EIALAW2018 key note speakers

EIALAW2018 Key Note Speakers

MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, European Parliament: A Glance to the Past: Experiences in implementing the original EIA Directive

Sirpa Pietikäinen is Finnish Member of the European Parliament representing European People’s Party (EPP) since 2008. Pietikäinen was Finland’s Minister of Environment between 1991 and 1995 and a Member of the Finnish Parliament from 1983 to 2003. At the European Parliament, Pietikäinen is a substitute Member of the Environment and Public Health Committee (ENVI) and a full Member in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON), as well as in the Women’s Right and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM).

Professor Thomas Fischer, Environmental Assessment and Management Research Centre, University of Liverpool: EIA in the EU: past, present and future

Thomas B Fischer is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Environmental Assessment and Management as well as Director of the associated World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating centre on health in impact assessments at the University of Liverpool. His specialist areas revolve around spatial, transport and other sectoral planning and associated ex-ante impact assessment (IA) tools on which he has worked in consultancy, public administration and academia for over 27 years. Since starting at the University of Liverpool in 2002, Thomas has either led or otherwise been involved in over 30 research and consultancy projects, funded by different International and European sources as well as UK research councils. His research has had a profound impact on international and national policy making and planning. These projects have had their geographical foci on Europe, East and South Asia, North and South America. He has published over 70 papers in a range of international peer-reviewed journals and has numerous other publications to his name, including 9 books and over 100 book chapters, non-refereed articles, monographs, guidelines and others. Since 2002, Thomas has successfully supervised over 20 PhD students, most on topics related to IA. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal ‘Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal’ and an editorial board member in a range of other journals. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA) and has been Visiting Professor at the strategic environmental (SEA) Centre of Nankai University, China, since 2008 and at Sao Paulo University, Brazil, in 2012. He currently chairs the Ireland-UK branch of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and is a member of IEMA’s EIA quality mark expert review team.

Professor Lone Kørnøv, The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment: Quality issues on implementation of the revised EIA Directive

Lone Kørnøv is Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark and Head of The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA). Her research is focused on impact assessment (SEA, EIA) and planning with special emphasis on links with decision-making and governance. She has more than 20 years experience within the field of impact assessment both in research and practice. Her work concerns transdisciplinary research, university teaching, PhD supervision, research evaluation, capacity building and training and advisory work. Appointed by the Minister of Environment, she has since 2012 been member of the National Committee modernizing EIA and implementing the revised EIA Directive, and is chair of the recent formal professional EIA training programme in cooperation with COWI and The Ministry of Environment.

Professor Kevin Hanna, University of British Columbia: What constitutes a sound EIA system? – Reflections from a Canadian perspective

Kevin Hanna is a Professor at the University of British Columbia and Director of the UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research. Prof. Hanna´s research centres on environmental impact assessment and integrated natural resource management. He has collaborated with colleagues in Finland and Sweden in research and writing on impact assessment and forest management. Dr. Hanna’s work is published widely in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of impact assessment, planning, and natural resources management. He is also the editor and author of books on impact assessment (Oxford), integrated resource management (Oxford) and parks and protected areas (Routledge), and community forestry (Cambridge).