Keynote Speakers

Prof. Maurizio Barbieri

Prof. Maurizio Barbieri

Department of Chemical Engineering Materials Environment (DICMA)
Sapienza University of Rome

Speech Title: Climate change and its effect on groundwater quality

Abstract: Knowing water quality at larger scales and related ground and surface water interactions impacted by land use and climate is essential to our future protection and restoration investments. Population growth has driven humankind into the Anthropocene where continuous water quality degradation is a global phenomenon as shown by extensive recalcitrant chemical contamination, increased eutrophication, hazardous algal blooms, and faecal contamination connected with microbial hazards antibiotic resistance. In this framework, climate change and related extreme events indeed exacerbate the negative trend in water quality. Notwithstanding the increasing concern about climate change and water security, research linking climate change and groundwater quality remain early. Additional research is required to improve our knowledge of climate and groundwater interactions and integrated groundwater management. Long-term monitoring of groundwater, surface water, vegetation, and land-use patterns must be supported and fortified to quantify baseline properties. Concerning the ways climate change affects water quality, limited literature data are available. This study investigates the link between climate change and groundwater quality aquifers by examining case studies of regional carbonate aquifers located in Central Italy. This study also highlights the need for strategic groundwater management policy and planning to decrease groundwater quality due to aquifer resource shortages and climate change factors.

Biography: Maurizio Barbieri is a Full Professor of Geochemistry at the Department of Chemical Engineering Materials Environment (DICMA), Sapienza University of Rome. The related skills and knowledge are: Water quality and tracers in hydrological studies; interactions between water and the geological and chemical environment; quantitative understanding of chemically-based processes in hydrogeochemical environments, as well as complementary physical and biological processes and conditions; kinetics and equilibria of geochemical reactions; movement of isotopes and soil chemistry; freshwater-seawater interactions in coastal aquifers; basic and applied research on speciation and transformation of trace metals and metalloids during biogeochemical processes, in both natural and anthropogenic environments; radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry.

He is the Coordinating and Associate Editor of some Springer, Elsevier and MPDI Journals related to the WATER RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AND GEOLOGY, GEOCHEMISTRY & GEOPHYSICS Categories. An updated list of all published papers and current citation statistics are available from

Prof. Hassan Karimi-Maleh

Prof. Hassan Karimi-Maleh

School of Resources and Environment
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)
Chengdu, China

Department of Chemical Engineering
Quchan University of Technology
Quchan, Iran
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Biography: Hassan Karimi-Maleh works as professor in the School of Resource and Environment, University of Electronics Science and Technology of China (UESTC). He is a highly cited researcher selected by clarivate analytics 2018 (cross-filed), 2019 (Agriculture field) and 2020 (cross-filed) and Top 1% Scientists in Chemistry and Agriculture simultaneously in ISI Essential Science Indicators. He has published more than 250 research papers with more than 14913 citations and H-index 77 and he works as editorial board of more than 20 international journals such as Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (Elsevier, IF 4.527), journal of food measurement and characterization. He also works as adjunct Professor in University of Johannesburg, South Africa and Quchan University of Technology, Quchan, Iran. His research interest includes development of chemically modified electrodes and DNA sensors for food, biological, pharmaceutical and environmental compounds analysis and investigation of electrochemistry behavior of electroactive materials such as polymers, organic and inorganic compounds. Recently, he focused on synthesis of nanomaterials and application of them in drug delivery and energy storage fields.

Prof. Andreas N. Angelakis

Prof. Andreas N. Angelakis

Member of European Academy of Sciences & Art
Honorary Prof. of Hubei Univ., Wuhan, China
Distinguished Fellow of IWA
Speech Title: Evolution of Water Technologies and Sciences through the Millennia Focusing in the Hellenic World

Biography: Andreas N. Angelakis is an Adjunct Professor at the Technical University of Crete, Chania (1989 -2008), Technical Consultant of the Hellenic Association of Municipal Water and Sewerage Companies (EDEYA) (1991 -2018), and Water Reuse Consultant in FAO (1996-2018). His research interests include wastewater treatment and waste reuse, small and decentralized water management systems, and water resources technologies in ancient civilizations.

He was President of the European Federation of National Water and Wastewater Services Associations (EUREAU) (2008-2009) and a member of the Board of Directors for 16 years (1993-2009). He also chaired the EUREAU Working Group (WG) on Wastewater Reuse (2001-2007). He was originally a member of the International Water Pollution Research Association (IAWPR) and thereafter of the International Water Pollution Research Association (IAWPR) from 1980 to 1999. Finally, he was member of the International Association on Water Quality (IAWQ), WG for Water Recycling and Reuse from 1991 to 2005.

He has been a member of International Water Association (IWA) since 2000. He was president of the IWA Specialist Group (SG) for Water in Ancient Cultures (WAC) (2005 -2019). In October 2019, he was elected President of the new Joint IWA-IWHA (International Water History Association) SG in Water Resources in Ancient Civilizations (WAC). He was also a member of the IWA Strategic Council (2016 to 2019). 2

He has been honored and accepted awards including the awarding of Honorary Member, Fellow and Distinguished Fellow by IWA (2010, 2012 and 2015, respectively). He is an Honorary Member of the Hellenic Water Association (HWA, 2011). Also, Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2018), Member of the French Academy of Water (2021), Honorary Professor of Hubei University, Wuhan, China (2019), and Honorary doctorate of the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece (2021).

Today he collaborates with international IWA members to highlight the timeless principles and practices of hydro-technology in ancient civilizations and to understand "what and how we could learn from the past". With a growing global awareness of the importance of water and wastewater management in ancient civilizations, IWA SG on WAC has organized more than a dozen international and regional symposia and workshops on hydro-technologies in ancient civilizations over the past decade.

He has authored or co-authored more than 500 publications, including articles in reputable international peer-reviewed journals, Greek and English books, book chapters and more, with more than 7,000 Google citations and i10-index 115. He has been invited / participated in more than 200 scientific events with corresponding lectures in Greece and abroad. Finally, he is the editor and member of the editorial boards of many international scientific journals.

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