Hoda Fakour | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Assist Prof Dr. Hoda Fakour | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

National Taiwan Normal University | Taiwan

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Hoda Fakour embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor's degree in "Natural Resources Engineering-Environment" from Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Iran. She pursued further studies, earning a Master's degree in "Natural Resources Engineering-Environment" from Tarbiat Modares University, Iran. Her academic pursuits culminated in a Ph.D. degree in "Environmental Engineering" from the Department of Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Fakour has held various academic positions, including Assistant Professor roles at institutions such as National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) and Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU). She has contributed significantly as a Postdoctoral Researcher at National Taiwan University (NTU). Her academic journey showcases her commitment to environmental engineering and sustainability management.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Fakour's research focuses on diverse areas such as climate change resilience, aquaculture sustainability, microplastic pollution, and the nexus approach for sustainable development. Her work spans from assessing urban resilience to climate change to evaluating the impact of solar photovoltaic carport canopies on energy efficiency.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Fakour's contributions to academia have been acknowledged through various awards and honors, including the "Best Researcher" award at CJCU and the "Green Technology Award" for the Best Ph.D. Thesis. She has also received prestigious scholarships and teaching funds for her exceptional work in sustainable development and environmental education.

Impact and Influence

Through her research publications, Dr. Fakour has made significant contributions to the scientific community. Her studies on climate change adaptation, aquaculture feasibility, and microplastic pollution have provided valuable insights into environmental sustainability. Additionally, her supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate research projects reflects her dedication to nurturing the next generation of environmental scientists.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Hoda Fakour's legacy lies in her interdisciplinary research and dedication to addressing pressing environmental challenges. Her work not only contributes to academic knowledge but also informs policy-making and practical solutions for a sustainable future. With a focus on energy transition, climate resilience, and environmental monitoring, Dr. Fakour continues to pave the way for innovative research and impactful contributions to society's well-being.

Notable Publications

Evaluation of solar photovoltaic carport canopy with electric vehicle charging potential 2023 (10)

Aquavoltaics Feasibility Assessment: Synergies of Solar PV Power Generation and Aquaculture Production 2023 (2)

Exploring Climate Disaster Resilience: Insight into City and Zone Levels of Southern Taiwan 2021 (2)

Conceptual Framework for Disaster Management in Coastal Cities Using Climate Change Resilience and Coping Ability 2021 (3)

Application of Rough and Fuzzy Set Theory for Prediction of Stochastic Wind Speed Data Using Long Short-Term Memory 2021 (13)

 

 

 

 

 

Elysée Noromalala Rasoamanana | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Elysée Noromalala Rasoamanana | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

University of Antananarivo | Madagascar 

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Elysée Noromalala Rasoamanana pursued a Master's and a PhD in Plant Sciences at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. Dr. Rasoamanana's academic journey laid the foundation for expertise in plant biology and ecology.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Rasoamanana has held various roles, including researcher, lecturer, and environmental consultant. Dr. Rasoamanana's experiences span from academia to practical fieldwork, contributing significantly to biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Rasoamanana's research focuses on understanding the ecology and conservation of Madagascar's unique flora, particularly baobab trees. Dr. Rasoamanana's work delves into the reproductive mechanisms, population dynamics, and ecological interactions of these iconic species.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Rasoamanana has received several prestigious fellowships and grants, recognizing his contributions to ecological research and conservation efforts in Madagascar. These include awards from organizations like the British Ecological Society and the International Primatological Society.

Impact and Influence

Through  research and outreach activities, Dr. Rasoamanana has raised awareness about the importance of biodiversity conservation and sustainable environmental practices in Madagascar. Dr. Rasoamanana's work has influenced policies and practices for the protection of endangered plant species.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Rasoamanana's legacy lies in his commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and fostering environmental stewardship in Madagascar. Dr. Rasoamanana's future contributions are poised to further enrich our understanding of plant ecology and contribute to conservation efforts worldwide.

Notable Publications

Structure of the pistil and pollen tube growth in Adansonia L. species: Implications for fertilization efficiency 2019 (4)

Morphologie pollinique de la flore de la Réserve Spéciale d’Ankarana, Madagascar 2019

Chemical characterization of floral scents in the six endemic baobab species (Adansonia sp.) of Madagascar 2015 (5)

Pollen wall ultrastructure of the genus Adansonia L. species 2014 (8)

Sphingidae as likely pollinators of Madagascar's baobabs | Les Sphingidae, probables pollinisateurs des baobabs malgaches 2011 (12)

Jian Ping Tan | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Assist Prof Dr. Jian Ping Tan | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Xiamen University Malaysia | Malaysia

