Note: Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by their last names in ascending order.
Adrian Covaci is professor of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Toxicological Centre) at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He obtained his PhD in 2002 and further had a post-doc fellowship from the Flanders Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) until 2009. In 2007, he joined the regular academic staff of the University of Antwerp as senior lecturer and became full professor in 2012. He has been involved in the Toxicological Centre since 1997. His research interests focus on the analytical, environmental, biomonitoring aspects and risk assessment of emerging organic contaminants, elucidation of exposure pathways to humans for organic contaminants, estimation of fate, occurrence, and consumption of illicit drugs and pharmaceuticals via wastewater analysis. He is Associate Editor of Science of the Total Environment and Editor-in-chief of Environment International.
Simon Kelly gained his degree in Chemistry from Anglia Polytechnic in 1992 and completed PhD at University of East Anglia, Norwich School of Environmental Sciences in 2002. At the moment he is a Food Safety Specialist for traceability at the FAO/IAEA Joint Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture in the Seibersdorf Food and Environmental Protection laboratory in Austria. Simon has been involved in food authenticity research for over 20 years and has previously held positions at the Institute of Food Research (Norwich, UK) and the Food and Environment Research Agency (York, UK). His current research interests include developing field-deployable methods for rapid screening of food adulteration, improving accessibility to isotopic methods for developing countries and investigating position-specific isotope ratios measured by mass spectrometry to improve food authentication methods.
Katrin Loeschner is a material scientist and currently holds a position as Senior Researcher in the National Food Institute of the Technical University in Denmark (DTU). Her main research interests are in the area of detection and characterization of nanoparticles in food and biological matrices. She is currently leading the work package “Sample preparation” of the FP7 project NanoDefine (“Development of an integrated approach based on validated and standardized methods to support the implementation of the EC recommendation for a definition of nanomaterials”).
Arndt Schimmelmann received his M.Sc. Chemistry, from the University of Braunschweig, Federal Republic of Germany 1979 and Ph.D. in Geochemistry, University of California in Los Angeles, USA in 1985. His scientific positions include Postdoc, 1985-1988, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and then between 1988-1993, as a specialist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography before becoming a Senior Scientist at the Indiana University, Department of Geological Sciences. His current research activities include the development and distribution of compound specific hydrogen and carbon stable isotope reference materials that are being used by more than 150 laboratories worldwide, including the U.S. and Canadian customs agencies, Olympic and forensic drug testing laboratories, major oil companies, and environmental laboratories. Further his research projects focused into shale gas, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, paleoclimatology of laminated sediments, radon isotopes in soil-built dwellings in developing countries, subterranean methanotrophic consumption of atmospheric methane.
Joanna Szpunar graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology in 1986 and obtained her PhD (1992) and DSc. (habilitation) (2000) from at the University of Warsaw. Since 1997, she works at the National Research Council of France (CNRS). In 2007 she obtained the title of professor of chemistry (Poland). Her research interests concern bioinorganic speciation analysis and hyphenated techniques for metallomics. She was the chairperson of the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry in 2013. Joanna Szpunar is the laureate of the 2017 European Award for Plasma Spectrochemistry.
Frank Vanhaecke received a PhD from Ghent University (Belgium) in 1992. He carried out postdoctoral research at Ghent University (with Luc Moens) and at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany (with Klaus G. Heumann). Currently, he is Senior Full Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Ghent University, where he leads the ‘Atomic & Mass Spectrometry – A&MS’ research group that is specialized in the determination, speciation, and isotopic analysis of (trace) elements via ICP-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). His group studies fundamentally oriented aspects of the technique and develops methods for solving challenging scientific problems in an interdisciplinary context. Specific topics of research include the direct bulk and spatially resolved analysis of solid materials by means of laser ablation (LA) – ICP-MS, the development of speciation strategies based on HPLC-ICP-MS for ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of pharmaceutical drugs) studies and isotopic analysis using multi-collector ICP-MS. At the 2011 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Frank received a ‘European Plasma Spectrochemistry Award’. In 2013, he was designated ‘Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy – SAS’. In 2017, he received the Lester Strock Award from SAS.