2021 Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

The 2021 EAS Conference will feature four esteemed keynote speakers, as listed below. Each speaker represents a different country and topic for the 2021 EAS Conference.

Prof. Tammo Steenhuis, Cornell University, USA

Professor Steenhuis’ research is carried out over a trillion-fold scale range, from transport of micro particles in soil pores to the effect of human interventions in the landscape on transport of water and sediment in large river basins. His research requires an understanding of how the landscape and people affect the water, sediment, nutrient, and other chemical flows in the landscape. His research program currently emphasizes the fate of agricultural nutrients and sediment transport in areas like in Black Creek in upstate New York and in cooperation with the School of Civil and Water Resources housed at Bahir Dar University in the Blue Nile Basin of Ethiopia.

Prof. Biswajeet Pradhan, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Distinguished Professor Biswajeet Pradhan is an internationally established scientist in the field of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and image processing, complex modeling/geo-computing, machine learning, and soft-computing applications, natural hazards and environmental modeling, and remote sensing of Earth observation. He is also a distinguished professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is listed as the World’s Most Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics Report for five consecutive years: 2006-2020 as one of the world’s most influential minds. In 2018-2020, he has been awarded as World Class Professor by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Indonesia. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship from Germany.

Prof. Ann van Griensven,  Vrije Universiteit Brussel / IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education / UNESCO-IHE

Ann van Griensven, bio-engineer, obtained her PhD at the Free University of Brussels titled “developments towards integrated water quality modelling at river basin scale”. For her PhD research, she started her activities in developing and applying the ecohydrological modelling software: Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT). Afterwards, she worked at the University of California, Riverside, and at the Ghent University. Ann van Griensven is currently Associate Professor of hydrology and water quality in the chair group of hydrology and water resources at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and professor in the department of hydrology and hydraulic engineering of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Prof. Jan Franklin Adamowski, McGill University, Canada

Adamowski is a Full Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University. His interdisciplinary research explores engineering, as well as social, economic and management problems. His main areas of research include: collaborative, integrated and adaptive water resources management; participatory coupled human-water systems modeling as well as participatory social-ecological modeling; artificial intelligence applications in hydrology; sustainable agriculture; and water and food security. This interdisciplinary research has been conducted in over 30 countries in close collaboration with diverse stakeholders, including multiple projects in, for example, China (grassland degradation), Iran (water resources), Pakistan (soil salinity), Guatemala (food security), and the Arctic (water security). A particular focus of his recent research has been the development of approaches to improve the inclusiveness of stakeholder engagement processes and empowering marginalized communities in water resources and agroecosystem modeling and management.