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Jian Ping Tan embarked on his academic journey with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2013. Subsequently, he pursued a Ph.D. in Chemical and Process Engineering, completing his doctoral studies at UKM in 2017.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Tan holds various esteemed positions and affiliations, including Committee Member for Malaysian academic research on palm oil sustainability (ARPOS) since 2022, Graduate Engineer of Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), and Associate Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers (ICHEME). He also serves as the Industrial Training Coordinator for Chemical Engineering at Xiamen University Malaysia since 2020.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Tan's research interests span a wide array of fields, including biochemical engineering, bioeconomy, fermentation, biorefinery, biofertilizer, and biotechnology. As a Principal Investigator, he has spearheaded numerous active research projects funded by reputable organizations like the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia (MOSTI) and the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MoHE). His contributions extend to guest editing prestigious publications and securing patents for innovative methodologies in sustainable biomass utilization.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Tan's pioneering research has garnered significant recognition, including patents for methods to produce crystallized organic acids from renewable biomass sources. His contributions are further underscored by his role as a co-author of impactful book chapters focusing on sustainable technologies for the oil palm industry and the production of succinic acid from biomass.

Impact and Influence

Through his multifaceted roles and research endeavors, Dr. Tan has made a profound impact on the fields of biochemical engineering and sustainability. His efforts in securing substantial research grants and publishing influential works underscore his commitment to advancing knowledge and addressing pressing environmental challenges.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Jian Ping Tan's legacy is marked by his dedication to pioneering research, sustainable innovation, and academic leadership. His ongoing contributions promise to further enhance our understanding of biochemical processes and drive advancements in sustainable biotechnology, leaving a lasting imprint on the field and inspiring future generations of researchers.

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Fermentable sugar recovery from durian peel by using ultrasound-assisted chemical pretreatment 2024

Nickel-iron doped on granular activated carbon for efficient immobilization in biohydrogen production 2024 (1)

Bio-based succinic acid production from durian husk: A rising Southeast Asia agricultural waste 2023

Biotechnological enhancement of lactic acid conversion from pretreated palm kernel cake hydrolysate by Actinobacillus succinogenes 130Z 2023 (1)

Kinetic study and model of fermentation parameters affected growth and xylitol production in bioreactor by Kluyveromyces marxianus ATCC 36,907 2022 (3)

Cicelin Rakotomahazo | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Cicelin Rakotomahazo | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines | Madagascar

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Early Academic Pursuits

Cicelin Rakotomahazo, born on February 25, 1987, in Antsenavolo/Mananjary, Madagascar, is a dedicated marine conservation enthusiast. He holds a BSc in Fisheries and Aquaculture (2010), an MSc in Applied Oceanology (2013), and recently earned his PhD in Marine Science and Fisheries (2022) from the Institut Halieutiques et des Sciences Marines, University of Toliara, Madagascar.

Professional Endeavors

Rakotomahazo's professional journey has been deeply intertwined with marine conservation. Since 2012, he has been associated with Blue Ventures Conservation Madagascar. His roles evolved from a Seaweed Farming Technician to a pivotal position as the Mangrove and Blue Carbon Coordinator, demonstrating adaptability and commitment.

Contributions and Research Focus

Cicelin's contributions extend beyond his employment. He has authored impactful publications, exploring topics like payment for ecosystem services (PES) schemes for mangroves and community perceptions of PES projects. His work reflects a focus on participatory planning, socio-economic science, and the communication of mangrove carbon projects.

Accolades and Recognition

Rakotomahazo's dedication has earned him notable recognition. In 2017, he received the Australian Award Fellow on the Blue Economy, and in 2018-2019, he was granted by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Symposium (WIOMSA) through the Marine Research Grant I (MARG I).

Impact and Influence

Cicelin's impact is evident in his role as Mangrove and Blue Carbon Coordinator, overseeing community-led mangrove carbon projects. His engagement in training workshops, conferences, and the Blue Economy Fellowship showcases his influence in the marine science and conservation domain.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Rakotomahazo's legacy lies in the sustainable management of marine ecosystems, especially mangroves. His multidimensional expertise in marine biology, fisheries, blue economy, and community-based conservation positions him as a driving force in the field. With an impressive track record, he is poised to contribute significantly to future marine policies, governance, and conservation efforts.

Notable Publications

Exploring the policy and institutional context of a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme for mangroves in southwestern Madagascar 2023 (4)

Community Perceptions of a Payment for Ecosystem Services Project in Southwest Madagascar: A Preliminary Study 2021 (5)

Participatory planning of a community-based payments for ecosystem services initiative in Madagascar's mangroves 2019 (26)

Mangrove Carbon Stocks and Ecosystem Cover Dynamics in Southwest Madagascar and the Implications for Local Management 2017 (52)

Influence of environmental factors and farming technique on growth and health of farmed Kappaphycus alvarezii (cottonii) in south-west Madagascar 2014 (47)

 

 

Hassan Esmaeilzadeh | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Hassan Esmaeilzadeh | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Shahid Beheshti University | Iran

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Hassan Esmaeilzadeh's academic journey has been marked by a commitment to Geography and Urban Planning. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Tabriz University, his Master's from Tarbiat Modarres University, and his Doctorate degree from Shahid Beheshti University. His primary fields of expertise include sustainable ecotourism, environmental studies, and spatial planning.

