Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute
Prof. Marzena Smol is the Head of the Division of Biogenic Raw Materials at the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSMiE PAN). She completed a master’s degree in Environmental Protection (2010) and International Project Management (2013). She completed the PhD (2015) and post-doctoral degree (2021) in technical sciences – Environmental Engineering. Manager and contractor in national and international projects in the field of raw materials management in the context of the implementation of the principles of sustainable development (SD), circular economy (CE) and the strategies for the Green Deal in the water and sewage, fertilizer and agri-food sectors. Founder of the Division of Biogenic Raw Materials at IGSMiE PAN, member of the Scientific Council of IGSMiE PAN. She participated in the work on the preparation of the Roadmap Transformation towards circular economy in Poland (Ministry of Development). Holder of the Minister’s Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists. Member of Polish Young Academy PAS.
RISE Research Institute of Sweden
Jutta Hildenbrand is research scientist and project manager at RISE. Her research fields are life cycle assessment and system analysis for product systems including a focus on chemicals assessment.
Andrea Di Maria is a postdoctoral researcher at the materials engineering department at KU Leuven in Belgium. He has a master's degree in environmental engineering at the University of Padua (Italy), and he obtained a PhD in “environmental and economic modelling for the circular economy” at KU Leuven. Andrea is currently work-package coordinator for several European projects, on the development of new technologies to increase the sustainability of the mining and metallurgical sectors. Andrea’s research is currently focused on the environmental, economic and social impact assessment of materials’ life cycles, with a specific interest in metals recycling and inert waste valorisation.