João Rafael Galvão
Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal

Paulo Sérgio Brito
Polytechnic of Portalegre, Portugal


Eduardo Zarza-Moya

Plataforma Solar de Almería – CIEMAT

Speech title: “Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) Technologies for Sustainability”

Eduardo Zarza-Moya is a researcher with 37 years of experience in the field of concentrating solar thermal (CST) technologies. At present he is working at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA) as Technical Coordinator and Head of the R+D Unit on Line-Focus CST  technologies. He has coordinated several national and International R+D projects related to CST technologies (the projects: DISS, Solar Thermal Desalination, CAPSOL, PREDINCER, DETECSOL, etc..). He is member of: the AEN206/SC117 and IEC/TC117 standardization committees for solar thermal power plants,  the Scientific and Technical Committee of the European Association of Solar Thermal Electricity (ESTELA), and the Spanish representative at the Executive Committee of SolarPACES.

Fernando José Cebola Lidon

Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT/UNL)

Speech title: "Biofortification of Pear Rocha with Calcium: Production Workflow and Quality Definition of the Final Product."

Fernando José Cebola Lidon is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT/UNL) and Coordinator of the Research Center “Geobiosciences, Geoengineering and Geotechnologies” – GeoBioTec – Polo FCT/UNL. Graduated in Biology and Geology from the University of Évora and in Biochemistry from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, with a PhD in Biology – specialty Plant Biochemistry from FCT/UNL and recognition by ECE/USA. Develops is work in the field of Agroindustrial Production and Transformation Technologies, focusing its activity on the development of functional foods following sustainable perspective, considering principles of eco-efficiency with the adoption of last generation technologies and aiming at the promotion of economic added value. Thus, in articulation with the agro-industrial industry, is developing techniques for the biofortification of edible parts of foods of vegetable origin, equating with the introduction of technical itineraries to increase productivity indices, adoption of crop monitoring techniques with the introduction of edaphoclimatic sensors and definition of food and nutritional quality standards

Wolf-Gerrit Früh

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland



Speech title: "The role of low-carbon energy sources and storage in the water-food-energy nexus"

After completing a first degree in Physics at the University of Freiburg in Germany and a DPhil in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Oxford, Wolf-Gerrit Früh took up a position in 1997 teaching Mechanical and Energy Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.  His research covers a wide range from fundamental fluid dynamics experiments and simulations through wind turbine aerodynamics to energy systems modelling and the application of data science for prediction and optimisation for energy systems design and scheduling. 

Recent work relevant to the Energy-Water-Food nexus include a study to reduce the carbon footprint of whisky distillation through Renewable Energy and thermal storage, heat-recovery in commercial kitchen, aquaponics, vertical farming, and desalination through solar-powered reverse osmosis.  Most of these projects included collaboration with industry.

Antje Disterheft

NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal

Speech title: "Sustainability and care - why our inner worlds matter for transformative change"

Antje Disterheft is a postdoctoral researcher and integrated member at Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE), from NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon. She is enthusiastic about exploring transformative processes that can support keeping human-nature systems in balance. Her research focuses on capacity building and new approaches to collaboration and co-creation for sustainability in Higher Education Institutions. In the past years, she started to engage deeper with the lens of care when thinking about sustainability and founded The CareLab for People & Planet at her faculty. The CareLab is a new space of collaboration, co-creation and transformative learning where the interlinkages of inner and outer sustainability are explored.

She holds a PhD in Social Sustainability (Universidade Aberta) and is an alumni of the Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership. German by nationality, but living in Portugal for more than 16 years, she enjoys being in nature, biking and cooking.

Shaul Sorek

Ben-Gurion university of the Negev,
Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Zuckerberg Institute for  Water Research, Department of Environmental Hydrology & Microbiology, Sde Boker Campus, ISRAEL.

Speech title: "Policy Directed Information Technology Governing Network Welfare by Balancing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Human Perceptions (WEFH) Measures"

Graduated as BSc in mechanical engineering at the Ben-Gurion university of the Negev and received his MSc and PhD degrees at mechanical engineering of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. His research interests are in the development of fundamental modeling for biomedical and environmental systems. These address theoretical formulation for macroscopic transport phenomena of multiphase and multi-components driven through heterogenous media by inertia to drag dominant forces, and related numerical methods implementing Eulerian and Lagrangian concepts. Concerning quantitative decision making for water related resources management, he aims on causality driven directed information in addition to spatiotemporal measures.

Maria Dermiki

Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

Speech title: “What would you eat to save the earth?”, Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Food Product Development.

