Executive Committee

Prof. Baeumner is the Director of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors at the University of Regensburg. Prior to returning to Germany, she was Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Dept. of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA. Her research is focused on the development of biosensors and microTotal Analysis Systems for the detection of pathogens and toxins in food, the environment and for clinical diagnostics. Her research includes the development of novel nanomaterials such as liposomes, nanofibers and nanoparticles, microfluidic biosensors, sample preparation strategies, and point-of-care devices. She has published over 105 papers in high ranking analytical journals, has been awarded 7 patents and has received funding of over 7 million US$ supporting her own research activities. She has chaired the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Bioanalytical Sensors in 2010 and is elected co-chair for the GRC on Nanoscale Science and Engineering for Agricultural and Food Systems in 2020. She has also organized and chaired the international biosensor conference BBMEC in 2001 and 2015. She has received numerous awards for her research including being a finalist of the Blavatnik Award, senior fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Mercator Professor of the German Science Foundation and numerous teaching awards.

Prof. Markus Fischer, (Vice President) University of Hamburg, D

Sam Nugen is the Associate Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering in Cornell University’s Department of Food Science. His research group investigates novel methods to separate and detect pathogens from complex matrices such as food and environmental samples and the use of bacteriophages for food and water safety. Professor Nugen received his B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Vermont and his M.S. in Food Science from Cornell University. He then joined Kraft Foods as a Research Engineer where worked on process engineering for new products. After several years, Dr. Nugen returned to Cornell for his doctorate and post doctorate work in the departments of Food Science and Biological Engineering, respectively. Prior to his current position at Cornell University, Professor Nugen was an associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has received the Future Leaders Award from the International Life Sciences Institute and the Trailblazer award from the NIH

Dr. Luiz Felippe de Alencastro, (Cashier) EPFL, Lausanne, CH

Luiz F. de Alencastro was till 2018 the director of the Central Environmental Laboratory, a research and service lab dedicated to environmental analysis and molecular biology. With regards to his competences in the field of environmental pollution, his expertise includes the development of analytical methods for the analysis of trace organic contaminants, (especially pesticides, halogenated compounds, personal care products, pharmaceuticals), passive sampling, microplastics, and set-up of laboratories and training.
He has more than 30 years of experience as a researcher and university teacher. An important part of his work is oriented toward the development of environmental sciences in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.