List of confirmed talks and speakers (with filiation)

BSc. in Geological Sciences (National University of the South – UNS), MSc. in Soil Science – esp. Genesis and Classification (University of Gent, Belgium). She has been Associate Lecturer in the “Soil Genesis, Classification and Cartography” course of the Agronomy Department (UNS) provided for student from the Agronomy Engineer, BSc. in Geological Sciences and Agricultural Superior Technician in Soils and Waters degrees. She has many publications in international and national journals, in national and international congresses, as well as contributed in book chapters and talks as a guest in conferences and participated in scientific exchange activities and in technical assistance services. She has collaborated as reviewer for national and international peer-reviewed journals, specialized in soil genesis, environmental issues, hydrogeochemistry and ecotoxicology. Moreover, she has taken part in projects within PICT- ANPCYT research groups and directed PG – UNS projects. Her research is focused on the evaluation of the geo-availability of arsenic and other associated trace elements in soils and sediments hosting the phreatic aquifer, particularly in relation to shallow groundwaters’ hydrochemistry in the southwest of the Pampean region.

Hydraulic Engineer (UNLP) – Sanitary Engineering Specialist (UBA). He began his professional experience as a consultant at recognized construction companies and from 1992 to the present. Between 1987-1991 he worked in the National Drinking Water Service (SNAP) and in the Federal Council of Potable Water and Sanitation (CoFAPyS), currently the National Entity of Sanitation Water Works of (ENOHSA). Since 1992, he works as an independent consultant. Since 2014, he is an advisor to FEDECOBA (Federation of Electric and Other Public Services Cooperatives of the Buenos Aires province), on issues related to the drinking water supply and sewage, advising more than 70 water cooperatives in the province

Professor Saugata Datta was educated in India and then in Canada at the University of Western Ontario and completed his PhD in Environmental Geochemistry working with Late Professor William S Fyfe. Datta worked in his PhD in trace elements in soils and modeling them in environments where coal fly ash and sewage sludge were added to deprived soils to increase their bioproductivities and fertility. Datta was later initiated to his first approach to source determinations of Arsenic in sedimentary environments in Bangladesh and India while working as a Columbia Earth Institute Fellow and a Barnard Mellon Scholar at Columbia University-Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Later his work took him to a Liberal Arts and Science University in the state of Georgia and as an Associate Professor at Calcutta University. Datta’s tenure as a Professor of Hydrogeology started at Kansas State University in 2008 and in 2019 he became the Hammond Chair of Hydrogeology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and also is the acting Director of the Water Institute in South Texas. Datta holds joint appointment with Geological Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering at UTSA. Datta’s research experience is on water resources—its physical, chemical and biological makeup, and preserving our resources from natural and anthropogenic contaminants. His research interests has focused on issues of water resources, water availability and understanding the cycling of different metals and organic compounds in our groundwater, surface waters, soils, and sediments, as well as how land use pattern changes affect the distribution of such nutrients and pollutants in our environments. Prof Datta has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, and has been involved in the organisation and delivery of several postgraduate-level international workshops including in India, Argentina, and Mexico. Saugata’s research projects has links to health impact assessments—both targeting human and ecosystem health. Datta has been funded by multiple US based agencies such as the US EPA, NASA, NSF, DOE, and Bureau of Land Management of the Department of Interior. Datta has worked with CONICET colleague Dr Numa Sosa on the Clarameco River Basin and its Arsenic and Fluoride occurrences being linked to the sedimentary makeup and river morphologies.

Dr Gasulla has a degree in Biochemist (FFyB-UBA) and a PhD in Biological Science (FCEN-UBA). His present position is Assistant Researcher of the Research Council (CONICET) at the Environmental Research Center (CIM-UNLP-CONICET) and in the recently formed Bioscience, biotechnology and biomedicine Institute (iB3-FCEN-UBA). Since 2007, he integrates the research group of Dr Alejandro Nadra at iB3, where they focused on the development of a platform of biosensors for the low-cost detection of locally relevant environmental contaminants. For this purpose, they employ tools from molecular biology, synthetic biology, biochemistry, biotechnology and industrial design. Nowadays, they are working on the development of arsenic and cyanotoxins biosensors.

He is a chemical engineer from the National Technological University (UTN) Regional Faculty – Buenos Aires, and a specialist in Sanitary Engineering at UBA. He holds an MSc. in Sciences at the Vanderbilt University (US) and training on High Charge Anaerobic Technologies at the Wastewater Technology Centre (Ontario – Canada).