Dr Maria Dermiki has an interdisciplinary background in scientific research with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, MSc in Food Science and Nutrition from University of Ioannina, PhD in Food Biosciences from the University of Reading, postdoctoral research experience in Sensory Science and Dairy Science and finally industrial experience in Food Product Development. She has a holistic approach in product development, starting from Food Chemistry, Food Processing, Sensory Evaluation and Consumer Science, Packaging and Legislation, while adhering to sustainable practices. She is interested specifically in understanding the food choices of different population groups to develop nutritious foods that address the three pillars of sustainability and contribute to sustainable diets. Finally, she applies the UN Sustainable Development Goals to all the modules she teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with the aim to help students apply sustainable practices in their professional and everyday life.

Organizing Committee

Ana Carolina Assis
Polytechnic of Portalegre

Catarina Nobre
Polytechnic of Portalegre

Filipe Neves
Polytechnic of Leiria

Flávio Craveiro
Polytechnic of Leiria

Henrique Almeida
Polytechnic of Leiria

Joel Vasco
Polytechnic of Leiria

Luis Calado
Polytechnic of Portalegre

Pedro Monteiro
Polytechnic of Portalegre

Ricardo Gomes
Polytechnic of Leiria

Roberta Panízio
Polytechnic of Portalegre

Sandra Mourato
Polytechnic of Leiria

Vânia Ribeiro
Polytechnic of Leiria


Ana Gomes
Porto Catholic University, Portugal

Abel Rodrigues
INIAV/ Research Institute, Portugal

Ahmad Pourmovahed
Kettering University, Michigan, USA

Alfeu Sá Marques
Coimbra University, Portugal

Ana Vale
School of Science IT Sligo, Ireland

Antonio Macías
Extremadura University, Spain

Annukka Pakarinen
HAMK University, Finland

Carla Ferreira
ESAC/Coimbra Polytechnic, Portugal

Carlos Henggeler
INESCC/Coimbra University, Portugal

Catarina Nobre
Polytechnic of Portalegre, Portugal

Eduardo Álvarez
Oviedo University, Spain

Eliseu Monteiro
FEUP/Porto University, Portugal

Fausto Freire
CIE/Coimbra University, Portugal

Fernando Lindon
FCT Lisbon University, Portugal

Fulvia Chiampo
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Howard Dryden
Scotlnad University, UK

Hassan El Bari
Kenitra University, Marocco

Helena Bártolo
Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal

Jerónimo Cortés
CICTE/Extremadura Research Center, Spain

João Pina
FCT/Nova Lisbon University, Portugal

John Cosgrove
Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland

Jorge MGP Isidoro
Algarve University, Portugal

José Lobo
Extremadura University, Spain

Kirsi Knuuttila
JAMK University, Finland

Lucélia Hoehne
Universidade do Vale do Taquari – UNIVATES, Brazil

Lisiane Librelotto
UFSCatarina, Brasil

Luís Loures
Polytechnic of Portalegre, Portugal

Luís Neves
INESCC/Leiria Polytechnic, Portugal

Luís Silva
Porto Polytechnic, Portugal

Luís Tarelho

Aveiro University, Portugal

Luisa Schmidt
ICS/Lisbon University, Portugal

Luiz Rodrigues
Polytechnic of Portalegre, Portugal

Madalena Moreira
Évora University, Portugal

Margarida Gonçalves
Nova University, Portugal

Manuel Hermoso
Jaen University, Spain

Maria Dermiki
Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

Marika Tossavainen
HAMK University, Finland

Marritta Kymalainen
HAMK University, Finland

Milica Kasanin-rubin
University of Belgrade, Serbia

Mauricio Nogueira Frota
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mohammed Karim BENHACHMI
University Hassan II/Casablanca, Marocco

Nicolau Almeida
Polytechnic of Portalegre, Portugal

Noel Pereira
Birmingham City University, UK

Paulo Mourão
Évora University, Portugal

Paulo Santos
Coimbra University, Portugal

Remco Kranendonk
Wageningen University, Nedherlands

Ricardo Chacartegui
Sevilha University, Spain

Rodrigo Moruzzi
UNESP/ São Paulo State University, Brazil

Rui Ganhão
Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal

Saifur Rahman
Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, USA

Sérgio Leitão
UTAD/Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro University, Portugal

Susana Neto
IST/Lisbon University, Portugal

Szakonyi Petra
István University/Győr, Hungary

Teresa Mouga
Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal

Valentim Realinho
VALORIZA/Portalegre Polytechnic, Portugal

Wolf-Gerrit Früh
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Zahra Kalantari
Stockholm University, Sweden