Keynote lectures

“Cyanobacterial contamination of surface waters”

Dr. Ingrid Chorus

After her Ph.D in the context of ecological interactions in a lake ecosystem Ingrid Chorus worked as research scientist in two fields: lake restoration and toxic cyanobacteria, initiating and leading a number of research consortia to address cyanotoxin occurrence, toxicity, control measures and the elucidation of further bioactive metabolites. From 2007 until 2018 she led the Department for Drinking Water and Swimming Pool Hygiene of the German Federal Environment Agency. In this function she was actively involved in the development of regulations, including the EU Drinking Water Directive and the German Drinking Water Ordinance with the aim of introducing a comprehensive approach to planning, managing and monitoring water use systems. As co-editor of three WHO Guidebooks ("Protecting Groundwater for Health", "Protecting Surface Waters for Health" and  "Toxic Cyanobacteria in Water") she continues to work for the World Health Organisation in the area of management and control of water resources.

“Aqueous chemistry of natural compounds”

Prof. Alan T. Stone

Alan Stone completed his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1978, and his master's and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering Science at Caltech under the direction of James J. Morgan in 1983.  Since then, he has been a member of the faculty of the Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University.  His research group uses comparison experiments, employing suites of organic compounds where small, systematic changes to functional groups and structure have been made, to explore pathways and rates of metal-organic and mineral/water interface reactions.  Subjects addressed include nutrient acquisition by plants and soil microbes, reactive sinks for natural products, the chemistry of biofluids, and cell growth media design.

“Importance of sound science underpinning regulation”

Prof. John Fawell

John Fawell has worked in the water field for 40 years, first at Water Research Centre and as an independent consultant. He has been involved in research and risk assessment of a wide range of drinking water contaminants, including cyanobacterial toxins. He has been a member of the team working on the WHO Guidelines for drinking water quality since 1986. He is a member of the WHO expert committee on the Guidelines. He works closely with WHO regional offices, particularly European Office through which he was one of the main authors of the advisory document on the revision of the drinking water directive. He is a visiting professor in Cranfield University Institute for Water Science.