prof. Chien-Hsiang Chang
(Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Tchaj-wan)

Univ. Prof. Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci (Institute of Physical Chemistry, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria)

prof. Izabela Radecka (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom)

Ing. Jan Skoček, Ph.D. (Heidelberg Materials, Leimen, Germany)


prof. Apostolis Koutinas (Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

prof. Bong Sup Shim (Department of Chemical Engineering, Inha University, Incheon, South Korea)

Chien-Hsiang Chang

Lecture: Catanionic Systems for a Sustainable Future: Applications as Drug Carriers

Dr. Chang received his Ph.D. degree in 1993 in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, USA. He was appointed as an associate professor in 1994 at the Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan and was promoted as a professor in 2000. His research interest is colloid and surface chemistry.

Dr. Chang was the president of the Taiwanese Colloid and Interface Society in the periods of 2009-2013 and 2015-2017. He has been a committee member of the Asian Society for Colloid and Surface Science since 2005 and become the president since 2022.

Dr. Chang is now working as a professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and vice dean of the College of Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan and serving as an Associate Technical Editor of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents.

Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci

Lecture: Towards sustainable fuels created by CO2 recycling

Professor Sariciftci, an Ordinarius Professor for Physical Chemistry and the Founding Director of the Linz Institute for Organic Solarcells at Johannes Kepler University, Austria, focuses on sustainable fuels via CO2 recycling.

With a background in physics, which includes work experience at the University of California, Santa Barbara, under Nobel Laureate Professor Alan J. Heeger, Sariciftci has made significant contributions to photoinduced optical, magnetic resonance, and transport phenomena in semiconducting and metallic polymers.

His work includes the invention of conjugated polymer and fullerene-based "bulk heterojunction" solar cells. With over 600 publications and 89,000 citations, he ranks among the top scientists in material science. He has authored 8 books, founded seven spin-off companies, and received numerous recognitions including the Wittgenstein Prize in 2012. Sariciftci is a fellow of prestigious scientific societies and has received honorary doctorates and awards globally.

Izabela Radecka

Lecture: From trash to treasure – importance of microbes in circular economy

Iza Radecka is a Full Professor in Biotechnology at University of Wolverhampton, UK. Her research is focused on the cost-effective synthesis of novel biodegradable materials using eco-sustainable feedstock and their chemical derivatization into a range of highly valuable products, including novel biodegradable and bioactive mulch films with slow-release delivery systems of herbicides on crop plants.

She has published numerous research papers and several book chapters, coordinated and participated in co-funded research projects at the EU as well as national level. Iza has also given a broad number of invited lectures at international conferences. Iza teaches on a wide variety of microbiology and biotechnology courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate level where she puts her knowledge and experience to good effect.

Jan Skoček

Lecture: CO2 Mineralization: CCU for and by building materials

Since 2012 working at Heidelberg Metarials, Global R&D, currently as R&D Program Manager Carbonation Technologies and as Senior Scientist before.

Managing R&D projects on CO2 reduction by concrete recycling, enforced carbonation and CO2 mineralization, which got awarded by German Innovation prize for climate and environment in 2022.

Before joining industry, followed academic career in the field of material science related to concrete and cement (2006-2012, DTU, Copenhagen) and of numerical methods and modelling (2003-2006, CTU, Prague).