Conference Chairs

João Rafael Galvão
Polytechnic of Leiria . Portugal

Paulo Sérgio Brito
Polytechnic of Portalegre . Portugal

Keynote Speakers

Annukka Pakarinen  
HAMK – Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Speech title: “Smart Bioeconomy to Enable Sustainability”

The speaker
Dr. Annukka Pakarinen holds a PhD degree in Environmental Solutions in Agriculture and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She is a Director of HAMK Bio Research Unit. She has expertise in utilizing and treating (physical, chemical, enzymatic etc.) plant or waste based raw materials in biofuel production. As a director of research unit, she follows closely the field of Bioeconomy throughout the chain from primary production to value added refining and smart solutions. She has also been a founder of a start-up company.

Remco Kranendonk
Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands

Speech title: “The conditional framework of regional biobased innovations; insights and experiences from regional HUBS in H2020 BLOOM project”

The speaker
Remco Kranendonk is a senior researcher at Wageningen Environmental Research, working on regional development and bioeconomy regional clusters. advices and facilitates regional innovation processes and has a broad experience in connecting science and regional networks of practitioners. He participated in the FP7 project BERST as WP leader in setting up a Community of Practice. He is program leader of Climate Smart Agriculture Program in the Netherlands within Climate KICs. He was organiser of the TCI 2016 Global Cluster Conference and responsible for WUR Strategy on Regional Partnerships. Actually he is active in the H2020 Bloom project, focussing on raising awareness of biobased perspectives within the civil society; he is responsible for the extension of the regional triple helix networks to a quadruple helix interplay.

Ana L. Pires
MARE / FCT NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

Speech title: “Ecodesign and Sustainable packaging: challenges, trends and perspectives”

The speaker
Ana Pires received the PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT NOVA). She is a Researcher and Invited Professor at FCT NOVA, in the area of solid waste management and circular economy. Author of several articles and communications, with a book awarded by the International Solid Waste Association. Her research areas focus on the development of sustainable eco-design methodologies, reuse-based Circular Economy models and sustainability metrics for hierarchical waste management. She is a co-founder of the waste@NOVA network of researchers dedicated to innovation in waste treatment and management technologies.

Howard Dryden
GOES foundation
University of Edinburgh, Scotland UK

Speech title: “All life on Earth depends upon healthy Oceans – Choose your lifeline”

The speaker
Howard is an internationally acclaimed marine biologist, now takes the helm as Chief Scientific Officer of GOES Foundation (Global Oceanic Environmental Survey). As an academic and successful businessman, Howard’s 30+ year career has been focused on one vision — to make the aquatic environment safer and cleaner for humans and all the other organisms on which our life depends. Along with his team of marine biologists, and an experienced globally-connected group of policy makers, communication experts and management consultants are the driving force behind GOES. Being aware that all life on Earth depends on a healthy Oceanic ecosystem and that climate change is all about carbon dioxide, (but that most of the effort by Governments has gone into reducing emissions) and that it is known that elimination of aquatic environmental pollution from toxic-for-ever chemicals such as PCBs and Oxybenzone is primordial to avoid ocean acidification and a complete collapse of the entire marine environment, Howards focus is about restoring oceanic ecosystems to sequester carbon dioxide.
Stating that if we don’t eliminate pollution within 10 years then we lose the Marine Ecosystem and biodiversity in 25 years, along with the food supply for 2 billion people, the GOES Foundation is now the primary focus of Dr. Howard Dryden.

Francisco Gírio
LNEG-National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Portugal

Speech title:  “Biochemical Biorefineries for Advanced Biofuels”

The speaker
Francisco Gírio, PhD, is Principal Researcher and Head of Bioenergy Department of LNEG-National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Lisbon, Portugal. In his research career participated as researcher in more than 47 research projects on lignocellulose bioconversion being coordinator of 14. He is currently member of the Management Board of Bioenergy Joint Program of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA-Bioenergy), member of the Steering Committee of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Bioenergy (ETIP-Bioenergy), member of the Scientific Council and Board of Trustees of IMDEA Energy (Spain) and President of SIADEB – Iberoamerican Society for the Development of Biorefineries. He did publish over more than 100 peer-review papers and more than 200 papers and lectures in international conferences.

Alberto C. Neto
Be Water (PT) CEO

Speech title:  “The future challenges of water management as a finite resource”

The speaker
Since 2017, Alberto Carvalho Neto is the Chief Executive Officer at BEWG (PT), company working on Water, Energy, Waste sectors and Environment projects improving circular economy. Leader in a group with more than 400 workers in Portugal, he is also involved in the challenging international development of the Group, essentially in Portuguese speaking countries, North Africa and Europe, through the water expertise of the group acquired from the last three decades in Portugal. The challenges in environment for the next years are relevant and strategic for the future of human kind and companies such as BEWG will have a role to play in the management and preservation of limited natural resources.

