradation pathways, and for exploring the use of simulating secondary geochemical reactions and isotope fractionation processes as forensic tools to elucidate natural attenuation processes. He also developed a strong interest in the use of reactive transport models to quantify groundwater quality changes induced by managed aquifer recharge processes and how the spatial and temporal evolution of the redox zonation in both shallow and deep groundwater systems impact the fate of emerging micropollutants (e.g., pharmaceuticals and iodated contrast media). In 2005 hr joined CSIRO Land and Water Australia and since July 2011 holds a joint appointment between UWA and CSIRO. Over the last 10 years he has mostly studied the fate of trace metals, metalloids and radionuclides, particularly how their fate is affected by redox cycling, buffering and surface complexation processes. Currently his team’s research efforts have are a strong focus on developing modeling approaches for quantifying the fate of arsenic in groundwater systems and particularly the role that iron mineral transformations can play on arsenic mobility.

Callist Tindimugaya 
Ministry of Water and Environment 
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Dr Callist Tindimugaya works with the Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda as the Head of the Department for Water Resources Planning and Regulation with overall responsibility for ensuring sustainable and equitable utilization and protection of water resources of the country.  He has been the Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists responsible for Sub-Saharan Africa since 2012. He is also a Steering Committee Member of the African Groundwater Network. He has also for over 15 years been representing Uganda on the Technical Advisory Committees of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and Inter Government Authority on Development (IGAD).

Paul van Riet
Environmental Remediation & Restoration
Asia-Pacific / EMEAI / Latin-America
Dow Benelux B.V.
Herbert H. Dowweg 5, 4542 NM, Hoek
P.O. Box 48, 4530 AA, Terneuzen, Netherlands
Phone: +31 115 672112
Mobile: +31 653255548
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Paul van Riet is the Remediation Director for Asia-Pacific, EMEAI and Latin America for Dow Chemical and is located in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.  He graduated with a MSc in Mining and Petroleum Engineering and Engineering Geology from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He was the Chair of NICOLE’s Industry Sub Group for 6 years and is now the Chair of NICOLE’s Innovation Working Group. Paul van Riet has developed strong experience in managing environmental liabilities related to soil & groundwater. This includes developing remediation plans and managing the remediation of complex sites. He is a strong advocate for more innovation in remediation as well as promoting more Nature Based Solutions.


Elisa Vargas Amelin
Policy officer – Water Framework Directive
European Commission
DG Environment
Unit C1 –Clean Water
BU9 04/173
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 229 64064
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Elisa Vargas Amelin holds a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis/St. Paul, U.S.). She has a joint PhD in Economics (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid) and Hydrology and Engineering (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels). She worked for over ten years in the private sector as a consultant and independent expert for Spanish administrations in the water sector and the European Commission covering areas such as European environmental policies, international projects in Europe, South America and North Africa, climate change and water scarcity and droughts. Since 2015, she is Policy Officer in the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium). She works mainly on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, the Groundwater Directive, water accounts and indicators. She has promoted activities to strengthen the science and policy link in the water sector, and she is an occasional guest lecturer in different universities. She has published several technical reports, publications in scientific journals as well as chapters in books edited by leading academic scientists.


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