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Kenyan proverb

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The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

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Special sessions

SPECIAL SESSION: Role of Intelligent Sensor Networks and Big Data Informatics for Enhanced Management of Urban Water and Energy Resources
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Traditional delivery of urban water and energy resources has been a conservative process whereby utilities offered a relatively unsophisticated service to their customers. As expectations to provide a leaner, greaner and customer-focussed utility rise, it has become clear that conventional means of water and energy provision are no longer adequate in the era of the digital information age. As the momentum gathers, there is growing pressure on the utility sector to transition to the digital age.

Developing technologies and the accompanying big data informatics, once fully understood and exploited, are the truly “smart” components of a digital water, electricity or gas grid, and these informatics can be used for a range of applications. Informatics applying statistical, mathematical, machine learning and rule-based approaches can be used to provide important information on demand from the available data provided at second, minute or hourly intervals. Such information is powerful for government, utility and customer planning and decision making. Moreover, acknowledgement of water-energy links is emerging as a key pathway for integration of water and energy multi-utility services provision.  

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Prof. Rodney Stewart
Griffith University
Gold Coast City, Australia
Rodney Stewart is a Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Engineering and Built Environment based at Griffith University, Gold Coast City, Queensland Australia. Professor Stewart is an expert in engineering, construction and environmental engineering and management research. His current particular area of research focus is on digital utility transformation. Professor Stewart is leading industry collaborative research projects that seek to integrate 'big data' metering and monitoring technologies and associated expert systems into infrastructure, particularly in the water and energy utility sector, in order to better manage these critical resources and better integrate contemporary solutions such as renewable energy and decentralised water supply. He has a rapidly growing citation trajectory with a H-Index of 43, i-10 index of 100 and over 5600 citations (September 2019; Scholar). He has received over USD $5M of external funding, including over 15 years of continuous prestigious significant Australian Research Council (ARC) funding to date. He has averaged over 15 refereed publications per year in his academic career. Professor Stewart has research peer esteem being ARC assessor for grant applications, as well as organising committee or invited/keynote speaker for a number of international specialist conferences. Rodney has supervised to successful completion over twenty PhD/MPhil graduates to date; many of which have received national or international accolades for their research outputs and all employed after completion. He has numerous visiting Fellow (funded) invitations including for example, 2012 and 2017 visits to the strong Urban Water Systems Group in Exeter (UK), 2013 visit to UC-Davis Centre for Watershed Sciences (USA), and 2017 visit to Cambridge University.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable urban development: Water-Energy-Climate nexus
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Nexus approaches to manage water, energy and climate systems are fundamental for the urban environment as part of the overarching goal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES). Water and energy are the most vital resources for urban development. Their lifecycles are interdependent, and also impact and are impacted by climate change, in a phenomenon defined as the Water-Energy-Climate nexus. In this context, there has been a tremendous increase in studies addressing the Water-Energy-Climate nexus in recent years.

Water-Energy-Climate nexus studies provide multidisciplinary frameworks to understand the synergies, trade-offs and opportunities to achieve sustainable development goals, e.g. clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, climate action, to list a few. Multidisciplinary R&D activities related to the management of water, energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are paramount for a prompt transition into green economies, and, thus, dissemination of novel ideas, communication and knowledge sharing on Water-Energy-Climate nexus play critical role in achieving sustainable urban development.

