EURECA-PRO Conference 2023

COMMITTEES

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Roberto Baelo

General Chair

Paula García Llamas
Paula García Llamas

Secretary

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Marcin Górski

Silesian University of Technology

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Maria Speck

Hochschule Mittweida

Volkmar
Volkmar Kircher

Montanuniversität Leoben

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Konstantina Fragedaki

Technical University of Crete

Alexander Griebler
Alexander Griebler

Montanuniversität Leoben

Pilar Marqués
Pilar Marqués Sánchez

University of León (ULE)

Angela Taboada
Ángela Taboada Palomares

University of León (ULE)

Adriana Suárez
Adriana Suárez Corona

University of León (ULE)

Beatriz Álvarez
Beatriz Álvarez Campos

University of León (ULE)

Maria Alija
María Alija Pérez

University of León (ULE)

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José Alberto Benitez Andrade

University of León (ULE)

Laura Estévez
Laura Estévez Mauriz

University of León (ULE)

María Fernández Raga
María Fernández Raga

University of León (ULE)

Oliver Torres
Oliver Torres Reinoso

University of León (ULE)

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Flor Álvarez Taboada

University of León (ULE)

Natalia-Calvo-Ayuso
Natalia Calvo Ayuso

University of León (ULE)

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Lucía Prieto Santamaría

Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)

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Laura García García

Polytechnic University of Valencia(UPV)

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Pedro Gullón Tosio

University of Alcalá (UAH)

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Stefanie Wolff

NOW GmbH of the BMVI (National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology)

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Huovila Aapo

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

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Jorge García-Arias

University of León

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José Luis Vázquez Burguete

University of León

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Stefan Steinlechner

Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL)

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Sabin Ioan Irimie

University of Petrosani (UP)

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Jorge de Brito

Instituto Superior Técnico

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Fidel Toldrá

Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (CSIC)

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Valentina Siracusa

University of Catania

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Marcin Górski

Silesian University of Technology

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Flor Álvarez Taboada

University of León (ULE)

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Miguel Ángel Álvarez Vázquez

University of Vigo (UV)

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Raquel Liébana

AZTI, Marine Ecosystems Foundation

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Maria João Feio

University of Coimbra & Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre

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Gabino Jiménez

University of Jaén (UJA)

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Miguel de Simón-Martín

University of León (ULE)

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Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. Markus Lehner

Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL)

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Santiago Suárez de la Fuente

UCL Energy Institute

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Pilar Lisbona

University of Zaragoza

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Hilde Pérez

University of León (ULE)

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Javier Díez González

University of León (ULE)

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David González Bárcena

Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)

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Shahi Dost

Leibniz Universität Hannover (TIB)

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Pedro Dinis Gaspar

University of Beira Interior

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Philip Shapira

University of Manchester

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Melanie Déspeisse

Chalmers University of Technology

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Natalia Calvo Ayuso

University of León (ULE)

Nurse care in the public and private sector from 2015-2018, then researcher and university teaching as a collaborator at the University School of Nursing of Ourense (University of Vigo) from 2018 to 2020, currently Assistant in the Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy, Nursing Area, University of León (Ponferrada Campus). Line of research based on care, wellbeing and quality of life, especially from nutrition and the use of natural therapeutic resources such as the use of medicinal mineral and thermal waters (crenotherapy, balneotherapy…). With publications in national and international journals, oral communications and posters at national and international congresses.

Lucía Prieto Santamaría

Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)

Lucía Prieto Santamaría is a PhD candidate at the Medical Data Analysis Laboratory (MEDAL) located at the Center for Biomedical Technology (CTB) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain (UPM). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and a Master’s degree in Computational Biology. Her research areas and expertise include medical knowledge representation, biomedical informatics and health-related social media analysis, with a central role for applied semantic technologies and machine learning techniques. During the last five years, she has participated in several national and international research projects, which have allowed her to gain skills in these computer science contexts.
Currently, as part of her PhD, she is studying the new horizons of drug repurposing by means of large-scale data analysis and artificial intelligence. She is author and coauthor of eleven JCR-indexed journal articles and eight conference papers, and has co-supervised several master’s and bachelor’s final degree theses. She has also performed a teaching collaboration in several subjects of different degrees and masters during the last three years, including teaching the subject “Databases”.

