Professor John Sumpter, Brunel University London
John Sumpter is Professor of Ecotoxicology at Brunel University London and visiting Professor at CEH Wallingford. He is one of the world’s most influential ecotoxicologists, having discovered that oestrogens in the aquatic environment cause the feminisation of fish. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to ecotoxicology. His understanding of why water quality is important, and why improving it is a challenge worth addressing will be of value in setting the context of the conference.
Professor Uta Wehn, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
Uta Wehn is Associate Professor of Water Innovation Studies at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education which works in partnership with UNESCO. As Project Director of AfriAlliance, Ground Truth 2.0 and CSEOL, her work on citizen science, citizen observatories and community-based environmental monitoring in Europe, the Middle East and Africa aims to harness digital transformations for participatory environmental governance, sustainable development and water management.