He has worked as Director of Technical Assistance and Development of the National Potable Water and Sanitary Direction, which is part of the National Secretary of Infrastructure and Hydrological Policy. He has also worked as Technical Director to the AIDIS (Argentina), as an assessor to the Environmental Management of Water Resources agency within the National Environmental Secretary (SAyDS) and was responsible for the Treatment Technology and Clean Production Programme at the National Water Institute. Additionally, he worked as Head of the Experimental Laboratory for Sustainable Technologies and as an inspection consultant to the Water Company of the Republic of Ghana, and to the Aqueducts and Sewage Services in Honduras and Nicaragua.

Alicia Fernández Cirelli is a senior lecturer at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and a senior researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). She holds a doctorate degree on Chemical Sciences Doctor (UBA) and she has done postdoctoral studies at different European universities. Currently, she is the Director of the Research in Animal Production (INPA) an Executive Unit of UBA-CONICET, Director of the Water Transdisciplinary Studies Center (CETA-UBA Institute), Director of the Master Program in Water Management (UBA), Coordinator of the Water Academic Committee of the Montevideo Group College Association (AUGM). She coordinated national and international research projects, funded by different agencies, including the European Union. She has published more than 150 original scientific papers in national and international journals, 45 books and more than 70 book chapters. She has made 300 communications in national and international scientific meetings. She has contributed to the training of postgraduate human resources, supervising more than 20 doctoral thesis, 4 master thesis and 20 foreign fellowships. She has developed patents and has made numerous publications in scientific dissemination media.

Susana García is a medical doctor and holds an MSc. in Toxicology at the University of Sevilla. She is a specialist in Occupational Medicine at the Favaloro University. She worked as a toxicologist at the National Center for Intoxications from the Posadas Hospital and at the Toxicology Unit in the Fernández Hospital until she accepted the position of Head of the National Prevention and Control of Intoxications Program in the Department of Environmental Health of the Ministry of Health of the Argentine Republique, from where she helped promoting the creation of the Argentine Toxicology Network, the Multicenter Study on Epidemiology of Endemic Regional Chronic Hydroarsenicism (HACRE) in Argentina, the Training Module on HACRE for the PRIMARY HEALTH CARE LEVEL and the mandatory notification of cases of HACRE to the National Health Surveillance System, both in its clinical and laboratory modality. She attended the Pan-American Health Organization as an external consultant in the evaluation of hydroarsenicism risks in Ecuador and Costa Rica. She is currently the Director of the Health and Environmental Education Unit at the Matanza Riachuelo Basin Authority. She is Adjunct Professor of Toxicology at the Faculty of Medicine of the UBA and chairs the Iberoamerican Society of Environmental Health. She is the author of scientific journal articles and book chapters published in Argentina and abroad.

She is a Civil Engineer- Specialist in Hydraulics and Environment (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain), and holds a PhD. in Engineering (National University of Rosario -Argentina). She is a researcher in the field of Appropriate Technologies for the Treatment in Water and Effluents. She has published numerous papers in National and International Journals, especially about Arsenic Removal in Groundwater by coagulation-adsorption-filtration processes and in the Biological Removal of Iron and Manganese in Groundwater. She is the director of the Postgraduate Degree on Specialization in Sanitary Engineering – Faculty of Exact Sciences, Engineering and Land-surveying at the National University of Rosario.

Chemical technician. He works at the National Institute of Industrial Technology in the Chemical Process Engineering Department since 1998.
He Performs technological assistance and Research & Development investigations and scale up processes. Since 2008, he has been part of the working group specialized in technologies for the removal of arsenic in waters suitable for human consumption that developed the «rural device and the modular plant for arsenic abatement» as well as the «Arsenic abatement intervention model in waters of human consumption ”. He led missions to the Chaco impenetrable for the installation and field tests of the designed devices and trained the users in their operation mode. He gave various awareness talks on the problem of arsenic in the affected areas.

Prof. Litter is a Doctor in Chemistry from the Buenos Aires University, Argentina (1974) with a Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona, USA (1983). She is a Senior Researcher of the Research Council (CONICET) and a Professor at the University of General San Martín, Argentina. She was Principal Investigator at the National Atomic Commission until her retirement where she was the Head of the Environmental Chemistry Remediation Division. Her research focuses on the treatment of organic and inorganic contaminants in water and air by using innovative advanced technologies, especially the heterogeneous photocatalysis and use of nanomaterials. She is the author of more than 200 scientific publications in international journals, books and chapters of books. She received the Mercosur Prize twice in 2006 and 2011. She was the President of the Local Organizing Committee of the 5th. International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (As2014), Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 11 to 16 May 2014. She was designated pioneer on photocatalysis in Argentina (2016) and she is a Member of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS, 2019).