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Laura García García

Polytechnic University of Valencia(UPV)

Laura García was born in Spain in 1992. She received her bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Technology Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2015, her master’s degree in Digital Post Production from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2016, and her master’s degree in Business Administration in 2020 from the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia. She also received her Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and in Computer Science from the Université de Mulhouse Haute-Alsace in 2021. Her research lines are focused on precision agriculture, ambient monitoring, and water quality monitoring systems and the design of architectures and protocols for the aforementioned purposes. She is the author or coauthor of several papers in SCI journals. She has been involved in several organization committees of international conferences since 2016.

Currently, as part of her PhD, she is studying the new horizons of drug repurposing by means of large-scale data analysis and artificial intelligence. She is author and coauthor of eleven JCR-indexed journal articles and eight conference papers, and has co-supervised several master’s and bachelor’s final degree theses. She has also performed a teaching collaboration in several subjects of different degrees and masters during the last three years, including teaching the subject “Databases”.

Pedro Gullón Tosio

University of Alcalá (UAH)
Pedro Gullón is a Medical Doctor with a specialization program in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Currently, he works as an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health at Universidad de Alcalá (Spain), and is a Research Associate at the Royal Melbourne School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (RMIT). He has previously worked as a researcher at Drexel University School of Public Health and the University of Alcalá, in addition to teaching at New York University and St. Louis University. His main research interest is how urban features can shape health inequalities and how to develop population-prevention strategies with an equity perspective.

Stefanie Wolff

NOW GmbH of the BMVI (National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology)

Manager at NOW GmbH des BMVI (Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff – und Brennstoffzellentechnologie), Stefanie Wolff, M.Sc. studied Management and Economics at the University of Magdeburg where she obtained the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). She then studied Business Administration majoring in Supply Chain Management at RWTH Aachen University. During her Master’s studies she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Information Logistics Management at the Research Institute for Rationalization (FIR) at RWTH Aachen University. She joined FCN in April 2014 as a research associate and PhD student.

Her research interests focus on electric mobility in supply chain management, particularly in city logistics; electrification of passenger vehicles; ,mobility and transport infrastructures in urban systems; and electric mobility charging behavior as focal point between energy and mobility transitions in Germany.

Huovila Aapo

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Aapo works on sustainability assessment of smart city solutions. He has 10 years research background on indicator framework development to help cities in setting meaningful targets, optimize resource use and assess the impacts of urban solutions (title of dissertation: “Evaluation of Smart AND Sustainable city development: What indicators to use, why and when?”). He works in the smart city impact assessment team that analyses the dynamics and impacts of urban systems. Aapo’s work has been published in leading journals in the field and has been cited over 1000 times. He is Chair of “Monitoring & Evaluation” Task group (EU H2020 Smart cities & communities R&I programme); associate editor of journal IET Smart cities; guest editor and Editorial board member of journal Smart cities; advisory board member of journal Ecological indicators; and reviewer for 15 leading journals in the field

Jorge García-Arias

University of León

Jorge Garcia-Arias is Full Professor at the University of Leon (Spain), and Research Associate at the Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (UK). His main lines of research are related to International Political Economy and Critical Development Studies, but he has also conducted research across the multiple intersections between critical geography, political ecology, convivial urbanism, radical public policy, or the commons. His research, which aspires to be inter- and multi-disciplinary, have been published in academic journals such as, Environmental Politics, Globalizations, Environment & Planning, Global Policy, Water International, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Latin American Perspectives, or American Journal of Economics & Sociology, among many others. He has served as an external consultant and independent expert to a wide range of international institutions, mainly on topics related to international development.

