Dubai: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Research and Development Centre, in collaboration with Khalifa University in the UAE and the Membrane Society of Australia (MSA), has hosted the 15th International Conference on Challenges in Environmental Science and Engineering 2022 for the first time in the Middle East.
The conference was attended by global researchers, decision-makers, academics, and experts to discuss on various environmental and sustainability issues.
The CEO stressed on DEWA’s efforts to be a pioneer in hosting international events to support the Middle East’s efforts to shape the sustainability agenda and strengthen the leading position of UAE as a regional and global leader.
Mr. Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, observed that the R&D Centre’s hosting of the conference is part of seminars and conferences organised by the Centre within the Al Baheth program, which focuses on promoting the culture of research and development, professional competencies, and strengthening national caliber.
The conference had the participation of several keynote speakers, including Prof. Lourdes Vega of Khalifa University, Prof. Noreddine Ghaffour of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Prof. Despo Fatta-Kassinos of the Nireas-IWRC in Cyprus, Prof. Ho Kyong Shon from the University of Technology Sydney, and Prof. Dionysios Dionysiou of the National Technical University of Athens.
The major topics at the conference included the application of membrane technology and nanotechnology in water treatment, green fuels and hydrogen generation, wastewater pollution, the management and recovery of materials and energy, sustainable catchments and renewable energy, sustainability and climate change adaptation, soil sustainability, CO2 capture, and utilization strategies.