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Dr. Abel Silva Vieira
Griffith University
Gold Coast, Australia
Dr Abel Silva Vieira has 10 years of professional experience in infrastructure planning, energy efficiency, and water conservation. Since 2013, he has been working for City of Gold Coast Council as a Planning Engineer as part of the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) project. His experience also extends to the private sector as a Consulting Engineer at Australian Water Environments (AWE) in 2009-2010, along with other project in Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Netherlands and Sweden. He acquired a PhD degree in 2019 from the Griffith School of Engineering and Built Environment, and a MSc degree in 2012 from the Civil Engineering Depart at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). Dr Abel’s Honours thesis was undertaken during his exchange program at Linnaeus University in Sweden. His research focus includes the water-energy-climate nexus of conventional and alternative water supply systems and wastewater treatment systems, water heating systems, and strategic infrastructure planning. As part of his doctorate, he developed a renewable energy and energy efficiency framework taking into account environmental (carbon footprint), economic (financial feasibility) and societal (household characteristics) aspects in the context of the Water-Energy-Climate nexus.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Engineering a Sustainable Circular Economy: Materials, Energy and Infrastructure Integration for Smart Cities and Industry
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Circular Economy has emerged as a popular research topic that is shaping public policy in Europe, China, America and elsewhere. It has been the subject of more than 1,500 research papers in the past two years. Conceptually, Circular Economy is not complicated. It includes recycling, recovering, and reusing material and energy flows will make a system more circular, thereby reducing raw material inputs and waste outputs. Important criticisms of Circular Economy, however, point out that it lacks consideration for sustainability in Circular Economy business model, respect for physical law (thermodynamics), and robust engineering methods to design a Circular Economy. These current shortfalls make it necessary to develop the Circular Economy framework further, accounting for the fact that the Sustainable Development needs to form a central goal, while engineering analysis and design can provide the toolset for achieving that goal. The concept of Circular Integration, as an engineering-based framework, was proposed to address these issues and to support collective progress towards a Sustainable Circular Economy. All macro-systems contain inherent trade-offs between material and energy flows, which influence the design and performance of the system. Understanding and optimising these trade-offs are critical to maximising the sustainability of a system.

The session invites contributions that aim to support the development of a Sustainable Circular Economy. Papers that look at the roles of and trade-offs between materials, energy, and infrastructure in the context of a Sustainable Circular Economy are most welcome. As a fundamental engineering principle, the integration of processes, sites and regions provides a technical description for the recycling, recovering, and reusing material and energy flows that applies to multi-scales, and will be highlighted as part of this session. Moving towards a Sustainable Circular Economy also entails essential reductions in greenhouse gas, NOx, SOx, and particulate emissions, improvements in water and land management, optimisation of footprints, and better utilisation of infrastructure. The goal of the session is to provide a platform for exchanging ideas and knowledge, stimulating discussion, and fostering international collaboration on the subject of Sustainable Circular Economy.