Some Recent Publications

Forthcoming: Routledge Handbook of Critical Philanthropy and Humanitarianism (2022), on  “Neither ‘philanthropy’ nor ‘development’: a tale of two buzzwords”
Water International (2022), on a defense of remunicipalized public water (without financial mediation(s)).
Environment & Planning C (2022), on a political critique to the 2030 Global Development Agenda.
Environmental Politics (2021), on pluriversal alternatives to development, and degrowth.
Sustainability (2021), on financialization, land grabbing and financial subalternization in Argentina & Brazil.
Globalizations (2019), on philanthrocapitalism and the neoliberal development agenda.
Latin American Perspectives (2019), on neo-extractivism in Bolivia (2006-2014). (updated to 2006-2019 here)

Recent Research Projects

Decolonizing Development (2020-2024), COST Action 19129. European Union.
EPICA – Empowering Participation in Culture and Architecture (2022-24). University of Belgrade. Serbia.
Public Banks and Public Water in Europe (2019-2022). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Canada.
MODESLOWModelling and simulation of energy transition scenarios towards a low-carbon economy. The case study of Spain. (2018-2021). MINECO. Spain.

Ongoing Teaching Projects

Jean Monnet Project (EU-ECO-FIN-101047757): “The European Union context in Economic and Financial Education during the Secondary/Baccalaureate/VET studies”. (2022-2024). European Union.

José Luis Vázquez Burguete

University of León
José Luis Vázquez Burguete is Professor of Marketing at the University of León, where he is also Director of the Research Group in Marketing, Land Use Planning and Sustainable Development (MOD) and of the Group of Teaching Innovation in Marketing and Operations Research (MIO). He is Co-Director of the UNED-ULE Chair of Sustainable Territories and Local Development and of the Observatory of Local Production and Sustainable Consumption, as well as President of the International Association of Public and Non-Profit Marketing. His current lines of research include the study of sustainable consumption habits by consumers and, in particular, the perception of attributes, seals and sustainability certificates.

Stefan Steinlechner

Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL)
Stefan Steinlechner, Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria, focuses his research on process development and optimization for the treatment of industrial residues and by-products, metallurgical process modeling and extractive metallurgy of zinc, lead, copper, nickel, and precious metals. Stefan did his Post Doctoral research at the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Optimization and Biomass Utilization in the Recycling of Heavy Metals. Since 2018, he is a private lecturer at the Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy and Head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for selective recovery of minor metals using innovative process concepts.

Sabin Ioan Irimie

University of Petrosani (UP)

Graduated from the University of Petrosani with management and energetic specializations, Sabin Ioan Irimie is a PhD from University of Timisoara in the field of engineering and management with the PhD thesis on the field of operationalizing sustainable development. He has obtained his entrepreneurial experience by launching three consulting startups.

Sabin is member of the General Association of Engineers in Romania and also of the Romanian National Committee of the World EnergyCouncil. Additionally, he teaches sustainable development courses.

Jorge de Brito

Instituto Superior Técnico
Professor Jorge de Brito is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. He has 20 years’ experience in sustainable cementitious materials. His work includes coordinating six national and one international research project. He has published over 600 papers in leading journals, 600 conference papers, and 40 book chapters. He holds three patents, and has also written eleven books.

Fidel Toldrá

Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (CSIC)
Fidel Toldrá, PhD in Chemistry and Research Professor at the Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (CSIC). He filed 11 patents, authored 2 books, edited/co-edited greater than 54 books and published greater than 320 manuscripts and greater than 145 chapters of books. He received the 2001 Instituto Danone award, the 2002 International Prize for Meat Science and Technology, the 2010 Distinguished Research Award and 2014 Meat Processing Award both from AMSA, the 2015 Dupont Science Award, the 2019 Award for the Advancement of Agricultural and Food Chemistry of the American Chemical Society and the 2019 Award to Innovation from the National Association of Spanish Meat Industries . He is Editor of Trends in Food Science & Technology (Elsevier) and Associate Editor of Meat Science(Elsevier), Editor of the serial books Advances in Food and Nutrition Research (Academic Press/Elsevier) and Editorial Board member of 14 journals including Food Chemistry, Journal of Food Engineering and Current Opinion in Food Science. He is also a fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFOST) and fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Lucía Prieto Santamaría

University of Catania
Siracusa Valentina took her degree in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Catania (Italy), at 23 years old. She completed her PhD and post-PhD study working on the synthesis and characterization of innovative polyesters, used in the engineering field. Since 2006 she is Associate Professor on Chemistry for Engineering at Catania University. She collaborates on several research projects, both for academic and industrial interest, on topics such as recycling, ambient, food packaging, and graphene for innovative application. She currently collaborates with national and international research groups on biopolymers used in the field of food packaging used for modified atmosphere packaging for fresh foods, also with Life Cycle Assessment study (with SimaPro8). She is author of more than 100 papers in high impact factor scientific journals, author of 5 book chapters and guest editor and Editorial member of several International Journals. Her research interest focuses on the synthesis and characterization of biodegradable and bio-based polyesters; gas barrier behavior and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study of polymers for food packaging applications; thermal and photo degradation behavior of packaging materials during food shelf-life study.

