Invited speakers

Dr. Hamed BEN DHIA
Full Professor in University of Sfax, Tunisia. 

prepared a PhD on the Tunisian Geothermal potential at the University of Bordeaux, France (1983); worked as researcher and engineer in France, Libya and Morocco (1971-1978) and started his carrier as teacher of hydrogeology in the Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS), Tunisia since 1978.

Read More

More than 70 international scientific papers have been published along more than 20 doctorates for young researchers from the Maghreb region presented. He was head of the ENIS (1993-1997) and president of the University of Sfax (1998-2011). He is member of several academic and civil associations and is now acting as expert in university management and Environmental studies. Professor Ben Dhia is the Executive Editor in Chief of the Euro Med Journal of Environmental Integration (EMJE) launched in a collaboration with Springer Nature.



Dr. Panagiotis Karanis
University of Cologne, Germany. 

Professor Panagiotis Karanis obtained his PhD in Parasitology from Bonn University. Following post-doctoral research activities in Germany, Greece, Australia, Japan, Kanada, Thailand and China he has been working in the field of medical, epidemiological and molecular Parasitology, in particular waterborne parasitic diseases taken into account both the pathogen and the disease.

Read More

He completed his habilitation at Bonn Medical School in Germany and got professorships in Japan (Obihiro University, National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases), Germany (Cologne Medical School) and China (Qinghai University). He has an outstanding academic background, excellent publication record with 110 original articles in journals related to Parasitology and Tropical Diseases. He has significant teaching experiences in the fields of Medical Parasitology, Tropical Diseases, human Macro-Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Histology. He has authored a couple of book chapters in the “Lexikon der Infektionskrankheiten” (in German), in “The Encyclopedia of Environmental Health” and he is Editor of two international peer review Journals (Journal of Water and Health, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health). • His worldwide research activities focused on the diagnosis and control of waterborne, foodborne and vectorborne parasitic diseases including the development of diagnostic assays useful for basic and clinical platforms in the field of biomedicine. He was the main speaker for the Nobel-Days-Lecture during the Nobel-Days-Festivities at the Örebro University in Sweden in December 10th, 2012, focused on Malaria vaccine development.
• Professor Karanis is an influential and most prominent Greek Parasitologist, having had fundamental role in triggering the interest of the German, Greek, Japanese, and Chinese governments for research contributions on parasitic diseases and their control in many countries. He founded the German-Greek Academy for Biomedicine in 2000 and he is looking forward to make the best use of existing skills and experiences and to provide worldwide opportunities for further responsibility and professional development on diagnostic assays for next generation biosensors and bio-detection techniques to control pathogens and most important infectious diseases.
•He was invited in 2014 to work for the Chinese Government as an invited Expert in the Platform of ‘The One Thousand Talents Program’ established by the Government of China to recruit highly skilled university professors and researchers to China. In the following report we summarized research activities, facts and trends for the period 16.06.2014-17.06.2017.



Dr. Giulia Guerriero
"Federico II" University of Naples, Naples (Italy)

Dr. Giulia Guerriero, Ph.D. is Professor of Comparative Anatomy and Cytology and Chairman of the Comparative Endocrinology Laboratories (EClab) at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. She is also Advisory Board of the Center for Environmental Research (I.R.C.Env.) at Federico II University.

Read More

Her research effort has been focused on correlation between oxidants and antioxidants in physiological defenses; on the role of steroid receptors in the reproduction and on the importance of barcoding in the evaluation of species-specific molecular responses. She is currently conducting research on reproductive health effect of climate change, pollution, sustainable blue economy and fisheries, bioremediation and resilient system. She has served in several working group technical committees and, as unit coordinator, in national (PRIN) and international (LIFE) projects. She has organized and participated in international conferences. She has published relevant refereed international journal and conference papers. She is currently serving several international journals as Associate Editor. Further, she is reviewer of international journal conference papers, books, of research degrees, national and international research proposals as well as a BIES external examiner for UNESCO. She is a member of the national and international scientific societies and of the barcodingitaly consortium. Since 2011 she is representative of bilateral agreements between the University of Naples Federico II and universities and research centers of excellence in Egypt, Algérie and Malaysia.



