Invited speakers

Publishing Editor Middle East & North Africa  
Springer Research Group, Springer Nature, Germany

"Springer Workshop: How to get published in a scientific journal"
Writing research papers for academic journals is not easy and also very competitive. After producing data and generating ideas from your research, how do you write a clear and concise paper that attracts the attention of journal editors? How should you prepare a cover letter? How should you respond to reviewer report? A publishing editor from Springer Nature in Heidelberg, Germany shares his advice during two hours on how to effectively write and structure your paper, prepare a cover page and answer to reviewer comments.
Dr. Nabil Khélifi is a former researcher at GEOMAR Ocean Research Center Kiel in Germany and currently a Publishing Editor responsible for Springer’s Publishing Program in the Middle East and North Africa.


Pr. Baghdad OUDDANE
Full Professor in Lille 1 University, France.  

He has obtained his PhD in Environmental Chemistry in 1990 and his HDR (Higher Degree by Research) in 1997 at Lille 1 University. Lecturer (1992-2003) and Full Professor at Lille1 University since 2003. He was the Team Leader of the group Marine and Analytical Chemistry (UMR 8217 CNRS- Lille 1) composed of 10 permanent,1 PostDoc, and 10 PhD students). He is the Head of the Master "Water Treatment" in Lille1University. Elected member of the National Universities Commission (CNU section 32), elected member in academic council of Lille1 University and an elected member of the Council of the Chemistry Department.

His research activity covers a broad spectrum of environmental study of the speciation of trace metals in natural waters and sediments, studies of biogeochemical processes in aquatic environments (rivers, canals and coastal areas), development of new analytical methods as a tool for monitoring environmental processes. He has supervised more than 22 graduation courses DEA & MASTER2 and 25 PhD theses.

Publications: 116 papers in international journals and more than 168communications in national and international conferences, co-authors of fourbooks chapter (two popular science)”. Expertise of several ANR application, participation in several thesis committees as examiner or president in French and foreign universities. Occasional referee in several international journals in the field of environment (Chemosphere, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Pollution, Biogeochemistry, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, AAS Journal, Water Research, Separation Science and Technology). Organization of several seminars and International Conference (WATMED 5 in Lille (France) in May 2010) in the field of Water and Water Treatment.


Pr. Hamed BEN DHIA

Full Professor in University of Sfax, Tunisia. 
prepared a PhD on the Tunisian Geothermal potential at the University of Bordeaux, France (1983); worked as researcher and engineer in France, Libya and Morocco (1971-1978) and started his carrier as teacher of hydrogeology in the Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS), Tunisia since 1978. More than 70 international scientific papers have been published along more than 20 doctorates for young researchers from the Maghreb region presented. He was head of the ENIS (1993-1997) and president of the University of Sfax (1998-2011). He is member of several academic and civil associations and is now acting as expert in university management and Environmental studies. Professor Ben Dhia is the Executive Editor in Chief of the Euro Med Journal of Environmental Integration (EMJE) launched in a collaboration with Springer Nature.


Pr. Ragab Ragab
Vice President, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage,
ICID Chairman of the British National Committee, ICID-UK Head, Water, Soils and Landscapes,
CEH-Wallingford, UK

Vice President of the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage, ICID  as well as the Chairman of the British National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, ICID-UK. Field of interests cover, irrigation, drainage, catchment's hydrology, remote sensing application in hydrology, integrated water management, climate change impact on water resources, soil-water-plant- atmosphere relations, rainfall harvesting, use of poor quality water for crop production, organic farming and urban hydrology. Leader of several projects in the UK and overseas. Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, IPCC,  International adviser to "Brazil National Institute for Salinity Research", Fortaleza, Brazil,  Adjunct Professor at Alexandria University, Egypt and Lecturer at Oxford University, UK. Supervisor for international students at different Universities and external examiner to various Universities in and outside the UK. Recipient of several international Awards.

Ex. Member of the Editorial Board of J. Agricultural Water Management, Reviewer for more than 15 International Journals.  Chairman of the International Committee on the Sustainable use of natural resources for crop production, ICID, Chairman of the International Committee on the use of poor quality water for irrigation, ICID, member of the British Society of Soil Science Society– BSSS, member of the American Society of Agronomy – ASA and member of Soil Science Society of America – SSSA and member of the European Soil Science Society.  In addition to the UK, has extensive field experience and carried out several projects in North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Mediterranean region.  Author and Co-Author of numerous scientific papers and Editor and Co-Editor of several special issues of International Journals as well as Conference Proceedings.

Invited speaker to high-level meetings, most recently the EU Green Week, Brussels (May 2011), Integrated Water Management (EU event, Agadir, Morocco, June 2011), Ecosystem Functioning and Resiliance (EU event, Sardinia, July 2011), International Water Association, Recife, Brazil (September 2011), EU-Cost Action Programme (Halophytes), Sussex University (October 2011), 6th World Water Forum (France, March 2012).


Souad Ben RomdhaneDr. Souad BEN ROMDHANE
Environmental Protection Agency, USA

"Environmental Education and Health The Road to a New Job Market for the 21 st Century"

Dr. Souad Ahmed Benromdhane has more than 25 years of experience in pollution prevention, health risk assessment, industrial waste management, environmental labeling (e.g. for tourism, textile, and food industries), and integration of renewable energy in the conventional energy mix. She is currently a Senior Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Her duties include rule making and health standards with emphasis on health risk and benefits assessment from multiple air pollutants (e.g. Criteria and HAPs). She is also the Manager of the VOC Exemption Program.

In partnership with the US State Department international programs, she supports several countries in the MENA region with integrated environmental management using her expertise in the private sector and the federal government in both USA and Tunisia.

Before joining the USEPA, she worked as a senior Technical Lead/Environmental Projects at CSSI’s Directorate of Simulation Modeling and Analysis and led aviation-related environmental analyses and air quality model development activities. Prior to that, she worked at Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) as a Sr. Environmental Engineer/Analyst at the Energy Information & Solutions Division, on a number of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS), (nuclear waste EISs projects for the Department of Energy). She also worked as a government contractor for the Energy Information Administration, EIA, on greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions inventory and climate change issues, and had energy related emissions experience providing air quality modeling, uncertainty analysis based on the Kyoto Protocol guidelines under the IPCC Framework. Previously and after her graduation, she worked as a Visiting Associate Professor at Michigan State University, where she received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering with emphasis on air pollution prevention. Her education includes a Master’s of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from “Ecole Polytechnique de Paris,” France, and she received a principal civil engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieurs de Tunis, ENIT, Tunisia.

Formerly in her career, she held several public service positions in Tunisia, as the branch chief at the ministries of public works and environmental protection, and the Deputy Director of the Industrial Waste Management Division at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Land Use Management. In cooperation with the European Commission and as the Project Director, she led the implementation of the Tunisian National Eco-labelling Program for the International Centre of Environmental Technologies of Tunis, (CITET). She also served as a Sr. International Consultant for CITET, and UNEP during the developing of the African Eco-labelling scheme. She provided an international review of the different Eco-labelling programs and participated in the experts’ meeting on developing the African Eco-labeling scheme.