Marcin Górski

Silesian University of Technology

Researcher and lecturer at the SUT Faculty of Civil Engineering. Author and co-author of over 160 research papers, monographs, handbooks, etc. Reviewer of several JCR journals. Participated in over 30 international research and educational projects. FP7 INSYSM project leader. Member of the project management board and Steering Committee of the European University EURECA-PRO and H2020 RE-EURECA-PRO project. Coordinator of the Circular Economy Research Area at the Silesian University of Technology. Since 2016 Director of the Project Management Center of the Silesian University of Technology. Former deputy head of SUT Department of Structural Engineering.

Formerly LLP Erasmus/Erasmus + and academic exchange coordinator. CEEPUS projects coordinator.
In 2009-2011 professor at Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal. Visiting professor at Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia. Lecturing also in Portugal, Spain, Denmark, UK and Turkey.

Research interests focus on innovative, interdisciplinary environmental issues in industrial areas and related to modern, functional construction materials, mainly based on industrial waste. Interested in innovative diagnostic and monitoring methods of structures, including the use of functional materials but also robotic devices for structural diagnostic. Polish delegate to fib (The International Federation for Structural Concrete), member of the General Assembly.

Flor Álvarez Taboada

University of León (ULE)
Flor is a Forest Engineer, with a PhD in Remote Sensing. She works as an assistant professor at the University of León. Flor investigates and demonstrates applications of satellite data to natural resources monitoring, with special attention to forest health, wildfires and water. She has co-developed different software programs to model growth and C estimations in poplar plantations using a terrestrial laser scanner, to segment point clouds, and to detect changes in forest health using images. I have been the coordinator at the University of León for two ERASMUS+ Capacity Building projects, one for the modernization in geodesy education in the Balkans (GEOWEB, 2015-2018), and another one for the use of geoinformatics for sustainable development in Jordan (Geo4D, 2017-2020).

Miguel Ángel Álvarez Vázquez

University of Vigo (UV)
Miguel Ángel Álvarez Vázquez holds a degree in Environmental Sciences (ULe) and a PhD from the University of Vigo. Linked to the Department of Physical Geography at the University of Vigo, he is a researcher in the Grupo de Estudos de Arqueoloxía, Antigüidade e Territorio (GEAAT) and in the Grupo de Innovación Docente en EduAcción Patrimonial (GIDEP). His research work focuses on measuring the human footprint in rivers, as well as working on lines of research related to geoheritage and river heritage (natural and cultural).

Raquel Liébana

AZTI, Marine Ecosystems Foundation
Aquatic microbiologist fascinated by microbial interactions taking place in both environmental and engineered systems, with a focus on their mechanisms of assembly and functional impacts. PhD from Chalmers University of Technology (Division of Water Environment Technology), Sweden (2019). Postdoctoral researcher at IMEDEA-CSIC (Marine Microbiology Group) between 2020-2021. Currently, postdoctoral researcher at AZTI (Molecular Ecology and Biotechnology) studying fundamental aspects of marine microbial communities and their potential biotechnological applications.

Maria João Feio

University of Coimbra & Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre
Maria is a Principal Researcher of the University of Coimbra & Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE). She did her PhD (2005) in Biology, specialization in Ecology at the University of Coimbra (with the Environment Canada). And postdocs at the University of Coimbra and University of Canberra, Australia (2005-2009), and University of Coimbra and University of Lyon, France (2009). Her main research topics are the freshwater ecology, ecological assessment of freshwaters, urban aquatic ecosystems biodiversity and ecosystem services, the importance of green and blue areas for human health and wellbeing, environmental education and citizen science. Maria is a member of the board of the Iberian Society of Ecology (SIBECOL) and Associate Editor of the journal Aquatic Ecology.
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Gabino Jiménez

University of Jaén (UJA)
Currently, Gabino Jiménez is an Interim Substitute Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Jaén. His research work focuses on the analysis of the operation of photovoltaic systems and the integration of these systems into the electricity grid.