Dr Leila BastiDr. Leila Basti
Assistant Professor, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan
International Program Chair, World Aquaculture Society, World Aquaculture conference2020, Singapore

"Microalgal-Mediated Marine and Freshwater Human Intoxications in the Context of Climate Variability"

Read More

Dr. Leila Basti Eng. (Hons.), MSc., PhD, is an Assistant Professor in . Marine Environmental Sciences at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT, Japan), where she founded the Marine Environmental Physiology Laboratory (MEPL, 2015), funded by the Japanese Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, MEXT) Dr. Basti was a visiting scientist and a visiting professor to several world-leading research institutes and universities in USA, UK, Netherlands, France, Japan, and New Zealand. Dr. Basti is the recipient of the Engineer Laureate Prize from the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Agriculture (Tunisia, 2004); the Japanese Governmental Scholarship for International Graduate Studies (MEXT, 2004; 2007); the Strategic Young Researcher Postdoctoral Fellowship (TUMSAT, 2010), the Sandra E. Shumway Award (National Shellfisheries Association of USA, 2013); and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship (JSPS, 2013). Leila Basti is a co-investigator and a Principal Investigator in several research projects covering the ecophysiology of aquatic invertebrates, harmful algal blooms and their impacts, aquaculture, and climate change. Dr. Basti has over 20 technical and peer-reviewed publications, several presentations and scientific session chairing at international conferences and symposia held in 14 countries. She is currently member of the steering committee of the World Aquaculture Society, and has been appointed the International Program Chair of the World Aquaculture Conference 2020, Singapore.



Dr. Maurizio Barbieri
University of Rome La sapienza, Italy

Dr. Barbieri holds a degree in Geological Sciences (1994) and a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences (1998) from Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). He is currently Associate Professor of Environmental Geochemistry and Hydrogeochemistry at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). His current research focuses on the application of the geochemistry methodologies in the characterization of environmental problems.

Read More

In particular, he studied the distribution of elements and isotopes in the Earth systems with emphasis on the use abundances and isotopic ratios in defining the interaction between different reservoirs (mantle, crust, atmosphere ad hydrosphere). He has also related interests in environmental geochemistry and Health studying the role of toxic trace elements (e.g. As, B and Hg), deriving from hydrogeochemical anomalies of natural origin, and on water quality. He is an Environmental Advisor (Hydrogeochemistry) for the International Project (2016-2019) SECOSUD II – Conservation and equitable use of biological diversity in the SADC region. The project is financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and implemented through Eduardo Mondlane University, SouthAfrican National Park and Sapienza University of Rome. He was a Scientific Coordinator (2014–2016) for the Geochemical model of the Vico Lake (Central Italy), with particular regard to environmental arsenic (Client: Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Lazio), and a Scientific coordinator for the Water Unit of the International Project (2012–2014): Institutional Support to the management of Protected Areas in Albania funding from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In 2017 Dr. Barbieri joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Environmental Geochemistry and Hydrogeochemistry/Water Quality.



Publishing Editor Middle East & North Africa  
Springer Research Group, Springer Nature, Germany
"Springer Workshop: How to get published in a scientific journal"

Read More

Writing research papers for academic journals is not easy and also very competitive. After producing data and generating ideas from your research, how do you write a clear and concise paper that attracts the attention of journal editors? How should you prepare a cover letter? How should you respond to reviewer report? A publishing editor from Springer Nature in Heidelberg, Germany shares his advice during two hours on how to effectively write and structure your paper, prepare a cover page and answer to reviewer comments.
Dr. Nabil Khélifi is a former researcher at GEOMAR Ocean Research Center Kiel in Germany and currently a Publishing Editor responsible for Springer’s Publishing Program in the Middle East and North Africa.



Dr. Ragab Ragab
Vice President, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage,
ICID Chairman of the British National
Committee, ICID-UK Head, Water, Soils and Landscapes,CEH-Wallingford, UK

