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Keynote speakers


1. Integration of monitoring and modelling soil erosion at multiple scales (plot, field, farm, catchment, national, global) for understanding, predicting and managing erosion dynamics and application for soil conservation.

Keynote lecturer: Dr. P. Panagos (European Commission - Joint Research Centre · Ispra, Italy).


Panos Panagos is scientific/Research officer in the domains of Soil Erosion and Soil Organic Carbon. Modeller of soil erosion at European scale using RUSLE. Development of a new soil erosion model named G2. Policy support to customer DGs (DG ENV, DG AGRI, DG ESTAT, DG RTD) in the domains of soil erosion and Soil Organic carbon .Design, implementation, maintenance of databases and development of Web and GIS applications in support of EU policies on soil protection.
His role in SOIL action is to develop and maintain the European Soil Portal and the development of the European Soil Data Centre . He is responsible for the development of Applications and the implementation of Web Mapping Services(WMS) in the Soil Portal. He is also involved in the development of the "European Soil Database (distribution version 2)" and in various projects such as MEUSIS (Multi-Scal Soil Information Systems) and EuDASM (European Archive of Digital Soil Maps). He is also involved in the Soil data management within the action SOIL. During the last years he is also involved in soil data modelling relevant to soil erosion and soil organic carbon.

2. Techniques and experimental platforms (plot, field, farm, landscape) for quantitative assessment of sheet, rill and gully erosion.

Keynote lecturer: Prof. Jean Poesen (Geography and Tourism, Department Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geo-Institute, KU Leuven, Belgium).

Jean Poesen is a geographer and a full professor at the Division of Geography and Tourism within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium). His research interests include geomorphology, soil erosion, landsliding, sediment dynamics and yield, soil degradation, reservoir sedimentation, sediment yield assessment at various scales, hillslope hydrology, experimental geomorphologic techniques, desertification processes and mitigation techniques, soil erosion control, soil and water conservation (including the human dimension), impact of environmental change (land use, climate) on soil erosion processes and landsliding under different ecological conditions, assessment of vulnerability with respect to natural hazards, human-environment interactions in general and geography of developing countries. His research focuses on a better understanding of mechanisms and factors controlling land degradation, natural hazards, the impact of humans on landscape evolution in temperate humid, Mediterranean, and tropical environments, as well as on the optimization of soil and water conservation techniques and resilience with respect to natural hazards. Jean Poesen has lead field-based research programs throughout Europe, Africa, SE Asia and South America. He has been involved in ca. 100 research projects.

3. Monitoring/modelling water and sediment yields (and associated nutrient and contaminant yields) at multiple scales.

Keynote lecturer: Prof. Tingwu Lei (China Agricultural University, Beijing, China).

4. River basin: sediment transport, reservoir sedimentation and management.

Keynote lecturer: Prof. Helmut Habersack (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria).

Helmut Habersack holds currently a UNESCO Chair on “Integrated River Research and Management”, coordinating the “World´s Large Rivers Initiative”, and is a Full Professor of Hydraulic Engineering and Modelling at the Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria. In 2011 he became Head of the Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, since 2010 he is the Head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Advanced Methods in River Monitoring, Modelling and Engineering. Helmut Habersack has over 25 years of experience in river engineering, flood risk management, hydropower, navigation, sediment transport and river restoration. He is the author of over 80 journal publications, 10 monographs, over 100 proceedings etc. and gave over 150 national and international lectures. Helmut Habersack organized the International Conferences „On the Status and Future of the Worlds´s Large Rivers“, which were held in 2011 in Vienna, 2015 in Manaus/Amazon and 2017 in New Delhi. He won the “Science2Business 2015” Award.

5. Social-economical factors of soil and water conservation in the different landscape zones.

Keynote lecturer: Prof. Miodrag Zlatic ‎(Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade University, Serbia).

Prof. Miodrag Zlatić, D.Sc. is full professor at Belgrade University, Faculty of Forestry, Department for ecological engineering in soil and water resources protection and is the Head of the Chair for Erosion and Torrent Control. His professional field is in sustainable land management, socio-demographic aspects of land degradation, social, economic and ecological effects of erosion and torrent control, policy of sustainable development of degraded areas, assessment of risk and uncertainty in SLM. He was coordinator of several international projests/programmes in Serbia (“WOCAT- World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies”, “Community Based Rehabilitation of Degraded Land in Balkans”), as well as editor in chief of four international monographies and one national. He was chairman and president of the organizing committee of several international conferences and workshops. He was the president of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation – WASWAC, for the period 2005 – 2010, and at present is in the Council of WASWAC as Immediate past president.

  • Keynote lecturers: Prof. Miodrag Zlatic ‎(Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade University, Serbia )


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