"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)

"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987


Special sessions

SPECIAL SESSION: Circular economy in southeast Europe
Session resume:

The way waste is managed has changed throughout history due to adaptations to the health, environmental and economic requirements that have arisen from the treatment of waste. The principle of the circular economy has emerged in response to growing amounts of waste generated, significant consumption of limited resources, inadequate disposal and climate change in the EU. However, circular economy policies are now being implemented in all segments of the economy and human activities and beyond EU borders. The transition to a circular economy is a process that is technologically and economically demanding. Sustainable, long-term and multidisciplinary approach to all its segments is necessary for the realization of goals. The aim of these sections is to present good practices of the circular economy, exchange experiences, look at the challenges facing the countries of Southeast Europe in this area and contribute to faster progress and solving the problems of waste management and climate changes. 

Dr. Aleksandra Anić Vučinić
University of Zagreb, Geotechnical Faculty
Varaždin, Croatia
Aleksandra Anić Vučinić was born on December 19, 1970 in Hilversum, the Netherlands. In 1995, she graduated at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, majoring in biochemical engineering, and was awarded the Rector's Award for the best student work in 1995. She obtained the title of Doctor of Science on April 10, 2008 by defending his doctoral dissertation on "Optimization of the technological process of wastewater treatment in constructed wetlands." Since 2011 she has been employed at the Faculty of Geotechnics, University of Zagreb, where she currently holds the position of Head of the Department of Environmental Engineering and holds a number of courses in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies in Environmental Engineering. She devoted her primary scientific research focus on waste management and the circular economy. She is the author and co-author of more than 100 scientific and professional papers. She has led and / or participated in a number of professional and scientific projects in the field of environmental protection and waste management. She participates in the establishment and implementation of special waste management systems at the state level. She is the president of the Croatian Association for Waste Management (HUGO), which is a member of the International Waste Management Association.
Prof. Konalsi Gjoka
Poytechnic University of Tirana
Tirana, Albania
Konalsi Gjoka was born in 1976, and he graduated at the Institute for Water Education in Netherlands. He obtained the title of Doctor of Science in 2016 at University of Tirana, Faculty of Civil Engineering on “Integrated Solid Waste Management”. Currently he is Vice Dean on Faculty of Civil Engineering, Polytechnic University of Tirana. He is in environmental engineering, management background with 15 years of professional experience in waste management, environmental management system, cleaner production and technology, energy efficiency and renewable, environmental impact assessment, project formulation, implementation, and evaluation. He has research experience in environmental management systems, integrated solid waste management systems at local and central level of government, institutional and stakeholder analysis on public services delivery at local level including the setting and evaluating of the specific assignments for environmental impact assessment/ strategic environmental assessment. He is a member of ISWA Integration Solid Waste Associations, a member of SEEIA South East Europe Impact Assessment Association. a member of Executive Board of Albanian Environmental Engineers Association a member of Albanian Thermodynamics Association.

Invited papers (5)
SPECIAL SESSION: Renewable Fuels and Sustainable Combustion
Session resume:

In recent years, it is more and more evident that civilization expansion, correlated with global energy consumption, is affecting climate change. Most of the energy is still being extracted by combusting fossil fuels, releasing many environmentally dangerous greenhouse gases. The most prominent approach to mid-term emission reduction is the improvement of existing technologies. Such an approach does not require a significant investment in infrastructure and can enable the desired reduction of harmful gases. In the advancement of transport and energy production sectors, there are still technical challenges to be solved, and most are related to physical and chemical phenomena occuring in the combustion chambers. Therefore, the main objective of this special session is to bring together the scientists, researchers, and experts to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of combustion science, sustainable combustion technologies, and multiphase flow related topics: renewable fuels, fundamental physical and chemical aspects of traditional and novel fuel sources; reaction kinetics, combustion emissions, pollutants, soot, and particulates; IC engine combustion; gas turbine combustion; furnace combustion; dual fuel, ammonia, coal, biomass, biofuel and waste combustion; multiphase flows and sprays, fuel introduction methods, fuel dispersion, droplet interactions; particle technology, gasification and pyrolysis; new combustion technologies.

