Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Dorrik Stow Frse
Heriot-Watt University, UK


Professor Stow is a leading sedimentologist, geologist and oceanographer of international standing with an extensive record of scientific publications, including over 200 scientific papers and reports, numerous books and edited volumes. He specialises in the deep sea and on deep-sea deposits now thrown up onto land. In pursuing this scientific quest he has sailed on all the world's major oceans, visited or worked in more than 50 countries and lectured extensively throughout the world. He has worked in and with the oil industry, particularly in their ongoing quest for deep-sea oil and gas and on new and tight reservoir targets; led a major international mission for scientific drilling into the deep Indian Ocean seafloor; and is currently co-chief scientist for IODP Leg 339 on Mediterranean Outflow research. He also maintains strong interest in the field of geoscience and development, with recent visits to Indian Kashmir, Assam and Sri Lanka, concerning hazard mitigation, geoscience education and marine management. His enthusiasm for the popularisation of ocean and earth sciences is expressed through lectures, writing and broadcast, including his recent books Oceans: An Illustrated Reference (2004) and Vanished Ocean (OUP, 2010). He is currently Director of Research and Professor of Petroleum Geoscience at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University, and Director of the Edinburgh Collaborative of Subsurface Science and Engineering (ECOSSE). Employment 2008-present: ECOSSE Chair & Professor, Heriot-Watt University; Director of Research, Institute of Petroleum Engineering 1989-2008: Professor Ocean & Earth Science (from 2000), previously Reader, and Head of Academic Studies, School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton University 2006: Visiting Professor, Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia, Malaga, Spain; Spanish Misitry of Education and Science, Mobility Award. 1998-2000: Royal Society Industrial Research Fellow, BP, Sunbury; working within the Deepwater Research team 1984-1989: Lecturer then Reader, Nottingham University 1984: Associate Professor, Bordeaux University, France 1980-1984: Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow (1982-84); NERC Research Fellow (1980-82), Edinburgh University 1977-1980: Exploration Geologist then Senior Sedimentologist, British National Oil Corporation (Britoil), Glasgow Education and awards 1977: PhD Marine Geology, Dalhousie University, Canada 1976: MA Cambridge University, UK 1974: BA Natural Science Tripos, Cambridge University, UK Royal Society Industrial Research Fellowship National Teaching Fellowship Geological Society William Smith Award Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellowship Natural Environmental Research Council Research Fellowship Royal Society John Murray Travelling Fellowship Dalhousie Postgraduate Fellowship Commonwealth Scholarship Exhibition, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge Royal Institution Australian Science Scholarship.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Mário S. Ming Kong
University Lisbon, Portugal


Mário S. Ming Kong has a Degree in Architecture AT FAUTL, PhD in Architecture in the field of drawing and visual communication at Escuela Superior Technical Architecture Barcelona - Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC-ETSAB). He is presently Phd Professor AT FAUTL, Lecturer in ESELx and Visiting Professor at the Master Course in arts at ESBAL. Previously taught at Lusophona University (ULHT) and Independent University, respectively in the Departments of Urban Planing and. Architecture. In 2000 was Coordinator of the first year of the course in Urban Planning ULHT In 1998 Regent of the discipline Design/CAD/Geometry in ULHT. He participated in scientific research studies and consulting work for outside entities. He has also participated in several publications, communications, and training courses in order to disseminate the results of his research activities at national and international universities. His main research areas are: Harmony and proportion in representation between West and East and its application to Sustainable Architecture, in particular by applying concepts of origami and Kirigami to materials such as paper and bamboo.

Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Stanislaw Szwaja
Czestochowa University of Technology, Poland


to be announced soon.

Plenary Speaker II

Prof. Frederic Vignat
Université Grenoble Alpes, France


Prof. Frédéric Vignat is Associate professor at G-SCOP laboratory of Grenoble Institute of technology. He is teaching Manufacturing and Design. His research is focused on Additive manfacturing and especially design and numerical chain for additive manufacturing. He has written 60 papers and has supervised 12 PhD students.