Andreas Bartl is head of the research group “Fiber Technology” at TU Wien - Institute of Chemical, Environmental & Biological Engineering. The main focus of his research is in the field of cellulosic fibers and fiber recycling. He has conducted several research projects, commonly in cooperation with major fiber producers. He is giving lectures in the field of mechanical process engineering, fiber technology and recycling. Besides his work in research and teaching, Andreas is active in national and international organizations. Among other things, he is member of the board of the Austrian Fiber Institute, member of ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) and IWWG (International Waste Working Group). Currently he is vice chair of the ISWA working group on “Recycling and Waste Minimization”, member of the editorial board of Waste Management & Research (Sage) and chair of the working group “Value Chain Impact” of the COST action “Solutions for Critical Raw Materials Under Extreme Conditions (CRM-EXTREME)”.
Since 1992, Heinz-Georg Baum is working as full professor of Business Administration and Waste and Resource Management at the University of Applied Sciences Fulda (DE). In 2009, he also became director of BIFAS (Economic Institute of Waste Management and Environmental Studies) in Jena. Before that, he was head of office of the Board of Managing Directors at BHS AG (Munich, DE) as well as managing director of the Bavarian Institute of Applied Environmental Research (Augsburg, DE) and the Swabian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Heinz-Georg Baum is highly experienced in International cooperation after several research visits and visiting professorships at the University of Kyoto (JP), the Universitat de Lleida (SP) and the University of Virginia (USA). In the last 25 years, he has authored numerous publications on waste, resource and strategic management.
Since 2013, Martin Faulstich has been professor of Environmental and Energy Technology at the Clausthal University of Technology and managing director of CUTEC-Institut GmbH (Germany). From 2000 to 2012, he served as professor of Resource and Energy Technology at the Technical University of Munich and director of the Straubing Center of Science for Renewable Resources. Martin Faulstich was chairman of the board of the ATZ Development Center in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Faulstich’s work focuses on waste treatment and residual-materials recycling via thermal and biological processes. He has been chairman of the German Advisory Council on the Environment from 2008 to 2016.
Johann Fellner is associate professor for Waste Management at TU Wien. Since 2012 he is heading the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Anthropogenic Resources, a temporary research center that aims at enhancing the sustainable utilization of man-made resources. Besides his work in different national and international organizations (ISWA International Solid Waste Association, IWWG International Waste Working Group) he is associate editor of the Waste Management journal (Elsevier).
Fellner has an educational background in Environmental Engineering with a strong focus on water and waste management. His research interests are recycling, thermal waste utilization, innovative waste analysis and waste management in developing countries. The overall goal of his methodologically oriented research is to optimize the anthropogenic metabolism in view of environmental protection and resource conservation.
Matthias Franke is head of department Recycling Management at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. Since 2017, he is honory professor at the University of Birmingham, UK. Furthermore, he is lecturer of the international study course on waste management at the Technical University of Munich. Since 2014 he is member of the board of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Abfallwirtschaft, DGAW. Franke’s works focus on the recycling of complex high-tech materials for recovery of critical elements and the development of waste management plans and concepts.
Dominique Guyonnet is director of the BRGM Campus (the French Geological Survey) in Orléans (FR). A hydrogeologist trained in Canada, D. Guyonnet worked for 20 years on issues related to waste management, the protection of groundwater resources, and risk analysis, with an emphasis on uncertainty representation and propagation. Since several years, his research interests have been focused on mineral resource efficiency and material flow analysis. He initiated and coordinated the ASTER project on rare earth flows and stocks in the EU-28, supported by the French Research Agency.
Harald Hauke graduated in business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He has more than 20 years experience in multinationals such as Unilever, Lindt & Sprüngli, Nestlé (thereof several years as expatriate manager for Nestlé Waters in Germany and France) and in the media and publishing business. In 2012, he became Managing Director at Austria Glass Recycling GmbH preparing the company for the competitive environment in Austria starting in 2015. In 2015, he joined the management team of ARAplus GmbH, the service and sales unit of ARA AG.
Marion Huber-Humer is full professor for “Global Waste Management” and head of the Institute of Waste Management at the BOKU-University (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) in Vienna. Her educational background is in Landscape Planning and Environmental Engineering. Her current research fields include the investigation of global waste management concepts, biological waste processing, waste characterization, waste treatment strategies for innovative materials containing engineered nanoparticles (nano-waste), sustainable landfill technologies, process and emission monitoring. Since 2003 she is leader of the IWWG (International Waste Working Group) task group CLEAR (Consortium for Landfill Emission Abatement Research), and she is (board) member of diverse further national and international Associations (e.g., ÖWAV, ÖVA, ISWA).
Karin Meisterl studied Biology and Technical Environmental Management in Vienna (AT) and Toulouse (FR). She has a professional background in applied environmental research. Her special fields of interest include marine litter prevention by implementing efficient recycling and waste management infrastructures. As the International Relations Manager at ARA AG, she became appointed Secretary General of CEC4Europe in 2016.
Helmut Rechberger is full professor for Resource Management and head of the Research Center of Waste and Resource Management at Vienna University of Technology. He received his professional education in Vienna (AT), at ETH Zurich (CH), and at Yale (US). His research interests include the investigation on the morphological and chemical composition of urban stocks including dynamics, resource accounting as a basis for decision making, further development of evaluation methods and concepts in waste and resource management including statistical entropy, introduction of mathematical-statistical tools to material flow analysis for data uncertainty, recovery of valuable substances from ashes and slag, and waste characterization. Under his lead, the software STAN (world-wide used for MFA studies) has been developed (www.stan2web.net).
Christoph Scharff has been dedicated to waste management in both research and practice since 1984. He was instrumental in setting up the nationwide separate collection and recycling of packaging in Austria under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). Since 2008, Christoph Scharff has been CEO of ARA AG (Austria). From 2000 to 2002, Scharff served as president of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). He is honorary professor for waste management at the Vienna University of Technology and author of several publications in the field.
Wolfgang Wahlmüller is member of the board of directors at ÖSW AG (Österreichisches Siedlungswerk), one of the leading real estate companies in Austria. He is further executive board member at KSV 1870 and member of supervisory- and advisory boards at more than 20 companies in Austria and Germany. Wolfgang Wahlmüller is educated in construction engineering and business administration.