Dr. Timothy Walmsley
University of Waikato
Hamilton, New Zealand
Prof. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš
Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
Head of “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno, Czech Republic and Emeritus Professor at “Centre for Process Systems Engineering and Sustainability”, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary.
Previously the Project Director, Senior Project Officer and Hon Reader at Department of Process Integration at UMIST, The University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh, UK. Founder and a long term Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification – CPI2, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. Awarded by the EC with Marie Curies Chair of Excellence (EXC). Track record of managing and coordinating 91 major EC, NATO and UK Know-How projects. Research funding attracted over 21 M€.
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production. The founder and President for 20 y of PRES (Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) conferences. Chairperson of CAPE Working Party of EFCE, a member of WP on Process Intensification and of the EFCE Sustainability platform. He authored and co-authored nearly 400 papers, h-index reaching 42. A number of books published by Elsevier, Woodhead, McGraw-Hill; Ashgate Publishing Cambridge; Springer; WILEY-VCH; Taylor & Francis).
Several times Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and University Technology Petronas, Malayisa; Xi’an Jiaotong University; South China University of Technology, Guangzhou and Tianjin University in China; University of Maribor, Slovenia; Brno University of Technology and the Russian Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow. Doctor Honoris Causa of Kharkiv National University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” in Ukraine, the University of Maribor in Slovenia, University POLITEHNICA Bucharest, Romania. “Honorary Doctor of Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia”. Awarded with “Honorary Membership of Czech Society of Chemical Engineering", "European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Life-Time Achievements Award" and "Pro Universitaire Pannonica" Gold Medal.
Dr. Petar Sabev Varbanov
Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
is a Senior Researcher at the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratiry – NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology and at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering & Sustainability, Székesfehérvár – at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest), Hungary. He obtained his PhD in Process Integration at a prestigious British University – UMIST, Manchester, with distinction. For performing research on minimising and mitigating Climate Change he was awarded a scholarship from the UK Tyndall Centre. Later he was awarded a prestigious Marie Curie EIF Fellowship and successfully performed research on Optimising the Start-up of Distillation Columns at the Technische Universität Berlin. This was followed by a Marie Curie ERG Fellowship for assisting his integration into the University of Pannonia – Hungary, where he is a Deputy Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification CPI2. His experience covers energy saving, optimisation of energy supply networks, Process Synthesis and Process Operation. His research has been successfully implemented in collaboration with industrial partners: e.g. BP (UK) and MOL (Hungary). He has been contributing to 25 research and consultancy projects (most within the EC funding schemes) and has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-author of two books and several chapters in books.
He has been the Editor for “Energy – The International Journal” published by Elsevier.
Prof. Kim L Pickering
University of Waikato
Waikato, New Zealand
Prof. Pickering is the Associate Dean (Research) for the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science and leads the Polymers and Composites Research Group in the Engineering School, as well as directs the Waikato Centre of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (WaiCAMM) at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. With a degree in Materials from Imperial College, London and a PhD in Composites from Surrey University, United Kingdom, she has focussed on improved sustainability of engineering materials including natural fibre composites. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and has been awarded the R J Scott Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand. She has written more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 patents, and has more than 5000 citations and an H-index of 37.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Measuring and Modelling Sustainable Development & Sustainability
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Sustainable development is multidimensional and dynamic. Undoubtedly, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development address many barriers to sustainable development. Particularly, these goals contain better coverage of the three primary dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic, and environmental across all countries regardless of their existing positions on the road to complete achievement of those goals. However, the SDGs spreading across 17 goals, 169 targets, and over 300 indicators provide diluted guidance at best (Costanza et al. 2016).

Measuring sustainable development is very crucial for policy design and implementation but is very challenging. Recent literature has discussed many limitations of existing literature on measuring sustainable development at both local, national and international levels (Hák, Janoušková, and Moldan 2016; Klopp and Petretta 2017; Frugoli et al. 2015).

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Dr. Viet-Ngu (Vincent) Hoang
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Queensland, Australia
As a Senior Applied Economist, Vincent conducts research on organisational performance, family and individual behaviors in a variety of context and sectors including sustainability, farming, education and health. Vincent has rich experience in conducting applied economic studies that ultimately help understand how people and organisations behave differently and how these lead to variations in their performance.
His interest particularly falls into the areas of sustainability and sustainable development. His publications in these areas focus on using a variety of methods to measure sustainability as well as progress to sustainable development goals.
Vincent is very enthusiastic about applying complex and advanced econometric modelling and operational research techniques to discover new knowledge to support better decision making.
Vincent has more than 50 publications, mainly in Q1 outlets over the last ten years. He is very active in nurturing young researchers. In his 10 years academic career, he has been supervising nearly 20 PhD students.
Vincent is currently a member of Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology (QUT) and Center for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (UQ). Vincent is also a founding member of the Environmental and Public Policy Group at the School of Economics and Finance. He is also an expert in OECD’s Network of Experts in TFP and Environment.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Life cycle assessment for achieving sustainable engineering solutions
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The engineering context for sustainability involves the design and management of sustainable technology, research into environmental and social impacts and a good understanding of the limitations of carrying capacity and management of resources using a ‘cradle to cradle’ life cycle approach to achieve circular and green economy principles. Life cycle assessment (LCA) assists engineering innovation of products and processes (e.g. resource recovery, remanufacturing, multi-functional devices, energy storage system, digitization) during the product/service life cycle to help achieve closed loop material flow and to decouple emissions and energy and water use from economic growth. 

