Research & Innovation Event

Purpose of the Research and Innovation (R&I) Event is to create value and new opportunities in water sector by bringing to­gether R&I from China and Europe.

For Chinese researchers, the event provides a platform to collaborate with European researchers.

For Finnish and European researchers, this is an excellent opportunity to make new contacts and open doors to collaboration with researchers in China.

R&I Event provides efficient matchmaking services before, during and after the event. The event also gives an opportunity to face-to-face meetings and networking with other researchers.

You have a possibility to show results from your R&I activities at the exhibition area and to listen to keynote speakers from China and Europe.

There is also a possibility to take part in a poster session on both days. Furthermore, the R&I programme includes technical tours and site visits to both Turku and Helsinki on Friday, 22st September.



Antonio Lo Porto

Antonio Lo Porto (1956) is Chair of Euraqua (the network of the public reference Research Institutes on water in 25 EU Member States), Chair of the St. Advisory Board of the Water JPI, member of the Advisory Board of the FACCE JPI (Food, Agriculture and Climate Change), of several EIP-Water and WssTP (EU Technological Platform on Water) Working Groups. He is member of the Strategic Coordination Group of the Common Implementation Strategy (SCG CIS) of the EU Water Framework Directive. He is research scientist at the Italian Water Research Institute (IRSA-CNR), active in the field of Integrated Water Resources Management, diffuse water pollution, EU WFD implementation, River Basin Planning and irrigation management. His main interests are devoted to the Mediterranean, to semi-arid areas, to intermittent rivers and to drought-stressed environments. He has been involved in several EU funded R&D projects (FP4 to H2020), as well as in several COST actions as Management Committee member. Associated Editor of the J. of Hydrology and member of the Editorial Boards and reviewer for several scientific journals in the field of water resources management. Chairman and/or Scientific Committee member in several international conferences including EU, India, USA, China, Chile, and Brazil. Experience in working at river basins in Italy, Europe, Tunisia, India, and Vietnam. He is author of around 120 scientific papers.

Olli Varis

Olli Varis is a Professor of Water Resources Management and Vice Dean of the School of Engineering at Aalto University, Finland, and a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He has a broad and interdisciplinary experience on water, environment and development research and consultation. He is internationally acknowledged scientific writer and scholar. His research concentrates on sustainable development and water resources management in developing and emerging economies, particularly in Asia including China. He has been active in several international organizations including UNESCO, WMO, IWRA (Vice President 2007-2009), IWA, IIASA and UNU/WIDER.


Tālis Juhna

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Tālis Juhna is a Professor and Vice-Rector for Research at Riga Technical University and professor of water technologies. He has participated in several European-scale research projects; is an editorial Board of several international scientific journals; has worked as a consultant for industry,  and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and books.  He is among the Top 10 Latvian scientists of 2013, as listed by "Ir" magazine.  Professor Talis Juhna obtained the Degree of Doctor of Engineering (EngD) in Water Technologies in 2002 in Sweden. He has created one of the most advanced Water research laboratory’s in the Baltic States. He has received several awards, including New scientist 2006 of the RTU, an award of Latvian Academy of Sciences and JSC Latvijas Gaze for contribution to sciences and ITERA award. As Vice-Rector for Sciences at RTU he facilities scientific and industrial cooperation and integration of science and innovations in the study process, and establishing a defence research program at RTU.


Guoren Xu, Ph.D.

Dr. Guoren Xu is a professor in Harbin Institute of Technology, China. His major research interests are water and sludge management and treatment technologies, sustainable management of water quality and circulation. He has been awarded over 8 awards such as the IWA Global Grand Honor Award and the second prize of National Technology Invention Award, etc. Dr. Xu is serving the Water Science & Technology as an associate editor and International Water Association (IWA) Small Water and Wastewater Systems Specialist Group as vice-chairman now. He has several activities and experiences in water and sludge management practices and technologies improvement. Dr. Xu is also serving the National Engineering Laboratory for Sustainable Sludge Management & Resourcelization Technology of China as director and Residuals Research Center of Harbin Institute of Technology as director. He has been elected as Scientific and Technological Innovation Leader of National High-level Personnel of Special Support Program of Organization Department of China in 2014, Young and Middle-aged Scientific and Technological Innovation Leader in Innovative Talent Promotion Program of Ministry of Science and Technology of China in 2013, and New Century Excellent Talent of Ministry of Education of China in 2009.

 Yi Huang, Ph.D.

Dr. Yi Huang received her Ph.D. in natural science from University of Beilefeld Germany in 1997. She is a full Professor in Peking University, China. She teaches environmental ecology and watershed management in the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering of Peking University.  Prof. Huang’s research focuses on assessment and restoration of degraded ecosystems with emphasis in fields of watershed-based water resources management and biodiversity conservation. In recent years, Prof. Huang teamed up research in lake basin water pollution management in the high land areas as an important component of the national key program of watershed management programs (the 11th and 12th Five-Year Plan). She is currently leading a national key project (2016-2020) on soil microbial which emphases on function of microbial on improving soil aggregation and stability, and maintaining biodiversity under change environment.


Markus Starkl

Dr. Markus Starkl has over 15 years of experience in the field of water and wastewater management. He graduated from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna in the field of “Water Management, Environmental and Engineering Sciences” in 1998. In the course of his studies he also spent one year at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, where he pursued the MSc course environmental engineering. In 2009 he completed a short course in “Water and Environmental Law and Policy” at UNESCO-IHE (Delft). After working for three years in the water consulting sector in Austria he moved in 2001 to BOKU University where he is working since 2008 in the position of head of the working area “Assessment and Governance” at the Competence Centre for Decision Aid in Environmental Management.

He is currently Vice-Chair of the Specialist Group of Sanitation and Water Management in Developing Countries of the International Water Association (IWA). Over the last 10 years he has been developing, managing and coordinating several research and technical assistance projects in the field of sanitation and decentralized wastewater management in developing countries. In 2008 he won a 1st runner up award for the Sustainability Prize in „Research excellence in support of sustainable urban water management” of the International Water Association and in 2014 he received a “Raiffeisen Science and Innovation Award”. Dr. Starkl has authored a large number of publications in the field of water, sanitation and decentralized wastewater management in developing countries.

Panagiotis Balabanis

Since 1990, Panagiotis Balabanis is working at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation and he is actually Deputy Head of the of the Eco-Innovation unit, dealing with issues related to water, systemic eco-innovation, resource efficiency and circular economy. During those years Panagiotis Balabanis has been involved in the definition and implementation of successive research programmes in the field of environment and sustainable development. Panagiotis Balabanis holds a Diploma from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, a D.E.A (Diplome de d’Etudes Approfondies) and a Doctorate in "Mechanic of mass and energy exchanges", from the University J.Fourrier, Grenoble I, France. Before joining the European Commission he worked as research associate at the Agricultural University of Athens.