Keynote Speakers



Prof. Dr. William Hogland

Linnaeus University, Sweden


Prof. Hogland became active in the field of Civil engineering (environmental engineering) back in 1978 when he completed his Master studies in the field of Civil Engineering in LTH/LU. He presented his doctoral thesis: "Rural and Urban Water Budgets" - A description and characterization of different parts of the water budgets with special emphasis on combined overflows, at Lund University, Sweden, in 1986.

In 1988, Hogland became a research leader at Waste Management and Recovery Division, Department of Water Resources Engineering at Lund University. Since then, Dr. Hogland has been a member of several national and international committees in both Urban Hydrology and Waste Management.

In 1989, Hogland presided as the chairman of the working group and liaison activities for Bioenergy Agreement on MSW, in the International Energy Agency (IEA). He has experience of teaching and research in over 50 countries, and has been invited as a guest speaker at universities in 18 countries, among them Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Thailand, Tunisia and USA. Since 1994, the research has mainly been directed to system analysis of waste management in industries and municipalities, natural systems for wastewater treatment and river catchments analyses.

Hogland has published more than 400 reports and research articles. He has also written textbooks and produced videos in the area of hydrology and waste management. Hogland has also been employed as a lecturer and supervisor in several international courses in the area of water resources and waste management in developing countries. Hogland was the organizer of several international conferences such as “Latin American – Swedish Seminar on Waste Management” in Rio de Janeiro (1995), Brazil; “Kalmar Eco-Tech” in Kalmar (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2010), Sweden; the Youth Environmental Science Forum - EcoBaltica, St. Petersburg, Russia (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013).

From 1997 to 1999, Hogland was an Acting Professor of Technical Environmental Science at the Department of Technology, University of Kalmar. In 1999, he was awarded the Chair of Environmental Engineering at the Department of Technology, Kalmar University. In 2000, he became the Head of the Department of Technology and also the Chairman of the Baltic Test Team at GIWA/UNEP (Global International Waters Assessment) conducting Assessment Protocol Testing and a representative of GIWA in the Core Group of the GEF Baltic Sea Regional Project (BSRP).

During 2001 and 2002, William Hogland intensified his international research and education cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region, South East Asia and Latin America. In 2002, he became a member of the European Chemistry Thematic Network and has established the International Network on Sustainable Leachate and Waste Water Management Using High-Tech and Natural Systems. Since 2001 he is the mentor/reviewer for the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (Sida) in their programme “Asian regional Research Programme on Environmental Technology (ARRPET)”, which involves 20 national research institutes in 8 Asian Countries.

A dominating part of Hogland’s recent research has been within the KK-research programme at Kalmar University, “Industrial Development for a Sustainable Society – with emphasis on processes and Automated Systems for Recycling and Reuse”. Since 2002 he is the Chairman of the Baltic Sea Network for leachate and wastewater treatment with emphasis on high-tech in combination with nature based systems and since 2004 he is the Chairman of the Baltic Sea Region-Ukrainian network on bioremediation and treatment of leachate from landfills with emphasis on persistent organic compounds. During recent years, he has increased work inside the University as a member of the Board of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering and the Committee of the Research Education and profile work for Life and Environment, just to name a few. Beside treatment of leachate from landfills and storage of waste fuels by baling technique, his research has been focused on the new areas namely soil remediation with phyto-methods and artificial wetlands as well as integrated industrial water management. Hogland´s research interest has broadened in the area of waste management economics. In 2007, he got his second professor title in Eco-Technology with Focus on Innovation Systems at Mid Sweden University, where he worked until August 2008. In 2008, he also became Editor-in-Chief of the Open Waste Management Journal.

In 2010, William Hogland became Professor of Environmental Engineering and Recovery, at the School of Natural Sciences, Linnaeus University, Campus Kalmar, Sweden and Guest Professor at Beihua University in China. Recently he is running the project “Closing the Life Cycle of Landfills - Landfill Mining in the Baltic Sea Region for future” sponsored the Swedish Institute which engages professors, researcher, students and companies around the Baltic Sea. playlist?list=PLdGrT2- GJJmQGJcEaGUhz_Zd08OyvKHUR; soptippar-ger- miljoforbattringar/. During 2015 he got the Elsevier Atlas Award for “Research for a Better World” in competation with about 50 000 other research papers selected among  Elseviers 2 500 journals. In 2017 his research project “Integrated approach for Industrial Wastewater and Stormwater Management in Wood-Industry Sector Phases I and II” got the honorable Sweden Impact Award 2017 in the category “Physical Sciences&Engineering” 12-13 June in Stockholm 2017.








Prof. Dr. Ghasem D. Najafpour


Chairman of Biotechnology Research Group, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran


Professor Ghasem D. Najafpour is a distinguished professor in Chemical Engineering and Chairman of Biotechnology Research Center, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran. He is an educated scholar from University of Arkansas, USA with strong background in biological processes. He is deeply involved in research and teaching in biochemical engineering subjects and he has conducted many practical researches in enzyme technology, fermentation processes, biodiesel, biofuel, biosurfactant, wastewater treatment and biochemical engineering.

He is a Chemical Engineer and Biotechnologist, B.Sc., Medical Technology University of Isfahan, Iran (1972), M.Sc., Chemical Engineering University of Oklahoma, USA (1977) and Ph.D., Chemical Engineering University of Arkansas, USA (1983). He served as assistant professor at University of Mazandran, Iran (1983-1989). Visiting Professor at University of Waterloo Canada and University of Arkansas, USA (1990-1991). He also spent his sabbatical leave at University of Arkansas, USA (1992-1993). There, he has expanded his scientific research activities on single cell protein (SCP), Microbial fuel cells, renewable energy and synthetic fuels. He served as associate professor at University of Mazandaran, Iran, (1994-1998) and Universiti of Sains Malaysia, Malaysia (1998 – 2005). Since 2005, he was qualified and appointed as professor in Faculty of Chemical Engineering at Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran.

Since 2008, he is serving as Editor in Chief of International Journal of Engineering, World Applied Sciences Journal, and Middle East Journal of Scientific Research. He is also Editor in Chief of Iranica Journal of Energy and Environment since 2006. In addition, he is Editor of Journal of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Academic Journals, since 2007. He is an active member of many international institutes, editor and reviewers of number of international journals and many scientific societies. Often he is invited to many international conferences as keynote speakers.

In past decades, he has supervised more than 165 master and 38 Ph.D. students. He has published more than 450 papers in international journals and has written 10 books in the field of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. In year 2006, he has published his 1st edition of his book with Elsevier entitled "Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology". The 2nd edition of "Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology" with 20 chapters is published by Elsevier on Feb. 2015.

A few times, he has been awarded and appointed by the Ministry of High Education of Iran as the best and top researcher in Iranian Universities. He won number of awards for research achievements and winner of gold medal for the Invention/Innovation sponsored by Ministry of Science, Technology Malaysia, 2004. His researches for formulation of transparent soap and natural biodegradable liquid detergent from palm oil’s fatty acids, was patented with SIRIM Berhad, Malaysia (2003). Currently, he is supervising number of PhD scholars and conducting top research projects on microbial fuel cells, biodiesel biohydrogen, biodiesel, biofuel from algae, bioethanol from agro-wastes, enzyme technology, renewable energy, heterogeneous catalytic processes, wastewater treatment and biological treatment processes.

Important Dates
Submission Deadline

April 19, 2018


Notification of Acceptance

April 29, 2018


Authors Registration Deadline

May 01, 2018


Final Program Announcement

May 04, 2018


ICESIT Congress Dates

May. 08-10, 2018