LCA is an approach that estimates the environmental, social and economic impacts of a product or service over its entire life cycle. Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (ELCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) tools of LCA are not only used to assess the environmental, economic and social implications of goods and services but also to reduce a product’s resource use and environmental impact, improve its social and socio-economic performance throughout its life cycle, help redesign more efficient product supply chains and to avoid shifting problems from one stage of life cycle to another, from one geographic location to another.

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Prof. Wahidul Biswas
Curtin University
Perth, Australia
Dr Wahidul Biswas is an Associate Professor at the Sustainable Energy Group, Curtin University, Western Australia. Wahidul was trained as a Mechanical Engineer, researching the performance of diesel engines using biogas fuel. He has a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, and a PhD in Sustainable Futures from the University of Technology, Sydney. A/Prof Biswas teaches and coordinates postgraduate units on Life Cycle Management, Eco-Efficiency Strategies, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Systems, and Sustainable Energy and a core undergraduate Engineering unit, Engineering for Sustainable Development. He has so far carried out extensive life cycle assessment, industrial symbiosis and sustainability related research projects for the Australian agricultural, alternative fuels, building and construction, manufacturing, livestock, mining, gas and water sectors in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change, the Grains Research and Development Commission, Department of Agriculture and Food, University of Western Australia, Department of Primary Industries, Meat and Livestock Australia, Worley Parsons, Water Corporation, Alcoa World Alumina, Enterprise Connect, Recom Engineering, Cedar Woods, Earth Care, Department of State Development, Kwinana Industrial Council, Cockburn Cement and Waste Authority. A/Prof Biswas expanded his LCA research overseas as he completed the LCA of water treatment process and developed environmental product declaration (EPD) of building materials for Gulf Organization of Research and Development (GORD), Qatar. He is the recipient of USD545K competitive grant provided by Qatar National Research Fund to carry out a project entitled, “Techno-economic and environmental assessment of future water supply options for Qatar’s water supply”.
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SPECIAL SESSION: Alternative Wastewater Treatment Methods
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Traditional wastewater treatment methods have proven to be successful in reducing the environmental burden of wastewater discharges and to reduce water pollution.  Nevertheless, they are energy intensive, may involve the use of hazardous chemicals and require sophisticated technical skills to operate.  Hence, traditional methods for treatment of wastewater despite their success in reducing water pollution may be expensive to operate and my result in other environmental burdens.  Therefore, other wastewater methods that are greener, less technologically demanding and more cost efficient are required.

Recently, attention has been directed to the use of systems that mimic the natural environment or use materials manufactured from green sources, such as constructed wetlands or adsorbents derived from waste materials, as alternative methods to treat wastewater.  Consequently, providing greener water and wastewater treatment technologies as well as pathway for more efficient utilisation of waste materials.

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Dr. Ali El Hanandeh
Griffith University
Brisbane, Australia
Ali El Hanandeh is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Built Environment based at Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Queensland Australia. Dr El Hanandeh is an expert in engineering, environmental engineering and management research. His current particular area of research focus is on sustainable production and green technology. Dr El Hanandeh is leading multi-disciplinary research projects that seek to promote sustainable design using life cycle approach, particularly in the waste and wastewater sector, in order to better manage these resources and reduce their environmental impacts. He has established collaborative research network in Australia, Jordan and the USA. Ali has a rapidly growing citation trajectory with a H-Index of 15, i-10 index of 19 and over 600 citations (December 2019; Scholar). Ali has supervised to successful completion many PhD and master graduates to date.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Role of project management and geospatial innovations in smart urban development
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Globally, the development industry is experiencing unprecedented shifts in technology, materials, human resources and automation. From the headquarters of multi-national corporations through to small to medium enterprises, the implications of such disruption is experienced in the calls for project tenders, scheduling and resourcing expectations, and increasing demands with regard to low-carbon metrics, low-toxic materials, waste management, and onsite environmental stewardship.

Over the last several years in particular, conferences and forums within this sector have been focused on what it means to practice ‘construction management’ in the 21st Century, with exciting insights into new systems and processes that are empowering stakeholders in transforming projects towards on-time, on-budget outcomes that are good for planet.

