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Organizing Committee

Beatriz Amante García

BeaDoctor by l'École Nationale Superieure des Télécommunications (Télécom ParisTech(abrir en una ventana nueva))  from París in 2002.

She currently holds the position of Associate Professor at the UPC in the Department of Project Engineering and Construction. During her time in Paris, she taught at Télécom ParisTech and the University Paris XII. Between 2003 – 2006 she was Professor at the European University of Madrid and in her last year she became Director of the Department of Telecommunications. The areas in which she gave training were Electronics, Electricity, Radio Systems and finally Engineering Projects. She wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on the automotive sector, on radar systems that can support driving steering.  In recent years, Beatriz has focused her research activities on the automotive sector and has conducted life cycle analysis, battery aging and business models studies. Further, she is carrying out solidarity projects in countries such as Burkina Faso, with a key focus on water treatment, including both wastewater and purification using natural coagulants.

Victor López Grimau

VictorBorn in Barcelona in 1976. He presented his PhD thesis in 2007 focused on the electrochemical treatment and reuse of industrial waste water. He is Associate Professor of the Department of Projects and Construction Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)-Barcelona Tech. He is researcher of the consolidated research group of Environmental Engineering (SGR ENMA) located in the Institute of Textile Research of UPC. Their research expertise is related to the development of sustainable water purification methods.


Noelia Olmedo Torre

Ph.D. in Multimedia Engineering from UPC-BarcelonaTech, Telecommunications Engineer and Post Degree Interactive Multimedia Systems. She is professor in the Graphical Expression in Engineering Department Department of Escola Enginyeria Barcelona Est (EEBE). She teaches several subjects of

Projects and Graphic Engineering, alternative energy and renewal projects used for development of industrial activities and services. She worked coordinating e-learning projects.

María Margarita González Benítez

MargaritaPh.D. of the University of Barcelona in 198.

Diploma in Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering at the UPC in 1979.

Responsible for Engineering Project Research Group: Design, Sustainability, and Communication (Grup de Recerca en Enginyeria de Projectes: Disseny, Sostenibilitat i Comunicació - GIIP).

Professor of Engineering Projects at the UPC. Her main research focus lies on engineering and environmental management. She has received several international awards on design for security and eco-design.

Juan Grau Olive

JuanPh.D. Engineering, Industrial Psychologist, Diploma in Marketing, Operational Research, Safety at Work, and various educational techniques

He has been teaching and researching at several Universities such as Madrid (UPM), in Applied Mathematics. He is an expert in mathematical models to aid decision-making and is the author of several books, several chapters in scientific books and more than 50 articles in leading international journals.

He participates in the GASC Research Group and in the Educational Innovation RiskMetrics, of the U.P.M., carrying out projects financed by the European Union and various national and international organizations.

He has worked for 30 years in Telefónica de España and has been Chairman of the PGT Group of the European Conference of Posts and Telecommunications.

Further Juan has been a member of the Organizing Committee of the II National Congress of Telecommunication Engineering and is currently a member of the Spanish Royal Spanish Mathematical Society.

Among the various awards that Juan received, he is Honourable Visitor distinguished by the Catholic University of Cordoba (Argentina).

Carmen Gutiérrez Bouzán

CarmenResearch Maganer at INTEXTER (UPC), she is responsible of the consolidated research group “Environmental Engineering”. She is specialised in wastewater micropollutants treatment using advanced oxidation techniques and wastewater characterization and instrumental analysis using mainly chromatographic and spectrophotometric techniques.

She was Secretary of the standardization Committee ISO CTN40, academic secretary of INTEXTER, and research vice-director of the same centre. She has been the representative of UPC in the scientific and technical networks Textranet and GDRT, and in the network ACTE for the diffusion and the promotion of employment in the European textile regions. She belongs to the Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists.

She carried out her PhD on electrochemical treatments for colour removal of textile wastewater. Subsequently, she has extended this study on effluent electrochemical treatment and reuse with the direction of 5 PhD. These studies led to 3 patents, 40 scientific papers in JCR indexed journals (most of them in the first quartile), more than 20 scientific dissemination papers and 30 communications in national and international congresses.

She has coordinated 5 National Research Projects on textile wastewater treatments, two innovation projects, one infrastructure and one educational project. She has also issued more than 250 technical reports on studies carried out for diverse textile companies.

As a result of her research background, she is currently Coordinator of the European project ECUVal (ECO-13/630452) co-founded by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME). The project ECUVal, entitled “ElectroChemical technique (EC) combined with UV irradiation for the treatment and reuse of dyeing textile wastewaters: Industrial marketing” is a “First Application and Market Replication Project” based on the technologies developed in the previous national projects.

Jordi Morató Farreras


He has 20 years of experience in research, education and project management, related to projects and programmes on sustainable development of water resources in cities and regions, of which the last 15 years at international level. PhD on Microbiology from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and coordinator of the Sustainability UNESCO Chair from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya since 2008. Jordi is also one of the founder members of RECNET (, director of the UNESCOSOST offices ( and COO/Executive Director of RESURBE Program.
His primary research focus is in the field of water quality, appropriate technologies for water potabilization and wastewater treatment, sustainable water management including the water management and the adaptation to climate change, resilience, urban and socio-ecological transformation projects.

He has participated in more than 80 international funded research and training programmes (1996-2015), utilising his expertise in the environmental area, including stages, courses, seminars, workshops, direction of PhD and Master thesis, assessment, and others, especially for Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Perú, Cabo Verde, Senegal, UK and USA. During the last 7 years Jordi’s activities have concentrated on the knowledge transfer focused in the articulation of urban transformation processes, like the Moravia Project in Medellin (2006-2014), the Altos de la Estancia Project (2013-2014) and the Cordillera project (2015) with the District Agency for Risk Management (IDIGER) from the City of Bogota. Jordi is associate member of the Bradford Centre for Sustainable Environments from the University of Bradford, is consultant for the Agencia de Andalucía and the Agencia Nacional de Evaluación y Prospectiva (ANEP) in Spain and for the INCT Program (National Institutes of Science and Technology) from the CNPQ in Brazil. At the same time. Jordi is also reviewer from 22 international journals.

Lluc Canals Casals

LlucPh.D. by UPC in March 2016.

After 7 years of working in the industry and especially in the automotive sector, Lluc had the opportunity to undertake his doctoral thesis on the modelling and ageing of batteries for second life applications, being able to spend more time researching and disclosing it rather than working for others to get abusive benefits.

Further, he is a member of the campaign "Water: A right not a commodity" by Engineering Without Borders and volunteer in the platform Aiguaesvida.

Robert Reinhardt

RobertPh.D. Candidate Environmental Engineering at UPC, MSc Waste Management, BA (Hons) Business Studies

he is a Ph.D. Candidate at The School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering of Terrassa (ESEIAAT) in the research field of electric mobility, on end-of-life strategies for electric vehicle batteries and their interaction with sustainable business models in the case battery second use. Since October 2015, he has been part of the ARZANTIIGA project team, receiving a full 3-year scholarship by AGAUR.

He is an environmental enthusiast and active member of the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM), International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and founding member of the Young Professional Group (YPG), for which he organized a workshop on Entrepreneurship in Waste Management at the ISWA World Congress 2015 in Antwerp.