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Gertie Arts

Dr. Gertie H.P. Arts (PhD) studied Biology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen in The Netherlands. She has a PhD in the Natural Sciences and Aquatic Ecology at the same University. She is aquatic ecologist and aquatic eco-toxicologist by profession. She works at Alterra as a senior scientist in the Environmental Risk Assessment team. She works on the ecological evaluation of pesticide-risks and on ecological and other aspects of freshwaters in the landscape, e.g. multistress, eutrophication and ecological effects of toxicants. She is a project leader of projects in the field of aquatic macrophyte and freshwater risk assessment and she performs and directs experimental research in the laboratory and in mesocosms. Research focuses on the effects of contaminants on aquatic macrophytes, populations and freshwater ecosystems in different experimental settings and at different levels of biological organisation. Within the Dutch Pesticides research Program, she participates as a project representative of the theme "Ecological Risk Assessment of Pesticides”, dealing with the effects and ecological risks in surface water. Because of her broad ecological and abiotic knowledge of aquatic ecosystems she has been involved in the Natura 2000 reporting of aquatic habitats in The Netherlands and in projects within the context of the Water Framework Directive and its application. Since 2006 she has been playing an active role in the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). From May 2015 until May 2016 she was president of SETAC Europe. Currently she is vice-president of SETAC World.

Thandi Mgwbi

Thandi is a research and innovation leader currently serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Engagement at Tshwane University of Technology. She holds a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Cape Town, a Higher Diploma in Education, a postgraduate degree in Higher Education Management from University of Melbourne, Australia and a certificate in Management Development Programme from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. After a postdoctoral research period, she worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as an early career scientist, and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). In 2008, she joined the National Research Foundation as Director for Human Capacity Development and later as Executive Director for DST-NRF Research Chairs Initiative and Centres of Excellence, the national flagship programmes of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Before joining TUT, she was Professor and Head of Research at the University of the Western Cape.

R. Krishnamurthy

Dr. R. Krishnamurthy is currently a Professor, the Director of C. G. Bhakta Institute of Biotechnology & Dean of Faculty of Science at Uka Tarsadia University, Bardoli, Gujarat, India. He was conferred Fellow status award by Chartered Institute of Environmental and Public Health Management of Nigeria(CIEPHM) in April 2017 at Lagos. He is a great visionary, research mentor and a very meticulous administrator. He impeccably executes multidimensional responsibilities viz. teaching, research and associated administrative activities with enthusiasm. He is a Visiting Professor to University of Ilorin, Nigeria and an Associate Research Mentor for Nigerian students in their academic research work since March 2013. He has completed his Master degree in Botany from University of Madras and Ph.D. (Botany), M.S. University, Baroda. He is a recipient of several Research Fellowships Awards and grants. He served as member of academic bodies in Universities in India. He has a vast research experience on medicinal plants of almost three decades in the Industry and Academic Institutions. He has technologically helped Uka Tarsadia University and University of Ilorin, Nigeria to set-up commercial scale Plant Tissue Culture Laboratories for developing planting materials of Plants. He has organized several National and International Seminars/Conference. He has to his credit an European patent, written and edited important book chapters and more than 120 research publications and review articles in peer reviewed journals. He is a reviewer of many international journals and members scientific societies. He collaborates with overseas Universities for research work. Expanding his horizon & not keeping himself limited to the Academia, he ventures in helping farmers.

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