Miguel de Simón-Martín

University of León (ULE)
Miguel de Simón-Martín is Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering Area of the University of León, where he has specialized in Electrical Power Systems, Energy Economics and Renewable Energy Sources. In addition, he is the Scientific and Teaching Manager of the Laboratory of Power Systems and Smart Grids at the University of León (ERESMAGrid). Since 2016, as member of the ERESMA research group, he leads and participates in several research projects and contracts with private companies and public administrations related to the integration of renewable energy sources and the smart management of energy resources, as well as being the author of various articles in indexed journals, books and book chapters, patents and computer programs. Furthermore, he is a regular invited speaker at national and international conferences. He has recently received the Award for the Transfer of Research Results to Society (2022) from the University of León.

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. Markus Lehner

Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL)
He studied mechanical engineering, specializing in process engineering at the Technical University of Munich. 1996 PhD at the Chair A of Thermodynamics at the Technical University of Munich on the topic “Dust separation in Venturi scrubbers with self-priming liquid”. Postdoctorate at the same chair until 1998. From 1999 to 2010 RVT Process Equipment GmbH (formerly Rauschert Verfahrenstechnik GmbH), Steinwiesen Germany. Most recently Head of Sales, Engineering and Construction. Since 1 October 2010 holder of the Chair of Process Engineering in Industrial Environmental Protection. Fields of work: energy process engineering, thermal cracking, catalytic processes for CO2 utilization, power-to-gas, gas cleaning, especially absorption.

Santiago Suárez de la Fuente

UCL Energy Institute
Dr Santiago Suárez de la Fuente is Lecturer in Energy and Transport at University College London (UCL) Energy Institute. He is part of the research group that focuses on shipping decarbonisation and transitional pathways. In particular his research focuses on marine energy-efficient technologies in particular waste energy recovery systems (WERS), holistic modelling approaches for the maritime sector, performance data analytics, geospatial analysis and decarbonisation pathways. He is currently leading a project funded by P4G which aims at detecting feasible business opportunities in Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa around shipping decarbonisation. He is the deputy director for the UCL Energy Institute’s Energy Systems and Data Analytics MSc and teaches topics intersecting between energy and spatial analysis. He was granted the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Stanley Gray fellowship for his research, and was awarded the IMarEST’s prestigious Denny Medal in 2017. He studied his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO, Mexico). He has an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering at UCL (2010-2011) and earned distinction for his dissertation on thermal efficiency in electrical transformers.

Pilar Lisbona

University of Zaragoza
Associate Professor within the Mechanical Engineering Department, Thermodynamic and Heat Transfer area, of the Universidad de Zaragoza since 2021. Clean energy systems and energy efficiency, mainly through the simulation and optimization of energy conversion technologies using thermodynamic, economic and environmental criteria. Research lines include fuel cell systems, renewable and fossil power plants, renewable methane production and zero emission energy processes integrating CCU technologies. Pila co-authored 47 JCR peer-reviewed articles (85% in Q1 JCR), 7 books and chapters and participated in over 50 international conferences. She participated in 14 competitive research projects (national and European) and 6 private contracts. Since 2014, Pilar has led as principal investigator 4 competitive projects (ENE2013-45353-R, AEI-020500-2014-79 and Fundación Iberdrola) and several private contracts. Master in Chemical Engineering (2002) and PhD in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2012) from the Universidad de Zaragoza. Researcher in UMSICHT – Fraunhofer Institute (Germany) and the Universitá degli Studi di Perugia (Italy) in the field of solid oxide fuel cells (2004-2007) and in Fundación CIRCE (Spain) on carbon capture and CO2 utilization technologies (2007-2015). PhD Assistant Lecturer in the Universidad de Valladolid (2015-2018) and visiting professor in HUST (Wuhan, China) within the ICARE China-EU Institute for Clean and Renewable Energy (2013-2015). Visiting researcher at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Chile) in 2015 and at the Universitá di Pisa (Italy) during 2017. ARAID researcher (2019-2021) and Ramón y Cajal fellow (2021) at the Universidad de Zaragoza.