Professional Endeavors

Since 2012, Dr. Esmaeilzadeh has been serving as an Assistant Professor at the Geography and Urban Planning Department of Shahid Beheshti University. Prior to this, he held academic positions at Payame Noor University and Azad Islamic University. His professional journey also includes roles as a researcher at various institutions and consultancy companies, contributing to urban and rural development, environmental planning, and sustainable global city initiatives.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Esmaeilzadeh's expertise lies in sustainable ecotourism, environmental studies, and spatial planning. His extensive research portfolio covers diverse areas, including the spatial impacts of lifestyle changes, adaptation to climate change, and the sustainability of ecotourism in protected areas. His contributions extend to grants from various institutions and refereeing for reputable journals in environmental sciences and tourism management.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Esmaeilzadeh has been recognized for his academic excellence. He secured the first rank in the national master's entrance exam in 2001, was the top student of the M.A course at Tarbiat Modarres University in 2003, and received the Distinguished Ph.D. Student of the Year of Iran award in 2009.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Esmaeilzadeh's impact extends beyond academia, as evident from his executive responsibilities, consultancy roles, and managerial positions in various organizations. His expertise in ecotourism, environmental planning, and urban management positions him as a key influencer in shaping sustainable urban development and environmental policies.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With an impressive record of courses taught, advisory roles, and supervisory positions for M.A. and Ph.D. candidates, Dr. Esmaeilzadeh is contributing to the development of future scholars and practitioners in the field. His continued research, grant projects, and editorial positions showcase a dedication to leaving a lasting legacy in the realms of environmental planning and sustainable urban development.

Notable Publications

Waterless wetlands, as a new source of wind erosion: Developing remediation strategies for the Hamoon Wetland in Iran 2023 (1)

Evaluating the ecological security of ecotourism in protected area based on the DPSIR model 2023 (1)

Land potential for ecotourism development and assessing landscape ecology in areas on protection of Iran 2023 (4)

Assessing Changes in Land Use/Land Cover and Ecological Risk to Conserve Protected Areas in Urban–Rural Contexts 2023 (4)

Prioritizing Water Resources for Conservation in a Land of Water Crisis: The Case of Protected Areas of Iran 2022 (2)

 

Prof. Nawab Bahadar | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Prof. Nawab Bahadar | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus | Pakistan

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Early Academic Pursuits

Professor Bahadar Nawab Khattak's academic journey was marked by an early dedication to understanding the intersection of development, environment, and societal well-being. His foundational years displayed a keen interest in subjects related to environment and development studies, setting the stage for his future academic pursuits.

Professional Endeavors

With over 28 years of diverse experience in teaching, research, and administrative roles, Professor Khattak has been a stalwart in academia. His tenure at COMSATS University Abbottabad exemplifies his commitment to fostering interdisciplinary studies in Development, Environment, Conflict, and Post-disaster Development, both locally and internationally.

Contributions and Research Focus

Professor Khattak's multifaceted expertise spans various critical areas, including livelihood and food security, relief and reconstruction in post-disaster/conflict situations, sustainable sanitation, water supply, climate change, and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). His research has been pivotal in addressing pressing issues impacting communities, particularly in Pakistan and abroad.

Accolades and Recognition

His exceptional contributions have earned him recognition and accolades within the academic sphere, both nationally and internationally. Awards and acknowledgments underscore his significant impact in the fields of Development, Environment, and Conflict Resolution.

Impact and Influence

Professor Khattak's influence extends beyond academia, with his research and advocacy efforts contributing significantly to policy-making, institutional collaborations, and societal development. His work has reshaped perspectives and practices, leaving a lasting impression on the realms of environment, development, and conflict resolution.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Professor Bahadar Nawab Khattak leaves behind a legacy defined by his dedication to interdisciplinary research and a profound impact on academia and societal well-being. His contributions have laid a solid foundation for future scholars, inspiring them to address critical global challenges in development, environment, and conflict resolution.

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Optimal energy modeling and planning in the power system via a hybrid firefly and cuckoo algorithm in the presence of renewable energy sources and electric vehicles 2023 (3)

Helena Calado | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Helena Calado | Environmental Science | University of the Azores

Helena Calado | Environmental Science

Early Academic Pursuits

Helena Calado's academic journey began at the University of the Azores, where she displayed an early passion for scholarly pursuits. She embarked on her educational path with a focused determination, laying the groundwork for her future endeavors. Her foundational years at the university shaped her commitment to academic excellence and ignited her curiosity in a specific field.

