November 8-10, 2024 | Brisbane, Australia

Keynote Speakers


Prof. Dennis Y.C. Leung
University of Hong Kong, China
Head of the department specializing in environmental pollution control and renewable & clean energy


Biography: Prof. Dennis Y.C. Leung received his BEng (1982) and PhD (1988) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He had worked with the Hongkong Electric Co., Ltd. for five years heading the air pollution section of the company before joining the University of Hong Kong in 1993. Professor Leung is now a full professor and Ex-Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering specializing in environmental engineering and renewable & clean energy. He has published more than 500 articles in these two areas including 350+ peer reviewed SCI journal papers. His current h-index is 91 and total citations are 45,000+. He is one of the top 1% highly cited scientists in the world in energy field since 2010 (Essential Science Indicators) and named as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics for the past six years consecutively from 2017 to 2022. Prof. Leung has delivered more than 80 keynote and invited lectures in many international conferences.





Prof. Roland Kallenborn
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
UArctic Chair in
Arctic Environmental Pollution Research


Biography: Professor Roland Kallenborn is a senior scientist and university teacher in the field of organic analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and environmental risk assessment.
Kallenborn is also affiliated as adjunct professorship in Arctic Technology to the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) and as external supervisor for graduate and post graduate students, to the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT, China).
– The steadily increasing number of priority pollutants in the Arctic requires new analytical methods and detection strategies. The UArctic network will help to coordinate and harmonize current international efforts to investigate today’s pollutant profiles in the Arctic, says Kallenborn.
As UArctic chair for Environmental pollution research, Kallenborn will focus on developing circum-Arctic academic networks for graduate and post -graduate education of future experts in Arctic environmental chemistry. His scientific focus will be on fata and distribution profiling of organic Arctic pollutants including Chemicals of Emerging Arctic Concern (CEACs).




Prof. Sue Charlesworth
Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom


Biography: Susanne Charlesworth is a Professor in Urban Physical Geography at Coventry University in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. She is the author of more than 70 peer reviewed journal articles on urban pollution and Sustainable drainage (SuDS), many book chapters, and has co-edited books on Sustainable Drainage, urban pollution, aquatic sedimentology and water resources. She collaborates with groups internationally and has given papers at international conferences worldwide
SuDS seemed like the logical move from my earlier interest in urban sedimentology and geochemistry associated with rivers, streams, soil and street dusts. These materials can be highly polluted and in developed countries 85% of people live in urban areas, worldwide >50% live in cities, thus the impacts can be far-reaching. With climate change and the problems associated with greenhouse gases, there needs to be a means of tackling these issues with a multiple benefit, flexible approach, and SuDS can offer such a management strategy. The role of Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services provision led to an interest in Natural Flood Management (NFM) by Working with Natural processes at the catchment scale. Latterly, Sue has become particularly interested in the design and installation of SuDS and NFM alongside Water, Sanitation and Health in informal settlements, favelas and refugee camps. There is the potential to address disease vecors such as mosquitos by managing greywater disposal and stormwater management using SuDS approaches and thus reducing the incidence of viruses causing zika, dengue or chikungunya. Its uptake in England and Wales is less than would be hoped, so through my research I would like to be able to be instrumental in providing the information necessary to encourage its uptake by practitioners and stakeholders.
Research Interests | SuDS; design and installation of SuDS in informal settlements, favelas and refugee camps; role of Green Infrastructure; Ecosystem Services Provision; Urban lake and river sediments; Urban Physical Processes: Urban Hydrology; The risk to children’s health of contaminants in playground material; Efficiency of porous paving in degrading oil and dealing with metal pollutants