Inaugural Keynote Lecture

Editor-in-Chief, International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, Elsevier

Research Interest

  • Ammonia oxidizing archaea (AOA), anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) bacteria, and nitrite-dependent anaerobic methane oxidation (n-damo) bacteria
  • The new archaea which have not been isolated from the ecosystems
  • Microbiology of cultural heritage and conservation of art
  • Anaerobic degradation and mechanisms of alkanes/aromatics in petroleum reservoirs

   ·         Editor/ Associate Editor

                           International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation

Prof. Jega Jegatheesan
Editor in-Chief  Environmental Quality Mangement, Wiley

Prof. Jega Jegatheesan is presently working as Professor in School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering Department, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.  He has worked in various reputed universities in past including in the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, James Cook University Australia as visiting senior lecturer, in School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology,  Thailand · Bangkok and as Associate Professor in School of Engineering in Civil Engineering Deakin University Australia· His research interest is focused in the area of Water (Treatment, Distribution, modelling) Waster water (MBR, Membranes in Agriculture, Aquaculture), Salt Water Intrusion, Resource Recovery (Mine Tailing Ponds, Dye and Salt from Textile Effluent), Novel Technologies (FO, MD) and used of nanotechnology in waste water treatment. He has a combined publication of >200 in various SCI cited journals of high repute, Book Chapters and peer-reviewed conferences with high citation >2000. He is reviewers of different reputed international journals. He is editorial board member and guest editor of many reputed journals like, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Journal of Water Sustainability, International Journal of Environmental Health Engineering, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Technologies, Bioresource Technology.

Prof Ashok Pandey
Editor-in-Chief, Bioresource Technology, Elsevier
    Professor Ashok Pandey is a Distinguished Scientist at CSIR-Indian Institute for Toxicology Research and former Chief Scientist & Head of Biotechnology Division at CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology at Trivandrum. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of Biotechnology and Research. His major research interests are in the areas of microbial, enzyme and bioprocess technology, which span over various programs, including biomass to fuels & chemicals, probiotics & nutraceuticals, industrial enzymes, solid-state fermentation, etc. He has more than 1185 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 51 books, 130 book chapters, 460 original and review papers, etc with h index of 83 and more than 27,500 citations. He has transferred several technologies to industries and has done industrial consultancy for about a dozen projects for Indian/international industries. He is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India (; International Coordinator of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France (, Chairman of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability ( and Vice-President of All India Biotech Association (

Prof Pandey is editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology, Honorary Executive Advisors of Journal of Water Sustainability, Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Subject Editor of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (India), and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals. He is editor-in-chief of a book series on Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, comprising nine books published by Elsivier.
Maulin P Shah;jsessionid=7E2E078C7C76D852ED30AA637A5D8000
Industrial Waste Water Research Laboratory, Division of Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Enviro Technology Limited, Ankleshwar-393002, Gujarat, India

    Maulin P. Shah (male), currently Chief Scientist & Head – Industrial Waste Water Research Lab, Division of Applied and Environmental Microbiology Lab at Enviro Technology Ltd., Ankleshwar, Gujarat, India, received his Ph.D. (2002-2005) in Environmental Microbiology from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat. He has served as an Assistant Professor at Godhra, Gujarat University in 2001. He is a Microbial Biotechnologist with diverse research interest. A group of research scholars is working under his guidance on the areas ranging from Applied Microbiology, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioremediation, and Industrial Liquid Waste Management to solid state fermentation. His primary interest is the environment, the quality of our living resources and the ways that bacteria can help to manage and degrade toxic wastes and restore environmental health. Consequently, I am very interested in genetic adaptation processes in bacteria, the mechanisms by which they deal with toxic substances, how they react to pollution in general and how we can apply microbial processes in a useful way (like bacterial bio reporters). One of our major interests is to study how bacteria evolve and adapt to use organic pollutants as novel growth substrates. Bacteria with new degradation capabilities are often selected in polluted environments and have accumulated small (mutations) and large genetic changes (transpositions, recombination, and horizontally transferred elements). His work has been focused to assess the impact of industrial pollution on microbial diversity of wastewater following cultivation dependant and cultivation independent analysis. His major work involves isolation, screening, identification and Genetic Engineering of high impact of Microbes for the degradation of hazardous materials. He has more than 200 research publication in highly reputed national and international journals. He directs the Research program at Enviro Technology Ltd., Ankleshwar. He has guided more than 100 Post Graduate students in various disciplines of Life Science. He is an active Editorial Board Member in more than 150 highly reputed Journal’s in the field of Environmental & Biological Sciences. He was Founder Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Environmental Bioremediation and Biodegradation (2012-2014) as well as Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2012-2014) (Science and Education Publishing, USA). He is also serving as a reviewer in various journals of national and international repute. Recently, he has been awarded as a Young Biotechnologist Medal by Biotechnological Society of Nepal”. He was an Associate Editor in Microbiome (Bio Med Cent), BMC Microbiology (Springer Nature), Presently he is an Advisory Board in CLEAN-Soil, Air, Water (Wiley), Editor in Current Pollution Reports (Springer Nature), Editor in Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology (Springer Nature), Editor in Environmental Technology & Innovation-ELSEVIER, Editor in Current Microbiology-Springer Nature, Editor in Journal of Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment-Taylor & Francis, Editor in Ecotoxicology (Microbial Ecotoxicology)- Springer Nature, Associate Editor in Geo Microbiology (Springer Nature). He is editing almost 25 books in the area of Environmental Bioremediation & Waste Water Treatment.