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Dr. Sherif Mostafa
Griffith University
Gold Coast, Australia
Dr Mostafa has more than 10 years of industry experience in delivering engineering projects. He has worked in positions including consulting engineer, and project and planning engineer in the areas of residential and commercial buildings, asset maintenance and project management. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB), Scrum Master (CSM), a professional engineer with the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK). Through his volunteer roles with the Project Management Institute (PMI) (Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and Adelaide Chapters) and PrefabAUS in Melbourne and Adelaide, Sherif makes a significant contribution to the construction and project management professions.
Dr Mostafa completed his PhD in Construction Engineering Management from the University of South Australia in 2016. He has been working in the higher education industry where he contributes to directing, coordinating, researching and teaching construction and project management, and engineering management courses. He is the Program Director of Bachelor of Construction Management (Hons) at Griffith University. Sherif’s research portfolio comprises PhD thesis supervisions and conducting industrial research projects. He has an outstanding track record of high-quality publications. Moreover, he is actively initiating research ideas that have attracted industry professional, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary partners.
Prof. Cheryl Desha
Griffith University
Nathan, Australia
Associate Professor Cheryl Desha has been working for the past two decades, with colleagues in Australia and overseas to build capacity for place-based (geospatial), nature-loving (biophilic), and nature-inspired (biomimetic) design. This includes capacity building for whole system thinking, resource productivity, decoupling and sustainable business practice, to foster urban nature for resilient and liveable cities. Her career goal is to facilitate sustainable development by empowering society with emerging language, knowledge and skills related to achieving sustainable solutions. Through her leadership roles within the International Society of Digital Earth as leader of the Australian Chapter’s research node, the Energy Efficiency Council of Australia, she advocates for interdisciplinary problem-solving and methods towards breakthrough solutions. She has co-authored more than 100 publications including 7 books, 2 of which have been listed in the top 40 publications by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She has co-led four projects within the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre and managed more than AUD $1.5 million of research projects in behaviour change towards sustainable development. In 2019 Griffith University joined the UN-GGIM Academic Network and is a member of ProSPER.Net.
Ms. Samantha Hayes
Bioneering Australia
Brisbane, Australia
Samantha is a sustainability professional with extensive experience in delivering strategic organisational and project-level sustainability outcomes across multiple industries. Currently pursuing a PhD in Biomimetic Engineering, Samantha also holds a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of Sydney, as well as a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development) with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland.
In her previous role, Samantha was responsible for establishing and leading the energy and sustainability functions of an international engineering contracting company with over $13 billion of work in hand and up to 200 project sites at any given time. Samantha has developed and implemented award winning energy management; environmental and sustainability strategies to address key risks and opportunities across the mining, construction, telecommunications and infrastructure services sectors. In addition to strategy and governance, Samantha has significant experience in the delivery of detailed project level sustainability outcomes, including comprehensive modelling, measurement and reporting.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Low carbon emission and air pollution prevention developments in power and energy intensive industries
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Solid fuels like coal, biomass, and waste-derived fuels remain an important source for heating and electricity generation worldwide. Coal accounts for approximately 65% of the electricity production in China and likely will remain an important source of energy in the following years as well. For the European Union, consumption of coal is continuously decreasing and in 2017 for the first time, renewables production of electricity surpassed coal. Biomass consumption, as a renewable source, is expected to increase more significantly in the future, due to its carbon neutrality, while incineration of waste for energy generation will have an important role as an integrative part of waste management schemes. Thermal power plants are the biggest contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions like CO2, and even more, they are a significant source of NOX, SOX, and particulate matter (PM) emissions. China is one of the regions with the highest PM2.5 concentration in the world. More than 80% of people lived in the region where air quality did not reach the air quality standard in 2010, while premature mortality caused by PM is around 1.3 million in China. The European Economic Area estimates of the health impacts attributable to exposure to air pollution indicate that particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) concentrations in 2014 were responsible for about 399 000 premature deaths originating from long-term exposure in the EU-28. As can be seen, air pollution is not an only environmental problem but has a direct impact on human health. In 2013, after haze episodes, China for the first time introduced a stringent air pollution control with the main scope of reducing the PM2.5 concentrations, as well as the other pollutants like SOX and NOX. The European Union introduced EU Clean Air policy which marked PM, nitrogen and sulphur oxides, and dangerous heavy metals as the main concern for human health. Nevertheless, in 2018 it was shown that almost two-thirds of Member States are failing to comply with the EU air quality limit values. Pollutant emission can be slightly decreased by better fuel preparation, but even more by the deployment of Best Available Techniques (BAT), including end-of-pipe treatment of flue gases. 

