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Keynote speakers:
Professor Van-Thanh-Van Nguyen - McGill University, CANADA

Professor Nguyen is currently holder of the Endowed Brace Professor Chair in Civil Engineering at McGill University. He is presently Chair of Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management, and Associate Director of the Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre at McGill. His scientific and professional contributions over more than 25 years have been mostly in the areas of Hydrology and Water Resources Management. He has been invited to participate in various expert committees at the provincial level (Quebec Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Science and Technology, Ontario Council of Graduate Studies, Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec), at the national level (NRC Canada Associate Committee on Hydrology, Natural Resources Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation), and at the international level (UNESCO, and WMO). He has served as member of different scientific journal editorial boards (ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, IAHR Journal of Hydro-environment Research, IAHR Journal of Hydroinformatics, etc.), and has been invited to deliver keynote and prestigious lectures at many universities, scientific conferences, and workshops in Canada and abroad. Futhermore, since several years he has been active in international co-operation activities with colleagues in North-America, Europe, and in Asia-Pacific region. He has been an invited professor at universities in Canada, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia as well as an active member in several professional associations (President of the Hydrological Science Section of the AOGS, 2006-2008; Founding member of APHW, Members of AGU, ASCE, AWRA, IAHS, and IWA). Finally, as a professional engineer, he has been involved in a number of projects with various consulting engineering companies in Canada (Hydro-Quebec, Dessau-Soprin Inc., etc.). He is author or co-author of over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, monographs, and conference proceedings.

Dr Giovanni De Cesare - EPFL, SWITZERLAND

Dr Giovanni De Cesare is Senior research associate and vice-director of the Laboratory of hydraulic constructions LCH of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is in charge of the hydraulic laboratory. He has more than 20 years of experience in physical and numerical modelling in all domains of hydraulic structures and schemes with more than 50 studies performed as well as several commissioned studies and expert reports in applied hydraulics and hydraulic constructions. He specialises in various fields such as reservoir sediment management and turbidity currents; special hydraulic works; rapid transients in pressure systems; Ultrasonic Doppler flow measurement and river training work. Giovanni De Cesare holds an MSc in Civil Engineering and a PhD in technical sciences from the EPFL where he studied reservoir sedimentation by turbidity currents with on-site measurements, numerical simulation as well as experimental tests. He studied for one year at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. He is author of more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, publications and conference proceedings. He is reviewer of many journals. From 1999 to 2009 he was lecturer and administrator of the Master of advanced Studies (MAS) programme in water resources management and engineering. He is member of the scientific council of the LCH and member of the EPFL board of lecturers. He is lecturer in hydraulic and energetic networks at Master level as well as in hydraulic structures at bachelor level. He supervises two ongoing PhD projects on turbidity current venting as well as on head losses in pressure systems. He teaches also hydraulics, water networks and hydraulic schemes at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland HEIG-VD in Yverdon.

Dr Damien VIOLEAU - EDF, France

Damien Violeau has been working since 1997 at the Laboratoire National d’Hydraulique et Environnement of EDF R&D, where he was appointed Senior Scientist in 2013. He is also involved in the Laboratoire d’Hydraulique Saint-Venant, created in 2006. His main activities are the development of the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) numerical method and the design of coastal waterworks, with an additional contribution to turbulent processes in the environment. He compiled his work on Theoretical fluid mechanics, SPH and its application to waterworks in a 600+ page book published by Oxford University Press in 2012. Besides his research activities, he developed a long and fruitful teaching experience, as lecturer in several engineering colleges in France, in particular Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, where he has been teaching Fluid Mechanics since 1998. Damien Violeau has also been very active in the promotion of SPH all around the World, fostering the international cooperation on that emerging topic by creating the SPHERIC community (SPH European Research Interest Community) in 2005, which he chaired until 2010. This association now gathers about 60 member institutes and organizes an annual conference with about 100 delegates. He published 2 books, 2 book chapters, 26 journal papers (among which Physical Review E, Physics of Fluids, the JCP, etc.) and more than 50 congress papers. He is reviewer for high quality journals such as JCP, Physics of Fluids, JFM, Int. J. Num. Meth. Fluids, JHR and others. He is also active member of the French Hydrotechnical Society (SHF) and of IAHR, where he is now member of the Council.

Dr Namane MECHITOUA, EDF - France

Namane Mechitoua, research-engineer Expert at EDF R&D, is presently responsible of EDF contribution to the NEPTUNE project. This project constitutes the thermal-hydraulic part of the long term EDF-CEA-AREVA_IRSN joint research and development program for the next generation of nuclear reactor simulation tools. The project aims at developing high modeling capabilities for advanced two phase thermal-hydraulics covering the whole range of modeling scales.
His technical and professional contributions over more than 25 years have been mostly in the areas of industrial flows numerical modeling, interesting application of electricity to industrial devices, energy generation and nuclear safety issues.
The physical fields involved in its work mainly concern heat transfer by combustion and radiation and multiphase flows, as well as from a physical and numerical viewpoint