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Symposium Chairs

  • Raffaello COSSU

    He is full Professor of Solid Waste Management at the University of Padova. He was Dean of the Faculty of Environmental and Land Planning Engineering at the same University from 2000 to 2013. He is currently the Editor in chief of Waste Management, International Scientific Journal on waste management edited by Elsevier, Amsterdam. Past President and currently a member of the Managing Board of IWWG (International Waste Working Group), the main international scientific association in the field of waste management. He has delivered presentations in over 50 seminars and 100 congresses on waste management and controlled landfills worldwide. He is author of over 150 scientific papers and five international books on waste management, printed by leading publishing houses (Academic Press, Elsevier, EF and Spon).

  • Pinjing HE

    MSc in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, he is full professor at the College of Environmental Science & Engineering, and Head of the Institute of Waste Treatment & Reclamation at Tongji University, China. He is a member of Waste Management journal and International Advisory Boards of different international and domestic journals and conferences. He serves as a member of Advisory Boards for several key national programs in China in the field of waste treatment. He is author of over 350 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and books. As a principal investigator, he has been responsible for more than 20 national-level R&D projects supported by China central government, and awarded the "Excellent Academic Leader in Shanghai” in 2010.

  • Peter KJELDSEN

    He is Professor and head of education at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Peter Kjeldsen received his M.Sc (1982) and Ph.D. (1986) from DTU. He is an international recognized expert within waste disposal. He is associate editor of the journal "Waste Management” and has more than 70 ISI publications and a high citation index. His research is related to environmental aspects of waste disposal and soil and groundwater contamination. Lately, a main research focus has been on measurement and mitigation of greenhouse gases from landfills.

  • Yasushi MATSUFUJI

    He is Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of Fukuoka University, Japan. He is also Invited Professor at National Research Center for Environmental Analysis and Measurements, People's Republic of China. Since 1999 he has been Honorable Advisor of Environmental Bureau, Guanzhou, People's Republic of China, and Advisor of UN-HABITAT Fukuoka Office. He carries out research activities in the field of Final Disposal Design and Operation of Solid Waste Landfills, Landfill Microbiology, and Recycle of MSW.

  • Debra REINHART

    She is UCF Pegasus Professor and full Professor of Engineering and has been a member of the UCF faculty since 1989. She is currently the Assistant VP for Research and Commercialization. Dr. Reinhart received her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from UCF and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Reinhart has been teaching and conducting research in the solid and hazardous waste management field for 21 years.

  • Rainer STEGMANN

    He was Professor from 1982 to 1990 at the Institute of Environmental Protection and from 1991 to 2008 Head of the Institute of Waste Management at the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany. He retired in March 2008. He is one of the prominent researchers in the field of waste management and provided in particular fundamental scientific contributions on sustainable landfilling, anaerobic digestion, biogas generation and control, treatment of contaminated soil. He co-ordinated several international and national research projects, and was member of the environmental advisory board of Shanks, England. From 2009 until 2011 he was director of the R3C Research Center at the Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore, for which he is now scientific advisor. He is co-organiser of several national and international conferences and has published more than 300 scientific papers and several books. Since 2008 he has been the chairman of IWWG (International Waste Working Group).

Scientific Secretary


  • Roberto RAGA

    Roberto Raga is Doctor in GeoEngineering and since February 2006 he is Assistant Professor at IMAGE, Department of Hydraulic, Maritime, Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering of the University of Padova (IT). His teaching and research activities are focused on municipal solid waste treatment and disposal in landfill, management of leachate and biogas emissions, old landfill remediation. Since 2008 he teaches the course “Remediation of contaminated sites” for the international students of the Second Cycle Degree Programme (MSc Level) in Environmental Engineering at the University of Padova.