Fernando G. Fermoso (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) is the Coordinator of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN EJD M2ex. He has been working in anaerobic and aerobic wastewater technologies more than 15 years. He started his research career at Universidad de Santiago de Compostela as postgraduate researcher. He holds a PhD in Environmental Science from Wageningen Universiteit (The Netherlands) funded by a Marie Curie project (Marie Curie Excellence Team: Novel Biological Engineering Processes for Heavy Removal and Recovery). He has worked as Post-Doctoral researcher in the Netherlands (Wageningen Universiteit and Deltares) and Spain (Instituto de la Grasa). Since 2012 he holds a permanent scientist position in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC-Instituto de la Grasa). During this time, he acquired broad expertise in biotechnologies for energy production (from wastewaters, solid waste and energy crops) and aerobic and anaerobic wastewater technologies. Besides several national projects and this M2ex ITN EJD, Fernando G. Fermoso has coordinated an IRSES project in the formal 7th Framework Programme, co-supervising 10 ESRs and hosting 5 ERs. Fernando G. Fermoso was the Chair of the COST Action 1302, which comprises a network of 100 researchers through 26 EU countries as well as four non-EU countries.

Gavin Collins (National University of Ireland Galway) is a microbiologist with 20 years’ experience, and >90 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals in environmental microbiology, waste conversion technology, and microbial ecology. He has been a European Research Council Fellow and was the national representative of the COST Action «European Network on Ecological Functions of Trace Metals in Anaerobic Biotechnologies».

Gilles Guibaud (Université de Limoges) main research activities focus on biochemical characterization and metal binding properties of EPS from bacterial aggregates used in wastewater treatment. He is involved in the investigation of the role of living organisms on metal speciation by various methods (e.g. DGT) in different environments (Biological matrix, aquatic environment).

Luigi Frunzo (Universitá degli Studi di Napoli Federico II) has co-promoters of 7 PhD students and co-supervisors of more than 10 PhD students in the framework of three different PhD programs (national and European) and published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. His main research activities focus on mathematical modelling (MM) of complex biological systems, more specifically, anaerobic digestion, multispecies biofilm, nutrient removal. He is also a member of supervisory board of MSCA EJD in Advanced Biological Waste-To-Energy Technologies (ABWET).

Ana Paula Mucha has a research position at CIIMAR, (University of Porto), being member of the Board of Directors and the Principal Investigator of the EcoBioTec Group (Bioremediation and Ecosystems Functioning). Also, She is an Invited Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology of Faculty of Sciences of University of Porto. She focus her research on the development of biotechnologic tools for ecosystems recover, based on the ability of autochthonous microorganisms and plants to remove contaminants, through bioremediation and phytoremediation processes. She has relevant expertise in microbiology, microbial ecology and interaction of microorganisms with contaminants. She authored ca. 65 SCI papers including high profile journals such as Bioresource Technology or Environmental Science and Technology. She was the Scientific Coordinator of the CMIA (Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Centre) of Vila do Conde (2012-2018). Moreover, she has been involved in ca. 20 national and international project, and coordinated several project within the bioremediation topic. She was the national representative of the COST Action “European Network on Ecological Functions of Trace Metals in Anaerobic Biotechnologies”.

Marisa Almeida is a senior researcher at CIIMAR (University of Porto) since 2005 with over 100 international publications in peer review scientific journals and ca. 70 presentations (oral and poster) in international and national scientific meetings. With a PhD in Chemistry (obtained in 2003) her research area involves pollutants surveys/impacts and bio and phytoremediation, being actively engage in studies that aim to enhance the use of bio and phytoremediation as a tool of biotechnology for remediation of aquatic environments contaminated with different pollutants. Her expertise is on environmental chemistry applied to coastal and estuarine environments, phytoremediation of contaminants in natural and constructed wetlands and bioremediation of oil spills as well as ecological risk assessment, having participated in several national and international projects on these topics. She is focusing on metals, hydrocarbons and emerging pollutants (e.g pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles and microplastics) tracking in different environmental matrices (water, sediment and biota), having extensive know how in analytical chemistry and application of several analytical techniques. She has supervised or co-supervised 5 Pos Doc researchers, 8 PhD students (5 on going), 26 MSc students and internships of 3 international students as well as 25 Graduate students. Moreover she regularly gives talks to the general public and school students in the frame of the CIIMAR outreach programs and projects, regarding both ocean and water literacy. She participates also in COST actions, acts as project proposals evaluator, thesis evaluator and is an invited reviewer of several scientific journals. At CIIMAR she is responsible for coordination of the Chemistry Lab and of CMIA Vila do Conde.