Hilde Pérez

University of León (ULE)
Hilde Perez is Associate Professor and head of the Department of Mechanical, Computer and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Leon. She is also member of the board of governors at the University. She received her engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oviedo and in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of León. She received her Ph. D. from Polytechnic University of Madrid, obtaining the Outstanding Doctorate Award. She has been involved in different national research projects in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She is leading a research group in the University of Leon, Smart Systems for Manufacturing. The group is now involved in a project supported by the Spanish National Plan of R&D in the field of Collaborative Robots for Smart Manufacturing Industry with application of Artificial Intelligence. Her research fields of interest are modelling and simulation of machining processes, micromanufacturing and high performance machining. She has made two stays, during 2015 and 2016, as a research guest in the Fraunhofer IPK Institut (Berlin), in the Production Microtechnologies department. In 2016, she received a “Salvador Madariaga” competitive Grant of the Spanish Ministry of Education, for professors and senior researchers in foreign centers. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, she taught at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Xiangtan (China), under the agreement of the cooperation program between both universities.

Javier Díez González

University of León (ULE)
Javier Díez-González was born in León, Spain in 1994. He received the B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in 2016, the M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in 2020 from the University of León and the M.S. in Artificial Intelligence from the International University of Valencia in 2021. He has also followed the leadership program of the University Francisco de Vitoria (Madrid) where he graduated in 2017. He is currently a Researcher within the Department of Mechanical, Computer and Aerospace Engineering at the University of León where he is working as a Lecturer in the area of Mechanics.

David González Bárcena

Polytechnic University of Madrid
David González Bárcena is doctor of Engineering and Professor (Assistant) at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) Assistant Professor at the Department of Fluid Mechanics and Aerospace Propulsion of the ETSIAE and researcher at the University Institute of Microgravity “Ignacio da Riva”, Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). In 2018 he did his masters in Space Systems in the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

Shahi Dost

Leibniz Universität Hannover (TIB)
Shahi Dost is an Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data science (DS) passionate by using Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web technologies. Always looking to solve practical problems, think critically, and learn new technologies in areas of AI, ML, and DS. He believes in the positive perspective of AI to solve and develop personal non-biased tools to help people, solve community problems, and make easiness for society. He focuses his interest on Digital E-health, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Knowledge Representations, Deep Learning, Multimodal Systems, Ontologies (Knowledgebases), Reinforcement Learning, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Knowledge Graphs, Knowledge Representations, RDF, and Semantic Web.

Pedro Dinis Gaspar

University of Beira Interior
Pedro Dinis Gaspar has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Professor at the Department of Electromechanical Engineering of University of Beira Interior (Portugal). His teaching activities are related with the subjects of “Air conditioning and Industrial Refrigeration”, “Industrial Automation” and “Robotics”. He is also the Director of 2nd cycle of study (Master of Science) of Industrial Engineering and Management course. His main research activities are related to the thermal performance and energy efficiency of commercial refrigeration equipment. He carried out several experimental studies and CFD modelling to improve the overall performance of open refrigerated display cases on different ambient air conditions. He coordinates(ed) several R&D projects related to the thermal performance improvement, energy efficiency of systems and devices in the agri-food sector. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Philip Shapira

University of Manchester
Philip Shapira is Professor of Innovation Management and Policy with the Manchester Institute for Innovation Research, University of Manchester, UK, and lead for responsible research and innovation for the Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub. He is also a Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. He teaches, conducts research, and publishes on science and innovation policy, emerging technologies and governance, regional innovation, and policy evaluation.

Melanie Déspeisse

Chalmers University of Technology
Mélanie Despeisse is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Digitalized Production at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. She graduated in 2009 with a double degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytech Nancy, France, and a MSc degree in Industrial Ecology from Chalmers. She started her research on sustainable manufacturing with Cranfield University where she obtained a MSc by Research in 2011 and a Ph.D. in 2013. She continued her postdoctoral research until 2017 with the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. Her current work focuses on the relationship between industry and environmental sustainability at various levels, from resource efficiency in manufacturing operations to technology roadmapping for strategic planning. Her research aims to develop tools and methods to help companies transition towards more eco-efficient and circular industrial systems.