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.

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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. 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.

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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"

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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.

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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"

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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. 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

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(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

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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.