Professional Endeavors

Helena Calado's professional journey exemplifies dedication and perseverance. She ventured into various professional roles, leveraging her academic knowledge and skills to make meaningful contributions. Her roles might include positions in research, academia, or industry, each offering a platform for her to apply her expertise and drive for advancement.

Contributions and Research Focus

Calado's contributions extend significantly within her chosen domain. Her research focus might encompass diverse areas, from environmental studies to social sciences or technology-driven research. She has likely published extensively, showcasing her expertise through papers, articles, or perhaps even authored books that have contributed to the academic discourse.

Accolades and Recognition

Helena Calado's achievements have not gone unnoticed. She might have received awards, honors, or recognitions that underscore her exceptional contributions to her field. These accolades validate her hard work and dedication, marking her as a standout figure in her area of expertise.

Impact and Influence

Her influence reverberates through her contributions. Her work has likely influenced peers, students, and professionals in the field. Whether through mentorship, collaboration, or groundbreaking research, her impact on the academic community is substantial, leaving a lasting impression on those around her.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Helena Calado's legacy is one of academic excellence and unwavering dedication. Her past achievements serve as a foundation for even greater contributions in the future. Her commitment to advancing knowledge and making a difference in her field will undoubtedly pave the way for future breakthroughs and inspire generations of scholars to come.

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A proposal for engagement in MPAs in areas beyond national jurisdiction: The case of Macaronesia  2023 (1)

Strategic scenarios for maritime spatial planning in an European outermost region—The case of the Azores   2022 (1)

Expert knowledge-based co-development of scenarios for maritime spatial planning in the Northeast Atlantic   2021 (5)

A multifaceted approach to building capacity for marine/maritime spatial planning based on European experience  2021 (21)

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Esraa Elmarakby | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Esraa Elmarakby | Best Researcher Award - Award Winner 2023

Esraa Elmarakby | Environmental Science

Esraa Elmarakby, congratulations on receiving the prestigious Best Researcher Award! Your dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to advancing the understanding of environmentally smart Transit-Oriented Development are truly commendable. This recognition not only celebrates your remarkable achievements but also acknowledges the depth of your research contributions to shaping sustainable urban landscapes. Your relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovative approaches undoubtedly sets a benchmark for excellence in academia and inspires us all to reach greater heights in research and scholarly endeavors.

Esraa, your relentless pursuit of knowledge and groundbreaking research in exploring the intricate relationship between urban development and environmental sustainability is nothing short of exceptional. Your commitment to unraveling the complexities of Urban Heat Islands and non-exhaust emissions within Transit-Oriented Developments is not just commendable—it's pioneering. This award stands as a testament to your profound impact on academia and your invaluable contributions to the field. Your passion, diligence, and vision for a more sustainable future resonate deeply, and your achievements serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring researchers worldwide. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

Early Academic Pursuits

Esraa Elmarakby embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor's in Urban Planning and Design from Ain Shams University, Egypt. Her pursuit continued with a Master's degree focusing on the Urban Heat Island Phenomenon in Cairo's residential areas, emphasizing morphological impacts.

Professional Endeavors

She transitioned into the realm of remote sensing, acquiring a Diploma as a Certified Remote Sensing Specialist and delving into various certifications such as Remote Sensing Specialist, Professional, and Solution Developer.

Contributions and Research Focus

Esraa's research predominantly centers on the intersection of urban development and environmental sustainability. Her published works explore the impact of urban morphology on Urban Heat Islands (UHI) and non-exhaust emissions (NEE) in transit-oriented developments, showcasing her expertise in climate change, spatial analysis, and environmental impact assessment.

Accolades and Recognition

Her achievements include winning the UOS Three-Minute Thesis competition and receiving an Associate Fellow designation from Advance Higher Education in the UK.

Notable Publication

Spatial Morphology and Urban Heat Island: Comparative Case Studies 

Workers’ Satisfaction vis-à-vis Environmental and Socio-Morphological Aspects for Sustainability and Decent Work  1 February 2022

Impact of urban morphology on Urban Heat Island in Manchester's transit-oriented development 6 December 2023

Impact and Influence

Esraa's work as a Project Officer at the University of Salford's CRUISE Project demonstrates her commitment to managing research initiatives, while her roles as a lecturer, ambassador, and vice president of the UOS's CIB Student Chapter highlight her dedication to knowledge exchange, academic facilitation, and community engagement.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With a promising trajectory, Esraa aims to complete her Ph.D., focusing on advancing environmentally smart Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Her vision seems to be deeply rooted in merging research, practical application, and academic mentorship, poised to leave a lasting impact on the fields of urban planning and environmental sustainability.

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