Dr. Henrietta Hampel is the Director of the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (LEA) of the University of Cuenca (UC), Ecuador. She obtained her PhD degree at the University of Ghent, Belgium, studying different factors that have an influence on the habitat value of tidal marshes along the North Sea estuarine system. She has worked at several international institutes (i.e. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies-UK, etc.) on different type of aquatic ecosystems such as ponds, estuaries, marshes or coral reefs. In the European Commission (EC) she was a Project Officer of several large climate change studies and participated in the development of the Arctic Policy of the EC. Throughout the last years she has been working on high mountain- -lake and -river ecosystems aiming at generating knowledge for local water resources management. Currently, she is studying the limnology of pristine high mountain lakes and the effect of water stress on the biodiversity of high mountain rivers (at Ecuador).
Univ.Prof. Thomas Hein started as full professor at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management in 2017 and is managing director of WasserCluster Lunz since 2008. He successfully finished his PhD about river floodplain interactions, the importance of connectivity and the effects of restoration on fundamental ecosystem processes at the University of Vienna in 2000.
The research interests of Prof. Thomas Hein are aquatic ecosystem – human interactions in riverine landscapes, with a focus on water – sediment interactions, aquatic – terrestrial linkages, ecosystem restoration and the coupling between society and ecosystems in riverine landscapes, viewing them as socio-ecological systems. Underlying principles of his research are connectivity, resilience and aspects of co-evolution of riverine landscapes. The investigations are ranging from the modification of nutrient and carbon dynamics, greenhouse gas production to changes in biodiversity in riverine landscapes and link these changes in ecosystem processes to ecosystem management, such as waterway management or river restoration measures. The Danube region is a key research area of Thomas Hein and the Danube River is one of his favorite rivers, especially the floodplains of the Nationalpark Donau-Auen. He is coordinating the Doctoral School HR21 at BOKU, a CEEPUS network about ecosystem research, and is actively involved in international teaching programs at the master and PhD level. He authored more than 90 publications in scientific journals and more than 70 conference proceedings, book chapters and other scientific articles.
Dr. hab. Hajnalka Szentgyörgyi is working at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków in the Plant Ecology Group at the Institute of Botany. She holds her PhD and habilitation in biology, the latter on the effects of environmental pollution on bees. Her expertise includes bee biology, both honey bees and wild bees, pollination ecology and drivers of pollinator decline. She was involved in reports and meta-analyses concerning pollinator decline, pollination of crops, pollination ecology and lately the analysis of the EU CAP for pollinator preservation on farmlands. She is also an IPBES and EU expert on pollinators and pollination. Her research includes studies on the effects of environmental pollution and changes in landscape structure on bee abundance and health. Her latest project is dealing with the effects of industrial and urban pollutants on honey bees and solitary bees. As a university lecturer she teaches ecology, biodiversity, wild bee biology, but also research management, plant evolution and plant physiology.