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SUMMER SCHOOLAugust 26 – September 6, 2024

Ludmila Mravcová

Ludmila is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology, where she is responsible for managing the laboratory of organic compounds analysis, which includes chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques. Her work mainly deals with the analysis of pollutants in the environment (pharmaceuticals, pesticides, POPs, etc.). She also collaborates in other areas where advanced analytical techniques are required (biodegradation, water treatment, polymer analysis, biochar analysis, drug release, etc.). She participates as a teacher in the following courses: Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental and Structural Analysis, Mass Spectrometry, Chromatography, and Environmental Analysis in Practice. Ludmila loves nature, riding a bike, and playing basketball.

Pavel Dobiáš

Drinking water treatment technology – the wonderful world of separation processes and me

Pavel completed his engineering and doctoral studies at the Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology. With 20 years of practical experience, he works as a professional process engineer for drinking water treatment technologies. He focuses on pilot testing technologies in preliminary studies of reconstructions and developing technological trains for drinking water treatment. Pavel has participated in introducing dissolved air flotation into the Czech water industry. He specializes in granular media filtration, membrane microfiltration and ultrafiltration, adsorption on granular activated carbon and other modern water treatment technologies. He is a member of the Czech Water Association and a side job university lecturer.

ʹI'm the coolest guy in the world in the morning, but in the evening, I go to bed like a rookie... Again and again.ʹ

Tomáš Brabenec

“New trends in wastewater treatment technologies”

Tomáš graduated from the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University in Prague, where he studied environmental science. He completed his diploma thesis under the supervision of Martin Pivokonský at the Institute for Hydrodynamics, Czech Academy of Sciences. After university, he started working as a water and wastewater treatment specialist, which also corresponds to the course he teaches at the Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology.

Martina Repková

Martina works at the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Environmental Protection, Faculty of Chemistry BUT. As part of her academic work, she teaches courses focused on hydrobiology, hydrochemistry, water technology, and environmental sampling. Martina is a go-to supervisor for the topics of bachelor’s and master’s theses that deal with the determination of priority pollutants in water, water quality assessment based on the determination of physical-chemical and biological indicators (microbiology of wastewater), physical-chemical and biotechnological processes used in the preparation of drinking water, and wastewater treatment. As a researcher, she also focuses on various technological processes used in water treatment and wastewater treatment (membrane technologies, advanced oxidation processes, etc.).

“My life is on the dragonflies.”

Helena Zlámalová Gargošová

In 1993, Helena got her master’s at the Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno. She received her PhD at the same institution in 2001. She was appointed associate professor in the field of chemistry and technology of environmental protection at the Faculty of Chemistry BUT in 2017. Her research and teaching activities are focused on environmental chemistry and soil and aquatic ecotoxicology – evaluation of ecotoxicity of chemical substances, assessment of ecotoxicity properties of waste under the current legislation, and ecotoxicological testing of polluted environmental matrices.

Klára Odehnalová

Klára’s specialisation is analytical chemistry. She works at the Department of Experimental Phycology and Ecotoxicology of the Botanical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Masaryk University. She is mainly analyzing pollutants such as estrogens, pharmaceuticals and cyanotoxins in water. Also, her research is connected to methods of removing contaminants based on their oxidation (AOPs). Her passions include alternative medicine, such as herbs, aromatherapy and homeopathy.

Petra Přibilová

Petra has a PhD in environmental chemistry. She focused on the removal of micropollutants from water, especially by advanced oxidation processes. Her interests are complex environmental issues and education. Petra works as an academic staff member for sustainability at a management and business university, focusing on the circular economy and sustainable business projects.

Petr Chrást

Petr is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Environmental Protection, Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology and an Instrument Scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific Brno. His background consists of analytical instrumental spectrochemistry, inorganic chemistry, material sciences and physics. Petr currently contributes to development of new iterations of high resolution mass spectrometers aimed at clinical and environmental research fields. Two of his inventions were recently successfully patented. His great passions are photochemistry and cooking.

Ivana Ivančev-Tumbas

Ivana works in the scientific field of Environmental Protection at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences. She earned her doctoral degree in chemistry at the same university with a thesis named “Effects of the drinking water preparation process on the content of natural organic matter and kinetics of their oxidation by ozone, hypochlorite and chlorine dioxide”. She deals with organic analysis in the field of environmental chemistry and innovative water treatment processes for the removal of organic micropollutants. As a Humboldt fellow, she had one-year postdoctoral training in the field of application of the hybrid process of membrane filtration in combination with activated carbon for water treatment at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She was a mentor in 4 doctorates, over 60 graduate and master’s theses, and author of 1 textbook and a monograph. Since 1996, she has authored and co-authored 44 papers in SCI list journals (H index 17, 970 citations).

Filip Harciník

Filip is a graduate of the water technology programme at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague (UCT Prague). His studies were focused on biological wastewater treatment, especially activation processes with sludge regeneration. After graduating from UCT Prague, he joined the operating company Severočeské vodovody a kanalizace, a.s., as a wastewater technologist. Subsequently, he was the head of the technology department. Since October 2020, he has been working as a Manager of Sewage and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations at Severočeská servisní, a.s.
Filip has been with Young Water Professionals Czech Republic (YWP CZ) since the very beginning of 2016. He has been involved in the organization of various activities of the group, such as the YWP CZ national “Mladá voda břehy mele” conference, the international EEYWP Conference held in 2019 in Prague, and also participated in the integration of YWP CZ into the global YWP network within the International Water Association (IWA). Since 2019, he has been holding the position of Chair of YWP CZ in a five-member steering committee and is also a member of the Czech Water Association (CzWA) steering committee.
Apart from water and water management, which is Filip’s work and leisure activity through his involvement in YWP CZ and CzWA, he enjoys sports, travelling and time with his family.