Scientific committee

  • Alexandra Silva
    SECIL – Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento, S.A.
  • António Mira
    Universidade de Évora
  • Benz Kotzen
    University of Greenwich
  • Cristina Branquinho
    Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Graça Oliveira
    Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Karel Prach
    Restoration Ecology Working Group
  • Klara Rehounkova
    SER Europe
  • Michael Rademacher
    Bingen University of Applied Sciences
  • Montserrat Jorba Peiró
    Universitat de Barcelona
  • Paula Dinis
    DGEG – Direcção Geral de Energia e Geologia and ENSQM - European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining
  • Pedro Salgueiro
    Universidade de Évora

Alexandra Silva
SECIL

Alexandra Silva collaborates with SECIL-Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento S.A. since 2005, and currently, she is the head of Biodiversity, Environment and Sustainability Department. She is involved in projects related to biodiversity, quarry rehabilitation, environment and sustainability in different cement plants of the Group and also in scientific projects as a result of a partnership between SECIL and different Universities: Universidade de Évora and Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL). Alexandra represents SECIL and the National Association of Cement in working groups at national and international level as: Business & Biodiversity, Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of WBCSD and CEMBUREAU - The European Cement Association.

António Mira
Universidade de Évora

António Mira is a Professor of Conservation Biology, Natural Resources Management and Mammalogy at the University of Évora and is in charge of the Conservation Biology Lab since 2003. His research area ranges between "Applied Population and Community Ecology" and "Landscape Ecology". António’s main topics of interest are: Implications of land use changes on landscape functional connectivity; Effects of transport infrastructure on wildlife; and Biocontrol services. Since 2007, he is the Scientific Coordinator of a project resulting from a partnership between SECIL and University of Évora, aiming biodiversity recovery and habitat rehabilitation in changed and degraded areas, focusing on the promotion of fauna communities in quarries of Portugal.

Benz Kotzen
University of Greenwich

Dr Benz Kotzen is a Chartered Landscape Architect in the United Kingdom, with wide ranging experience in landscape planning and design with a particular interest in sustainable landscape design and green infrastructure as well as water in the landscape, and in dry and arid lands. He has recently chaired the 4 year pan European COST Action on the combat of desertification and arid lands restoration, namely ES1104 ‘Arid Lands Restoration and Combat of Desertification: Setting Up a Drylands and Desert Restoration Hub’. Benz has a holistic approach to design and to landscape solutions, which include quarries and restoration of damaged sites. He is senior lecturer at the University of Greenwich, London, researcher and consultant landscape designer.

Cristina Branquinho
FCUL - Universidade de Lisboa

Cristina Branquinho is an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Sciences of University of Lisbon, leading the Ecology of Environmental Change research group of cE3c (Centre for Ecology and Environmental Changes). Her research focuses on the ecological patterns at the ecosystem level in response to environmental changes. She has studied the impact of anthropogenic activity in the structure and functioning of ecosystems. Cristina’s main topics of research are: structure and functioning of dryland ecosystems under environmental change scenarios; ecological indicators of environmental change factors and ecotechnological solutions for restoring ecosystems; the role of urban green areas and of its biodiversity in ecosystem functioning and services.

Graça Oliveira
FCUL - Universidade de Lisboa

Graça Oliveira is a plant ecologist currently working as a Research Collaborator in cE3c – Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (University of Lisbon). With a background on plant ecophysiology and plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, her present research focuses on the ecological restoration of Mediterranean limestone quarries. The main drivers of her research are: the application of ecological knowledge to improve the efficiency of restoration actions; identification of indicators of long-term restoration success; and multidisciplinary approaches to study complex ecosystems. She has been involved in national and international projects, has several publications, and is a reviewer for international scientific journals.

Karel Prach
Restoration Ecology Working Group

Karel Prach is a Professor in Ecology and Botany in the University of České Budějovice, and the Leader of Restoration Ecolo gy Group. His main topics of interest are: vegetation ecology (vegetation dynamics) and restoration ecology. Karel has studied successional dynamics in man-made habitats; and the dynamics and ecolo gical functioning of river floodplains for the Czech Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of several national and international Societies, like the Society for Ecological Restoration (European Chapter); is president of the Czech Botanical Society; and a member of Editorial Boards of several scientific journals, like Restoration Ecology. He has authored about 300 papers on various topics of plant ecology.

Klara Rehounkova
SER Europe

I work as a botanist and restoration ecologist at the department of Botany, University of České Budějovice in the Czech Republic. I am interested in vegetation dynamics in various disturbed sites. Recently I have been fascinated by the idea that even heavily disturbed postindustrial sites can be beneficial for various threatened species of nutrient poor sites vanishing in many central European countries. I am experienced in practical restoration projects of various quarries (e.g. grand prize winner in the international contest Quarry Life Award 2012). I have been SER Europe Board member since 2016.

Michael Rademacher
Bingen University of Applied Sciences

Dr. Michael Rademacher is a Professor for Biodiversity, Ecology and Limnology at the University of Applied Sciences in Bingen, Germany. He also works as an external advisor for HeidelbergCement. He has over 25 years of expertise in biodiversity management in mining sites, from mapping and monitoring to site rehabilitation and public–private partnerships. He managed rehabilitation projects in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Michael is the founder and member of the International Jury of the HeidelbergCement Quarry Life Award contest. Michael holds a PhD in Ecology and is a specialist in plants, birds, grasshoppers, dragonflies, amphibians, butterflies and bats. He has published, edited and authored several books about biodiversity in mining sites.

Montserrat Jorba Peiró
Universitat de Barcelona

Montserrat Jorba is Assistant Professor at the Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences Department at Barcelona State University. She works in the establishment and vegetation development (germination, growth, competition and / or facilitation) in relation to soil characteristics (fertility and water behavior) of degraded systems (quarries, highways and marginal areas). This permit the recovery and promotion of biodiversity in those degraded areas. She works also in the saline soils restoration and the creation of tecnosoles using mining spoils.

Paula Dinis
DGEG – Direcção Geral de Energia e Geologia and ENSQM - European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining

Paula Dinis is a senior mining engineer, with post-graduation on environmental management, working at the Mines and Quarries Department of Directorate General for Energy and Geology (DGEG), the Portuguese Mining Authority. She has been working in licensing and inspection for mineral exploration and rehabilitation, for about 28 years. From 2006 to 2009 she worked on environmental impact assessment of mining areas and land use planning. Since 2013 she is the Portuguese representative in the Raw Materials Supply Group of the European Commission (under DG Grow), contributing to the definition of strategy, policy and monitoring EU strategies for mineral resources. She participates in several European projects as representative of DGEG.

Pedro Salgueiro
Universidade de Évora

Pedro Salgueiro is a PhD student at the University of Évora. His main areas of research are Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology and Restoration Ecology, mainly applied to fauna species and communities in human-modified landscapes. Pedro’s interest relies mostly on the impact of habitat degradation, habitat loss and landscape fragmentation on species occurrence, community structure and ecological processes, aiming for a more sustainable use of natural resources. In the past 9 years he has worked on two projects focusing the ecological recovery of quarries. These projects deals with impact assessment, implementation of mitigation measures and long-term monitoring of fauna communities in order to promote best practice guidance on quarry recovery.