Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj, Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2007), Former Vice-Chair of the IPCC, University of Ljubljana

Prof. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj is a researcher in the field of meteorology and climatology, with a special interest in biometeorology, climate change scenarios and impacts on ecosystems. She focuses on raising awareness of the civil society, and youth in particular, about crucial global and local environmental issues, and is committed to finding solutions that would lead to a sustainable social development.

She is a full-time professor at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, where she also heads the Centre of Biometeorology. Her scientific projects are regularly published in several domestic and foreign scientific journals. For her work she has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 (that a number of world climatologists contributing to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ‒ IPCC shared with Al Gore), a medal for scientific merits of the University of Veracruz, Mexico (2009), the »Prometheus of Science« award 2016 by the Slovenian Science Foundation and the honorary doctorate by the University of Primorska, Slovenia. In 2012 she was featured in the »Women Inspiring Europe« calendar published yearly by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

She was also a member of GCOS (Global Climate Observation System) Steering Committee at the World Meteorological Organization, acting as a link between GCOS and IPCC, and is a member of GWP (Global Water Partnership) Steering Committee

Dr. Laurent Philippot, Director of Research, French Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

Dr. Laurent Philippot obtained his PhD in 1997 from the University Claude Bernard in Lyon, France. The same year, he got a young research scientist position at the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) in Dijon, where he is now Director of Research. In 2000 and 2009, he was a visiting scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GATECH) in Atlanta and at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU) in Uppsala, respectively. He is a microbial ecologist and his main research interest is in bridging microbial community ecology, microbial processes and ecosystem functioning using a trait-centered approach. He developed this line of research with a focus on microbial guilds involved in nitrogen cycling and greenhouse gas emissions such as the denitrifiers. He is currently involved in several EU-projects (e.g. Metaexplore, EcoFINDERS, NORA). He is also editorial board member of Appl. Environ Microbiology, FEMS Microbiology Ecology and senior editor of the ISME J.

Prof. Sara Hallin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Prof. Sara Hallin is a microbial ecologist and holds the chair in soil microbiology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala since 2012. Her main research area is the ecology of microbes involved in cycling of inorganic nitrogen in both terrestrial ecosystems and aquatic sediments, especially wetlands. She has a special focus on the microbes performing anaerobic processes and is renowned for her work on the ecology and genomics of denitrifying bacteria. Denitrifying bacteria are largely controlling  N2O fluxes thereby having a main contribution on climate change. She has published more than 80 papers and has an h-factor of 34.