Prof. Milan Vujanović
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Milan Vujanović is a researcher and team leader of CFD Combustion Research Group and head of the Power Engineering and Energy Management Chair at Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb.
Prof. Vujanović holds PhD in “numerical modelling of multiphase flow in the combustion of fuels”. His research is in the areas of modelling and simulation of turbulent combustion, pollution formation, multiphase flows and sprays, and also in the areas of sustainable energy, environmental protection and climate change. He holds lecturers within courses “Combustion and Radiation Modelling”, “Numerical Methods in Continuum Mechanics” and “Energy Engines”. He has over 100 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and International Conferences Proceedings to his credit.
Prof. Vujanović is a consultant to many industries and several public authorities. He is a member of the Combustion Institute, member of the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, and member of the Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems.
Prof. Jakov Baleta
University of Zagreb
Sisak, Croatia
Jakov Baleta received his PhD in 2016 from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. Since 2017, he has been working at the Faculty of Metallurgy, University of Zagreb, and his research work includes numerical modeling of multiphase flows, ammonia combustion, heat and mass transfer, and energy use analysis in thermotechnical and process plants. He is the leader of several domestic and international projects and the author or co-author of over 30 CC papers.

Invited papers (10)
SPECIAL SESSION: Dynamic Modeling the Environmental and Energetic Systems toward Sustainability
Session resume:

The world consist of many complex systems ranging from ecosystems, economic systems to energetic systems. Despite their diversity, complex systems  can be effectively simulated  using powerful software. World's energy system is unsustainable for current global trends in energy supply and consumption. Climate change and air pollution also represents a fundamental challenge for global sustainable development. This session welcomes papers dedicated to three main thematic areas:

  • Modeling of environmental systems: Modeling Surface water Contamination. Matter Cycling in Ecosystems.Modelling Mobile Source Air Pollution Inventories. Atmospheric Chemistry and Polution Transport. Modeling the Dynamic Acid Deposition System. Modeling Predator-Prey Systems.
  • Modelling of energy systems related to climate change: Modeling of energy systems, including conventional and renewable energy sources; modeling near- and medium-term energy supplies, demands, and prices; modeling of energy demand side, e.g. electricity, heating and transport; integration of variable renewables like wind power, biomass, hydrogen into the energy system; integration of demand side in energy system models – saving, improvement of energy efficiency and flexible demand; energy system optimization models, modeling optimal use of nonrenewable resources, modeling optimal use of renewable resources, etc.

Integrated modeling: Integrated modeling of energy systems, air pollution, environmental and economic impacts and climate change; the impacts of energy production and use on climate and the impacts of a changing climate on our future energy; projections for emissions of greenhouse gases and impacts on development in the energy sector, etc

Prof. Skender Kabashi
University of Prishtina
Prishtina, Kosovo
Skënder Kabashi is Professor of Physics at Department of Physics of Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Prishtina. Holds Master Degrees in Nuclear Physics in University of Zagreb and PhD. in Environmental Physics and Renewable Energy in Jozef Shtefan institute in Ljublana. Prof. Kabashi is active in both nuclear physics and in research of renewable energy sources. Its specific scientific research interest is the Dynamic Modeling the Environmental Systems particularly modeling the Energy and Environment, as well as the systematic measurements related to the environmental protection and impact of renewable energy on sustainable energy production in Kosovo. Combining the background as a nuclear and environmental physicist, he has been involved in a number of national and international researches in nuclear physics and in environmental physics; in 2011 he received a grant for research project at Institute Josef Stefan in Ljubljana. Visiting professor in the Arizona State University, Arizona, USA in 2015, within the framework of the USAID Transformational Leadership Program, in the area of Energy and Climate change. Most recently in 2021 he won the Loyalty award of the 16th SDEWES conference in Dubrovnik.
Prof. Gazmend Pula
University of Prishtina
Prishtina, Kosovo
Gazmend Pula is a Professor of Electric Power Engineering & Rewable Energy courses in the Power Engineering Department of the University of Prishtina. Holds Master Degree from the School of Engineering of the George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC, USA, done doctoral studies in the same GWU as a two-time Fullbright Scholar. Post-doctoral studies in the Arizona State University, Arizona, USA in 2015, within the framework of the USAID Transformational Leadership Program, in the area of power & industrial engineering & sustainable industrial-technological development for renewable energy in photovoltaics and wind energy. Has researched and worked on dynamics modeling and simulation of electric power systems transient stability as affected by fast response excitation systems of large synchronous generators. In addition has done work on dynamic modelling for short circuit analysis in power systems as well as dynamic modelling and simulation of generation and integration of renewable energy sources i.e. photovoltaic and wind power in the electric power system of Kosovo. The research has included comparative analysis of obtained data from simulations with results obtained with on-site field measurements of simulated renewable energy systems as related also to the environmental protection and impact of renewable energy on sustainable energy mix and energy production in Kosovo.

