BOKU University, Austria
Monday, 24 September 2018
Univ. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Hubert Hasenauer, born on November 3, 1962 in Saalfelden, Salzburg, began studying forest sciences in 1986 at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), after having worked five years as a forester at Austrian Federal Forests (ÖBF). He graduated from BOKU in 1991 with honors, and received his doctorate in 1994, also with honors. After receiving a Fulbright fellowship, he then spent time as a visiting scholar at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA, then at the University of Montana, Missoula on a Schrödinger fellowship, followed by two further research semesters at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu and the University of Montana, Missoula. In 1998 he received his postdoctoral lecturing qualification, and in 2007 was appointed Professor of Forest Ecosystem Management and Head of BOKU’s Institute of Silviculture.
Hasenauer has lectured in the US, England, Finland and China, chaired the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Forest Institute (EFI) for 5 years, and edited Forest Ecology and Management, one of the world’s leading forestry journals. He has published over 260 scientific papers, many in prestigious SCI journals, and supervised nearly 70 teaching and research projects in Europe, the US, Russia, Brazil, China, Bhutan, Nepal and Ethiopia on topics ranging from sustainable forestry management and silviculture to ecosystem modeling of carbon cycles and the role of forests in climate change.
Hubert Hasenauer served as Senate Chairman of BOKU from 2009 to 2016, Spokesman of the Senate Chair of the Austrian Universities from 2015 to 2016, and as a member of the Austrian Higher Education Conference from 2013 to 2016.
Professor Hasenauer became Rector of BOKU on February 1st, 2018.
Department of Environmental Science, Institute for Water and Wetland Research Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
My research is devoted to the development and application of models to assess environmental impacts caused by human activities. Ultimately, my aim is to contribute to a more evidence-based way of assessing and improving the environmental performance of products, services, and technologies in our society.
European Commission – Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Serenella Sala works at European Commission – Joint Research Centre in the Bioeconomy unit. She joined the European Commission in 2010, leading several projects on sustainability assessment of supply chains, adopting Life cycle assessment as reference methodology. Environmental scientist by background, with strong interdisciplinary mindset, she developed methodologies and models for sustainable development, integrated environmental assessment, life cycle assessment, and risk assessment. Specifically for the bioeconomy, she is coordinating a group assessing environmental preferability of alternative pathways for bio-waste prevention, valorisation and management. LCA is adopted in this context for supporting eco-innovation of process and products as well as overall resource efficiency and circular economy. Since she joined the JRC, Serenella’s main focus was on the methodological development of LCA for policy support, including the release of recommendations for Life cycle impact assessment.