Dr. Hugo B. Nicolli served as a CONICET Scientific Researcher between 1971 and 2010; and as an emeritus consultant until 2016 and, simultaneously, as a Director of the INGEOQUI (Institute of Geochemistry, San Miguel, Buenos Aires province) between 1979 and 2016. Ever since he has worked as an Ad-honorem Advisor at INGEOQUI. He graduated as a Geologist at the age of 20, and he was awarded valedictorian by the University in 1960 (Gold Medal and Diploma of Honorable Mention; Geologist at F.C.Ex.Fis.Nat. of the National University of Córdoba). In the JEN (Nuclear Energy Board, Madrid, Spain) he executed the experimental part of his doctoral thesis by means of a scholarship from the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) presenting and defending his doctoral dissertation at the University of Salamanca, Spain, on «Geochemistry of the Uranium in Granitic Rocks of the Iberian Peninsula «to which the Examining Board granted the qualification of “Outstanding Cum-Laude» by Unanimity (January 29, 1967). He was awarded first Prize at the 1967 doctoral thesis contest of Latin American PhD students (Institute of Hispanic Culture, Madrid, Spain, 1967). He is a Senior Author to Book Chapters and he has published in national and international technical journals with the highest Scientific Impact Factor highlighting the «contribution of the Mössbauer Spectrometry in the knowledge of the genesis of the uranium deposits of the Sierra Pintada district, San Rafael , prov, from Mendoza, Argentina» which received from the Dutch publisher ELSEVIER (one of the largest in the world) the distinction of being selected for the inauguration of its new URANIUM Technical Magazine Volume 1, No. 1, p. 1-18 (Year 1983). Dr. Nicolli has published more than 160 articles on his specialty (hydro-geochemistry, environmental arsenic geochemistry and trace elements habitually associated with its genesis and concentration in aquifer contamination) integrated into projects of CONICET, SUBCYT or SECYT, or regional Bank projects Inter-American Development. He currently serves as an Arbitrator (Referee) appointed by the Editors of the Journals with the highest Scientific Impact (8 from the Netherlands, 3 from Germany, 1 from England, 1 from the USA, 1 from Canada, 1 from Switzerland, 1 from France, 2 from Spain, and a publication (electronic only) from India.

Lawyer (UBA 2000). Environmental Law Specialist (UCA 2004). Doctor of Legal Sciences (UCA 2010). Associate Professor, obtained by contest, of the subjects «Environmental, Agrarian and Natural Resources Law» of the National University of the Center of Buenos Aires Province (UNICEN). Author and co-author of several publications in her specialty. She has collaborated with the Large Plain Hydrology Institute (IHLLA) since 2016, giving courses and seminars on Water Law issues. Independent environmental legal consultant. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the publication «EL DERECHO – Diario de Doctrina y Jurisprudencia Ambiental» since 2011.

Agricultural Engineer (UNER-1990), MSc. In Soils (UBA-1999) and PhD. In Earth and Environmental Sciences (University of Coruna, Spain-2009). Professor of Edaphology at the Agricultural Sciences Faculty of the Entre Rios National University. Category I in the incentives program. His research work spans the fertilization of extensive crops, rice and grass-fields, particularly the dynamics of phosphorus and arsenic in the soil-plant system. He is a member and the Director of Research and Development projects. Independent consultant to Agricultural companies and fertiliser providers. He is the Director of the Laboratory of Soil, Water and Environment Applied Technologies (FCA-UNER). He has published 22 book chapters, 26 papers in peer-reviewed journals; 72 in specialized journals and more than 100 congress participations. He is a postgraduate lecturer and Msc. and PhD. students supervisor. He is a reviewer of scientific and academic activities.

Veterinarian, PhD. Professor of the Faculty of Veterinarian Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Director of the Multidisciplinary Water Studies Center (UBA Institute) and fellow researcher at CONICET. He currently works as Head of the Faculty of Veterinarian Sciences (UBA). He is a lecturer in the Water Management MSc program. Research and Development fields: Water quality and Management in livestock-sector production. Management of agroindustry effluents. Occurrence of trace elements in environmental matrices and transfer to the agroindustry chain food. Quality of agro-food industry products.

Dr. Valentina Olmos has a Doctorate of the University of Buenos Aires in Pharmacy and
Biochemistry. She is researcher and professor teaching assistant at the Toxicology Department and at the Analytical Toxicology Laboratory (CENATOXA) of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires. Her research is focused on arsenic exposure assessment and arsenic health risk assessment. She is an Emeritus member of the Argentine Society of Toxicology (Asociación Toxicológica Argentina) and a full member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT, USA). She is review editor at Acta Toxicológica Argentina Journal. She is an active member of the 'Arsenic in water; ad-hoc group of experts of the Food Safety Network of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Red de Seguridad Alimentaria, CONICET). She authored 33 scientific publications in national and international scientific journals. She authored more than 50 presentations to national and international scientific meetings.

