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meet our steering committee!

Our steering committee manages the overall development, activities and maintenance of the YWPIT community. Meet the members of our board! 

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Matia is currently Assistant Professor at Università degli Studi di Udine (Italy), where he previously obtained in 2019 his Ph.D. in Environmental and Energy Engineering Sciences (industrial PhD programme). His research and teaching activities focus on water, energy and resource recovery from waste and wastewater streams, with experimental and modelling activities. He is particularly devoted to international partnerships and collaborations, and he has been a member of the International Water Association member since 2017. 

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Beatrice is a postdoctoral researcher at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), where she obtained in 2021 her PhD in Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering. Her research focuses on risk-based approaches to manage contaminants of emerging concern in drinking water. She has the chance to work in multidisciplinary teams with experts from international water utilities, universities, and research centres. She is also involved in dissemination projects to incentivise society towards sustainable drinking water consumption.

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Michele is pursuing a European joint doctorate at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) (Spain) and Technical University of Munich (Germany). Since 2016 he has been exploring strategies to optimise biological treatment systems for resource recovery and the removal of organic micropollutants. He also enjoys developing science communication skills to make his research understood by non-experts. 

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Marco is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Environmental Microbiology at Eawag (Switzerland) focusing on drinking water microbiology, with specific focus on Legionella and protists. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2023 from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) focusing on the drinking water distribution system microbiological monitoring and the spatio-temporal dynamics occurring within these systems. Besides drinking water, Marco's research experiences include fate modelling of contaminants of emerging concern in agricultural water reuse scenarios.

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Claudia is working at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (Stockholm) in Swedish and international research and development projects, focusing on processing and modelling sensor data from raw water and drinking water production. She received her PhD in Environmental assessment with a specialisation in environmental chemistry in 2021 at the SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, Uppsala). She enjoys developing Python open source software for non-programmers, and her personal goal is to work on projects with Italy and developing countries to improve water quality

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Roberta has a MSc in Environmental Engineering at University of Florence (Italy) with main background in the water and wastewater treatment processes and advanced oxidation processes. She works as Advanced Modelling Engineer at AM-Team (Belgium) providing digital solutions to the water and wastewater industry focusing on process and design optimizations. She’s passionate about her work and truly believes in the power of modelling tools to gain better understanding of the systems improving the performances and making optimal use of resources. 

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Silvia is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Girona (Spain). She obtained in 2021 a double doctorate in Design, Modeling and Simulation in Engineering (University of Pavia, Italy) and in Water Science and Technology (University of Girona, Spain). Her research focuses on microbial electrochemical technologies (METs) for bioenergy and biofuels production, in particular carbon dioxide conversion into added value products, and METs integration with nature-based solutions (i.e., microalgae).

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Erica is currently Assistant Professor in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at Università degli Studi di Genova (Italy). Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Università di Catania, where she obtained her PhD in 2021. Her research interests include the occurrence of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) in natural and engineering water systems and their removal through advanced treatment techniques, the regeneration of activated carbon, the assessment of water-energy-food nexus (e.g., water management in precision agriculture and valorisation of agricultural waste), and water quality online monitoring through spectroscopic measurements. 

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Vincenzo is a PhD Student at University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy), where he graduated as Environmental Engineer. His research focuses on the biological upcycling of wastes (wastewaters, agrifood wastes, sewage sludge) towards value-added products. Vincenzo is a nature- and music-enthusiast, with a strong inclination to learning, exploring, and bonding with people, exchanging points of view and looking for new and unknown directions.