Chairs of the Symposium and Board

MEEP 2022 Symposium Chair

Prof. Johannes Gescher, Technical University, Hamburg, Germany

Prof. Johannes Gescher chairs the Institute of Technical Microbiology at the Technical University in Hamburg, Germany. His research focusses on the application of bioelectrochemical systems in anode assisted fermentations, bioelectrosynthesis reactions, and the upcycling of biomass waste streams. The core of all processes developed in his lab are engineered and tailored productive biofilms that catalyze continuous processes, while thriving with electrodes as electron donor or acceptors.

He has published more than 70 peer reviewed journal papers, raised several million Euros of third-party funding, and is reviewer for research agencies and international journals.

Chair of the MEEP Scientific Board (SAB)

Prof. Ioannis Ieropoulos, University of Southampton, UK

Prof. Ioannis Ieropoulos is Professor and Chair of Environmental Engineering, in the Water & Environmental Engineering Group, Department of Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering at the University of Southampton, UK. He has an interest in waste utilisation and energy autonomy and produced the EcoBot family of robots, powered by microbial fuel cells (MFCs) fed on organic waste; the latest example is Row-bot.
He leads a Gates Foundation funded program, developing MFCs for sanitation, looking also into biodegradable materials.

He has published >90 peer reviewed journal papers, generated >£7M of research income in the last 8 years and is frequently invited at international conferences, such as ECS.

He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, a reviewer for the EU and numerous scientific Journals and the Editor in Chief for Sustainable Energy Technologies & Assessments (SETA).