Scientific program (soon available)

Dr. Babu Alappat

Dr. Babu Alappat holds a B.Tech (in Civil Engineering) from University of Calicut, M.Tech (in Environmental Engineering) from University of Kerala, Ph.D (in Environmental Engineering) from IIT Bombay.

He has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience in field of Environmental Engineering. Currently, Dr. Alappat is a Professor of Environmental Engineering in IIT Delhi. Also, he is a Visiting Professor in the Department of System Enegetics and Environment, IMT Atlantique, Nantes, France since 2003.

He specialises on Incineration Techniques, Fluidized Bed Reactors and Solid Waste Management. He has published more than 130 research papers in International & National Journals and Conferences. He is a reviewer or more than 20 International Journals. Also, has guided several Ph.D and M.Tech projects.

His contributions in the area of waste management includes both Incineration techniques and landfilling. The Landfill Pollution Potential Index (LPPI) and Leachate Pollution Index (LPI) developed by Prof. Alappat and his team have been in extensive use for quantifying the pollution potential of uncontrolled landfills. Also, he has worked extensively on fluidized bed incineration of liquid and solid wastes especially in Re-Circualting Fluidized Bed Reactors (RCFBs). Presently, he is active in the research on the incineration of Municipal Solid Waste for energy recovery.

He is a consultant to many Govermental and Non-Govermental organisations and Technical Expert  in many committees. To name a few :

  • Expert Advisory Committee on “Waste Management” under Technology Systems Development Program (TSDP) of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  • Steering Committee for the Waste Sector under the project ‘Technology Need Assessment (TNA) sponsored by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC), Dept of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  • Screening Committee, Data Base for Classification of Municipal Solid Waste Technologies, Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC), Dept of Science and Technology; under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) of Govt. of India
  • State level advisory body to finalise the ‘Draft state policy and solid waste management strategy for Delhi’.
  • Technical Expert Committee for the Evaluation of proposals for the utilization of hazardous and other wastes, Central Pollution Control Board.
  • Expert committee constituted by National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the Environmental Assessment of the Renuka Ji Dam Project, Himachal Pradesh.
  • State level committee for Technical Scrutiny and Approval of  Sewerage Schemes for Himachal Pradesh.
  • Academic Council of Kerala Technological University and Delhi Technological University

Jack Legrand

Jack LEGRAND is Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Nantes. He is specialist in transport phenomena and mixing in processes and (photo)bioprocesses. He has ca 240 publications in peer reviews. He works in the Joined Research Unit (UMR) GEPEA (Chemical Engineering for Energy, Environment and Food) between CNRS, University of Nantes, ONIRIS and the Institut Mines Telecom Atlantique. Since 2009, he is co-coordinator of the thematic group “Biomass for Energy” of the French Alliance for the Research Coordination for Energy. He is President of Scientific Council of the French Society of Chemical Engineering since 2015. Since 2014, he is CNRS representative in the Joint Programme Bioenergy of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA). He is member of Steering Committee of the European Algal Biomass Association (EABA) since 2014.

Research Fields: Study of the fundamental problems dealing with transfer phenomena in mass/heat exchangers (reactors, mixers) by using the methodology of the Chemical Engineering. Studies are related to mixing and bioreactors, particularly the emulsion processing, microencapsulation processes, the centrifugal partition chromatography and the conception and modelling of photobioreactors applied to the valorisation (biomass, energy, metabolites of interest) of microalgae.


Sandrine Rousseaux

Sandrine Rousseaux, PhD, is a research fellow at CNRS (national centre for scientific research). She initially carried out research in environmental law into climate change mitigation. She then joined as a R&D director a French start-up specialized in personal carbon footprint awareness.

She now works on the circular economy issue. Her research management activities are led within the Circular Economy Skill Unit at CAPACITÉS, the subsidiary of the University of Nantes dedicated to the development of research. This transversal skill unit gathers researchers in human and social science, and engineering science.

The multidisciplinary expertise provided to socio-economic actors aims to bring responses to their innovation needs. The technology transfer offer covers strategic intelligence, territorial diagnosis, feasibility study, innovation management, and social acceptability assessment.


Jean-Philippe Steyer

Since his early years of education, JP Steyer has always been interested in physics and applied mathematics. He discovered the fascinating word of bioprocesses during his Master and since then, he decided to focus his career on optimizing them by combining a pluridisciplinary point-of-view investigating advanced instrumentation, modeling, control and automation methodologies. After a PhD from Toulouse University focused on white biotechnology, he worked for some time for the Sanofi company and was sent to Lehigh University in the USA to study interactions between hydrodynamic and biological models to improve production of pharmaceutical bio-products. When back to France, he got a research position at INRA.

Then, for 12 years, he initiated a research group on “process engineering and control engineering” (PEACE) at the “Laboratoire de Biotechnologie de l’Environnement” (LBE) in Narbonne, France. In 2005, he applied for an Individual Marie-Curie Fellowship and was awarded to spend one year at the Danish Technical University in Copenhagen.
This provided him with a unique opportunity to broaden his scientific expertise and he could then deeply investigate the links between microbial ecology and process engineering. And this is his scientific route since then. Indeed, for the last 12 years, all the PhD students he supervised were dealing with modeling of microbial diversity, integrating thermodynamics in mass balanced models, developing metabolic models together with innovative real-time instrumentation systems to get closer insights of the ecosystems life in bioprocesses. He also broaden his fields of applications, with anaerobic digestion as the core bioprocess but integrating it with innovative processes such as microalgae cultivation for bioenergy and bioproducts sustainable production.

Over these years, he published 234 papers in international journals (Hindex 37 and 6434 citations on the Web of Science)