This Special Session welcomes both fundamental and applied research papers, from industry and academia, that aim to experimentally and numerically investigate the applicability, operating conditions, and the techno-economic assessment of novel technologies in power and energy intensive industries.

Prof. Houzhang Tan
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, China
Prof. Xuebin Wang
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, China
Dr. Hrvoje Mikulčić
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
HRVOJE MIKULČIĆ defended his PhD thesis in 2015 and works as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Power Engineering, Energy and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. His main research area include numerical modelling of fluid flow, solid fuel combustion, endothermic calcination reaction, radiation modelling, pollutant formation, greenhouse gasses emissions analysis and accounting, and energy efficiency improvements in industry. Since 2009 he has been working on the research project “Numerical modelling of multiphase flow and combustion processes” financed by the Austrian Institute for internal combustion engines AVL List GmbH. He has also been working on the national scientific project: Smart energy storage for sustainable development of energy systems, financed by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia. From 2016 he is a project manager of a European INTERREG MED project PELAGOS - Promoting innovative networks and clusters for marine renewable energy synergies in Mediterranean coasts and islands, responsible for the Croatian part of the project. He is an author of 43 scientific papers, of which 29 in scientific journals (SCI). His current Scopus h-index is 12. From 2014 he serves as a SDEWES Special Issue Guest Editor in the Journal of Cleaner Production (IF 2016 =5.715), Journal of Environmental Management (IF 2016 =4.010), and Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy journal (IF 2016 =3.331).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Integrated participatory systems approach for modelling socio-ecological systems
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The proposed session will focus on modelling socio-ecological systems using principles of systems thinking, system dynamics and other integrative modelling approaches. In particular, we are interested in research where models have been developed and used for socio-ecological systems that integrate key drivers, processes and responses that interact within, and have feedback on, the system that is being investigated. Often, these models typically require the combination of knowledge and data from a variety of sources, including the participation and collaboration of researchers from diverse domains, decision-makers and (other) stakeholders.

We encourage submissions of abstracts that:

  • highlight the development and use of socio-ecological models that facilitate the exploration and evaluation of ‘wicked’ problems around resource-use;
  • incorporate innovation (e.g. smart technology  smartphones and tablets; immersive technology) in eliciting data and delivering research, particularly in the context of stakeholder engagement and tool delivery; and
  • facilitate participation/collaboration of researchers from diverse domains, decision-makers and (other) stakeholders.
Dr. Russell Richards
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
Dr. Oz Sahin
Griffith University
Gold Coast City, Australia
Dr Oz Sahin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Griffith Climate Change Response Program. Since completing his PhD in the field of climate change adaptation and vulnerability assessment 2011, he has worked on numerous research projects with a range of large interdisciplinary teams. In his current role, he is responsible developing integrated risk assessment models working with a large team of experts. His research interests include integrated decision support systems using coupled system dynamics and GIS modelling, BN modelling, multiple criteria decision analysis and operational research methods. Dr Sahin has authored or co-authored more than 120 refereed publication outputs and research /consultancy reports.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Lean and Green Thinking towards a transformed manufacturing sector
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With the increasing trends of global waste generation and environmental pollution, there are many conversations internationally around how manufacturers can become more resource efficient and reduce waste. Lean thinking is described as business approach that aims to deliver better value for customers by eliminating non-value-adding activities. Within this realm, conventional ‘lean thinking’ has expanded into ‘lean and green thinking’ as a targeted intervention for manufacturers to reduce waste and pollution, comprising an integrated approach that focusses on resource optimisation and promotes strategies to ‘do more with less’.

