Director of the CEINT at Duke University. USA
Mark R. Wiesner serves as Director of the Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT) headquartered at Duke. He holds the James L. Meriam Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering with appointments in the Pratt School of Engineering and the Nicholas School of Environment. Dr. Wiesner’s research pioneered the field of environmental nanotechnology, the application of nanoscience to improve and protect public health and the environment, He co-edited/authored the book “Environmental Nanotechnologies” and serves as Associate Editor of the journals Nanotoxicology and Environmental Engineering Science and Co-editor of the journal Desalination. In 2004 Dr. Wiesner was named a “de Fermat Laureate” by the French Polytechnic Institute and French National Institute for Applied Sciences. Professor Wiesner is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the recipient of the 2011 Clarke Water Prize. He currently serves as the President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

CEO of the European Membrane House - Deputy-Director of SIMEV. Montpellier, France
Prof. Dr. Ing. Gilbert M. Rios has an initial background in Chemical Engineering and Automatics . During his career at University, he held different positions in food and chemical engineering. At present he holds an emeritus position at the Ecole Nationale Supèrieure de Chimie and at the European Membrane Institute (IEM UMR 5635) in Montpellier (France).

He is an expert in the field of Membrane Technologies. Other of his activities are related with Supercritical Fluids and Fluidization. He is the author of more than 120 papers in International Journals or Congress Proceedings, and more than 100 oral or poster presentations in International Conferences. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London), and a Member of other international scientific societies (European Membrane Society –EMS- , European Federation of Chemical Engineering –EFCE- …)
Gilbert M. Rios acted during 5 years as the coordinator of the European Network of Excellence on “Nanoscale-based membrane Technologies” (NanoMemPro - FP6 NMP). He is serving today as the Chief and Executive Officer (CEO) of the European Membrane House, the Durable Integrated Structure (DIS) created to continue the action of NanoMemPro (

Gilbert M. Rios is also the deputy-director of SIMEV, a UNESCO chair on “Membranes for the environment” ( As such, he is working on practical questions concerning education and R&D for a better implementation of membrane technologies for developing countries, with a lot of applications concerning the “water/health/energy“ nexus.