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Confirmed plenary speakers
Peter Kuipers Munneke
"Analytical chemistry is indispensible in understanding past climate, in monitoring current environmental pollution, and in shaping the future of energy, materials, and food."
Polar researcher and tv weatherman.
Peter Kuipers Munneke (1980) is polar researcher at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht at Utrecht University. He investigates how the large ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica respond to global warming. He has (co-)authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. He is also tv weatherman at NOS, the largest public broadcast organization of The Netherlands. In recent years, he reported about climate change from the polar regions, presented a podcast on the weather, and toured Dutch theatres together with pianist Ralph van Raat with their music and science programme “Counting Eskimo Words for Snow”.
"The world may have been caught by surprise by the COVID-19 outbreak but we are learning from the current situation and will be better prepared for a next pandemic."
Hanneke Schuitemaker, Ph.D., is the Head of Viral Vaccine Discovery and Translational Medicine and Disease Area Stronghold Leader for Viral Vaccines at Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V. In this role, she oversees Janssen’s viral vaccine programs including investigational vaccine candidates for HIV, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Ebola, Zika, SARS-CoV-2 and HPV. She has been in this role since 2010. In addition, she is a Professor of Virology at the Amsterdam University Medical Center.
Hanneke Schuitemaker is a medical biologist by training, received her Ph.D. in Medicine in 1992 at the University of Amsterdam and worked for more than 20 years on HIV-1 pathogenesis, first at Sanquin (1989-2007), the blood supply foundation in the Netherlands, where she was the Chair of the department of Clinical Viro-Immunology (1998-2007), and then at the Amsterdam University Medical Center (2008-2010), where she was the Chair of the Department of Experimental Immunology and a member of the Research Council. From mid-2003 to mid-2004, she worked as a visiting scientist at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. She successfully trained more than 30 Ph.D. students and co-authored close to 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
Juliane Hollender is head of the department Environmental Chemistry at Eawag as well as adjunct professor at ETH Zurich. After a diploma in chemistry and a PhD in environmental engineering, she worked for 10 years at the RWTH Aachen in Germany before she moved to Switzerland in 2005. Her research concentrates on the fate of organic micropollutants in the natural and engineered aquatic environment with more than 190 peer-reviewed publications. She is member of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the European NORMAN network.
Chris is currently Professor of Food Safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast. He served as Pro Vice Chancellor responsible for the Medical and Life Sciences Faculty between 2015 and 2018. He has published more than 450 peer review articles, many of them relating to the detection and control of agriculture, food and environmental related contaminants. His main research interests are in the development of innovative techniques to provide early warning of toxin threats across complex food supply systems. Protecting the integrity of the food supply chain from fraud is also a key research topic and Chris led the independent review of Britain’s food system following the 2013 horsemeat scandal. He currently co-ordinates a flagship Horizon2020 project involving 16 European and 17 Chinese partners on food safety and also co-ordinates a European Institute of Innovation and Technology flagship research project. Over the years Chris has developed a high level network of collaborators across Europe, the United States , the Middle East and Asia. He is a visiting Professor at the China Agriculture University in Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Society of Biology. Chris has received numerous prizes and awards for his work. In 2017 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Theophilus Redwood Prize and was also awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2020.
Charlotta Turner is a Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Lund University in Sweden. Her research interests are in green analytical chemistry, sustainable development and supercritical fluid technology. Charlotta Turner has published over 100 scientific articles, review papers and book chapters (H-index 37, >4500 citations). She has received the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf's award for environmental science, the SSF Ingvar Carlsson Award for returning postdocs, the AOCS Herbert J. Dutton Award for her work on lipid analysis and the Svante Arrhenius Award for her work on green and sustainable chemistry. She is also awarded with Excellent Teacher Practitioner (ETP). Charlotta Turner is the chair of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Swedish Chemical Society, the chair of Lund University Food Faculty, and also a member of the Royal Engineering Science Academy (IVA) and the Royal Physiographic Society of Lund. Charlotta Turner is also the head of the Centre for Analysis and Synthesis at the Department of Chemistry at Lund University.
