UCLouvain (Project Coordinator) - Earth and Life Institute, Environmental Sciences
Prof. Marnik Vanclooster
Prof. Dr. Marnik Vanclooster is professor and researcher at Université catholique de Louvain (www.uclouvain.be/marnik.vanclooster). He made his Ph.D. in soil physics and develops research projects in the area of water resources engineering, agricultural water management and vadose zone hydrology. His major research focus is the study of transport processes of water and chemicals from agricultural origin in the soil-water continuum. He has 20 years of experience in executing and leading research projects at the national level, at the EU level and elsewhere (in particular the Maghreb and central Africa). He is head of the Environmental Sciences Department of the Earth and Life Institute of the UCL. He was elected chair of the Vadose Zone Division at the European Geophysical Union (2011-2013), is elected chair of the Belgian commission for the UNESCO – International Hydrologic Program (2013-2016), past member of the editorial board of the ‘Journal of Hydrology’ and the ‘Vadose Zone Journal’, and current member of the editorial board of ‘Agricultural Water Management’ and ‘Hydrology and Earth Sciences Systems Journal (HESS)’.
KULeuven - Division Forest, Nature and Landscape
KULeuven - Leuven Center for Global Governance Studies
Universiteit Gent (UGent) - Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Prof. Peter Goethals
Peter Goethals is professor in applied water ecology and sustainable water management at the Ghent University in Belgium. He started his research in 1996 at the Ghent University, mainly focusing on consultancy for the government. In 2005 he obtained his PhD on the integration of informatics in ecological river management, and he became professor in 2007. He combines fundamental and applied research, with a focus on innovation of monitoring, assessment and modelling methods to support decision-making in water management. In addition to his lab and field research in Belgium, he has a long-standing cooperation with universities and governments in Latin-America, Africa and Asia, in particular related to the sustainability analysis of surface waters and river basins. He is member of IWA since 1995, Belgian Chairman of the national IWA organization (B-IWA) between 2009 and 2013 and became IWA Fellow in 2016. He is part of the board of the Sustainable Water specialist group of IWA since several years.
Dr. Marie Anne Eurie Forio
Marie Anne Eurie Forio is a postdoctoral researcher at the Ghent University. She has been organizing numerous fieldwork activities and has been collecting data from aquatic ecosystems not only in numerous tropical countries (i.e. Ecuador, Uganda, Philippines, Peru) but also in Belgium. She analyses and processes these data to gain additional fundamental knowledge on aquatic ecosystems and to assess the status of the respective ecosystems. She develops various ecological models to assist the environmental managers in decision-making. The overall goal of her research is to develop decision-support systems which facilitate the sustainable management of water resources.
Dr. Long Ho
Long Tuan Ho is postdoctoral researcher at the Ghent University. His study focuses on wastewater treatment processes and water quality modelling. He strives to optimize the performance of wastewater treatment plants to maximize the removal and energy efficiency by applying different statistical and mathematical modelling techniques. Further, to deal with one of the major challenging issue of our society, climate change, his research aims to develop monitoring and control strategies for the abatement of greenhouse gas emission in wastewater treatment plants and urban sewage systems. His work has been published recognized by prestigious journals and awards. Besides scientific research, Long Ho has been involved in many educational capacity building projects which have given him opportunities to have international collaboration and teaching experience in numerous countries.
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Systems Ecology & Resource Management Unit
Prof. Jean Huge
Prof. dr. Jean Hugé is postdoctoral researcher at the Systems Ecology & Resource Management Unit of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and a lecturer at the University of Hasselt and at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His work focuses on the interdisciplinary sustainability assessment of complex socio-ecological systems, and on biodiversity conservation in the global South. He has worked on the interpretation and assessment of sustainability in development cooperation, in energy policy, in regional development policies and in higher education, and has conducted fieldwork in various sub-Saharan African and south-east Asian countries. He has a background in Bio-Science Engineering (MSc), Development Studies (MSc) and Biology (PhD).
Universiteit Antwerpen (UA) - Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development
Prof. Patrick Meire
Patrick Meire is professor at the department of Biology at the University of Antwerp. He is heading the ecosystem management research group. Patrick is an expert in aquatic ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide. Patricks research focuses on the functional role of rivers, estuaries and wetlands. Aquatic ecosystems deliver multiple ecosystem services (water purification, flooding prevention, spawning area for commercial fish species, carbon sequestration, ...) to society. His research couples fundamental scientific knowledge of chemistry, ecology and morphology of ecosystems to a sustainable ecosystem management. The approach focuses strongly on increasing ecosystem resilience to multiple anthropogenic pressures: climate change (and coupled hydrological changes), habitat fragmentation and land use.
Dr. Jan Cools
Jan Cools is Research Coordinator of the “Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development” at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is primarily focusing on inter-disciplinary projects related to river basin management and climate change adaptation. His projects typically integrate natural/engineering sciences with governance and social/economic sciences. Jan holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences (University of Geneva, Switzerland) (on the use of scientific data for River Basin Management), and 2 MSc degrees from KULeuven (Leuven, Belgium): Water Resources Engineering and Anthropology. Former affiliations are Milieu Ltd (European policy consultancy), Antea Group (engineering consultancy) and the Free University of Brussels (Department of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering).