Prof. Stefano Consonni
Chairman of Session 1 "Strategies and perceptions on waste management"
Eng. Lucia Rigamonti
Chairman of Session 2 "Closing the loop: potentialities and critical issues" 

Prof. Stefano Consonni holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Since 1990 he has been on the Faculty of the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano, becoming full professor of Energy Systems in 2001. From 1997 to 2005 he has been Head of the campus of Politecnico in Piacenza. Since 2005 he is President of L.E.A.P. (Laboratory for Energy and Environment, Piacenza), where he also directs the study center MatER (Material & Energy from Refuse).
Visiting Scholar at the Princeton Environmental Institute in 2002-03 and in 2007, prof. Consonni has lead or contributed to a number of national and international research programs on gas turbines, combined cycles, cogeneration, gasification, energy from biomass, energy from waste and residues, decarbonization of fossil fuels, enviromental impact of energy systems.
His latest activity focuses on carbon capture, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, energy from waste and biomass. He is author of over 90 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings.

Lucia Rigamonti is an environmental engineer graduated at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2003 cum laude. In 2007 she completed her PhD in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering with a thesis on the topic of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) applied to different integrated municipal solid waste management systems. She is a senior researcher at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICA) of Politecnico di Milano. She is professor for the university courses "Phenomena of pollution" and "Sanitary - environmental engineering’" In 2013 she spent three months at the Scion Research Center (Rotorua, New Zealand) and in 2015 two months at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). She has authored over 140 publications, including more than 25 on ISI/SCOPUS journals. She coordinates the working groups "DIRE (Development and Improvement of LCA methodology: Research and Exchange of experiences)" and "Waste management and treatment" of the LCA Italian network. Her research interests include: waste management and treatment, waste prevention, life cycle thinking approach, industrial symbiosis, sustainable use of resources and sustainable consumption.

Eng. Federico Viganò
Chairman of Session 3 "Processes and technologies for energy recovery"
Prof. Mario Grosso
Chairman of Session 4 "Processes and technologies for material recovery" 

Federico Viganò is an assistant professor of "Energy and Environmental Systems" at Politecnico di Milano, where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 2002, and got a PhD in Energy Engineering in 2006. He had been Visiting Researcher at Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) - Princeton University in the academic year 2002-03 and again in the spring semester of 2007 working on CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS). He is instructor of "Hydraulic and Thermal Machines" for bachelor students and of "Bio-energy and Waste-to-Energy Technologies" for master students. His research interests entail materials and energy recovery from waste, energy valorisation of biomass and residual fuels, advanced fossil fuel-fired power plants with and without CO2 capture, development of computer codes for the simulation of energy conversion plants and devices, evaluation of wind energy potential of large areas. He carries out research both at Politecnico di Milano and at LEAP (the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment of the city of Piacenza - Italy), where he is a member of MatER (Materials and Energy from Refuse) Research Centre’s scientific board.

Mario Grosso is Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.
The research group operating under his supervision counts 1 researcher, 1 PhD student, 2 Post-doc and 2 graduate collaborators. Most of the topics related to waste management are now covered, from waste prevention to recycling, energy recovery and disposal.
He has advised or co-advised a number of Master Thesis and 4 PhD thesis. He has co-authored nearly 160 publications, 40 of which in ISI-rated journals, and has attended a number of international conferences and symposia.
He regularly teaches “Solid waste management and treatment” and “Bio-energy and waste-to-energy technologies” Master Courses at Politecnico di Milano, as well as “Principles of technologies for environmental protection” at L. Bocconi University. 
He is co-founder and member of the Scientific Board of the “MatER” Research Center, established within the LEAP laboratory in Piacenza. He is Associate Editor of the “Waste Management & Research” Journal.



  • Umberto Arena, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli
  • Thomas Fruergaard Astrup, Technical University of Denmark (DK)
  • Giorgio Buonanno, Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale
  • Ennio Carnevale, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Marco J. Castaldi, The City College of New York and City University of New York (US)
  • Stefano Cernuschi, Politecnico di Milano
  • Raffaello Cossu, Università degli Studi di Padova
  • Domenico Laforgia, Università del Salento
  • Michele Giugliano, Politecnico di Milano
  • Bettina Kamuk, Ramboll Group (DK)
  • Ennio Macchi, Politecnico di Milano
  • Antonio Massarutto, Università degli Studi di Udine
  • Ange Nzihou, École des mines d'Albi-Carmaux (FR)
  • Antonio Perdichizzi, Università degli Studi di Bergamo
  • Alessandra Polettini, Sapienza - Università di Roma
  • Peter Quicker, RWTH Aachen University (DE)
  • Marco Ragazzi, Università degli Studi di Trento
  • Piero Salatino, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”
  • Fabio Tatano, Università degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo”
  • Nickolas J. Themelis, Columbia University (US)
  • Giuseppe Tipaldo, Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Costas Velis, University of Leeds (UK)
  • Gaspare Viviani, Università degli Studi di Palermo