Keynote and invited speakers


   Suzanne Lacasse, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)
Suzanne Lacasse is a Canadian civil engineer who works as an expert adviser at NGI. Lacasse received her Ph.D. degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States in 1976. She joined NGI as a postdoctoral fellow in 1978 and served as director there from 1991 to 2012. Lacasse has received many awards and honors for her work. In 2001 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in the USA. She is an honorary doctorate at NTNU in Norway and at the University of Dundee in Scotland. In 2015, she was chosen to hold the Rankine lecture, a lecture organized annually by the British Geotechnical Association. The lecture is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Geotechnics”. She later gave this lecture in several places around the world. Lacasse was appointed officer of the Order of Canada in 2018 and has also received several other awards all over the world.
Michael Annable, University of Florida, USA
Mike Annable is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida. He joined the faculty in 1992 after receiving his Ph.D. from Michigan State University where he worked on soil vapor extraction of multi-component non-aqueous phase liquids. His current interests are in physical-chemical processes related to the field-scale application of innovative technologies for subsurface remediation. He is also investigating innovative techniques for measuring groundwater flow and contaminant flux in aquifers. He has published more than 60 journal articles and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.
Alan Thomas, SuRF UK, Great Britain
Dr. Alan Thomas is a technical fellow in ERM based in the Oxford, UK office, where he leads the ERM global remediation technical community. He has over 25 years’ experience in the investigation, risk assessment and remediation of contaminated land both in the UK and internationally. Alan enjoys leading and working with multidisciplinary teams and is enthusiastic about new technologies and implementing new approaches to help his clients. Alan is a strong advocate of the sustainable remediation of contaminated sites and is a member of the SuRF UK steering group.
Hans Slenders, Arcadis, The Netherlands
Hans Slenders is a civil engineer with over 30 years of experience in soil remediation and a larger part of his activities in Dutch research programs on soil and subsurface. He was and is chair of the working groups on sustainable remediation and Land Stewardship of the European Industry Network NICOLE. Hans is solution-oriented and effectively combines policy with technology. He can illustrate innovations with real-life cases. He is author of publications and guidelines on Remediation Techniques, Emerging contaminants, Groundwater Energy and Groundwater management and Sustainable Remediation. Winner of the Dutch engineering price in 2009 on a combination of Groundwater remediation and Groundwater Energy. Hans Slenders is an invited speaker at soil conferences around the world.
Marianne Olsen, Norwegian Institute for Water Research
Marianne Olsen is the research manager for Environmental Contaminants at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). Her background is within the fields of marine biology, ecotoxicology, and contaminants. She has a broad experience from industry, government and science, working with effects, risk assessments, and remediation for contaminated sediments. Marianne holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and is a highly respected disseminator of science and popular science, receiving the Miljøringen Honorary award for her enthusiastic engagement within her field in 2017.
Dietmar Müller-Grabherr, EU COMMON FORUM, Austria
Dietmar Müller-Grabherr works with Environment Agency Austria. National main responsibilities include supervising the national program, chairing the working group “Risk assessment of contaminated sites” at the Austrian Standards Institute, and acting as an associated expert to the Austrian parliaments’ Commission on the Remediation of Contaminated Sites. By the background of his national function, he also defines and represents Austrian positions with regard to soil and groundwater-related EU policies and international standardisation procedures regarding soil quality. During the period from 1998 until 2014, he was regularly involved in European R&D activities focused to land management and remediation. Since September 2017 he is General Secretary to COMMON FORUM on Contaminated Land in Europe and ICCL, the European and the global network of policy advisors and regulators in contaminated land management.



There will also be invited speakers from EPAs in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark – more information will follow,