Meet the Speakers
19-20 November 2018. Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Selected from internationally renowned experts including members of the multidisciplinary team of authors who contributed to the publication, the conference’s speakers are scientists, practitioners and project owners with backgrounds in engineering and environmental sciences as well as decades of relevant experience.
PROFESSOR DR PATRICK MEIRE
Patrick is a professor in biology and head of the research group Ecosystem Management (ECOBE) at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. His research focuses on the environmental impact of human activities on aquatic and wetland systems, and these insights are used to develop concepts for integrated water and ecosystem management. He coordinates the OMES project, monitoring the environmental impact of the Sigmaplan, an undertaking which promotes safety against flooding as well as leisure, nature and navigation resources within the Scheldt estuary in Flanders. He obtained a PhD in biology from the University of Ghent in Belgium.
JAAP VAN THIEL DE VRIES
Jaap graduated from the department of Fluid Mechanics of Delft University of Technology in 2003. He worked in Deltares as a senior advisor/researcher. Later, he joined Hydronamic, the Engineering group of Boskalis in 2013 as a senior engineer within the Marine Environment and Morphology group. On behalf of Boskalis, Jaap has been part of the Ecoshape management team that coordinates the Building with Nature (BwN) programme. He was programme manager in the BwN Indonesia project, Demak.
DR MARK LEE
Currently Group Manager of HR Wallingford’s Dredging Group, Mark has a background in marine monitoring and surveying with a focus on dredging-related projects. For over 20 years, he has specialised in coastal oceanographic surveys and coastal and fluvial sediment transport measurements, and worked on projects in the sectors of ports and shipping, construction, energy, oil and gas, and water. He has undertaken extensive vessel-based and shore-based marine survey work as a Surveyor and Party Chief, and as a Client Representative.
DR TODD BRIDGES
As the US Army’s Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science, Todd’s responsibilities include leading research, development and environmental initiatives for the US Army and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Todd is the Director of the Center for Contaminated Sediments (CCS) and the Program Manager for the Dredging Operations Environmental Research (DOER) program. He currently leads USACE’s Engineering with Nature (EWN) program, which includes a network of research projects, field demonstrations, and communication activities to promote sustainable, resilient infrastructure systems.
Last update: 12 November 2018