Invited papers (7)
SPECIAL SESSION: Integration of Smart Cities and Smart Industry for Circular Economy: Energy, Water and Waste to Secondary raw material for Sustainable Future
Session resume:

Based on the considerable success at several previous SDEWES conferences and due to the high demand, it has been decided to organise this session again in 2022, this time for the 5th SEE, SDEWES. The focus of the session is in line with the most recent research developments. The topics within the interests of this special session are the integration of energy, water and waste to secondary resources towards Smart Cities, Smart Industry and Smart Agriculture which can be a powerful tool to boost the sustainability in civic, industrial, agriculture and other activities. Due to the immense importance of knowledge dissemination and transfer, presentations are also invited into the field of knowledge management and especially knowledge transfer. The research scope to be considered include smart cities, industrial processes and sites, supply chain networks, municipalities and cities, regions and economies.


Dr. Yee Van Fan
Brno University of Technology
Brno, Czech Republic
A key Researcher in the "Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology (VUT Brno). This research has been supported by the EU project “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, project No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000456 funded by EU “CZ Operational Programme Research, Development and Education”, Priority 1: Strengthening capacity for quality research.

Graduated from
-Brno University of Technology in Process and Design Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Bioprocess Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering.
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Bachelor Degree in Science, Industrial Chemistry.

Her field of study is solid waste treatment and management with the extension to environmental/sustainability assessment and Process Integration. The other research interest including the emissions assessment particularly from transportation.
She is the Associate Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production (JCLEPRO), Managing Guest Editor and Guest Editor (JCLEPRO, CTEP, Energies, Energy and Sustainability). Awarded by three outstanding reviewing awards from different journal publishers (Journal of Cleaner Production (JCLEPRO), Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (CTEP), Energy). Finalist of ECR Reviewers' Choice Award by PUBLONS and Brno PhD talent 2018
Prof. Petar Sabev Varbanov
Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
Dr Habil Varbanov is a Senior Researcher at the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratiry – NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology and at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering & Sustainability, Székesfehérvár – at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest), Hungary. He obtained his PhD in Process Integration at a prestigious British University – UMIST, Manchester, with distinction. For performing research on minimising and mitigating Climate Change he was awarded a scholarship from the UK Tyndall Centre. Later he was awarded a prestigious Marie Curie EIF Fellowship and successfully performed research on Optimising the Start-up of Distillation Columns at the Technische Universität Berlin. This was followed by a Marie Curie ERG Fellowship for assisting his integration into the University of Pannonia – Hungary, where he is a Deputy Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification CPI2. His experience covers energy saving, optimisation of energy supply networks, Process Synthesis and Process Operation. His research has been successfully implemented in collaboration with industrial partners: e.g. BP (UK) and MOL (Hungary). He has been contributing to 25 research and consultancy projects (most within the EC funding schemes) and has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-author of two books and several chapters in books.
He has been the Editor for “Energy – The International Journal” published by Elsevier.
Prof. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš
Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production. The founder and President for 24 y of PRES (Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) conferences. Chairperson of CAPE Working Party of EFCE, a member of WP on Process Intensification and of the EFCE Sustainability platform. He authored and co-authored more than 700 papers, h-index reaching 65. A number of books published by Elsevier, Woodhead, McGraw-Hill; Ashgate Publishing Cambridge; Springer; WILEY-VCH; Taylor & Francis).
Several times Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and University Technology Petronas, Malaysia; Xi’an Jiaotong University; South China University of Technology, Guangzhou and Tianjin University in China; University of Maribor, Slovenia; Brno University of Technology and the Russian Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow. Doctor Honoris Causa of Kharkiv National University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” in Ukraine, the University of Maribor in Slovenia, University POLITEHNICA Bucharest, Romania. “Honorary Doctor of Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia”. Awarded with “Honorary Membership of Czech Society of Chemical Engineering", "European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Life-Time Achievements Award" and "Pro Universitaire Pannonica" Gold Medal.

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Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.