Ethem Gonenc (Konferans Başkanı)
Prof. Dr. I.Ethem Gönenç
IGEM Araştırma & Danışmanlık
Prof. I. Ethem Gönenç is an internationally recognized scientist and advisor with over 35 years of experience in environmental engineering and management, and collateral duties as an educator and trainer. Although retired from the University in 2002, he continues to be dedicated to implementation of science-based environmental assessment and management practices within the context of sustained use and development of natural resources on an international basis. He was the Director of the NATO-CCMS Pilot Study on "Ecosystem Modeling of Coastal Lagoons for Sustainable Management" which was initiated in 1995 and ended in 2008. He brought together expert scientists from 17 countries and established an international advisory team for spreading excellence activities in many countries as well as Turkey. He is editor of the books titled "Coastal Lagoons: Ecosystem Processes and Modeling for Sustainable Use and Development" published by the CRC-LEWIS Publisher, USA and "Assessment of the Fate and Effects of Toxic Agents on Water Resources" and "Sustainable Use and Development of Watersheds", Springer, The Netherland.
Prof. Gönenç chaired interdisciplinary local teams that developed a comprehensive sustainable use and development strategies and environmental plans for a number of natural, built and community environment in Turkey. He conducted ecological modelling, environmental assessment and monitoring studies for development of pollution control strategies and measures for protection of various large rivers, bays, estuaries, straits and lagoons in Turkey. He was Deputy Manager of " Sea of Marmara Basin Environmental Master Plan and Feasibility Project (MEMPIS)" conducted with 54 international experts.
Prof. Gonenç has also worked on master plans and feasibility studies in Turkey, including those for Istanbul, Konya and Ankara. He was particularly responsible for planning and development of the environmental assessment and monitoring approach to waste water management and effluent disposal strategies of these metropolitans.
Prof. Gönenç was a member of various executive committees and advisory boards for 15 years relating to environmental policy, institutional and legislation process in Turkey, and following up implementations from the beginning to date. At present, he is director of IGEM, coordinator of IGEMPortal and IGEM Akademia and national coordinator of EC 7FP- GENESIS Project.