Keynote Speakers

Speaker I

Professor R. J. (Dick) Haynes
Soil and Environmental Science, School of Land Crop and Food Sciences/CRC CARE,
The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland

Professor Haynes works in the areas of soil and environmental science. His present research interests are in the use and recycling of industrial, agricultural and municipal wastes and minimising their effects on the environment. He has extensive experience having worked as both an applied research scientist and as a university professor and has worked in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. He has published over 170 original research papers in international journals, over 20 review papers in international volumes as well as many conference and extension papers and contract reports. He has been an invited keynote speaker at 7 international conferences and has served on the editorial board of 4 international research journals. He has acted as principal supervisor and co-supervisor of PhD, MSc and honours students in both South Africa and Australia. Professor Haynes has carried out research in commercial horticultural, pastoral, arable and forestry production as well as in small-holder semi subsistence agriculture. He has also worked on bioremediation of soils contaminated with organic pollutants, rehabilitation of mined sites, application of organic and inorganic wastes to soils and the effects of heavy metal contaminants on soil processes. His research has been mainly in the areas of applied soil chemistry and soil microbiology/biology with links to soil physical properties and to pollution of air and water. He has specialised in working on applied problems and maintains strong links with industry. Major areas of research have included the role of grazing animals in the fertility of pastoral soils, N cycling and gaseous and leaching losses from arable and pastoral systems, soil quality and soil degradation under agricultural land use, effects of soil contaminants on soil processes, rehabilitation and remediation of contaminated, degraded and mined sites and use of wastes as soil amendments.

Speaker II

Prof. Rodney Stewart
Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Rodney Stewart is a Professor in the School of Engineering based at Griffith University, Gold Coast City, Queensland Australia. He is a specialist in engineering and environmental management research, particularly related to intelligent water and energy networks and digital utility sector transformation. He is currently leading or completed water end use studies covering potable-only water supply schemes, dual supply schemes and internally plumbed rain tank schemes. He was appointed as a National Water Commission Fellow in 2011 to verify the end use potable water savings achievable from a range of contemporary water supply schemes. More recently, his work is exploring the residential end use water-energy nexus as well as the development of intelligent algorithms for managing distributed battery storages in smart electricity grid networks. Professor Stewart has published over 200 research articles and received over AUD$5 million in competitive research funding as first chief investigator.

Speaker III

Assoc. Prof. YU Liya E.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore

Dr. Yu's teaching and research interests focus on air quality and aerosol sciences, with emphasis on characterization of aerosols emitting from combustion sources, and behavior of oxygenated organic compounds in atmospheric particulates, in particular, processes of photooxidation and chemical transformation of dicarboxylic acids. Dr. Yu's research group also strives to better understand impacts of transboundary biomass burning smoke on urban atmospheric environment.
In collaboration with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at NUS, Dr. Yu expands her research interests to explore potential health effects of engineered nanomaterials. Dr. Yu also works with a multi-disciplinary team at NUS to examine potential impacts of engineered nanomaterials on environment and biological systems.