Gianfranco is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Manchester. He is specialized in environmental geochemistry and hydrogeology, particularly in the study of the distribution, speciation and geochemical controls on arsenic occurrence in surface and groundwaters, using as study cases Myanmar and Northern Chile. He is interested in understanding the geological controls on natural contamination, and its impact in the quality of drinking and irrigation water sources. Gianfranco holds a BSc degree in Science and Engineering, and a Geologist degree Diploma from the University of Chile. He has experience working in hydrogeological consultancy, fieldwork, and geochemical modelling. He has also participated in several public engagement activities on water quality and hydrogeology in Myanmar and northern Chile.

Professor David Polya was educated at the Friends’ School, Hobart and the University of Tasmania (Australia). He completed his PhD in 1987 at The University of Manchester (UoM) on the geochemistry of the Panasqueira tungsten-tin deposit, Portugal. Polya has worked as a field hydrogeologist (at what is now Mineral Resources Tasmania), a computer programmer (Monash University), a high temperature experimentalist (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee) and a geochemical consultant (GeoScience Limited, Falmouth, UK). His current research interests include field, laboratory and theoretical studies in environmental geochemistry, particularly with respect to arsenic in shallow aquifers, most notably in the Indian sub-continent and Southeast Asia. He is an Associate Director of the Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science and Head of the Manchester Analytical Geochemistry Unit (MAGU). Research projects coordinated include the FP6 AquaTRAIN Marie Curie Research Training Network, the FP6 EU ASIA-LINK CALIBRE Project and the UKIERI PRAMA Project. He is the UK Lead of the current DST-NERC Indo-UK Water Quality project, FAR-GANGA. Prof Polya has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed international journals , is a member of the editorial boards for WQEH  and Water, and has been involved in the organisation and delivery of several postgraduate-level international workshops including in the UK, China, India and Argentina.

Geologist (UNLP) and recenty Dr. in Geology (UNC, 2019). He is a CONICET postdoctoral fellow at Large Plains Hydrology Institute «Eduardo Usunoff» (IHLLA). He has published in national and international congress. His research interests are trace elements hydro-geochemistry and optimization of aquifer exploration with the objective of identifying free-contaminant aquifers to reduce water treatment requirement for human consumption.

Mirna Sigrist  holds a BSc. In Chemistry, a MSc. in Science and Technology of Foods and a PhD. in Chemistry. She works as a lecturer and a researcher at the Waste and Chemical Contaminants Research and Analysis Program (PRINARC) of the Chemical Engineering Faculty (FIQ) at the Litoral’s National University (UNL). She is the Director of research projects on Research Support Centres and Development (UNL) and PICT ANPCyT (Argentina). She works as a lecturer for the Chemistry, and Science and Technology of Foods BSc., and Foods Engineering degrees programs (FIQ-UNL). Her academic, research, and outreach activities are related to the determination of chemical elements and elemental species in environmental samples and in foods, through atomic mass spectrometry.

Ms. Luciana B. Silvestro is a Professor of Biological Sciences, graduated from the Faculty of Agronomy of the National University of the Center of Buenos Aires Province (UNICEN) and obtained her Ph.D in Biological Sciences at the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, National University of Mar del Plata. She is an associate professor of Biological Chemistry and Food Biochemistry at the Faculty of Agronomy and also teaches the subject Food Chemistry at the Teacher Training Institute Nº 156 «Palmiro Bogliano». She is a researcher at UNICEN, member of the research group of the Laboratory of Functional Biology and Biotechnology (BIOLAB-INBIOTEC-CONICET). She has made publications in indexed journals, congress papers and directs thesis of the degrees of Agronomic Engineering and Professor of Biological Sciences.

María Emilia Zabala is a geologist (National University of Cordoba – UNC), MSc in Hydrological Sciences (National University of La Pampa) and PhD. in Geological Sciences (UNC). She is a fellow researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) based at the Institute of Hydrology of Plains “Dr. Eduardo J. Usunoff” (IHLLA). She is an associate lecturer to the Chemistry Pedagogy and Agro-survey Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of the Center of the Buenos Aires Province. Her research field is oriented to the study of the physical and chemical processes that contribute to groundwater salinization in plain areas and the calculations of the natural chemical composition baseline of the water resources.

He is a Dr. in Geology from the Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina. Independent researcher of the Scientific Research Commission of the Buenos Aires province (CIC) at the Large Plains Hydrology Institute (IHLLA). Adjunct professor at the Agronomy Faculty of the National University of the Center of the Buenos Aires province (UNICEN). He has conducted research on the hydrodynamics of the unsaturated zone in plain areas with the application of geoelectric methods. He currently works in hydrogeophysics and in the aquifers exploration to obtain groundwater with low-arsenic content. He has published scientific papers on these topics and has directed research projects with human resources advisory.