Keynote Speakers

Dr. Philippe Quevauviller

Dr. Philippe Quevauviller

Free University of Brussels (VUB), European Commission, Belgium

Dr. Philippe Quevauviller studied geology at the University of Bordeaux (France), and specialised in oceanography (PhD in 1987) and environmental chemistry (PhD in 1991), obtaining the highest French University degree (HDR) in chemistry in 1999. He has been a researcher in chemical oceanography from 1983 to 1989 at the University of Bordeaux, then at the Portuguese Environment Ministry in Lisbon (Portugal), and at the Dutch Ministry for Public Works in The Hague. He started his career at the European Commission in 1989, firstly as a Scientific Officer at the Research General Directorate in the area of quality control of environmental analysis and pre-normative research, then as a Policy Officer at the Environment Directorate-General in 2002 where he has been responsible for the development and implementation of two EU directives linked to the Water Framework Directive. In October 2008, he went back to the Research General Directorate where he managed research projects on climate change impacts on water systems/resources and natural hazards. In April 2013, he moved to the Secure Societies Programme (now at DG Home Affairs) where he is responsible for programming and managing security research projects, in particular projects on disaster risk and crisis management (natural catastrophes, accidents, terrorist threats). He is the author or co-author of about 240 articles published in international peer-reviewed literature and twenty books. Besides his work at the European Commission, he is also an associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Talk title: Interfacing Science and Policies for and Improved Risk Management of Hydrometeorological Extreme Events

Dr. Thorsten Kiefer

Dr. Thorsten Kiefer

Global Hub Director, Paris

Dr. Thorsten Kiefer is the director of the Future Earth Global Hub in Paris. His main responsibilities are to co-manage activities on Synthesis & Foresight and on aspects of Capacity Building and Communication in Future Earth. Thorsten joined Future Earth after a decade as Executive Director of the Past Global Changes organization, PAGES, which is now under the umbrella of Future Earth. Thorsten’s research background is in ocean sciences. He earned his PhD in the field of paleoceanography in 1997 from the University of Kiel, Germany. He continued studying past oceanographic and climatic changes from deep-sea sediments as a researcher in Kiel and at the University of Cambridge, UK. With the move to the PAGES International Project Office in Switzerland in 2005, his professional scope expanded widely across the fields of climatic and environmental change and towards international science management. The move to Future Earth in 2015 further broadened his scope to managing sustainability research across all scientific disciplines at the interface to societal partners. In addition, he serves the open-access journal Climate of the Past as a co-chief editor.

Talk title: Future Earth – Research for Global Sustainability is gaining momentum

Dr. Raghavan Srinivasan

Dr. Raghavan Srinivasan

Professor, Texas A&M University, USA

R. Srinivasan, PhD, is a professor at Texas A&M University and the director of the Spatial Sciences Laboratory at Texas A&M. He has become known and respected throughout the world for his developmental work with spatial sciences and computer-based modeling, especially the Soil and Water Assessment Tool or SWAT model. His research and its applications have contributed to long-lasting changes in natural resource assessments and development of management system options, currently being used in more than ninety countries. Over the past nine years, he has conducted more than sixty international workshops for students and professionals in more than twenty countries and the demand is increasing each year.

Talk title: Blue and Green Water assessment at Country to Continental Scale and its impact due to Climate Change