Prof. Klaus Kümmerer is full Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources, Director of the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry at the public Leuphana University and Scientific Director of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre. He was one of the first studying pharmaceuticals in the environment in the 1990s. For his work on pharmaceuticals in the environment he received the Recipharm International Environment Award (Sweden, 2007). In 2015, he was awarded with the “Water Resource Award” of the Rüdiger Kurt Bode-Foundation within the Stifterverbandfür die Deutsche Wissenschaft for his outstanding work on the Benign by Design concept and protection of water resources. His research and teaching is also including Sustainable Chemistry, Sustainable Pharmacy, Material Resources, Aquatic Environmental Chemistry, and Time in Environmental and Sustainability Research. He heads an interdisciplinary research team. Klaus Kümmerer serves in many international committees including the prestigious seminal Global Chemical Outlook by UNEP, EU Technology Platform SusChem Europe, the Commission for Water Research of the German National Science Foundation (DFG, 2011-2017), Executive Board of the subdivision of Sustainable Chemistry in the German Chemical Society. He is also organizer of the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference. He has published extensively on these topics in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals of different scientific disciplines, many book contributions and (co)edited many books, e.g. “Pharmaceuticals in the Environment”, Springer 3rd edition which is still the standard book in the field, “Green and Sustainable Pharmacy” (with M. Hempel, Springer, 2010); “Xenobiotics in the Urban Water Cycle” (with D. Fatta-Kassinos and K. Bester, Springer, 2010), and “Wastewater Reuse and Current Challenges”, “Advanced Treatment Technologies for Urban Wastewater Reuse” (both with D. Fatta-Kassinos and D. Dionysiou, Springer, 2016), “KritischeMetalle in der Großen Transformation” (Springer, 2017). He is founding editor of the scientific and peer-reviewed journals Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy, and Current Opinion in Sustainable Chemistry as well as associate editor of Chemosphere and Environmental Pollution.
Thursday 11th October
Big Blue Talks – Do we need a new paradigm for mastering existing and future challenges of the urban water cycle?