    Prof. Rintu Banerjee
    Professor, Agricultural & Food Engineering, IIT Kharagpur 

    Research Interest

    • Food Biotechnology
    • Bioenergy
    •  Enzymology & its Biotechnological applications
    • Protein Chemistry



        JSPS visiting Scientist Award (2001)

        Lata Sinha Roy Memorial Award (2000)

        Lata Sinha Roy Memorial Award (2001)

        NCTD Best Paper Award All India Convention Modern Waste Water                                Management (2002)

        Woman Scientist Award of the Biotech Research Society of India (2003)

        Received Recognition Award from the National Academy of Agricultural                        Sciences, New Delhi for outstanding contribution in the area of Agricultural                    Engineering & Technology (2010)

        Received Most Inspiring women Engineer/Scientist for the year-2014, for the                   exemplary work in the field of Science & Technology by Engineering Watch, New           Delhi. (2014)

        Received Panjabrao Deshmukh Award for Outstanding Women Scientist 2012,                from ICAR, New Delhi on 16th July 2013 (2013)

        Received Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award 2013 for outstanding contribution in the                   field of Natural Resource Management and Agricultural Engineering, ICAR,                    New Delhi on 29th July, 2014 ()

        Best Teacher Award, Autumn Sem, IIT Kharagpur (2015)

        Madan Mohan Malviya Senior Faculty Award (2015)

        Best Teacher Award Autumn Semester (2016)

        Prem Dureja Endowment Award for Outstanding contribution in the area of                      Agriculture (2016)


        Fellow International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses

        Bioved Society of India

        National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS)

        Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI)

    Prof. Ramkrishna Sen;jsessionid=7E2E078C7C76D852ED30AA637A5D8000
    Bioprocess Engineering, IIT Kharagpur 

    Dr. Ramkrishna Sen is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Biotechnology and an Associate Faculty, P K Sinha Center for Bioenergy-&-Renewables, IIT Kharagpur. Prof. Sen worked as an Assistant Professor in BITS, Pilani for about two years and as Manager (R&D-Biotech) in Cadila Pharmaceuticals for three years. He served as a Fulbright Visiting Faculty in Columbia University, New York, USA. He has been engaged in R&D activities in the areas of Healthcare, Energy, Environment and Water, with a focus on Green Process-&-Product Development for therapeutic biomolecules; Marine bacterial green-surfactants-&-polymers; Microbial/microalgal biofuels, value-added products with concomitant flue-gas carbon-dioxide sequestration and waste valorization in Green-Biorefinery models. So far, 21 Ph.D and 39 Masters students received their degrees and 15 Ph.D students are presently working under his supervision. He is now jointly guiding two Ph.D students registered in Melbourne University, Australia and The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has about 200 publications in international and national journals/books/conference proceedings, and 14 patent applications including one US, one European and one PCT to his credit. Prof. Sen completed 21 sponsored projects and is currently implementing 8 sponsored projects. He published a book ‘Biosurfactants’ (Springer, USA). Prof. Sen has received the (i) Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Award (2018); Distinguished Alumni Award – Jadavpur University (2017); Fulbright Visiting Professor Fellowship (2013–14); Runner-up in National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals & Downstream Processing Industries, Government of India (2012) and UKIERI (British Council) Grant for Academic Visits of Universities in London and Northern-Ireland (2007-08). He is the founding member of Biological Engineering Society (India). He is also a life member of IIChE and member of European and Asian Federations of Biotechnology. He has developed collaborations with many national and international Universities/Institutes. Prof. Sen administered as Vice-Chairman and Chairman (GATE & JAM), IIT Kharagpur from 2015-2018.


    Prof. Kannan Pakshirajan;jsessionid=7E2E078C7C76D852ED30AA637A5D8000
    Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering
    IIT Guwahati, India.

    Prof. Kannan Pakshirajan specializes on biological removal of pollutants (organic/inorganic) and resource recovery from wastes. His areas of research interest are Environmental Biotechnology, Biological removal and recovery of inorganic compounds from wastewaters, Biofuels and other Biotechnological Products: production, process design, kinetics and environmental applications He is currently the Head of the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India. Prof. Pakshirajan is a recipient of many awards and honours. These include, besides others, Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Award for Young Scientist, National Academy of Sciences India (NASI) Young Scientist Award, Hiyoshi Young Leaf Award, Japan, Top Reviewer Award, Bioresource Technology, Elsevier Publications. He has authored and co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed journal publications; produced 12 Ph.Ds and guides 7 Ph.D. students. He is an active life member of renowned professional societies which include Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) and Biotechnology Research Consortium of India (BRSI).


    Dr Thallada Bhaskar;jsessionid=7E2E078C7C76D852ED30AA637A5D8000
    CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) · Materials Resource Efficiency Division

    Research Interest

    • Thermo-catalytic processes for biomass conversion to biofuels
    • Functional chemicals from lignocellulosic and algal biomass
    • Valorization of lignin
    • Design of novel catalytic materials for biomass conversion and bio-oil upgradation
    • Waste plastics conversion (e-waste, industrial and municipal)

    Prof.  Jih-Gaw Lin
    Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, ROC

    Research Interest

    Energy, water, and the environment are the issues that human beings are facing. The major riddle of conventional activated sludge (CAS) process is that a considerable amount of electrical energy is used for aeration, to remove and oxidize organic matter contained in the influent. In addition to high energy consumption, the large volume of excess sludge to be treated and the greenhouse gas emission inherent in a CAS process also yield economical and sustainability problems. In the last years, several researchers have developed energy-neutral or even energy-positive wastewater treatment, i.e. A-B process for minimizing energy-consumption and maximizing energy-recovery. This speech will present A-B process, which can significantly capture carbon and improve the energy recovery potential at Stage-A, and then biologically remove nitrogen and reduces energy consumption at Stage-B. Various configurations of A-B process with energy balance analysis are presented.