November 8-10, 2024 | Brisbane, Australia

Keynote Speakers


Sunil Herat
Griffith University, Australia

Program Director of the Master of Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control


Biography: Sunil Herat is an Associate Professor in Waste Management and Circular Economy at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He is the Program Director of the Master of Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control. He is a member of the Expert Subsidiary Group of Regional 3R and Circular Economy Forum of Asia and Pacific, managed by the United Nations Centre for Regional Development. A/Prof Herat has over 20 years' experience in waste management, particularly on issues and challenges related to developing economies. He is an expert on training programs in municipal solid waste management, hazardous waste management and cleaner production and eco-efficiency, and circular economy and has extensive experience in training waste management professionals within Australia and around the world. He has conducted training and capacity building programs in Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Thailand, and Pacific Islands (Fiji). His latest training programs involve tackling marine pollution issues through plastic waste management and waste to energy for Indonesia's government officials. He is also actively engaged in the revision of environmental regulations in Vietnam.

A/Prof Herat has an active research interest in solid and hazardous waste management, especially in developing countries. He is an adviser to the United Nations on issues related to managing electronic waste (E-waste) in developing countries with a particular focus on policy development and regulatory aspects. He is also researching issues associated with implementing 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) activities in developing countries primarily related to E-waste and plastic waste regarding policy aspects such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). He is also a contributor to the United Nations publication GEO 6.




Rouzbeh Abbassi
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Director of Research at the School of Engineering of Macquarie University

Biography: Dr Rouzbeh Abbassi is a Professor and Director of Research at the School of Engineering of Macquarie University (Sydney, NSW, Australia). On completion of his PhD in from Memorial University (St. John’s, NL, Canada), he was a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial University and also a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, USA). Subsequently, he was a senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania (Launceston, TAS, Australia). He was the founder and previous discipline leader for the Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Macquarie University. He also has adjunct professor positions with the University of Tasmania and Memorial University. His research interests consist of developing the methodologies and models for integrated risk, safety, and environmental management in different engineering operations. This includes multidisciplinary researches on safety, risk management, asset integrity, human reliability engineering, and sustainable engineering processes. He actively collaborates with various national and international research and industry partners on multi-million dollar projects in this area, such as the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre (BECRC) and SmartCrete CRC. He has published over 180 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in the field of his expertise (current h-index: 53). He is a subject editor for the Journal of Process Safety and Environmental Protection, Associate Editor of the Journal of Safety in Extreme Environments, Regional Editor for the International Journal of Reliability and Safety, and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries.





Roland Kallenborn
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
UArctic Chair in
Arctic Environmental Pollution Research


Biography: Professor Roland Kallenborn is a senior scientist and university teacher in the field of organic analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and environmental risk assessment.
Kallenborn is also affiliated as adjunct professorship in Arctic Technology to the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) and as external supervisor for graduate and post graduate students, to the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT, China).
– The steadily increasing number of priority pollutants in the Arctic requires new analytical methods and detection strategies. The UArctic network will help to coordinate and harmonize current international efforts to investigate today’s pollutant profiles in the Arctic, says Kallenborn.
As UArctic chair for Environmental pollution research, Kallenborn will focus on developing circum-Arctic academic networks for graduate and post -graduate education of future experts in Arctic environmental chemistry. His scientific focus will be on fata and distribution profiling of organic Arctic pollutants including Chemicals of Emerging Arctic Concern (CEACs).




Yu Hong
Beijing Forestry University, China


Biography: Hong Yu, Professor, obtained her bachelor degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2003, and doctorate from Tsinghua University in 2008. She was a visiting scholar with the CSC fund to conduct academic research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015-2016). Her main research directions include microalgae-based wastewater treatment into resources and carbon emission reduction, environmental functional materials, environmental risk substance toxicity assessment. She has presided over several national-level and provincial S&T projects, including the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Beijing Science and Technology Star Program. So far, more than 80 academic papers have been published, including 52 SCI papers, and obtained 14 national invention patents. She successively undertakes the Youth Working Committee of Algae Branch of the China Algae Industry Association, the Water Treatment and Reuse Committee of the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences, a member of the Youth Working Committee of the Chinese Chemical Society, and some academic journals’ reviewers, etc. She has won the Beijing Science and Technology Nova Star, the China Environmental Science Society Youth S&T Award, the Water Treatment and Reuse Annual National Excellent Journal Paper Award, the leader 5000 The top paper awards of China's fine S&T journals, outstanding doctoral thesis of Tsinghua University, etc.