Aoife Gowen is a Professor in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering at University College Dublin in Ireland. Her research area is multidisciplinary, involving applications of Spectral Imaging and chemometrics to biological systems, including foods, microbes and biomaterials.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics in 2000, she moved to the highly applied research area of Food Science. Her PhD thesis, completed in 2006, concerned mathematical modeling of food quality parameters and optimization of food process operations. During her time as a post-doctoral researcher and Marie Curie fellow in Dublin and Japan she investigated the intersection of near infrared spectroscopy, imaging and chemometrics for characterization of biological systems.
In 2014 she set up the Spectral Imaging research group in UCD and has expanded her team through EU and nationally funded grants, including European Research Council starting and proof of concept grants. She is editor in chief of the Journal of Spectral Imaging and has developed new research-informed modules in spectral imaging and sensors for undergraduate and graduate students.
"Integrating mass spectrometry with IR spectroscopy brings us the best of both worlds: sensitivity, selectivity & structure!"
Jos Oomens obtained his PhD degree from Radboud University (Nijmegen, NL) in 1996 on a topic in molecular laser spectroscopy. Since 1999, he has been developing methods that integrate mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy applying the radiation from the free-electron laser FELIX. IR spectra can now be routinely recorded for mass-selected molecular ions and this is exploited in fundamental molecular sciences as well as in analytical applications. The ability to record an IR spectrum for a single mass peak within complex mixtures provides unique opportunities to assign accurate molecular structures in mass spectrometry workflows, which is applied for instance in metabolomics, environmental sciences and forensics. In 2009, Oomens became Professor by special appointment at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and in 2011, he received an NWO VICI grant to investigate fundamentals of the dissociation chemistry occurring in MS/MS reactions using ion spectroscopy. In 2013, he was appointed as full professor at Radboud University. He (co-)authored more than 350 peer-reviewed papers (H-index 50), the large majority of which on IR ion spectroscopy and its various applications.
Romà Tauler Ferre
Romà Tauler obtained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Barcelona in 1984. He did his Post-doc and visiting research scientists at the University of Innsbruck, Austria in 1985 and 1987. He has been Assistant Professor of the University of Barcelona in 1978-1987, Associate Professor of the University of Barcelona in 1987-2002, visiting Professor at the University of Seattle, USA, in 1992 and at present he is CSIC Research Full Professor, since 200 until now. He is chief editor of Journal of Chemometrics and International Laboratory Systems and chief editor of the major reference work: Comprehensice Chemometrics, Chemical and Biochemical Data Analysis (Elsevier) 1st and 2nd editions. He is also editor of the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry from SETAC. He has been awarded for his achievements in chemometrics (Eastern Analytical Symposium, US. 2009), and he has received the Kowalski Prize from the journal J. of Chemometrics, Wiley, 2009. He has been the President of the Catalan Chemistry Society, 2008-2013. In 2012 he was awarded with an EU-ERC advanced research grant to develop and implement chemometric tools for the omics environmental field. According to WoS (Feb 2020) Romà Tauler has published more than 430 research publications with 16.181 citations and h-índex 61 (Google Scholar h-index=73 and more than 22000 citations). He has also published more than 60 book chapters. He has supervised 23 PhD Thesis and 3 more are in course. His research interests are in Chemometrics, especially in the development of Multivariate Curve Resolution (MCR) methods, and in their application to Omic Sciences, Environmental Chemistry, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry and Solution Chemistry.
"It is easy to make complicated devices and concepts, but much harder to find simple and elegant solutions - and this is so true with microfluidics and diagnostic devices!"
Dr. Delamarche is leading activities on Precision Diagnostics at IBM Research - Zurich with the goal of using expertise in micro/nanotechnology and biochemistry for solving important problems in biology and medicine. His main projects deal with the development of portable and precise diagnostic devices and the development of a non-contact scanning microfluidic probe for analyzing biological interfaces. He is also a Lecturer at ETH Zurich and a contributor to scientific panels for governmental agencies and research institutions. He published over 120 papers and is co-inventor on more than 70 patent families. He has received numerous awards from IBM, was named “Master Inventor” by IBM, and received the Werner prize of the Swiss Chemical Society in 2006 and Langmuir Lecture Award in 2020. Dr. Delamarche studied chemistry and received a degree in supramolecular chemistry in 1992 from the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse in France and his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1995 from the University of Zurich.