Conferences and forums within this sector have increasingly focused on has never been a more exciting time to consider how ‘lean and green thinking’ as a targeted intervention for organizations to implement sustainable business models that reduce waste and improve material efficiency, and subsequently minimise costs. This is accomplished through opportunities to embed lean and green practices in work streams including waste, energy, emissions, water and chemical management.

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Prof. Les Dawes
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, Australia
Professor Dawes is Discipline Leader for Environmental Systems and Editor in Chief for the Australasian Journal of Engineering Education. His research has focussed on developing a better understanding of natural systems, both land and water related. His research is application based and grounded in finding solutions to complex environmental problems.
Dr. Savindi Caldera
Griffith University
Nathan, Australia
Dr Savindi Caldera holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering (2018) from Queensland University of Technology where she explored the co-evolution of lean and green thinking to achieve sustainable business practice. Savindi has been working with colleagues over the last 5 years to build capacity for lean and green thinking, resource efficiency and sustainable business practice, to foster a resilient natural and built environment. Her research focuses on developing pragmatic approaches to increase businesses' contribution towards sustainable development. She has industrial experience as a sustainability specialist in the manufacturing industry in Australia and overseas.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Water-energy systems in off-grid remote, island and Indigenous communities
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There are many challenges associated with maintaining safe drinking water and reliable energy systems. In particular, delivering safely managed drinking water and ensuring reliable energy supplies presents unique and site specific challenges for remote, isolated and island communities. Looking through a wider lens beyond just managing these essential services of water and energy in an engineering context, there is a increasingly urgent need to investigate further into the complex interactions between community, service provider, technology, culture, governance and environment in remote and isolated communities (including islands and Indigenous communities). Moreover, as we seek to meet the SDG goals for water and energy, we can no longer rely on "business as usual" management approaches, but need to look toward a systems approach accounting for the inherent inter-dependencies in water and energy resource management in remote and isolated communities.

This Special Session is seeking papers that demonstrate research into either water and/or energy systems in non-urban contexts – this may be remote, isolated, island, regional communities and may include Indigenous populations. The work should address not only the challenges associated with water and/or energy management in such commutnies but offer some solutions to addressing these challenges. Work that has focussed on community-based, systems approaches will be well received. Both qualitative and quantitative research approaches are welcome with an emphasis on examples of trials or pilots that demonstrate successful, fit-for-purpose, technically and/or culturally appropriate options for sustaibaly delivery or management of water/energy systems. Research on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions in small communities is also encourgared.

Dr. Cara Beal
Griffith University
Southport / Nathan, Australia
Dr Cara Beal is a Senior Research Fellow at the Cities Research Institute and the School of Engineering, and Senior Lecturer of Environmental Health at the School of Medicine, Griffith University. Dr Beal has active research interests in the field of environmental science, environmental health, water resource management and environmental engineering. Dr Beal is currently managing industry collaborative research projects employing mixed method approaches which integrate community-led qualitative research with 'big data' metering and monitoring technologies. Most recently, Cara has been employing a combination of qualitative and quantitative research to capture a holistic approach toward transitioning water and energy service provision into an efficient and community-supported sustainable practice. Dr Beal has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and is passionate about linking her research with industry and community. Cara also teaches into the Environmental Health major in the School of Medicine and water, sanitation and hygiene subjects at the International WaterCentre. Dr Beal has high research impact and industry peer recognition having published over 100 journal, conference and major report outputs (1700+ citations, H-index 22, Scopus index 16) and is a recipient of several industry and academic awards. Since 2010, Dr Beal has attracted over $3M of external funds and has managed projects exceeding $4M.

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SDEWES INDEX
Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.

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