Saifur Rahman
Joseph Loring Professor & Director Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, USA

Speech title: “Global Electric Power Sector: Engaging with Environment Issues”

The speaker
Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech, USA, where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment ( He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He was the President of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) in 2018 and 2019. He was the vice president for publications of IEEE and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors in 2006. He was a member of the governing board of the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) from 2016 to 2018. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He served as the chair of the USA National Science Foundation Advisor Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013.  He is a member at-the-large of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE PES and has lectured on smart grid, energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, demand response, distributed generation and critical infrastructure protection topics in over 30 countries on all six continents. He has published over 140 journal papers and has made over four hundred conferences and invited presentations.

In recognition of his expertise and contributions to research on energy efficiency, Dr. Rahman was appointed to the State of Virginia Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency in 2015. He is the only member from the academia of this 12-member committee. He was also a member of the board of governors of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council from 2015 to 2018.He received his Ph. D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1978. His M.S. degree is from the Stony Brook University and has a B.Sc.EE degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. His industry and government experience includes work with the Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan, the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, Duke Energy in North Carolina and consultancy for the World Bank, the United Nations, US Agency for the International Development and the Asian Development Bank.

Organizing Committee

Filipe Neves

Flávio Craveiro

Henrique Almeida

Joel Vasco

Luís Neves

Ricardo Gomes

Sandra Mourato

Vânia Ribeiro

Scientific Committee

Abel Rodrigues, INIAV/ Research Institute, Portugal

Ahmad Pourmovahed, Kettering University, Michigan, U.S.A.

Alfeu Sá Marques, Coimbra University, Portugal

Ana Gomes, ESB-UCP/ Catholic University, Portugal

Ana Vale, School of Science IT Sligo, Ireland

Antonio Macías, Extremadura University, Spain

Annukka Pakarinen, HAMK University, Finland

Carla Ferreira, ESAC/Coimbra Polytechnic, Portugal

Carlos Borrego, Aveiro University, Portugal

Carlos Henggeler, INESCC/Coimbra University, Portugal

Eduardo Álvarez, Oviedo University, Spain

Eliseu Monteiro, Coimbra University¸ Portugal

Fausto Freire, Coimbra University, Portugal

Fernando Lidon, Nova University, Portugal

Hassan El Bari, Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco

Helena Bártolo, Leiria Polythecnic, Portugal

Jerónimo Cortés, CICTE/Extremadura, Research Center Spain

João Pina, FCT/Nova Lisbon University, Portugal

João Sampaio, Polytechnic of Cávado and Ave, Portugal

Joaquim Sousa, Coimbra Polytechnic, Portugal

Jo​hn Cosgrove, Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland

Jorge MGP Isidoro, Algarve University, Portugal

José Lobo, Extremadura University, Spain

Kirsi Knuuttila, JAMK University, Finland

Lisiane Librelotto, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brasil

Lucélia Hoehne, Universidade do Vale do Taquari, UNIVATES, Brasil

Luís Loures, C3i/Portalegre Polytechnic, Portugal

Luís Silva, Porto Polytechnic, Portugal

Luís Tarelho, Aveiro University, Portugal

Luísa Scmidt, ICS/ Lisbon University, Portugal

Madalena Moreira, Évora University, Portugal

Margarida Gonçalves, Nova University, Portugal

María Hernández, Extremadura University, Spain

Marika Tossavainen, HAMK University/Finland

Marina Antunes, ISCAL/Lisbon Polytechnic, Portugal

Marritta Kymalainen, HAMK University, Finland

Milica Kasanin-Grubin, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Nicolau Almeida, Portalegre Polytechnic, Portugal

Noel Perera, Birmingham City University, UK

Nuno Simões, Coimbra University, Portugal

Pedro Mucharreira, ISCE/Lisbon University, Portugal

Ramón Sanguino, Extremadura University, Spain

Ricardo Chacartegui, Sevilha University, Spain

Ricardo Simões, Polytechnic of Cávado and Ave, Portugal

Rodrigo Moruzzi, UNESP/ São Paulo State University, Brazil

Rui Ganhão, Leiria Polythecnic, Portugal

Sérgio Leitão, UTAD/Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro University, Portugal

Sónia Pereira, Leiria Polythecnic, Portugal

Susana Neto, IST/Lisbon University, Portugal

Teresa Mouga, Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal

Valentim Realinho, VALORIZA/Portalegre Polytechnic, Portugal

Zahra Kalantari, Stockholm University, Sweden