Read More

Vice President of the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage, ICID as well as the Chairman of the British National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, ICID-UK. Field of interests cover, irrigation, drainage, catchment's hydrology, remote sensing application in hydrology, integrated water management, climate change impact on water resources, soil-water-plant- atmosphere relations, rainfall harvesting, use of poor quality water for crop production, organic farming and urban hydrology. Leader of several projects in the UK and overseas. Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, IPCC,  International adviser to "Brazil National Institute for Salinity Research", Fortaleza, Brazil,  Adjunct Professor at Alexandria University, Egypt and Lecturer at Oxford University, UK. Supervisor for international students at different Universities and external examiner to various Universities in and outside the UK. Recipient of several international Awards.
Ex. Member of the Editorial Board of J. Agricultural Water Management, Reviewer for more than 15 International Journals.  Chairman of the International Committee on the Sustainable use of natural resources for crop production, ICID, Chairman of the International Committee on the use of poor quality water for irrigation, ICID, member of the British Society of Soil Science Society– BSSS, member of the American Society of Agronomy – ASA and member of Soil Science Society of America – SSSA and member of the European Soil Science Society.  In addition to the UK, has extensive field experience and carried out several projects in North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Mediterranean region.  Author and Co-Author of numerous scientific papers and Editor and Co-Editor of several special issues of International Journals as well as Conference Proceedings.
Invited speaker to high-level meetings, most recently the EU Green Week, Brussels (May 2011), Integrated Water Management (EU event, Agadir, Morocco, June 2011), Ecosystem Functioning and Resiliance (EU event, Sardinia, July 2011), International Water Association, Recife, Brazil (September 2011), EU-Cost Action Programme (Halophytes), Sussex University (October 2011), 6th World Water Forum (France, March 2012).




Dr. Mokhtar GUIZANI Dr. Mokhtar GUIZANI
Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan,
The Future Water treatment and Sanitation systems

Dr. Mokhtar Guizani received his PhD degree (2010) from Hokkaido University, Japan, where later he became an assistant professor in the environmental engineering division and co-affiliated with the Global Institution of Collaborative Research and Education GI-CoRE

Read More

(2016-present). From 2012 to 2015. Dr. Guizani served as an assistant professor in King Saud University where he contributed in the foundation of Sustainable Energy Technologies center (SET) of KSU. Upon his graduation in 2010, Dr. Guizani joined the Center for Sustainability Science (CENSUS) of Hokkaido University where he developed a graduate education program for fostering new environmental leaders funded by Japan Science and Technology (JST). He has received numerous awards and several research funds including the Laureate price of young researchers in Tunisia in 2007 and 2011, Best paper/presentation awards (IPOS 2009, JEM 2009, EMCEI 2017, CMTDE 2017), Early Graduation award 2010, the JSPS 2014, The JBIC 2007, the DAAD 2003, Hitachi Collaborative Research Fund 2017 and 2018, KACST research fund 2014. He performed research in several leading universities such as Michigan University (USA), Bochum University (Germany), Hokkaido University (Japan), Ecole Polyetchnique de Montréal (Canada), University Tunis El-Manar and (Tunisia) among others.
Mokhtar Guizani is currently conducting collaborative research and education projects with top universities such as US Davis, MIT, Sydney University, Adelaide University, and Monterey University and also with several companies such as Hitachi chemicals and Japan Agricultural cooperative. His field of expertise is water and resources recovery and sustainable development and management of resources.
Dr. Guizani has several peer-reviewed publications books and book chapters and communications in international conferences and symposia.
Dr. Guizani serves from 2013 as a strategic planning consultant for WISE ltd Company, a model company in Oueslatia Tunisia for local economy revitalization through valorization of marginal forests and promotion of high added value local products.
He is a member several academic associations and a scientific committee member in several academic journal and conferences.




Dr. Karine MOUGIN Dr. Karine MOUGIN
Associate Professor, Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse, Université de Haute Alsace (UHA), Université de Strasbourg, Mulhouse France.

Dr. Karine MOUGIN is an Associate Professor in nanoscience and nanotechnology at UHA. Her current research focuses on the self-assembly of micro and nano-objects in surface or bulk materials

Read More

Dr. Karine MOUGIN is an Associate Professor in nanoscience and nanotechnology at UHA. Her current research focuses on the self-assembly of micro and nano-objects in surface or bulk materials and the investigation of structure formation at interfaces. Since a few years, she is involved in projects which aim at understanding better and describing the structure particle formation phenomena at interfaces. Her primary focuses on the interactions and mechanisms, and the lengthscales over which, these forces operate to control the ultimate features of the self-organised interface structures, through the coupling between bulk and surface properties. She developed expertise (i) in elaborating model surfaces of well-defined physical and functional features, (ii) in controlling the size, surface functionalization and shape of nanocolloidal particles to tune their individual and collective properties. A direct and recent application of this research work is the development of a microsensor able to detect traces of organic molecules. Dr. Mougin has over 40 technical and peer-reviewed publications, several presentations and scientific session chairing at international conferences held all over the world.