The ISCOWA board has formal meetings every 3 years during the WASCON conferences, where the new board is also selected. In between, we organize regular Skype-meetings in which we discuss, for example, practical issues related to WASCON conferences. If you want to know more, please follow ISCOWA LinkedIn group, where a short summary of our meetings is updating.

The ISCOWA Board as appointed by the members’ meeting on June 6, 2018 is composed of:


Annika Sormunen, President

Environmental technology specialist with over 10 years of experience in waste utilization as well as treatment of contaminated soils and bottom ash from waste incineration facilities. Ph.D. on the utilization of municipal solid waste bottom ash in civil engineering with a special focus on creating aggregate-like products from recovered MSWI BA.

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Ana Andrés PhotoCIMG1942Ana Andrés

PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHV in 1992. In October the same year she joined the University of Cantabria in Santander where she is currently part of the research group GER Green Engineering & Resources ( as Professor of Chemical Engineering. The current research interests are the Design of Processes and Systems that include the integration between available flows of matter and energy; Eco-innovation- Valorization of industrial waste in inorganic matrices with added value. She develops her research activity through the coordination, direction and collaboration in R+D+I projects at an International, European and National level, both of a basic nature and in collaboration with the industrial sector.


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Maria Arm, Secretary

Senior pavement engineer at the Swedish Transport Administration. Ph.D. on the mechanical properties of residues when used as unbound road materials, with special focus on experimental tests on MSWI bottom ash, crushed concrete and blast furnace slag. Expert in the European standardization work (CEN) regarding laboratory test methods for aggregate properties, aggregates from secondary sources and classification of recycled aggregates


Alberto Coz

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering from the University of Cantabria, Spain. His research interests are in the areas of biorefinery, waste valorization in biofuels and bioproducts as well as industrial waste characterization. He has been at Technical University of Crete in Greece, Imperial College London and University College London, UK, Aalto University, Finland, and the Cooperative University of Colombia.


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Colin Hills

Colin Hills

Professor CD Hills is Professor of Environment and Materials Engineering at the University of Greenwich and Lead for Civil and Environmental Engineering. His extensive research on the treatment of waste and soil, and the valorisation of mineralised CO2-based products, has resulted in a significant number of publications. These include patents, books and national guidance for the Environment Agency (England and Wales).


John Heynen, Treasurer

30 years involvement in waste re-use, recycling and circular projects. Senior advisor EU funding at Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).  National Contact Point (NCP) for HORIZON 2020, SC5: Climate action, Environment, Resource efficiency and Raw Materials (, and NCP for LIFE  Previously NCP for CIP Eco-Innovation. From 2007 – 2013 working for the Dutch Environment and Technology programme, targeted at SMEs, and as the programme’s contact for the chemical and building industry.  John holds an M.Sc. in chemical engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology.

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Tarja Niemelin

BEng in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, soon to be MEng in Risk Management and Circular Economy. Working as a product development manager at Betolar, which is a company specialized in utilising industrial by-products for geopolymer products and applications. Tarja is specialized in LCA and emission calculations in infra construction, and she also is familiar with EU funded projects.

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Chi Sun PoonChi-sun Poon

Prof. C.S. Poon obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London, spent two years as a Post-doctoral Fellows at Oxford University specializing in cement and concrete research. Currently, he is the Chair Professor of Sustainable Construction Materials and Head at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been awarded the title of Changjiang Chair Professor by the Ministry of Education. He specializes in the teaching and research of concrete technology, eco-friendly construction materials, and waste management



Carlo Vandecasteele

Emeritus professor from University of Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium. 30 years of experience in waste treatment, recycling and recovery of different sorts of waste: municipal solid waste including the ashes, industrial and toxic waste, automotive shredder residue, poultry litter, soil… Experience in assessing the environmental impact and sustainability of industrial processes and products. Active in development colloboration and in consulting.

Hans Goumans remains honorary chairman and advisor of the Board.

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